#100happydays: chocolate peanut butter brownie molten pots

Have you heard about the #100happydays project? 

I’d seen references to #100HappyDays but didn’t really know anything about it. Then last week, my old university roommate and I spent a couple of hours on the phone catching up and she happened to mention it.

The idea behind #100HappyDays it that for 100 days, you commit to recording a photograph of something that makes you happy and then post the photograph on social media. The neuroscience behind the concept is that happy thoughts are held for less time in our brains than sad, angry, depressing, or troubling thoughts. We’re hardwired to remember the sad, fearful, scarcy, or awful thoughts for much longer. It’s a built-in safety mechanism. But by taking time out to take a photograph of something that makes us happy and then post it on social media – enough time will have elapsed in the process, to hardwire the feeling of happiness in our brain. After doing this for 100 days, you should by all accounts,  emerge a happier person.

I love this idea. I can think of a million things that make me happy and many of them are surprisingly small things – like baking. Some of them are amazing, big, wonderful things like my daughters. Sometimes it’s chocolate or coffee. Or a nice glass of wine. I love watching the moon cycles and the night sky. I love really good pizza. My dog makes me happy daily. Travelling makes me happy. So does hiking. And painting. And swimming in the lake. And a well-stocked pantry.  I love books. And trees. And birds at my bird feeder. I am besotted with owls. Sometimes it’s a telephone call or a conversation with a complete stranger.

Like most people, I have to work at happiness. I’ve had my fair share of sadness and spills and heartache. I’ve struggled many times to remain buoyant. And no doubt, I will continue to do so. It’s the reason I like this happiness project. I need the reminder.

Whether you need the reminder of not, make these molten chocolate pots – for yourself, for someone you love, or for your next door neighbour. They’re like an infusion of happiness in a sweet little mason jar.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Molten Pots

  • Servings: 8-9 small pots
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You will need:

  • 8-9 mini mason jars OR a 9×9 inch glass pan
  • an electric hand mixer

For the brownie layers:

  • 2/3 cup dairy-free margarine (I used Becel vegan but you can go ahead and use butter if dairy-free is not an issue!)
  • 1 scant cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 extra-large eggs (mine were huge farm eggs – use three if yours are small)
  • 1/2 cup flour

For the peanut butter layer:

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free margarine

First, whip the peanut butter layer ingredients together with an electric hand mixer for 1-2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Set aside.

Next, wash and dry your mini mason jars and grease them generously.

Melt the margarine (or butter), cocoa, and sugar together in double boiler or use the microwave on low power. Stir well. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add the flour and salt and stir gently.

Place a tablespoon or so of brownie mixture into the bottom of each of the mason jars, then add a tablespoon of the peanut butter layer. Top with another tablespoon of brownie mixture.

Bake at 325 deg F. for about 15-18 minutes. The tops should be set and slightly risen. If you’re in total doubt – turn the oven off but leave the cakes in the oven for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand. The tops will fall. Don’t worry. These are meant to be molten – so they may be ever so slightly on the runny side if you pierce with a skewer. If you’re using a glass pan instead of mini mason jars – expect to cook the brownies for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool before placing the lids on the mini mason jars.

chocolate peanut butter brownie molten cakes

 

 

32 thoughts on “#100happydays: chocolate peanut butter brownie molten pots

  1. Although, I’ve recently released some weight ( and far from any long term goal) and don’t want it back, I will just “set this wee recepie” aside for a special day when I will enjoy it to the hilt. I will dream of it! Thankyou!

    1. Good for you – “releasing” some weight! The ongoing battle. But yes, life is short and sometimes you need a hit of something fabulous. Hope you and enjoy and wonderful to hear from you. xx

  2. I love this, nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter and you know how I love the individual servings (jars) so cute and so delicious, I’ll swap a black forest for one of yours please!!

  3. Love the 100happydays idea. I could use a little focus on what makes me happy! 🙂 These molten pots would definitely make me happy Lindy. Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations in the world! And love the little jars.

    1. Seana – we could all use a little more focus on what makes us happy, I think. At least for sure, I could / should / and will try my best..
      I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate too. When I lived in Australia the food thing i missed most was Reese’s peanut butter cups.Anytime anyone went to North America I’d get a shipment and try to hide them from myself. And yes, the little jars. Who knew little jars were going to turn out to be so adorable?! This was what trumped my tomato tart! xx

      1. Awww Reese’s, haven’t had one in year’s. Of course my teenage son comes around with one once in awhile. This is such a wonderful post, and I’m sure your tomato tart is very post worthy too. I need to cook something out of My French Kitchen again. I (sort of) forgot about it!

  4. I’ve never heard of 100HappyDays until just now. Thank you for sharing that with us…I believe I’m going to participate in that! What a wonderful idea, and blessings to the person who thought of that!
    You make ME happy Lindy! ❤
    I love these little chocolate peanut butter brownie molten pots! Say that five times fast!! They look absolutely delicious…You forgot to include the ingredient you always add….Love!! ❤

  5. Thos chocolate pots look amazing! Love the idea of ‘creating’ happiness for 100 days straight – seems like something a lot of people would benefit from (especially if they’re getting these gorgeous chocolate pots sent their way) 😉

  6. The molten pots would make anyone happy, I’m sure. I hadn’t hears of the happy days but it is a great idea…nice post. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  7. Also a fan of chocolate with peanut butter, I think these little pots look delicious. Thanks for bringing them to Fiesta Friday and also for reminding us of the happiness we can find in one thing we all share – a love of creating great recipes.

  8. I don’t know which part I like more – chocolate, peanut butter, brownie or molten – this is pretty much genius

  9. Oh man, I bet these are soooo good! They will love them! 🙂
    Nice to see you today – looking forward to Monday ❤

  10. Such a lovely post Lindy. So thankful to Prudy, who has already started doing the #100hundredhappydays, for introducing you to Fiesta Friday. I have known about the project but didn’t know about the book! I loved reading about all the things you are happy about – when the daily grind of life just keeps on, it is nice to be able to stop and think about what makes you happy! Your little molten pots are adorable and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing them with us and Happy Fiesta Friday to you!

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