Peanut Butter Chocolate Brookies were part of a marathon baking day I had a week or so ago. We had decided we wanted to deliver some baked goods to our local firefighters and you know me, I pretty much can’t do anything in small quantities.
I made these Peanut Butter Chocolate Brookies, Cookie Dough Brownies, Triple Chocolate Hazelnuts Marshmallow Crunch Bars and homemade Twix (Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread) Bars. Those last two recipes are coming soon!
Yes, I know. I’m a little excessive.
I knew something I made had to have peanut butter in it, if I have learned anything about sending treats out to friends, family and coworkers, it is that peanut butter and chocolate make for the ultimate combination!
Finally before sitting down with my giant file of brownie recipes I had to narrow down exactly what I should make. You may think I am a bit crazy here, but my personal recipe files contain over 35,000 recipes I’ve collected over the years (And about 2000 that I’ve personally created or edited heavily) so deciding to make sweets was just the beginning.
Here is what I figured about fire fighters and what they would appreciate. From my extensive research (read: I watch Chicago Fire a lot) I surmised they do their own cooking and dishes. Originally I thought about making some pies or perhaps a giant cake, but then I realized this meant they’d have to do dishes. I’m not about to create extra work for them!
- For the Brownie Base:
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter , melted
- 2 1/4 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- For the Peanut Butter Cookie Layer:
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease or use baking spray on a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl add melted butter (let it cool for just a minute or so), sugar, eggs, and vanilla and whisk together until well combined.
- Add the cocoa powder and salt to the bowl and mix well.
- Add in the flour and chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
- Using a spatula, pour into the bottom of your pan and spread. (I scrape out as much as I can so I can just reuse the bowl for the peanut butter layer – yes laziness, but also they are going to be stacked on top of one another anyway, why create more mess?)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Make the second layer while the first layer is cooking.
- Add the vegetable oil, sugar, egg, vanilla and peanut butter to a bowl and whisk well for about a minute.
- Add the flour, baking soda and salt and whisk until combined.
- Using a large spoon or your hands, drop chunks of peanut butter cookie dough gently over the brownie layer.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the dough is just set and not very jiggly.
- Cool completely before cutting.