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 350Β°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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21 Responses to “Layered Marshmallow Brownies”

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    Xiaolu — March 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Oh these look so yummy! Love the crackly looking top.

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    yumventures — March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    They look soooo good! Thanks for the tip about the sweetness factor…I love having a little bite of something completely decadent!

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    KRISTINA CIPOLLA PHOTOGRAPHY — March 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    AH…these look heavenly….mmm…thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    bakingblonde — March 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Wow, those look great! I love those

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    KV — March 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not sure it is possible to be “too sweet” but these look very good!

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    Miss Yunks — March 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    These looks so good! Can’t wait to try!

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    MemΓ³ria — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not crazy about marshmallows, but these brownies look amazing!!

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    Justin — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    “nice and thick”… wow, you aren’t kidding. that was a bold move switching the pan though. glad it worked out in the end.

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    Kristen — March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    MMMMMMM those sound awesome!!

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    Candi — March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    oh my word! those look delicious!

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    CB — March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I can’t stop looking at your picture. I think that means I need to make these brownies. I’m not sure if I should thank you for shake my fist at you πŸ˜›

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Blaspemy!! Nothing is TOO sweet πŸ™‚

    I love these! Might give em a go when a occasion comes up πŸ˜€

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:17 am

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    nutmegnanny — March 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    These look awesome! I would love to have one of these sitting in my kitchen right now πŸ™‚

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    Ashley — March 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    These look AMAZING! I feel like I need to go to the gym just looking at them. πŸ™‚

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    Erin — March 5, 2010 at 2:57 am

    These look delicious! I love anything with marshmallows!

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    Kat — March 5, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I wish I could reach through the computer and grab these! They look awesome!!

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    Ingrid — March 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I make something similar but cheat and use a boxed brownie mix. The frosting I use doesn’t have marshmallows in it which helps with the sweet factor.

    That’s a great idea baking these in a smaller pan. I would prefer the brownie part a bit thicker.
    ~ingrid

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    Jes — March 11, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Um…I guess I didn’t let my icing cool enough and it melted the marshmallow completely…it looked like Mt. Vesuvius erupted on my counter ha ha! I wish I could post a picture! They still tasted yummy though =)

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    Caryn — April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I made these, but the chocolate topping turned out not great, not dissolved and gritty. – I think you mean “icing sugar” don’t you, when you say sugar for the frosting?

    • beantownbaker — April 18th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      I used granulated sugar for the frosting. When it is cooking on the stove, it should completely dissolve the sugar.

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