Peanut Butter Stack

Has anyone tried the Peanut Butter stack at Starbucks? The average person will probably say ‘no’. It’s easy to miss; it’s usually sitting very quietly keeping to itself on the last shelf of their dessert section. One needs to bend down to have a good look at it and most people would not make that effort for a dessert at Starbucks I think. My husband and I tried it a few weeks back and we fell in love with it. It’s rich, sweet, drowning in calories and everything it shouldn’t be going into to your body! But it’s lovely to treat yourself to this once in a while. I would always recommend sharing a piece with one other person, hogging one on your own is just going to make you feel sick in your last few bites. Plus when you share it, you’re left with the feeling of wanting more 🙂
So as I bake every weekend I asked my husband mid-week what I should prepare the following weekend, and the obvious request was for Peanut Butter stacks. It became a little project of mine and there was no chance I was going to make it the coming weekend, there was too much research involved. So we made a couple of trips to Starbucks without purchasing the dessert and just stood there and debated on the layers that went into this little sugar tower. It’s a task I tell you, with the number of layers that go into this thing. But I have to say as it starts coming together it gets very exciting. 
Below is my version of the Peanut Butter stack and if I do say so myself, it comes very close to Starbucks!
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
Caramel Sauce for drizzling
Handful of chocolate bits and peanuts for topping
  1. Place a slab of brownie as your base, best to bake the brownie and not cut into pieces, instead cut the entire batch into 2 halves. Recommend to bake the brownie in a loaf tin
  2. Mix butter, peanut butter and icing sugar in a bowl until well blended and layer on the brownie base (Keep the peanut butter layer to your liking but not too thick as it becomes too over powering then)
  3. Top with the other half of the fudge brownie and press down so the layers come together, press enough for it to stick but not for the peanut butter to ooze out
  4. Top with another layer of peanut butter and sprinkle with chopped chocolate (tiny pieces) and peanuts
  5. Finally drizzle the caramel sauce over the top and let it sit for 10-15 mins in the fridge
  6. Cut into rectangles before serving  
Mix peanut butter, sugar and icing sugar
Layer peanut butter over the brownie and repeat
Cut rectangle slices for sharing, and smaller for individual servings, drizzle a bit of caramel around as well when serving for extra sweetness
Starbucks PBS
Starbucks Version – extra caramel at the top – just the way i like it!

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