Sometimes I crave a cookie and some day’s it’s a brownie, now I don’t have to choose because these Peanut Butter Brookies are both cookie and brownie — all layered into one.
I’d like to claim this recipe, but I got it from One Tin Bakes, by Edd Kimber. He’s a food blogger and baker who makes pretty delicious stuff. These peanut butter brookies are two layered bar cookies that have a bottom layer of peanut butter cookie and a top layer of brownie. I made only a slight change — I used chunky peanut butter instead of smooth because why add extra peanuts to smooth peanut butter? The rest of the recipe is pretty much the same and it’s one terrific treat.
I cut them into squares, but after I tasted one — you could cut them smaller because they are pretty rich. They would pack nicely this summer for any outdoor adventure and kids would love them at summer camp.
Peanut Butter Layer
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg + 2 yolks
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
13 tablespoons butter
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 ounce salt peanuts, roughly chopped
(Makes 12 Squares)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9 x 9 square pan with parchment – edges hanging over – and spray with cooking spray.
- Peanut Butter Layer — In a stand mixer, mix peanut butter and brown sugar for 2 minutes, then add eggs. Mix for 2 minutes and scrape down sides of bowl. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix on low until just combined. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth out evenly.
- Brownie Layer — Add butter and cocoa powder to a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth, set aside.
- Add sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs to a stand mixer or large bowl and mix for 2 minutes. Add flour and melted butter mixture and mix on low until just combined. Layer on top of peanut butter mixture in pan.
- Sprinkle top with peanuts and bake for 25-28 minutes or until mostly firm. Remove and let cool before slicing. Enjoy!