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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23 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars”

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    hannah! — June 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    A slice of this? Yes please!

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    Sara — June 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Oh my…a slice? I’ll take the whole pan, please. 🙂

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    Cupcake Activist — June 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am a firm believer in combining foods that are great. The photos are making me drool!

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    yumventures — June 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    So amazingly decadent! I love these. So would my boyfriend 🙂

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    BeeKayRoot — June 8, 2010 at 3:18 am

    You should simply call these the “Yes, Please” bars.

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    Chocolate Shavings — June 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Those bars look perfect!

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    Amy — June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Mmmmm, she said trying not to drool.

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    Taylor — June 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Yes please is right! I need to make these as soon as possible!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — June 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Yours turned out so pretty! I’m so glad you liked them! 🙂

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    oneordinaryday — June 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Holy cow! I agree with your husband. I’d beg for those bars, for sure.

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    Mary — June 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Oh, I say “yes please,” too! YUM! Those both sound and look delicious!!! A must make!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Ingrid — June 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I’ve seen these around and each time I think, MUST bake, soon! This time around is no different except I AM going to make these asap. Thanks for the shove, I mean nudge! 🙂
    ~ingrid

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    Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} — June 9, 2010 at 3:43 am

    I’ve made these before and I still think about them. Your pictures are beautiful. I’m adding you to my blog list!

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    Amanda — June 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    wow! heavenly! –hoteles en veracruzt

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    steph — June 9, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I’ll take two! These bars look great. I am saving the recipe!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — June 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, these look simply amazing! I think I would say “Yes Please” too!

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    Tia — June 10, 2010 at 4:49 am

    i just printed this off. SO excited to try it!

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — June 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    My family would go insane for this! Newest follower here!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What’s For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

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    cookies and cups — June 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    These are some of my favorite bars! Yours look great 🙂

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    We Are Not Martha — June 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Oh wow, these look absolutely delightful! I could probably eat a whole pan 🙂 Happy weekend!

    Sues

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    Amanda — June 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Yum, yum, yum! I could do some serious damage to those. They look heavenly.

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    Tyler — August 24, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I’ve been browsing your blog and these look delicious! Well, everything looks delicious but I’m a cheesecake girl and my husband is definitely a chocolate chip cookie kind of guy so I can’t wait to try these!

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    Rhondi — December 31, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I made these last week. They were amazing!

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