Monday, April 16, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownies


I sat down this morning to bake something and started looking through cookbooks I’ve been wanting to try out. I have several new ones and haven’t had time to bake from any of them yet. Maybe I’ll show you the ones I have next time and you can tell me which one to start with. I can’t decide. I love them all.

But deciding wasn’t my problem so much this morning because everything fun I wanted to make called for an ingredient I didn’t have. Ugh.

And I wasn’t going back out to the store. Nope. I was in comfy clothes mode.


Luckily, I had peanut butter.


And chocolate chips.

I pretty much always have those two.


So I decided on peanut butter brownies.

With chocolate chips …


I started by adding a half cup but then finished with a full.

Taxes are due Tuesday (yuck) so treat yourself (yes).


Spoon please.

These are perfectly fabulous just like this but I thought I would frost them too.


I had more chocolate chips I needed to use up – you know – since I need to go to the store anyway.


Melt the chips and then mix in some peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar.


Yes – over the top and completely unnecessary.


Really, the only reason I wanted to frost them was to decorate the tops…


Like peanut butter cookies.


For the record, I think they are better without frosting.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 X 8 pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder and salt together with a wire whisk and set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugars and mix until combined.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spread in the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until done.

Notes: I baked these for 32 minutes but they really needed a few more for the center to be completely done. So to avoid the top turning too brown, place a sheet of aluminum over the pan about halfway through baking. Or you could bake them in a 9 X 13 inch pan for a few minutes less and get more brownies too.

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  • Stir in the peanut butter until completely combined and set aside.
  • In a mixer, beat the butter until smooth.
  • Add the sugar and mix until combined.
  • Add the chocolate and peanut butter mixture and mix until completely blended.
  • You can add a teaspoon at a time of milk if you would like the frosting creamier.
  • When the brownies are cool, spread the frosting on top.
  • Go ahead and cut the brownies into 16 servings in the pan. On each serving make peanut butter cookie marks with a fork. I placed the brownies in the freezer for a few minutes first to firm so the frosting didn’t get too messed up when I cut them.



P.S. Smile if you see a brownie frownie face.

Lee said...

yum! these are serious brownies!

April 16, 2012 12:11 AM
Erica said...

Haha! Before I read the last line of the post I thought, “that looks like a face.” LOL! Looks yummy!

April 16, 2012 12:13 AM
Marisa said...

They may be better without the frosting, but that frosting will definitely be going on something else! It sounds amazing! When I make peanut butter cups, I always mix a little peanut butter into the chocolate. Yum.

April 16, 2012 12:27 AM
beatriz said...

OMG!!! these look so yum!!! I’ll make them ASAP!!

April 16, 2012 12:29 AM
Kristen said...

I’m seriously tempted to go to the kitchen and make these right now even though it is 9:30 pm here! I love chocolate and peanut butter

April 16, 2012 12:29 AM
Katie Haysom said...

Those sound delicious!
Every year, our church does a chili, cornbread, and brownie cookoff and for three years running, I’ve won a few of the brownie awards and by far, the favorite was peanut butter brownies! I’m a big fan of them on any given day anyway, but they’re especially wonderful on those tough ‘rainy’ days. Thanks for sharing!!

April 16, 2012 12:32 AM
skippymom said...

I do see the face. It looks like a tiny jack o’lattern. Only you bakerella. So sweet.

Althought the icing looks good, I have to agree these might be a little cloying with that much pb & choc.

Take care!

April 16, 2012 12:33 AM
Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

Love how to did the traditional peanut butter cookie “look” with the fork. I bet they are delish.

April 16, 2012 12:40 AM
Jennie Posada said...

Yes!!! Finally a peanut butter brownie recipe. I too always have it on hand. Thanks so much!

April 16, 2012 12:40 AM
Lauren said...

I’m making these immediately. We are peanut butter and chocolate LOVERS! Perfection, Angie! :)

April 16, 2012 01:09 AM
Leah said...

Oh I see the little brownie face!!!

