Who doesn’t like chocolate? I think if you need a chocolate fix brownies do it for me. And to find a chewy fudgy chocolate brownie that isn’t overly sweet or sugary and cakey is definitely a find.
I must admit, it’s been tough over the years to find a chewy fudgy brownie recipe and to come up with one. There’d be times when I made brownies that were so good when I took them out of the oven but ended up turning dry when they cooled down or had one on another day. So to finally get a brownie recipe that’s fudgy and stays chewy I just had to share.
I didn’t want to leave it there though. No, I had to go further. I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I added Peanut Butter Cookie mix to it as well? I love Peanut Butter Cookies too. I wanted something that reminded me of a peanut butter cup but not as sweet. I have to admit I love baked goods and sweets just as long as they are not too sweet or too sugary. I think I made my point right? I don’t like something too sugary sweet.
I hope you enjoy and like my version of a Chewy Fudgy Brownie recipe with a Peanut Butter Cookie Crumble topping.
In a double boiler, melt the 8oz chocolate. See note.
In a large bowl, you can mix by hand or use a hand mixer, cream butter. Add in sugars and mix till creamy and fully combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix together until fully incorporated.
In a bowl combine the flour, salt and cocoa powder.
Chop the semi-sweet chocolate. See note.
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. You don’t want to over mix the batter.
Spread the brownie batter in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
In the meantime, prepare the Peanut Butter Cookie Crumble
In a bowl, cream the butter. Then add in the sugars and mix well.
Add in the egg and beat well. Add in the vanilla and peanut butter and stir until thoroughly combined.
In a bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder.
Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and mix till combined.
Drop peanut butter batter onto the brownie mixture and spread the batter if necessary. It’s ok to leave some of the brownie mixture showing. You want to have each brownie have a little of the peanut butter cookie crumble on it.
Bake Brownie Peanut Butter batter for about 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven and desire doneness. If there are a few crumbs on a toothpick but not gooey then they are done
* If you don’t have a double boiler, which I don’t, I placed the chocolate in a glass bowl that fits on top of one of my saucepans. Fill the pan with water but don’t let it touch the bottom of the bowl. With the chocolate in the bowl, bring the water to a slow boil and then down to a low-med simmer, slowly stirring occasionally until chocolate is fully melted. I prefer double boilers than melting in the microwave. It may be because melting doesn’t always work for me as well in a microwave.
* I prefer semi-sweet chocolate bars (like Bakers or Ghirardelli or your favorite preference) over regular chocolate chips. I find it melts better in the batter. Either chocolate or chips will be fine though.
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