Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Welcome back to another tasty year of The Brownie Project!

My goal this year is to be a bit more consistent with recipes ~ and let’s kick things off with one of my favorite flavor combinations:

Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

This recipe, which originally comes from the Food Network website, was something that caught my eye when I saw it on another blog several months ago ~ I was intrigued enough to make them but for reasons still unknown to me, they actually sat in my freezer for about two months.

Odd – yet it happened.

Anyway, I brought them out of cold storage to give to my nephew ~ as a “thank you” for helping me out last week ~ but alas, he has been busy working, my willpower ran out…………

And the rest is history ~ or should I say, the brownies are history. 🙂

These really are perfect in every way – the brownie has just the right amount of fudgy-ness, the peanut butter layer is smooth and a touch salty – and although I passed on the ganache topping, I really don’t think they needed it.

Of course, you may feel differently, but that’s your prerogative.

These are a definite keeper.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies – adapted from The Food Network

Brownie Layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
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

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layer:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
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

Ganache Layer:
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8 by 8-inch pan with cooking spray.

Brownies: microwave the butter and unsweetened chocolate in a microwavable bowl at high power until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir until combined, then mix in the vanilla extract. Meanwhile, beat the sugar and eggs in a large bowl and add in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chunks. Spread the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean, about 22 to 28 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes.

Peanut butter cookie dough: Add the butter and brown sugar to a large bowl and mix until creamy. Mix in the milk and the peanut butter, then stir in the flour and salt. Spread the peanut butter cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies.

Ganache: In a small microwavable bowl, microwave the dark chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream, uncovered, on high for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Continue stirring until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Spread the ganache over the peanut butter layer and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until the dough and ganache are set, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 squares and arrange on a serving platter to serve.

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18 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

  1. wow those pictures sure make the recipe look even tastier. as a person who loves to cook and bake in my kitchen at home, I would simply offer a friendly recommendation. When using egg-based recipes, maybe try pasteurized shelled eggs. Especially when you have sunny-side eggs, (fried eggs,) raw cookie dough, anything to that affect which leaves some part of the egg raw. Only reason I say this is because I am concerned with what I eat,and also look at those who I’m cooking for. With all these recent egg recalls, you can never be to sure. You should check them out.

  2. These brownies look amazing — peanut butter and chocolate is a pretty hard combination to meet!

    By the way, have you tried Alice Medrich’s cocoa brownies? I made a batch recently and they were pretty amazing, even with my less-than-fancy cocoa. There’s a kind of crunchy candy-like top to the brownies, and they’re decadently fudgy. Here’s the recipe (I hope you don’t mind the link):

    http://www.bitesoutoflife.com/2011/02/02/salted-cocoa-brownies/

    I definitely recommend them for when you need another brownie recipe!

  3. You need to bump these right up into your Top 10 list. I made them (with the ganache on top). They were unspeakably, outrageously delicious.

  4. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them.

    I thought I would let you know that you have a little typo-next to the name of the brownies it says “adapted” from food network when it should say “adopted”

  5. They look so delicious!!! I sure have to try baking them sometime!!

    I’ve found your blog very recently and I must say I became fascinated for how much recipes you had posted here!!! All brownies ou bake look so yummy, I envy you! LOL

    I hope to see your next post soon!!! =)

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