Friday, May 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
You like chocolate, yes?
Obviously you do-because we all know that is like...70% of what ends up on this blog.
Do you also like peanut butter?
Chances are good you like that too.
What about cookie dough?
C'mon....who doesn't like cookie dough? Am I right?
Even if you think you don't like some of those things, these brownies may change your mind. I fed some to a friend of Michael's (who was being a sweetie and fixing my computer), and he is not a pb fan, but he LOVED these brownies. Like-went crazy for them. Told Michael he'd better marry me. He also was sad after he was done eating it. We've all been there.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
Now...these brownies will cause you to have to do a lot of dishes. And they're super rich. And probably (definitely) not good for you. But they are SO worth it! It's like...a fudgy brownie + peanut butter cookie dough + thick, delicious chocolate ganache=YUM. (It actually tastes fairly similar to a certain Buckeye Cake.) I needed to use some of the peanut butter I had laying around the house (PB Crave, specifically), so for the peanut butter cookie dough I actually used PB Crave Cookie Nookie--so the cookie dough factor was amped up. But you can totally use whatever peanut butter you like. If you have some cool flavored pb's this is a super fun way to experiment with diff. combinations.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate (I didn't have any so I used a high cacao% chocolate and scaled back the sugar a little)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet/semisweet chocolate chips
Cookie Dough
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used PB Crave Cookie Nookie-YUM!)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet/semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray an 8 x 8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Line the bottom of the pan with a strip of parchment paper, so that it comes up two of the sides that are opposite each other. Spray the parchment with non-stick spray as well.
  • In a small bowl, melt butter and the unsweetened chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals-stirring after each-until smooth and fully melted. 
  • Stir vanilla into melted chocolate mixture.
  • In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat sugar and eggs.
  • Stir chocolate mixture into the egg/sugar mixture. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir dry ingredients and chocolate chips into the wet ingredients.
  • Spread brownie batter into prepared pan. 
  • Bake 22-28 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
Cookie Dough
  • In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  • Add milk and peanut butter.
  • Stir in flour and salt.
  • Spread evenly over cooled brownies.
  • In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips, heavy cream, and sugar in 30 second bursts, stirring after each, until melted and smooth.
  • Drizzle/spread, gently, over cookie dough.
  • Sprinkle peanut butter chips on top.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
  • Use a a knife to loosen the sides, then grab the parchment paper overhang and remove from pan. Cut into brownie squares.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
Go on. Have a bite. You know you want to.
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