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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

My husband and I have two sons, and I sent these peanut butter brownies to them regularly when they were in college. They told me that they used to hide a few from their roommates just to make sure there would be some left! —Patsy Burgin, Lebanon, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream or milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat; set aside. In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and pale-colored. Add flour and melted chocolate; stir well. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until the brownies test done. Cool.
  • For filling, beat confectioners' sugar, peanut butter and butter in a bowl. Stir in cream until mixture reaches desired spreading consistency. Spread over cooled brownies; cover and chill until firm.
  • For glaze; melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over the filling. Chill before cutting. Store in refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Brownie Tips

Why are my brownies chewy?

In order to check for chewy brownies, stick a toothpick into them while they're in the oven—if you see moist crumbs, then you’ve likely achieved a chewy texture. If you want your brownies to be cakier, add a few pinches of flour, baking soda and baking powder to the batter. (Check out our brownie-baking guide for more hints and tips.)

How can I make my brownies more moist?

If you’re going for moist, chewy or fudgy brownies, then you can add more fat—such as butter or chocolate—to the recipe. You can also try adding an additional egg or follow our recipe for the Ultimate Fudgy Brownies.

How can you tell when brownies are done?

When brownies are done, they should be set and slightly browned. To check your brownies' doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the pan; if it comes out clean, they’re ready for you to take them out of the oven. (Overcooked brownies are a common baking problem. When in doubt, remove them from the oven sooner rather than later—the brownies will continue cooking as they cool.)

Research contributed by Mark Hagen, Taste of Home Executive Editor
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 141 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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  • Jill
    Mar 1, 2018

    This is an all time favorite! I use ghiradelli double dk chocolate brownie mix with this topping...they are easy and amazing!

  • Susieqtn
    Sep 17, 2017

    As suggested by another review, I used Pillsbury dark chocolate brownie mix for bottom layer in 9" x 13" pan. After baking and cooling, spread peanut butter topping, using more peanut butter to taste (about 1/4 c. more). Refrigerated overnight. Excellent!

  • 2124arizona
    Apr 9, 2017

    Taste like peanut butter cups. Love it!!

  • trimom4
    May 28, 2015

    How can a 9x9 pan yield 5 DOZEN brownies!!!!

  • rmbarr059
    Jan 19, 2015

    Pretty yummy! I ran out of sugar, powdered sugar, and chocolate and they still turned out good!

  • lorstout
    Feb 26, 2014

    Great recipe for this favorite combination! I took them to work where everyone loved them.

  • PinkFish
    Feb 13, 2013

    awesome!!

  • PinkFish
    Feb 13, 2013

    I think I will try this using a boxed brownie mix and putting it in a 9"x13" pan. I will use the same filling ingr. as for a 9" pan. Sounds wonderful! Will let you know how it turns out.

  • gramik
    Aug 23, 2012

    I made this for company and was excited to see how they turned out. The brownie portion was horrible. It tasted like cardboard! The peanut butter topping was delicious and the only saving grace in this brownie. I might try it again, but I'm going to have to do something about the brownie to make it edible!!

  • egan8910
    Sep 6, 2011

    Made this yesterday for my son-in-law. He loved them. I had to use chocolate chips because I had no unsweetened chocolate so I found them very sweet, but not uneatable. The brownie turned out very well considering I have very little success when making brownies.When all is said and done this is a nice snack. I will make it again but I will use unsweetened chocolate. I give it 5 *****!!!!!!