Over The Top Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies
Jessica Merchant approaches her food in a very straightforward way. It has to taste good, be simple to make, use easy to find ingredients and the whole result is one that you want to eat yourself and share with friends. In other words, the kinds of recipes you actually make – like these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies. These are an indulgent brownie from her book, Seriously Delish. Also check out her White Cheddar Apple Crisp and our fun interview.
Excerpted from Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food© 2014 by Jessica Merchant. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photographs also by Jessica Merchant Copyright 2014.
I’m pretty sure we’ve been over this. Chocolate and peanut butter—is there any better combo? I don’t think so. These are the brownies you make when your best friend breaks up with her boyfriend. When you don’t get the job you want. When you studied your ass off for a test and it’s finally over. When you finish writing a book for your invisible Internet friends! You get it. When it’s Saturday. That’s when you make these brownies.
- 12 tablespoons (11⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3 1⁄2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 11⁄2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2⁄3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, melted
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Ganache Topping
- 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 11⁄2 cups chopped peanut butter cups
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- For the brownies, add the butter and chopped chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, 30 to 60 seconds. Once the chocolate is semi-melted, stir constantly to melt the rest. Set aside and allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter-chocolate mixture and granulated sugar. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract, stirring until a smooth batter forms. With a large spoon, mix in the dry ingredients until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the batter to the baking dish. Bake until the brownies are set and no longer jiggly in the middle, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 30 minutes.
- For the peanut butter filling, stir together the melted peanut butter, powdered sugar, and coconut oil until smooth. The peanut butter will be warm and melt the coconut oil, so stir until melted. Pour the filling over the brownies, using a spatula to spread it around the top. Let cool completely and firm up, 20 minutes.
- For the ganache, add the chocolate to a large bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat just until it bubbles around the edges. Remove the cream from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 30 seconds, then stir continuously until the chocolate melts and a smooth ganache comes together, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour it all over the top of the brownies, then cover it with the chopped peanut butter cups. Let the brownies sit for 30 minutes before cutting.
- The brownies will stay fresh for 2 to 3 days at room temperature if covered with a layer of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. I like to keep mine in the fridge—they keep a few days longer.