April 16, 2012 01:10 AM
Courtney @educatedderelicts said...

:) These look delish – exactly what I need to get me through my essay writing!

April 16, 2012 01:15 AM
JulieD said...

This looks amazing!! I love that you marked the frosting just the same way we do PB cookies. :)

April 16, 2012 01:29 AM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Wow, I feel the need to drink a big glass of milk after just looking at these! They look so delicious!!

April 16, 2012 01:51 AM
Lea @ iCooklea said...


April 16, 2012 02:01 AM
erica said...

would the frosting work for cupcakes? sounds yummy

April 16, 2012 02:10 AM
Krysta said...

Those look YUMMY! :D

My favorite way to “frost” brownies just uses chocolate chips. Basically, as soon as the brownies come out of the oven, you put a single layer of chocolate chips on top of them (as many as you can get on and still be a single layer), then give them a few minutes so the heat from the brownies can melt the chips. Then you take a spatula or knife and spread the chocolate so that it coats the brownies like frosting. Yummy, and so easy to do! (Not to mention, if you have chocolate chips, you have everything you need!)

April 16, 2012 02:49 AM
Julie said...

These look great – will definitely give them a try. I’m away to make my first ever chocolate whoopie pies…wish me luck!

April 16, 2012 05:24 AM
Mao said...

I need this to get through my finals!!

April 16, 2012 05:39 AM
Katrina said...

Love how easy these are! Yum!

April 16, 2012 06:12 AM
Sally said...

Yummy for your tummy!

April 16, 2012 06:16 AM
Kezia said...

Peanut butter + chocolate chips = heaven!

April 16, 2012 06:37 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Looks like you actually had the perfect ingredients on hand, love these!

April 16, 2012 07:19 AM
Julia said...

My teenage son is going to be so happy when he comes home to these brownies!! Great recipe! Thanks for the inspiration!

April 16, 2012 07:20 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet said...

in my kitchen.
can we make it happen??

April 16, 2012 07:20 AM
Megan said...

OMG! Those brownies look amazing. What cookbook did you use?

April 16, 2012 07:26 AM
Aimee @ ShugarySweets said...

Better without frosting? I’m not so sure….Guess I will have to make them and be the judge!

April 16, 2012 07:44 AM
Mikky said...

:) I see a face too!
Hey I actually have all the ingredients for these, well actually don’t have the chocolate chips but I do have tons of Easter chocolate leftovers so I’m thinking I could use those. Will try making these without the frosting. Thanks for the recipe .

April 16, 2012 07:48 AM
Reb @ Sink or Swim said...

Yum! I’m not a huge frosting fan so I would probably prefer them without frosting as well. They look fabulous!

April 16, 2012 08:11 AM
Mckenzie said...

Mmmmm!!! I’d keep that frosting if I were you!!

April 16, 2012 08:17 AM
ileana said...

Peanut butter and chocolate – I can’t get enough of them together. Love that you decorated the frosting to look like pb cookies!

April 16, 2012 08:41 AM
Erin Maree said...

I was just wondering what I could bake to bring to bible study on Wednesday night and these will be perfect! Chocolate and peanut butter a perfect combo can’t wait to taste these :)

April 16, 2012 09:05 AM
teresa said...

These look so yuMMy!
You must have the haPPiest kitchen!

April 16, 2012 11:11 AM
Julie said...

I just ended up making these and the whoopie pies. I must admit I found it a bit harder to make than normal as I’m used to weighing thinks out. The whole american “cup” thing all just seemed a bit too inaccurate for me but I guess I’ll get used to it.
I think my brownies might be slightly overcooked but I’m sure they will taste delicious. And the whoopie pies were just amazing!!

April 16, 2012 11:15 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh man, way to ignite the biggest craving for these on my lunch break! I’ll have to wait, but these are 100% on my ‘Recipes to Try’ list.

April 16, 2012 11:16 AM
Rachel Willen said...

yum. I’m teaching a class with middle school kids tomorrow night and these will be perfect!! Will also try a batch Gluten-free for those in the class who are…thanks!

