These chocolate peanut butter brownies are a favorite brownie recipe in our house. They are an indulgent treat that the whole family can enjoy. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a classic recipe that never fails to satisfy.
Let's be honest, anything with peanut butter and chocolate is bound to be a hit.
That's why these chocolate peanut butter brownies are the perfect dessert for any occasion.
Rich, fudgy, and packed with flavor, they're sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more.
For this recipe, we'll be making 2 separate brownie layers. A chocolate layer and a peanut butter layer.
The stars of our show today are:
Cocoa powder: To make the chocolate layer of the brownies. Use unsweetened cocoa powder. I like to use Hershey's cocoa powder as it always comes out well with higher-quality cocoa.
Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter works best with this recipe.
Brown sugar: While we'll also be using white granulated sugar, the brown sugar also adds a nice touch of flavor and moisture to the peanut butter layer.
Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract can add a lot of flavor to any baked treat, and using pure vanilla extract will give you the best flavor.
Butter: Unsalted butter, melted.
You'll also need:
- Granulated sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 8x8 inch baking pan with non-stick spray and line with some parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl place the melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and mix together well.
Slowly add in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, folding in until just barely mixed. Don't over mix the brownie batter, or your brownies will end up cakey.
Set the chocolate brownie batter to the side and start preparing the peanut butter brownie mix.
In a large mixing bowl, add peanut butter, melted butter, sugars, egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Don't over mix the batter.
In baking pan, spread out the peanut butter brownie layer in an even layer.
Top it gently with the chocolate brownie layer, spreading evenly on top.
Bake in oven for 22 minutes. Don't over bake.
The brownies should be soft and gooey, and will finish setting as they cool down.
Here are a few of our favorite tips for making your peanut butter brownies perfect.
When checking to see if your brownies are done, stick a toothpick in the center of your brownie. The toothpick should come out with some crumbs still on it. If the toothpick comes out clean, then your brownies are over baked.
Again, when you remove the brownies when they are still a bit gooey and soft.
How to Cut Perfect Brownies
When cutting your brownies, it's important to let them cool first. The brownies will continue to cook on the inside as they are cooling down.
It's best to remove the brownies from the oven and set to cool on a cooling rack. You don't want to pull the pan and out and set on top of the oven, as the the heat from the oven will keep the brownies warm and slow the cooling process.
Let the brownies cool completely for at least 30 minutes. Once the brownies are cooled, remove them from the pan and onto a cutting board.
Using a serenaded knife, cut through the crust of the brownies. Then using firm pressure press down to cut through the rest of the brownie.
To make extra clean cuts, you can dip the knife into warm water in between each cut, leaving the knife slightly wet.
You can store your cut brownies in an airtight container for 1-2 days at room temperature.
If left uncut, you can keep brownies for up to 4 days at room temperature wrapped in plastic wrap.
If you are wanting to freeze your brownies, it's best to leave them uncut, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and store for up to 3 months.
If you want to get creative with this recipe you can easily jazz it up by adding different mixins like chopped nuts or dried fruit.
You could also top your brownie with marshmallow cream or even swirl some jam through the batter!
Have fun experimenting with flavors to create your own delicious concoction.
These chocolate peanut butter brownies are delicious, ooey gooey brownies with everyone's favorite combo of flavors, peanut butter and chocolate!
For the Chocolate Brownie Layer
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
For the Peanut Butter Layer
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 8x8 inch baking pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl place the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and mix together well.
- Slowly add in the flour, cocoa powder and salt, folding in until just mixed.
- Set the chocolate brownie batter aside and start preparing the peanut butter brownie mix.
- In a large mixing bowl, add peanut butter, melted butter, sugars, egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Don't over mix.
- In prepared baking pan, spread out the peanut butter brownie layer in an even layer.
- Top it gently with the chocolate brownie layer, spreading evenly on top.
- Bake in oven for 22 minutes. Don't over bake.
- The brownies should be soft and gooey, and will finish setting as they cool down. Let sit for 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
Brownies may appear under cooked after baking, however, they'll continue to set as they cool down. Giving them a gooey texture instead of a cake-like texture.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 398Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 35gProtein: 7g
Chocolate peanut butter brownies are always going to be a crowd pleaser no matter what version you make!
Whether you keep it classic or add some extra goodies in there, these brownies will turn out rich, fudgy and full of flavor every single time.