not a total stick in the mud.

by Janetha on August 23, 2012

in recipes

hello and welcome to thursday!

i know i have been talking a lot about eating clean and working out and being diligent with both of the above, but that doesn’t mean i am cutting out treats all together! i’m not a total stick in the mud… sometimes i’ve got a spatula in the cookie butter jar!


i made brownies the other night.


i wanted to bake, and brownies are marshall’s favorite, so i made them.


i can never just make something the same way i made it the time before (unless we are talking about the best chocolate chip cookies ever) so i put a fun little spin on these.



  • 4 oz (four squares) unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup evaporated cane juice or white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/3 cup biscoff spread or trader joe’s cookie butter


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees (f).
  2. combine chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl. microwave on half power in one-minute increments, stirring after each one, until everything is melted together.
  3. add sugar, stir to combine.
  4. add eggs, stir to combine.
  5. add flour, stir to combine.
  6. fold in peanut butter chips.
  7. pour brownie batter in a 9×13 pan lined with foil or cooking spray.
  8. put biscoff or cookie butter in a microwave safe bowl. microwave on half power until it reaches a pourable consistency.
  9. pour biscoff or cookie butter over brownie batter in vertical lines, then slice through the batter with a butter knife to create swirls.
  10. bake for 30 minutes. do not over-bake! let cool completely before slicing into squares (or rectangles, or triangles, or even circles!) before eating.  




xo. janetha g.

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Sana August 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Dude, those look awesome!!!

Kailey August 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I can’t EVEN with these!!! Ahhhh brilliant. Maybe once I get a fridge and all my kitchenware, this is how I’ll christen the kitchen.

Stephanie @ Wellness Reclamation August 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm

These look so delicious. I can’t eat them because of the gluten but I can drool over the pictures. TJs sells chocolate bars filled with cookie butter too and I’ve heard they’re very tasty. BTW, I’m working on a post featuring a bunch of my favorite TJs non-perishables. When do you leave for Vegas? I’ll try to post it before then so you can stock up.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’m drooling… I wish you lived closer, because I would so help you eat those!

Laura @ LauraLivesLife August 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I’ve been trying to eat clean since I arrived home from vacation, but having those in the house would make it impossible! Yum!

Lauren August 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Wow, so I made the same exact brownies the other day but yours came out a million times better looking than mine. :)

julie August 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm

dudeeee these are intense – i should have read this before my office bbq and made these – i might have gotten a raise?

kim@hungryhealthygirl August 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Those look VERY dangerous!! I was thinking about buying that cookie butter from TJ’s the other day, but I figured it wouldn’t be a very good idea for my waist line. ;)

Erica August 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

These are gorg…and I bet they’re amazing. I haven’t purchased that butter because I’m afraid I’ll eat the whole jar in no time!

Danielle August 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I went to Trader Joes for the first time this past weekend and managed to resist the cookie butter. This makes me want to go back and get some!

Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt August 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I really need to get my hands on some of this cookie butter up in Ontario!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm

oh dang those look SO good!!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 24, 2012 at 3:00 am

That cookie butter looks very addictive–I’m afraid to buy it! Good idea on a way to use it though!

Emily August 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

Uh, they look to die for!

lindsay August 24, 2012 at 5:20 am

youre never a stick in the mud. Glad you got your spatula sticky with brownie and cookie batter. Life’s too short.

Allie August 24, 2012 at 6:13 am

cookie butter?! give me a spatula girl!

Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl August 24, 2012 at 6:37 am

I am obsessed with TJ’s Cookie Butter! I have 2 jars sitting in my cabinet waiting to be used in my next baking experiment. :D Those brownies look heavenly!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning August 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’m just going to pretend that I didn’t see this recipe… :)
(I’ve banned myself from buying cookie butter forever!)

Sarah August 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

Those look fabulous! Definitely making sometime soon…

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

Wowee! Yum! I need some more cookie butter back in my life. It’s been far too long.

elise August 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

can i come over on these nights you decide to bake? this recipe is basically brownies and cookies all in one.

corrie anne August 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

Those are some fabulous looking brownies!!! I want to make them for my mom. :)

Annette@FitnessPerks August 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

Totally brilliant idea. I STILL need to try cookie butter….I hear TJ’s is coming to UT?!?!?!?!

Janetha August 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm


Janetha August 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Oh but you can buy Biscoff at Harmon’s!

ali August 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

OMG! Those look FABULOUS! I’m going to have to try them!

Bonnie August 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Stick in the mud? You? Not a chance!

…and I’m making these this weekend. Tonight. This afternoon. ;)

Megan (Braise The Roof) August 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Yum, those look incredible! I haven’t allowed myself to buy the cookie butter yet…I have a feeling that I’d polish off a jar of it a leeeetle too quickly. :)

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva August 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

oh wow these look awesome….and i can make them with the biscoff spread you sent me!!! yay :)

jessiker August 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

OMG yum.

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Oh my yum. Those cookie butter candy bars at TJ’s are one of my favorite treats! I’m sure these would be even better!

lynn @ the actor's diet September 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

i’ve always wondered how to do that swirl on top – thanks!

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner September 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Oh my gosh, brownies are my FAVORITE!!! Especially when they involve both chocolate AND nut butter! :D

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