April 16, 2012 11:16 AM
Kate said...

these look like just what i need!

April 16, 2012 11:48 AM
Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh I hate that when you are missing one thing, no way I am getting out of my comfy cloths to go to the store!

April 16, 2012 11:53 AM
Elizabeth said...

I love peanut butter and chocolate!

April 16, 2012 11:54 AM
Monica said...

OMG delicious! The way you frosted these is so cute. I’ve never seen frosting like that. These are heaven.


April 16, 2012 11:59 AM
Rebecca Ednie said...

These look awesome but they seem more like PB Blondies to me. Don’t brownies have to have chocolate or cocoa in the batter? Hmmm. I guess its just a matter of the name tho so I suppose it isn’t that important. Just curious.

April 16, 2012 12:04 PM
Taís said...

I don´t know if the peanut butter here in Brazil isn’t good as yours, but I really don’t like it! (sorry guys).. I keep seeing these amazing recipes with it and I never do them. Should I? PS: I see the brownie face!! =D

April 16, 2012 12:25 PM
Holly said...

So yum..I laughed so hard when you said to add a half cup of chips but then decided on a full cup…I do that all the can NEVER have enough chocolate!These look fabulous and sweet idea to criss-cross the top as you would for P.B. cookies! NICE ! ! ! !
Oh.yes, I saw the face!

April 16, 2012 12:37 PM
Tiffany Daumueller said...

These sound so awesome. I tried something similar the other day that I was in love with so I’ll have to give this recipe a try. Do you ever used powdered eggs or butter? I wonder how it’d turn out…probably amazing!

April 16, 2012 12:42 PM
Zombiesgirl said...

Love the idea of making them look like pb cookies, so much more fun.
Was this from a book?

April 16, 2012 12:56 PM
MINDY1 said...

OMG those look great-love PB and chocolate :D

April 16, 2012 01:15 PM
Rachael said...

I don’t even think this would ever get to the completed brownie stage! These look divine.Rx

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April 16, 2012 01:48 PM
jenny - Sugar Loco said...

Over the top, no. Perfect, YES!

April 16, 2012 01:58 PM
Rita said...

These had me smiling even before the peanut butter brownie face ;-)

April 16, 2012 03:03 PM
Monika said...

I wish I could come up with something THIS GOOD with stuff from my pantry! Bakerella, you always inspire! :)

April 16, 2012 03:22 PM
Nikki Goldman Stroh said...

Peanut-butter and Chocolate is definitely the best combination of foods out there….you really can’t get any better!

April 16, 2012 03:49 PM
RebeccaH said...

So this might be a stupid question, but do you cream the sugars with the butters? Or are they included in the “add dry ingredients” instruction?

April 16, 2012 05:19 PM
Molly said...

I am so tempted to bake these tonight! I have a friend with a birthday tomorrow – sounds like a good excuse :)

April 16, 2012 05:57 PM
Kiran @ said...

I love the frosting either way. Looks too darn delicious xoxo

April 16, 2012 06:24 PM
Maria said...

They are in the oven…can’t wait for them to come out! Thanks for the recipe. I love you!

April 16, 2012 06:37 PM
Liz said...

Visually your photos are beautiful and so, so tempting! :)

April 16, 2012 09:09 PM
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

i must try these! Hope you’re well!! Miss you!

April 16, 2012 09:13 PM
Megan {Country Cleaver} said...

These are five steps too far – and right on target for where my mind is at!! I’m loving every ounce of these!!

April 16, 2012 09:57 PM
Samantha said...

I made these as soon as I got home today — they’re absolutely delicious! Instead of frosting them, I drizzled semi sweet and white chocolate on top. Love it!

April 16, 2012 10:40 PM
Kristin @ Baker Bettie said...

I love the pb cookie look on top of the frosting. BUT I also love that you said you liked them better without frosting. I always think brownies are kind of ruined with frosting. But then again, I’m crazy and kinda hate frosting. Sue me.

Gorgeous as always!

