The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it cooks in the crockpot while you are eating dinner. By the time you have finished eating dinner, have cleared the table and are well on your way to resting your belly down (the time after dinner so aptly named by my son when he was 2), a rich, ooey, gooey, chocolatey dessert will be waiting for you in the crockpot.
This dessert is very rich and can easily be stretched to feed 8 people if you add a small scoop of ice cream or whipped topping to go along with it.
(Crockpot) Brownie Pudding Cake
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons cocoa
2-1/2 cups brownie mix (half of a 21.5-oz. pkg.)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoons soft margarine
1/4 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Combine 3/4 cup water, brown sugar and cocoa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. (please ignore the reflections.)
Spread the batter evenly in the bottom of a lightly buttered slow cooker.
Pour boiling mixture over the batter. Cover and cook on High for 2 hours; turn heat off and let stand for another 30 minutes.
Spoon into dessert dishes while warm. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
One change that I made:
My husband and kids aren't crazy about nuts in desserts so I left them out of this one. Instead, I added 3/4 C of chocolate chips - 1/2 C + 1/4 C in place of the nuts.
The 1/4 C. of peanut butter could not be tasted. I'm sure it helped to keep the pudding/cake moist. If you wanted more of a peanuty taste, you could use 1/2 C. chocolate chips + 1/2 C. peanut butter chips to the recipe. You could even add chopped peanuts to it, too.
Everyone agreed that this one is a keeper. You definitely couldn't eat this too often. As a treat, though, it's delicious! I followed the recipe exactly as it was printed. You can see the original recipe at Annie's Recipes.