Homemade Peanut Butter Brownies | Easy Recipe

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Homemade peanut butter brownies from scratch. Easy follow along recipe that’ll curb your chocolate and peanut butter craving.

Chewy brownies with gooey peanut butter on a spatula.

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of stuffing brownies with normal things like nuts and chocolate candies. But combining chocolate and peanut butter together is something that just makes sense.

Now our family enjoys brownies that are not too sweet and have a gooey texture in the center while still being crunchy along the edges and top. The perfect after school snack or dessert that’ll have the kids extra excited to come home after a busy day at school.

Once the kids are in bed we can take this one step further by getting a bowl of vanilla ice cream and breaking up this fresh brownie on top.

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Three types of brownies-

There are three types of brownies you can choose from. The cake like brownies that are light, airy, and more of a cake sponge. The fudge kind that are more dense and gooey in the center, and chewy brownies that are a little bit of both.

No matter your preference everything about brownies matter. Whether you melt or soften your butter. Choosing butter over oil. Adding baking powder vs. no baking powder and even granulated sugar vs. confectioners sugar. It can be a bit overwhelming with so many different ways to make them and everyone having their own little secrets.

But we’ll keep this recipe simple while making the perfect chewy brownie with crunchy edges and a soft center.

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter (melted)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 3-4 TBS peanut butter
Brownies with chewy center and a peanut butter flaky

IN A SAUCEPAN

In a saucepan melt ½ cup butter over low heat. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir until smooth and remove from heat.

Transfer into a mixing bowl or stand mixer and add 2 eggs and ½ tsp. vanilla extract. Mix together on a medium speed until combined.

Four images to indicated steps. Melted butter, added sugar, added chocolate chips, combined flour in separate bowl.

IN A SEPERATE BOWL

In a separate bowl add 1 cup flour, ½ cup cocoa power and ½ tsp. baking powder. Whisk until there are no lumps.

Add dry mixture to wet mixture a little at a time until fully combined.

Four images to indicate steps. Beat chocoalte mixture, pour into baking dish, add peanut butter, bake.

BAKE AT 350°

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray and pour brownie batter into dish. Spoon 3-4 TBS. of butter onto the top. Take a knife and swirl peanut butter onto the top of the brownies.

Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 40 minutes.

Allow to fully cool.

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STORE LEFTOVERS

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3-5 days.

Peanut Butter Brownies

Homemade peanut butter brownies from scratch
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, chocolate,, Dessert,
Servings: 9
Calories: 384kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 3-4 TBS. peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
    In a saucepan melt ½ cup butter over low heat. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup chocolate chips. Stir until smooth and remove from heat.
  • Transfer into a mixing bowl or stand mixer and add 2 eggs and ½ tsp. vanilla extract. Mix together on a medium speed until combined.
  • In a separate bowl add 1 cup flour, ½ cup cocoa power and ½ tsp. baking powder. Whisk until there are no lumps.
  • Add dry mixture to wet mixture a little at a time until fully combined.
  • Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray and pour brownie batter into dish. Spoon 3-4 TBS. of butter onto the top. Take a knife and swirl peanut butter onto the top of the brownies.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 40 minutes. Allow to fully cool.

Notes

Tip- If the peanut butter is stored in a cool place, it might be best to microwave the 3-4 TBS on low in a heat safe dish before swirling them into the brownies. 
* Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based off of brands of ingredients used and cooking methods. 

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg
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