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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies


Occasionally I'll spent a lot of time preparing something, getting creative, making it fancy, and it just doesn't go over well.  Usually, though, the classic treats are home-runs.  When you want to make a dessert the family will surely go nuts for, stick to time-tested flavor combinations and family favorites.  These Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies were one of those home-run desserts that was actually pretty easy to make, too.  If you're still searching for a recipe to make for the Fourth of July festivities you'll be attending, keep these in mind.  Moist, chocolately brownie layer on the bottom, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough-ish frosting in the middle, Rich chocolate ganache on top...  You'll definitely hit one out of the park with these.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies, adapted from
Ingredients for Brownie Layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Frosting:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, soft
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Ganache:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Peanut butter chips

Preheat to 350 F. Line an 8 x 8 square pan with a parchment paper sling.

To prepare the brownie layer:
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate together and stir until combined. Mix in the vanilla extract and allow to cool slightly. Beat the sugar and eggs in a large bowl and add in the chocolate mixture. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt.  Stir into the chocolate mixture.  Add chocolate chunks and stir to combine.  Spread the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake about 22 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.  

To prepare the peanut butter cookie dough: 
Beat the butter and brown sugar together until creamy. Mix in the milk and the peanut butter. Stir in flour and salt. Spread the peanut butter cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies.

To prepare the ganache: 
In a small saucepan, melt the semisweet chocolate chips with the heavy whipping cream. When the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth, remove from the heat.  Spread the ganache over the peanut butter layer and sprinkle with the peanut butter chips. Refrigerate until the dough and ganache are set, about 1 hour. Remove the brownies from the square pan by lifting the parchment sling, and cut into squares.




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Anonymous said...

These look so rich and yummy. They're probably best friends with a cold glass of milk too!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

I really like desserts where you can see all the lovely layers. This one is certain to hit the spot with chocolate and PB lovers.

Happy 4th!

Lot-O-Choc said...

Mmmm wow these look delicious, I love peanut butter, sounds like an amazing combo hehe!

Lucie said...

These look amazingly decadent--a great 4th of July treat, well done!!

Ron Merlin said...

Off-topic perhaps, but I was looking at your photos, and I noticed your cutting board.... I have exactly the same one, and I love it!

You'll see it in many of my blog posts at

Unknown said...

Wow, that looks divine! I just can't stop staring at it, it looks really good and very tempting! I don't think that would even last an hour with me and my friends. It'll be all gone in a blink of an eye, good job! :-)

If you won't mind, I'd love to share this and guide other Foodista readers to this post. Just add the foodista widget for brown sugar to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Keep it up! :-)

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, I'm so happy you tried my recipe and enjoyed them :) This is the first time I've seen someone blog about them so you've made my day! Hope you had a great 4th!

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

These look SO good! My husband loves peanut butter, I'm not a fan, and has been bugging me to bake something pb related for weeks so I've been scouring the blogs trying to find the perfect recipe and I think I've just found it!

cookies and cups said...

oh wow!! I bet these are super rich. yummy!

Anonymous said...

This recipe looks wonderful. I'll be making these with my girlies. Stephanie,I had no idea you had a blog. Nice work. I'll definitely be visiting often.

Megan said...

I've missed reading your blog - and these brownies really hit me! I've got to make them - and soon! On a small scale, of course, since no one will eat them but me!

Kerstin said...

Hey Stephanie,

Your picture has been stolen -

:( She originally stole the picture from food network site and posted my recipe with no credit. Now she's changed the post and slightly changed a few ingredients and still hasn't given credit. I flagged her post and told them she now has posted your pic. Anyway, just wanted to let you know!

Lubaba said...

Hey for the peanut butter cookie part, i was wondering if u have mentioned about refrigerating it wouldnt it leave a raw flour taste to the cookie since u havent baked it? The rest sounds good. i am just confused about the peanut butter cookie part.

Stephanie said...

The peanut butter part tastes like raw cookie dough, that was the goal of the recipe. I wanted it to have the consistency of cookie dough that so many people (myself included) love. The only time the recipe calls for refrigeration is when everything is assembled and you need the ganache to set. I hope I helped! Email me or post another comment if you have any other questions and I'll try to help. :)


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