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peanut butter cookie & brownie layer bar

February 8th, 2012 · 8 Comments

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My friend Elba’s mom survived mostly on strawberry milkshakes while Elba was in her womb, and now Elba swears that’s the reason that the very idea of a strawberry milkshake is a turnoff for her. My mother loves peanut butter and finds all kinds of ways to slip it into her diet. She must have indulged this habit when I was in her womb, because for some reason, I have never loved peanut butter.* I know! Insane, right? Who doesn’t love peanut butter? And paired with chocolate? Am I even a proper foodie? Probably not. Oh, well. :)

Nevertheless, I know that many of my readers (and friends!) are peanut butter lovers, so I still occasionally stash away a peanut butter recipe to share with everyone else in my life who is apparently more “normal” than I am. My friend Kim asked me to make a few desserts for a celebration dinner, so I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to make these peanut butter cookie and brownie layer bars. The recipe appealed even to me! I avoided making this for a while because it seemed too complicated. When I finally took the time to make it, I was surprised at how easily it came together. I saved a piece for my mom to try and her response was, “Yummy, yummy! Please send more!” Kim said that it was a hit at her event too. I guess that seals the deal. These are a winner!

*PS I’m 18 weeks pregnant and have survived the past four months almost exclusively on cereal and oranges. I wonder if my kid will *ever* eat these when he or she gets older?!

peanut butter cookie & brownie layer bar

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: makes 16 (2x2) squares

Ingredients

This recipe requires making two separate batters. I suggest making the cookie batter first and then the brownie batter. Assembling is quite easy. You’ll need an 8×8 pan for this recipe.
Cookie Part
4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
3 oz (1/4 cup plus two tablespoons) brown sugar
3 ounces (1/4 cup plus two tablespoons) sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter or any other nut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 ounces flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Brownie Part
4 tbsp unsalted butter
3 3/4 ounces sugar
1 ounce unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 ounces chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chunks/chips)
1 ounce flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper – up the sides too.
  2. Prepare the Cookie Part
  3. Mix the butter and sugar together until thoroughly mixed. Add the peanut butter and mix in well.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla and mix in well.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix until the dough comes together – it will be crumbly.
  6. Set the cookie portion aside.
  7. Prepare the Brownie Part
  8. Over a glass or metal bowl, melt the butter.
  9. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and cocoa and mix well. The mixture will look grainy.
  10. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  11. Add the vanilla and salt and mix in.
  12. Add the egg and mix in well – until completely blended together.
  13. Add the chocolate chunks and the flour and mix in well. Set aside.
  14. Assembly
  15. Place 2/3 of the cookie mixture in the lined pan. Spread the mixture out so it makes an even layer on the bottom. Create a 1/2” tall lip around the edges – this will help hold in the chocolate portion.
  16. Add all of the brownie mixture and spread it out evenly, leaving a little gap around the edges.
  17. Crumble the remaining cookie mixture on top of the brownie mixture.
  18. Bake
  19. Bake for 18-24 minutes until the top is golden and the center doesn’t jiggle too much. A tooth pick inserted in the cookie-only portion around the outside should come out clean, and if inserted in the center it should come out with no cookie bits but a few brownie crumbs are ok.
  20. Let cool in the pan before removing to a plate.
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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena @ stay at home FOODIE // Feb 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    These look so super tummy!
    And congratulations!!!!

  • 2 branny // Feb 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I would eat the entire pan of this!

  • 3 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 // Feb 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I love that you make treats for us “normal” peanut butter lovers. :) These look delicious. Hopefully your little one will be able to eat cereal, or it’s going to be a long childhood until he’she learns to make her own pancakes every morning. Then again, you’re so good that I could see you making them every day anyway.

  • 4 amy@currylime // Feb 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Love peanut butter with chocolate! Many thanks for the recipe.

  • 5 Jen H // Feb 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Yum! I’m so happy you shared these because i LOVE brownies and my hubs LOVES peanut butter cookies. This might be the perfect dessert for us!

  • 6 natalie (the sweets life) // Feb 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    oh yum! ill be making these very soon!

  • 7 Marcia // Feb 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I want you to know that you are not alone in your lack of affinity for PB. I Just don’t like it either! Makes me a bit of a freak with my family, who will LOVE your recipe. Thanks!

  • 8 Lara // Feb 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I made these for my boyfriend for his birthday. Served warm with some vanilla ice cream, they were sinfully good! He now has a new favorite dessert ;)

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