Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies




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a batch of brownies with peanut butter frosting, cut into squares

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies ~ these chewy chocolate brownies are topped with a veritable avalanche of creamy peanut butter frosting.  Don’t even bother trying to resist.

a peanut butter frosted brownie with a fork stuck in it!

Every now and again I need to ground my light bright summer menu plan with a good old fashioned indulgent treat, and what better than chewy chocolate brownies smothered in whipped peanut-buttery frosting to bring us back down to earth after a steady diet of fresh fruits and veggies?

a batch of peanut butter frosted brownies cut into squares

The proportions here are key, so pay attention: the brownies are really just a vehicle for the insanely addictive frosting, so be generous.  The recipe makes enough to slather on a nice thick layer, with a little extra for tasting…of course!

peanut butter frosted brownies with a glass of milk

a batch of peanut butter frosted brownies

These are the Goldilocks of brownies, neither to0 cakey nor too fudgey ~ they’re just right.   If you like yours with some structure, go for the edges and corners, but save the soft center square for me!

 

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If you love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate in these peanut butter frosted brownies, you’ll surely want to check out some other nut butter and chocolate recipes from the blog ~

Tiger Butter has to be one of the prettiest desserts ever, with its swirls of chocolate and nut butter.  The classic is made with peanut butter, but I used cashew butter in this variation.

Cashew Tiger Butter is a luscious swirled chocolate bark that everyone loves! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 


 

Outrageous Almond Butter Skillet Blondies ~  what nut butter does to a blondie is truly outrageous…from the minute these came out of the oven I knew they were going to be trouble.

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Peanut Butter Pie Bars ~ these no bake bars are great straight from the fridge or freezer!

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie Bars

 

kitchen tool spotlight: KITCHENAID MIXER WIRE WHISK 

I use my wire whisk attachment almost exclusively these days when I’m mixing up batters, creaming butters etc, and making frostings, it does a better and more even job than my paddle attachment.  It does a great job whipping this peanut butter frosting to a perfect creamy consistency.

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*recipe adapted from The Stay at Home Chef

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: 12 servings

Calories per serving: 215

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies

Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies ~ these chewy chocolate brownies are topped with a veritable avalanche of creamy peanut butter frosting.  Don't bother trying to resist.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
    frosting
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Jiff)
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp heavy cream (possibly a bit more)
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar (possibly a bit more)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper with long ends so you can lift the brownies out for easier frosting.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat, and then add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly until they melt too.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder and sugars and blend well. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla and salt.
  4. Fold in the flour and then spread evenly in the pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. The top should look set and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out without wet batter clinging to it (fudgey crumbs are ok) Try not to over bake.
  5. Cool the brownies completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter and peanut butter together until fluffy and well combined. Beat in the vanilla and cream, then add the sugar, a cup at a time, and beat until smooth and creamy. If the frosting seems too thin, add a little more sugar, and if the frosting seems too stiff, add a little more cream. Spread generously over the cooled brownies.

Make these peanut butter frosted brownies your own ~

  • Make it chocolatier ~ add chocolate chips to the brownie batter.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Janet Wager
    August 3, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    I just today made these Peanut Butter Brownies!! They turned out wonderful! Fudgy Brownie was a great consistency and the frosting was wonderful but the appearance wasn’t quite like pictured here, but the appearance didn’t distract from the great taste. I still took them
    to my neighbors and they were thrilled!!!

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    July 30, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Those swirls of peanut butter frosting are so dreamy!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 30, 2018 at 4:43 am

    Peanut butter and chocolate are always a winning combination, so loving this fluffy frosting!

  • Reply
    Debbie
    July 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    If I don’t have dark chocolate chips could I use milk chocolate and add more cocoa?

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      You can swap out any type of chocolate chip you like, no need to add more cocoa.

  • Reply
    Tisha
    July 27, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Why have I not thought of putting peanut butter frosting on brownies!! These Look amazing!!!!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    July 27, 2018 at 10:09 am

    When you need that perfect comfort food, them these have got to be one of those go to bakes. The frosting sounds amazing, and goes perfectly with the gooey chocolate brownie.

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    Beth
    July 27, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Chocolate and peanut butter were totally made for each other, I think! I love your line about the brownies just being a vehicle to hold the frosting, lol! So it’s one of those frosting you should break the spoon out and eat it from a spoon? Haha!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 27, 2018 at 7:57 am

      this is definitely one of ‘those’ frostings, Beth ;)

  • Reply
    Traci
    July 27, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Wow Sue…these brownies look incredible! I want to make other brownie recipes, so I’m excited to try your batch. And the addition of peanut butter frosting takes these over the top. Just pinned and can’t wait to make sometime! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 27, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Brownies are so interesting because for something so simple, there really are a gazillion different little variations that make such a difference in the final result. Hope you enjoy this one Traci :)

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    July 27, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Peanut butter and chocolate is a serious weakness of mine! These look so amazing – I’d eat more than I should..and love it!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 27, 2018 at 6:30 am

    These brownies look sinfully decadent and so tempting with that creamy peanut butter frosting!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    July 27, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Absolutely heavenly! I could hurt myself on this dessert. The texture looks amazing – thanks for sharing Sue!

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