Lover's Chocolate & Peanut Butter Brownies
July 14, 2016
"Chocolate and peanut butter—is there any better combo? I don’t think so. And it's a brownie. Who doesn't love a brownie! The creator of these brownies (Jessica Merchant) says that "these are the brownies you make when your best friend breaks up with her boyfriend. When you don’t get the job you want. When you studied your ass off for a test and it’s finally over. When you finish writing a book for your invisible Internet friends! You get it. When it’s Saturday. That’s when you make these brownies.""
- FOR BROWNIES
- FOR PEANUT BUTTER FILLING
- FOR GANACHE TOPPING
- Serving Size: 1 (181.9 g)
- Calories 787.7
- Total Fat - 55.8 g
- Saturated Fat - 26.7 g
- Cholesterol - 155.5 mg
- Sodium - 615.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 68.3 g
- Dietary Fiber - 4.3 g
- Sugars - 50 g
- Protein - 13.3 g
- Calcium - 99.7 mg
- Iron - 2.4 mg
- Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
- Thiamin - 0.1 mg
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
TO MAKE THE BROWNIES
Add the butter and chopped chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, 30 to 60 seconds.
Once the chocolate is semi-melted, stir constantly to melt the rest. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter-chocolate mixture and granulated sugar. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract, stirring until a smooth batter forms. With a large spoon, mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the batter to the baking dish.
Bake until the brownies are set and no longer jiggly in the middle, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes.
TO MAKE THE PEANUT BUTTER FILLING
Stir together the melted peanut butter, powdered sugar, and coconut oil until smooth. The peanut butter will be warm and melt the coconut oil, so stir until melted.
Pour the filling over the brownies, using a spatula to spread it around the top.
Let cool completely and firm up, 20 minutes.
TO MAKE THE GANACHE
Add the chocolate to a large bowl.
Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it bubbles around the edges. Remove the cream from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 30 seconds, then stir continuously until the chocolate melts and a smooth ganache comes together, 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour it all over the top of the brownies, then cover it with the chopped peanut butter cups. Let the brownies sit for 30 minutes before cutting.
*NOTE: the brownies will stay fresh for 2 to 3 days at room temperature if covered with a layer of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. It is suggested to keep them in the fridge—they keep a few days longer.*
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.