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Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

April 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

Do you ever get a crazy craving for an insane amount of chocolate?  What about chocolate and peanut butter?  I don’t know what it is about the combination but it is so soothing.  These brownies are addicting.  They are sweet.  If you are ever hit with one of those crazy, “I need chocolate” moments, these will certainly do the trick and have you set for days.  It does not take much of these brownies to satisfy your craving.  They are almost too good to be true.  The base for this recipe uses a fudgey brownie which really is rich and delicious on its own.  Adding the peanuts, peanut butter cups and chocolate peanut butter rice krispies on top adds so much pizazz to them.

Ingredients and Directions for Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

Ingredients and Directions for Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

1.  Ingredients

1/3 cup cocoa

2 teaspoons instant espresso

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 eggs

3 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

To prepare the chewy brownies

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Butter and set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl combine the  cocoa and espresso powder.

3.  Add the boiling water and whisk together until smooth. Add the finely chopped chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil.

4.  Add eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth.

5.  Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated.

6.  Add flour and mix until combined.

7.  Stir in the semi-sweet chocolate chunks.  Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes.  If you are only making the chewy brownies cool on a wire rack for one and a half hours before removing from the pan.  After cooling for an hour and a half remove the brownies from the pan using the overhanging foil and then allow to cool for an additional hour before cutting and storing.

To Prepare the Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie

8. Ingredients for Peanut Butter Crunch Brownie

1 batch of the above brownie recipe

1/2 cup salted peanuts

6 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

To Prepare the Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

9.   Prepare the brownies according to the directions and bake for about 5 minutes less than the recipe states. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups.   Return to the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes.

10.  Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

11.  Stir in the cereal to evenly coat. Remove the brownies from the oven and evenly pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over top.

12.  Spread to cover evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving.   Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 24 Brownies

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

Please be forewarned, these brownies are not for the faint of heart.  They are for those who love chocolate and require it in large doses.  That aside, you have to try them  for yourself, you will love them.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2011 5:53 am

    Peanut butter crunch brownies are definitely for the win! I would make that on a rainy day 🙂


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