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Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies

July 11, 2011

There’s a relatively new show on Food Network called, Desserts First. Since “desserts first” is my motto, I decided to try out one of the show’s most popular recipes, Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies.

This recipe is kind of similar to the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars I made last week, because it uses the same combination of chocolate and peanut butter. However, if you are more of a sinfully rich, chocolate fan, this is definitely the recipe you want to make.

The brownie base of the Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies is a rich, dense, and chewy fudge … Simply put, substituting boxed mix brownies for this recipe just doesn’t cut it. If you’re willing to put in the time, you’ll be rewarded with sinfully rich, bites of chocolate-peanut butter heaven.

Makes 24 servings.

Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies recipe by Anne Thorton:

Brownie Layer:

1 ¼ sticks unsalted butter, plus more, softened, for pan

1 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 eggs, at room temperature

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. For your brownie batter: Melt butter in a medium (or large) heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  3. While the butter is melting, whisk the cocoa powder, sea salt and sugar in a separate bowl. Whisk the cocoa/sugar/salt combo into the melted butter until the sugar has dissolved fully. The mixture should look like fudge and pull away from the bowl into a ball.
  4. Take off the stove and set the pan on a dishtowel on your counter. Allow the fudgy mixture to cool down until it’s warm, but not hot anymore.
  5. While that is cooling, line the bottom and sides of your 9 by 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil. You want to leave about 4 inches of overhang on the 2 opposite sides. Grease the parchment or foil well.
  6. Stir in the vanilla into the cooled fudge mixture to loosen it up. Add the eggs into the mixture 1 at a time, until fully incorporated. The batter should look shiny and well blended.
  7. Add in your flour and stir it until it’s fully incorporated. Once it looks fully blended, beat the batter vigorously for at least 45 strokes. Fold in your chocolate chips.
  8. Spread the very thick and fudgy brownie batter evenly in the lined pan with an offset spatula or your greased hands.
  9. Pop the brownies in the oven and bake until they get a nice crust and your house smells like brownies, 30 to 35 minutes. Let them cool completely on a rack or a dishtowel on your counter.
  10. While the brownies are cooling, prepare buttercream and ganache.

Peanut Butter Buttercream:

1 cup creamy peanut butter (don’t use old-fashioned or natural)

½ stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

1 ¼ tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 ½ cups salted cocktail peanuts

  1. Mix your peanut butter and butter together in a stand mixer until they are totally blended.
  2. Turn your mixer down and slowly add your powdered sugar and fine sea salt. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  3. Turn your mixer back to medium, add your milk and vanilla and keep mixing until it’s fully blended.
  4. Dollop the peanut butter buttercream in heaping spoonfuls on top of the cooled brownies. Evenly spread it with the back of a butter knife the over the surface.
  5. Scatter the peanuts evenly over the buttercream, pressing into the buttercream so that the ganache has something to hold on


2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

7 tablespoons unsalted butter

  1. Melt the chocolate chips and butter together in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Allow the ganache to cool down slightly for 10 minutes or so, then pour it evenly over the peanut butter buttercream layer.
  3. Smooth the ganache out with the back of a butter knife, making sure to cover the buttercream and peanuts completely.
  4. Chill the brownies in the refrigerator until the toppings are set, 1 1/2 hours or so.
  5. Remove these delicious guys from the refrigerator. Lift up the ends of the foil liner and place  the Fudgy Salty Peanut Butter Brownies on a cutting board, cut into squares.
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenna permalink
    July 11, 2011 12:55 pm

    yummmmm. i want to make these with you!!

  2. Kaylee permalink
    July 13, 2011 9:21 pm

    ill take this for my injuryyy treat in preseason 🙂

  3. February 24, 2012 5:34 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness.
    These look–and sound!–unreal!


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