Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

by Kristen on March 5, 2013

Peanut Butter Brownies

I’m a huge fan of anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Seriously, it’s like the best combination in the world.

Peanut Butter BrowniesThese chocolate peanut butter brownies are ridiculously delicious. The brownies are perfect on their own. They’re soft and chewy and full of crunchy peanut bits. But then they’re topped with creamy peanut buttery frosting AND drizzled in chocolate ganache AND sprinkled with a tiny bit of Maldon sea salt. OMG. 
Peanut Butter Brownies

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Peanut Butter Brownies
 
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Serves: makes 48
Ingredients
Brownies:
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Frosting
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ganache
  • 10 ounces of good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
Instructions
Brownies:
  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Grease 2 mini cupcake tins and dust lightly with flour.
  2. Place ¾ cup butter in heavy large saucepan. Add chocolates an stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt, then eggs, 1 at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Fill each mini cupcake mould until nearly full. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 12-15 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.
  3. Frosting:
  4. Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and ¼ cup butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg, then milk and vanilla.
  5. Ganache:
  6. Heat cream in a small sauce pan until boiling. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk till chocolate is fully melted, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. To assemble:
  8. Remove each mini brownie from the pan. Cut the top off of each and set aside. Place brownies back into cupcake pan. Smooth peanut frosting over each brownie. Replace brownie tops, cut side up, if desired. Place in fridge till frosting is set, about 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from fridge and, using a thin knife or offset spatula, remove brownies from the pan. Drizzle with a tablespoon of chocolate ganache. Set aside (or in the fridge) till ganache has hardened.
  10. Just before serving, sprinkle with a tiny bit of Maldon sea salt.
Notes
If you don't want to fiddle around with making mini brownies you can always just make a big pan of them. For the baking instructions for using a single pan, check out the recipe on Epicurious

 

 

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven

Oh my goodness, these sound HEAVENLY! I’m with you on loving all things chocolate and PB!

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Jason

Holy drippy delicious looking chocolate!

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Julia

These look deadly–but in a good way! Yum!

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Louise@cakeandcalico.com

Oh, wow! I love the layering idea and I bet the flavour combination is glorious. My son is allergic to peanuts so I might substitute something like mint fudge for the peanut butter layer. I can’t wait to try…

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Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

You’ve got to be kidding me! OMG is right, yo! Yummmm!!

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Bun Boy

I can’t stand how good these look!!

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