Fudge Brownies meet Peanut Butter Bars. One of the best dessert mash-ups to date.
Hi Everyone! Fair warning: If you’re on a diet you might want to avert your eyes right this second. Especially if you’re having a weakness for chocolate, brownies, or peanut butter. Everyone else, come a little closer. See those layers of brownies, the inside of a peanut butter cup and some swirled chocolate? Good. Because they’re eyeing you as well. Begging to be made ASAP :). I’m speaking from experience, guys. These bars have me wrapped around their tiny cuter-than-life pb cups. Very tightly.
It all happened on a very exciting Sunday afternoon. Let’s just say a certain professional football team happened to beat the Cowboys and we celebrated like real fans should. Victory tastes so much better when one has something fabulous to
snack dive into.
Needless to say, I am ready for another Sunday to roll around. But while I wait, let me fill you in on the recipe deets. Because no matter who you’re rooting for (even if no one strikes your fancy), we can all unite when it comes to dessert. Oh – the power of food.
I actually had no intention of sharing these bars with you. Not because I’m mean like that, but because I realize that about 6 months ago I posted a recipe involving peanut butter and brownies as well. I was worried it’d be too similar, which is why I decided to make a batch just for us. Well, a couple of bites later and I realized that these bars probably shouldn’t stay hidden behind the scenes.
I hope you like.
If you’re ever having a day like me on which you can’t decide what to make, go for a mash-up. Torn between peanut butter bars and fudgy brownies made me combine the two. My indecisiveness loves the fact that I can just combine two separate things and don’t have to choose. When it comes to food, I can sometimes have it all. Yay for being an adult, ha.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bars for the win. And just in case you’re wondering, they would make for a great addition to your Super Bowl spread.
Here’s to a lovely Wednesday. Make it a good one, friends!
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup unlted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup crushed graham crackers
- 1 cup regular creamy peanut butter
- 8 oz dark chocolate
- 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-x-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
- 1. Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, vanilla and butter and stir until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan and put into oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the brownies are set. Let brownies cool for 20 minutes before moving on to the peanut butter layer.
- 2. Prepare the peanut butter layer. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and add confectioners' sugar, brown sugar and pinch of salt. Mix with a rubber spatula to combine. Add graham cracker crumbs and give it a good stir. Finally, add creamy peanut butter and stir until smooth and thoroughly combined. Spread in an even layer onto the cooled brownies. Set aside.
- 3. In another microwave-safe bowl or with the help of a double boiler, melt dark chocolate and shortening until smooth (in 30 second increments). Pour melted chocolate evenly over the peanut butter layer. If desired, melt additional creamy peanut butter in the microwave and pour in desired pattern over the chocolate. Drag a fork through the peanut butter to reinforce the pattern. Refrigerate bars for at least 1 hour before cutting. Enjoy!
- Bars will keep up to 5 days stored in an airtight container.