Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownie

So…If you’ve read my post on Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, you know how I feel about Chocolate Chips.  Especially Chocolate Chips and Baking.  I love incorporating them into cookies, cakes, and just about anything that you put in the oven.  They melt in your mouth, and add a little kick of flavor to more bland desserts and breads.

So when I stumbled upon a recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies, I knew I had to try it.  Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations, as the slightly salty, nutty taste of the peanut butter compliments the smooth, sweet taste of the chocolate.

I had been eyeing this recipe for over a week, but didn’t have the two bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips to make them.  Or the heavy cream.  I did have a jumbo-sized tub of peanut butter, though, so I made a quick grocery store run for the other ingredients.

Needless to say, the grocery store trip was worth it.  The brownies were easy (and delicious) to make.  If you’re like me, you’ll indulge in multiple taste tests throughout the baking process.  The dough before the addition of the chocolate chips was delicious, and of course, I had to try it again after the adding the chips. Who cares about raw eggs? It’s peanut butter and chocolate!

Peanut Butter Dough before the Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Dough

I thought about skipping the step that requires you to line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, but I would actually recommend that you follow this instruction.  It will make the brownies easier to cut and remove from the pan later, and save you the hassle of scrubbing out an 9×13 inch pan.

Cooling Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies

The hardest part about this recipe: the waiting time.  The recipe recommends a 40-45 minute bake time (I’d check them at 40…mine could have been taken out before 45 minutes), and then, an hour and a half cooling time.  You need to let them cool, though, because of the last step, which is…

Chocolate Ganache

The ganache.  I had never made ganache before, but it was as simple as boiling heavy cream, pouring it over a bowl of chocolate chips, and whisking it all together with a pat of butter.  I sort of felt like the woman from the movie Chocolat…Except unfortunately, I wasn’t working in a small French village.

Make sure the brownies are cool before you add the ganache.  When you spread it over the brownies, you can let it set for 15 minutes, like the recipe recommends. I’d suggest eating the brownies right away, while they’re still warm, crumbly, and gooey.

Slice of Brownie

But if you wait until the next day, the ganache will harden, and the brownies will start to resemble bars.

Brownie Slice- Next Day

Either way, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.  It’s a bit tortuous to wait for the finished product, but in the end, it will be worth it.  I dare you to eat just one brownie…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies (adapted from Whipped)

For brownies
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs plus 1 large yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (9 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon salt (I omitted this…I think the peanut butter has enough salt.)

For ganache
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (9 ounces)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

Make brownies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with rack in middle. Butter a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan, then line bottom of pan with parchment paper and butter parchment. Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until mixture is light and fluffy, then add peanut butter and beat until incorporated. Beat in whole eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Reduce mixer sped to low, then mix in flour until just combined. Mix in chocolate chips (1 1/2 cups) then spread batter in baking pan, smoothing top. (It will be thick, almost like cookie batter.)

Bake until brownies are deep golden, puffed on top and a wooden pick inserted in center come out with some crumbs adhering, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack, about 1 1/2 hours.

Make ganache: Put chocolate chips (1 1/2 cups) in a heatproof bowl. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan, then pour over chocolate chips and let mixture stand for one minute. Gently whisk in butter until it is incorporated, chocolate is melted, and a smooth mixture forms. Spread ganache on cooled brownies and let stand until set, about 15 minutes.

Brownies keep in one layer in an airtight container three days.

About Emily Wasserman

Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer based in St. Louis. If I was stranded on an island and could request three items of food, they would be avocados, Halloumi and chocolate croissants.
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