Peanut butter and chocolate is a common combination in our kitchen. So it’s no surprise that when some fancy peanut butter cups were mailed to us, they ended up in some baked goods! When they arrived at Matt’s office, his co-workers were pretty excited about them so Matt told them they could have the top half of the box of chocolates. They thought they were being pretty clever when they would sneak the peanut butter cups from the bottom layer and replace them with the chocolate form the top layer…
Fortunately, what kind of peanut butter cup doesn’t matter for this treat, as long as you have a good amount of them! I think Matt’s office was also a bit surprised when the chocolate was sent back to work as brownies. When they had an office party a couple weeks later, they were still talking about them! Although I’m not surprised, I used a super chewy brownie recipe my go to recipe and topped it with an additional peanut butter layer then sprinkled flaked salt on top. (I’m kinda into salted treats right now.) These were amazing, while I tend not to repeat baked goods, these might have to make a comeback!
Recipe (Adapted from Cooking in Everyday English by Todd English)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 24 peanut butter cups roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar
- A pinch of two of sea salt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Melt the butter and chocolate chips together in a saucepan over low heat. Allow melted mixture to cool.
Beat the eggs with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed. Once thickened slowly beat in the sugar. On low speed, add in the flour, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Try to scrape down the sides as you go. Next add the butter and chocolate mix. Once the batter is combined, fold in the chopped peanut butter cups. Pour batter into a prepared 9x13 baking pan.
In a separate bowl mix together the peanut butter and powdered sugar. (I found this easier when the peanut butter was just slightly softened in the microwave for 10 seconds.) Drop dollops of the peanut butter mix on top of the brownie batter. Use a butter knife to marble the top of the brownies. If using, sprinkle the sea salt on top of the batter.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool then cut the brownies and enjoy!