Peanut Butter Brownies

Our kitchen designer, S, for our renovation project was AMAZING. Granted, we had to “break up” with two designers before finding her, but boy are we glad we did! She had so much patience with us me and my indecisiveness. And she tackled our kitchen with all it’s funky angles and obstacles as a challenge not a burden. It was her last minute idea to put a countertop over our radiator to almost double our counter space in the room. We owe her. Big time. But how do you thank someone for all their hard work and patience? In an attempt to show our gratitude, I did what I do best. I baked for her.

The day we went to deliver these brownies, S said she was so glad we love the kitchen and that this is what makes her day. Happy customers coming in smiling say they love the design she came up with. If anyone in the Boston area is looking for a kitchen designer, let me know, because she was awesome.

And now, on to the brownies. I had some leftover frosting from the Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes and I wanted to incorporate that frosting into the treat for S. Then I decided that I’d stick with the chocolate-peanut-butter theme but make brownies. Now ever since I made these Oreo Brownies, an Ina Garten recipe, I’ve been in love with the brownies. I also made them into Brownie Pops for Hubby’s mom’s surprise birthday party. The brownies are delicious. But I decided I’d try a new brownie recipe just to mix things up.

I asked around and decided on this recipe from What’s Cooking in the Orange Kitchen. These brownies do not disappoint! They’ve got a great texture. Be sure to follow the tip in the recipe to get the nice shiny top to your brownies. I mixed some chocolate-peanut-butter swirled chips into the brownie batter prior to cooking.

Once the brownies were fully cooled, I spread about a 1/2 cup of the leftover frosting onto the brownies. I also had some leftover ganache in the fridge, so I decided to slather that over the peanut butter frosting.

These brownies are very rich and tasty. The peanut butter flavor was not overwhelming, but more of a subtle flavor mixed with the delicious chocolateness of the brownies. Hubby didn’t want to actually deliver these to S because he wanted to eat the entire batch himself.

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Perfect Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder, optional
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
2 large eggs
3/4 cups flour
1 cups chocolate chips - I used chocolate-peanut-butter swirl chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 8x8 pan

In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, or in a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 8x8 pan.

Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

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18 Responses to “Double Cookie Dough Ice Cream”

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — June 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Oh my word!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 24, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Pass me a spoon! This sounds amazing, Jen!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — June 24, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I need this ice cream right now!

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    Sues — June 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I absolutely love cookie dough ice cream and this looks like a fabulous one! I love your bowls, too 🙂

    • beantownbaker — June 24th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      Thanks! They’re from Pier 1.

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    Katie B. — June 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Wow… I’m not a cookie dough ice cream fan for the same reason, but this is amazing. How much do you think the coconut milk plays in the flavor?

    • beantownbaker — June 24th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      I personally don’t find coconut milk very coconuty. I know some people do. I think you could use the cow’s milk varieties in the recipe and it would taste similar. I just have to use the coconut milk since i can’t eat cow’s milk.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I love this! Ice cream has to be my favorite dessert, this looks amazing 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I made this recipe from Tracey a couple of weeks ago too (I haven’t post about it yet) – so good!!!

    • beantownbaker — June 27th, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

      Isn’t it? It’s definitely one of my favorite ice cream recipes to date!

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    Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com — June 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

    This sounds delicious! I’m with you–regular cookie dough ice cream is a snooze. (Unless I’m sharing a pint with someone who doesn’t mind if I go through and pick out all the goodies–but let’s be real–everyone minds!) I’ll have to try this variation–it sounds like the perfect solution!

    • beantownbaker — June 28th, 2013 @ 7:17 am

      I agree completely – everyone does mind!

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    Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) — July 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This looks amazing!!! We would love it if you would link up at our We Scream For Ice Cream linky party/giveaway:
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    Live the whole month of July.
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    We hope to see you there!

    • beantownbaker — July 3rd, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

      Thanks for the link!

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    Melissa — July 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Cookie dough ice cream is my favorite and this recipe makes me want to buy an ice cream maker immediately! Which kind do you recommend?

    • beantownbaker — July 6th, 2013 @ 11:09 am

      I have the ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer. If you don’t have a Kitchenaid mixer, I’ve heard good things about the Cuisinart ice cream maker.

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    Kristen — March 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve never made cookie dough ice cream but am wanting to try this one. Is there a way to substitute the egg yolks or leave it out?

    Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — April 16th, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

      I would assume you could find a Philadelphia style ice cream recipe to use as the base with some brown sugar in it to give it more of a cookie dough taste. I wouldn’t recommend just leaving them out of this specific recipe though.

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