Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies





The wonderful little brownie that I am sharing with you today was a big hit with friends and family.  My son loved them when I first made them and my girls at work loved them too.  They have been requested over and over again.  So how could I not share them with you guys?  To all of my fellow foodies… You are going to love these babies.  Come on, is there anything better than the classic peanut butter-chocolate combo?  Somehow I think not!

If my brownie layer looks a little dry to you, it’s because it was.  I forgot to add the chocolate chips to the brownie layer and instead sprinkled them on top.  They obviously make a great difference in the moistness of the brownie.  So don’t forget to mix them in, duh!

This brownie has several steps, but totally worth it.  I hope you enjoy!



Brownie Layer:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 Oz unsweetened chocolate

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips


Cookie Dough Layer:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tbsp milk

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt


Ganache Topping:

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tbsp granulated sugar

1 cup peanut butter chips


1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick spray.  Line the bottom of the pan with a strip of parchment paper so that it comes up two of the sides that are opposite each other.  Spray the parchment with nonstick spray too.

2. Prepare the brownies:  In a small bowl, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate in the microwave until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes.  Stir briskly until well-combined, then stir in the vanilla.  Meanwhile, in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the sugar and eggs.  Scrape in the partially cooled chocolate mixture and mix to combine.  In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir the flour ingredients and chocolate chips into the wet ingredients.  Spread the batter into the prepared pan.  Bake 22 to 28 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool.

3. Prepare cookie dough layer:  In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter and brown sugar.  Mix until creamy.  Add milk and peanut butter and mix to combine.  Stir in flour and salt.  Spread the peanut butter cookie dough in an even layer over the cooled brownies.

4.  Prepare ganache:  In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips, cream and sugar for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.  Continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each heating time until chocolate is completely melted.  Drizzle the ganache over the peanut butter layer and spread to cover the top.  Sprinkle with the peanut butter chips.  Refrigerate until the dough and ganache are set (at least 1 hour).  Use a knife to loosen the sides, then carefully grab the parchment paper and remove the whole pan of brownies to a cutting board.  Use a sharp knife to cut them into squares.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  Makes 16 brownies.

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