April 16, 2012 11:17 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

The brownies look great~Your photos are beautiful~..and i love the peanut butter cookie look! p.s. i can see the cute frown!

April 16, 2012 11:53 PM
bakerella said...

Lauren – Your brownie photo was so cute!
Erica – sure
Krysta – I like the way you work
Jessica – we should!
Megan and zombiesgirl – I didn’t use one for these. Excited to dig into some new ones though.
Tiffany – Haven’t used those.
RebeccaH – Whoops. Just added that in. Thanks!
Samantha – Glad you liked them.

April 17, 2012 01:06 AM
Tanya said...

They look sooo god i can almost smell them ! Just started weight watchers lol so will make them just have to shear the love !! I would love to see what your pantry looks like if you always have a suply of treats !!

April 17, 2012 05:35 AM
nikki said...

smile if you see a brownie frownie face! lol…you are one funny gal. Reading your blog puts a smile on my face ;)

April 17, 2012 10:32 AM
Grace said...

:)! I love brownies!! And I only like peanut butter in cookies or brownies! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate chips@

Man, Bakerella, you’ve done it again!

April 17, 2012 11:03 AM
Jenna said...

Yum. I’ve been wanting a peanut butter and chocolate something and brownies are the best.

April 17, 2012 11:50 AM
KB @ Home-Baked Happiness said...

Those remind me of these, which I should totally make again soon, ’cause they’re awesome:

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April 17, 2012 01:55 PM
Julia M. said...

Yummy! I’m on a pb and chocolate kick these last couple days and these are going in the oven as soon as dinner is done. For some strange reason, I added about 3/4 cup of oats. We’ll see how they turn out!

April 17, 2012 04:45 PM
Megan S. said...

Those brownies look to die for. I would love to try to make them. Of course I doubt I could make them as good as you can. Do you have a fan mail email?

April 17, 2012 07:49 PM
kelly said...

YUMMMM!!! i TOtally see that chocolate chip face!!! :D

April 17, 2012 08:22 PM
Brian @ A Thought For Food said...

Hahaha! Oh boy, you killed me with this post. The last line had me laughing. :-)

How can you go wrong with a recipe like this? Peanut butter, chocolate… brownies! oh it’s so magical!

April 17, 2012 08:54 PM
Trish @ Cake Games said...

It’d be impossible to say no to those brownies. Cool recipe and even better photos. Keep it up.

April 17, 2012 09:31 PM
Tiffany Daumueller said...

If you ever want to give powdered eggs a shot, let me know and I’ll hook you up ;) You are a dessert making idol of mine :) By the way…if you had to choose, what would be your favorite dessert? The pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are still my fave.

April 17, 2012 10:53 PM
Laura said...

Great recipe!! My only trouble is to convert cups into grammes. Sorry in Italy we don’t use cups and spoons but this won’t stop me from baking your delicious recipes!!! I have to make my own brown sugar because no one knows what it is here. Bye from Venezia.

April 18, 2012 03:29 AM
Seanna Lea said...

I think if your frosting was stiff enough that I would roll it into balls and put it between two sugar cookies and have peanut butter and chocolate pillow cookies. Gosh, I want to bake just thinking about it!

April 18, 2012 10:21 AM
yerba mate side effects said...

“Sweets for my sweet,sugar for my honey…” that’s how the old song goes.. but still it applies true to all of us. Who could resist such decadence? I love chocolates,it’s my sinful craving. I always love the triple chocolate fudge brownies ,but this one I’ll have to try this weekend.. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

April 18, 2012 12:48 PM
sheilah said...

best! Love these. And I completely relate to the “comfy clothes” mode of thinking.

April 18, 2012 01:47 PM
Anonymous said...

great combo!

April 18, 2012 03:27 PM
alyssa said...

anything with pb and chocolate sounds good to me!

April 18, 2012 03:35 PM
Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

I know what I will be making this weekend!

April 19, 2012 01:10 AM
Jennie Posada said...

MAde these today and I love them. I can’t take my hands off them!

April 19, 2012 01:26 AM
Meghan S said...

