Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts

I first made this recipe for a Mother’s Day BBQ a few years ago. I went by myself because my husband had something that day. What it was escapes me now. But it was a fun day. Our friends, Jaime and Omar, invited us and some other friends up to their house for the day. I took the kids with me and we had a blast talking and laughing with our friends over good food. Jaime is a fantastic cook and everything she makes is to-die-for. Jaime is the one I make the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse cake for. It’s her favorite and she’s my favorite.

Anyway, these Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts are pretty amazing. I seem to remember one of the BBQ attendees asking me to marry him over them. Or something like that. :) They are THAT good. They are everything you’d hope they’d be–thick, fudgy brownie base, creamy peanut butter and chocolately ganache on top. Truly the only thing they need is that sprinkle of salted peanuts on top. Gilding the Lily as we like to say here at our house.

They are total peanut butter and chocolate perfection. Perfection I say. Make ’em. You won’t be sorry you did.

Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts

Slightly adapted from this recipe by Dorie Greenspan

For brownie:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (3/4 of a Pound Plus bar from Trader Joe’s), chopped
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate (1 square), chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt (I used more b/c I was using kosher salt)
4 large eggs
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped (I only used peanuts for the top instead of adding them to the batter)

For Peanut Butter Frosting:

1 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Jif)
1/4 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
a little milk
1 tsp. vanilla

For Ganache and topping:

8 oz. milk chocolate
1/4 cup cream
chopped honey roasted peanuts (about 1/2 cup)


For brownie:

Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Remove from heat. Whisk in the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs one at a time and beat in with a wooden spoon. Fold in the flour and peanuts, if using.

Prepare a 9 by 13″ pan by lining it with foil and buttering it well. Leave a little foil hanging over the edge of the pan for easy removal when the brownies are baked.

Bake the brownies at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. When you insert a toothpick in the center it should have some moist crumbs attached to it. Let brownies cool completely before assembling. (I put them in the fridge.)

For Peanut Butter Frosting:

Beat the butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar and milk a little at a time until it is spreadable. Add vanilla. Set aside until needed.

For Ganache and topping:

Chop the milk chocolate and place in a double boiler with the cream. When chocolate starts to melt, remove from heat and whisk until smooth. Or you could also heat the cream and pour it over the chocolate–which is probably the better method of the two. Set aside, but don’t chill the ganache until ready to use.

To assemble:

Spread the peanut butter frosting evenly over the surface of the brownies. Chill for a few minutes to set. Pour the ganache over the top of the peanut butter and spread it evenly over the entire surface. Sprinkle with the roasted peanuts.

(I chilled it again at this point until I was ready to cut them into bars.)

Makes 30 bars

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  1. Hi! Found your delicious blog via Marie at Oak Cottage…These brownies look like a taste of heaven. I wish it wasn’t so hot to bake too…that I’m out of chocolate too is a problem as well–LOL! mmm…must make these soon. Happy Day :o)

  2. I know my hubby loves me quite a bit, but I have a feeling he’d love me just a bit more if I made him these ;)…after all, they do combine his two favorite flavors…pb and fudge — cant go wrong there :)!

  3. I love the look of these brownies and as a fellow brownie and Dorie afficionado I just know they are scrumdidlyumptious! I am back from my hols, feeling refreshd and rejuvinated. Sorry you are having such hot days and so close to the new baby’s arrival as well. I know it must be very uncomfortable. Wishing you well and a safe arrival of the wee one . . . and soon! XXOO

  4. I guess we need to add these to the list of things we’ll make when you’re “here.” Anything with peanut butter …

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