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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Makes

about 2 dozen

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
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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