Yumm! Definitely a must try! I was looking for something special to bake my bf.. this might be it~

April 19, 2012 12:03 PM
Sarah Case said...

I made these, and they were easy and delicious! I didn’t bother with the frosting, but I will make the frosting for something else another time…maybe a good topping for my banana & chocolate chip cupcakes?

One note – I baked these in a square Pyrex dish, and it took 45 minutes before they were done enough to take out. The middle was still pretty moist (almost gooey), but the edges were completely done.

April 19, 2012 03:14 PM
Kisa said...

These look delicious! Even though I don’t love PB a whole ton, hmm, and I think I can make them work Gluten Free too! I will attempt these over the weekend!

April 20, 2012 04:51 PM
Hannah Sheree said...

I can’t stop eating these!!! Oh god!!!

April 20, 2012 10:42 PM
Warren said...

While I was making the frosting I decided it also needed a banana. I threw a ripe banana in with the butter and sugar mixture and mixed until it was incorporated.

April 21, 2012 02:29 PM
chelsie said...

i just made these today! it’s a cold and rainy day here in boston so i figured it was a perfect baking day :)
im not usually a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter together but when i saw these i had to make them…i used ghiradelli dark chocolate chips and half wheat/half white flour because that’s what i had and they came out so good :)

April 22, 2012 02:56 PM
Valorie said...

Those brownies look KILLER! I want to make them so bad, haha! Too bad I don’t even have flour right now – soon!

April 22, 2012 04:54 PM
jennifer said...

Yum! We love peanut butter and chocolate in this house :). Just made something called halvah with pb and chocolate to top ice cream.

April 22, 2012 07:32 PM
Lisa said...

Looks amazing as always! Seeing this may have just complicated my sugar detox diet…

April 23, 2012 10:30 PM
libby said...

ohh this looks sooo yummm

April 25, 2012 01:02 AM
melissa said...

any ideas on how to amend the recipe to make them without the peanut butter? I am allergic to peanuts. Do I just need to replace the peanut butter with another fat?

April 25, 2012 01:40 PM
Ashley said...

I made these a few days ago and they were seriously AMAZING. Couldn’t keep them away from my mouth. I used half mini chips and half regular chips, and instead of the frosting, I melted Reese’s chips on the top and then sprinkled more mini chips over that. The crumb in this brownie and the moistness is absolutely perfect – everyone should make them! And I was surprised how peanut-buttery they were even though the recipe only calls for half a cup. Will be making this again, and calling it “peanut butter snack cake.” :)

April 25, 2012 07:31 PM
Lafleche Masse said...

OMG these look SO good. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

April 27, 2012 02:41 AM
Rhea said...

After drooling all over the keyboard I checked my pantry and miraculously, I had all the ingredients. I’m enjoying a mug of coffee as the beautiful babies bake and hubby rushes home. The house smells wonderful!
Thank you for a scrumptious easy recipe :)

April 29, 2012 08:41 AM
Felicia said...

Yours look great! I just baked these on Friday for a play and they were a huge hit. Personally, I’m not really into chocolate + peanut butter (crazy, I know!), but even I fell in love with these. Moist and cakey and chocolatey= yum! Thanks Bakerella!

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April 30, 2012 11:12 PM
Cece said...

I’m going to try making these with reeses minis instead of chocolate chips. Double peanut butter :D

May 4, 2012 06:41 PM
Sara B said...

These were awesome! I used 2 eggs instead of 3 because i prefer chewy brownies to cakey ones. And I baked them in a 7×11 pan. So good. Thanks Bakerella!

May 5, 2012 12:00 PM
Kate said...

for Melissa (#92) just make these!

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(not my blog, but i’ve made them before and they’re wonderful!)

May 8, 2012 08:42 PM
Jennie Posada said...

I’ve made these a few times since you posted the recipe and my family loves them. By chance can I make them ahead of time and freeze? I’m planning a BIG party and would love to make them for my guest. Please email me

May 15, 2012 08:49 PM
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