Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

July 18, 2013 by Ali

These peanut butter fudge brownie bars will definitely satisfy that peanut butter chocolate craving! This post is also sponsored by Skinny Cow.

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I almost didn’t go to our weekly “neighbor night” this week.

I was exhausted after a long day of work. I didn’t have any food at home to bring for the grill. And I was somehow going on day 3 of not having washed my hair (even after two workouts) and…let’s just say it was not pretty. So, I was planning to bail.

But then I remembered why I love my neighbors.

Sometimes they see me at my best. But perhaps more than even my close friends, they also see me at my so-called “worst”, and everywhere in between. And they seem to be totally cool with that.

They see me when I roll out of bed first thing in the morning and stumble down the stairs with glasses and slippers and morning-hair to let my dog out. They see me when I’m feeling great and will stop to catch up for 10 minutes in the parking lot, and on the days when I’m feeling rushed or uber-introverted and can only offer a hello. They see me when I’m drenched with sweat after a workout, or getting all dressed up to go on a date.

Basically, they see me being myself day in and day out. And in return, I see them day in and day out. And it is the epitome of NBD.

And I love that about us.

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So when I showed up for our neighborhood grill night late, with crazy hair, and no chicken or veggies to bring for the grill, I shouldn’t have been surprised when nobody blinked an eye. I was excited to see them, and they were happy to see me. Everyone was having fun, we all just sat around and talked and ate each others’ food for hours, and it was basically awesome.

I did remember at the last second that I had made a batch of these Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies for the blog, so I quickly cut them into small pieces (which I recommend – they are rich!) and took them down to our back patio to share.

It was then that I remembered how crazy people go for anything chocolate and peanut butter. Everyone loved these!!! They basically could not be simpler. Just make a pan of fudgy chocolate brownies (you can take a shortcut with a box mix if you’d like). Then take a few minutes to whip up a simple batch of peanut butter fudge. Press it on top of the brownies and refrigerate for at least an hour, and voila — Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies are ready for sharing!

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When I was digging through my freezer to see if I had any other food to bring, I also saw the boxes of Skinny Cow Cookies & Dough Ice Cream Bars that I had recently received in the mail. So after our smorgasbord of hot dogs, guacamole, pastas, chips, margaritas, veggies, and dips were finished, I ran back up to my loft and brought down the ice cream bars. And even though I think they were pretty full from the brownies, my lovely neighbors are always willing taste testers and dove into these bars. So good!

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Love my neighbors!

The night reminded me why I signed on with Skinny Cow for a new campaign that they are beginning called WoCave (pronounced “whoa-cah-vay”). The WoCave is basically the woman’s version of the man cave. But more than just a time to be girly and have a night out with girlfriends, the idea of WoCave is celebrating the moments in life when you can just relax and be yourself. Whether that is taking a Saturday to devote to a hobby you love, or a night in watching your favorite show with popcorn and wine, or an amazing grill night with friends even when you’re sweaty and tired. It’s all about those surprisingly good moments in life.

So over the next three months, I’ll be sharing on here about three “missions” that Skinny Cow is preparing for me. The first is happening tomorrow night with a group of girlfriends, and I can’t wait to share with you about it!

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But in the meantime, I leave you with these amazing Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies.

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And a little toast to the moments when we may not feel at our “best”, turning out to BE some of the best. Love you, neighbors! Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies | gimmesomeoven.com

 

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: About 24 small brownies

Ingredients

    Brownie Ingredients:
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • (topping) 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Ingredients:
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Method

To Make The Brownies:

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set the mixture aside until it cools to room temperature. (You can pop it in the fridge to speed up this process.)

Stir in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Spread evenly in the lined pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Let pan cool completely on a rack.

Then spread the prepared peanut butter fudge (see instructions below) in a single layer on top of the brownies, smoothing with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until the fudge has set. Then carefully lift the peanut butter fudge brownies out of the pan by pulling on the parchment paper, and set on a cutting board. Cut the brownies into squares and serve.

To Make The Peanut Butter Fudge:

Bring butter and peanut butter to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until combined and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla until combined. Gradually add in powdered sugar, stirring until combined. Then immediately add fudge to brownies. (See above.)

Brownie recipe slightly adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

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Disclaimer: This is a compensated post from Skinny Cow, but all opinions are 100% my own as always.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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45 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

  1. No mention is made of the chips in the brownie batter so I take it for granted the 1/2 cup is for the top of the finished product, as shown in the picture!?!?!

    - Beth

  2. Hi awesome pictures and sinful brownies! How I wish I could have a bite of it! I will have to bake it one of these days. Thanks for the recipe, Ali.

    - Little Joy Factory

  3. What an awesome looking brownie! Peanut butter and chocolate is a dangerous combo, but one that is so worth it every single time!!!

    - Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

  4. Yum! These look dangerous ;) I can’t resist a peanut butter treat!

    - Nutmeg nanny

  5. These look incredible! I bet your neighbors were thrilled you brought these over!

    - Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

  6. Oh my heavens! Will you be my neighbor?

    - Des @ Life's Ambrosia

  7. These look divine! You had me at brownie and peanut butter but then you threw in “simple”. Btw – I am totally jealous of your sweet neighboors. Mine all give me the “Evil Eye” when I walk down the hall. You would think I threw outrageous, late-night parties to which they weren’t invited.

    - Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

  8. These look amazing. I hope you won’t mind if I try to “low carbify” them! I think I might be able to do it. And your neighbourhood sounds awesome. Can I come live with you?

    - Carolyn

  9. I love anything with chocolate and PB, these brownies look fab!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  10. Awww, what a great group of girlfriends! Neighbor night sounds so fun, I wish we did that! These PB brownies are killer…

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  11. Great dessert recipe, Ali! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  12. Oh yummmm! If I was to use a boxed brownie mix for the bottom layer, would I use a family sized (9×13) box or regular (9×9) box? Your bottom layer looks pretty thin, so I am not too sure! :)

    - Stacey

  13. I love this tradition. Call me overly optimistic, but I truly think the world would be a better place if we all had Neighbor Nights. And if there were always peanut butter fudge brownies to be shared…that would help too. :)

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  14. It truly sounds like you have some amazing neighbors and friends. You are a lucky lady indeed. Love the brownie recipe, my husband would love these! Can’t wait to make them!

    - Angie | Big Bear's Wife

  15. These look amazing, Ali! I love a fudgy brownie and it’s even better when topped with peanut butter fudge!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  16. I loved this story because it’s so true. Neighbors stop in before we’ve showered for the day or late at night for a glass of wine. They see me in all kinds of outfits my “friends” never do. So celebrate always no matter what…and these are beautiful brownies.

    - Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

  17. Oh myyyyyy, these looks AMAZING!!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  18. Love that you have neighbor nights. I used to have nights with friends to cook dinner together but our schedules were hard to sync most of the time and now a lot of them have moved. I’ll just have to make these for a different dinner event, or just for myself O:-)

    - Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

  19. Oh I have died and gone to heaven. I almost licked the screen.

    - NaturesComplete

  20. Um, fo’ reals. I want to come to KC and meet your gaggle of neighbors! Also, these brownies, holy deliciousness!!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  21. Ali….those brownies must be so moist because when I first saw this picture….I thought you had made peanut butter fudge! These look INCREDIBLE! But…ummm….I don’t want to cut them small….I want a BIG piece! Beautiful photos! : )

    - Anne@FromMySweetHeart

  22. My 4-yr-old daughter just walked in, looked at the screen, and screamed, “deliciousness right there!” I’d say it looks like a hit.

    - Meredith in sock monkey slippers

  23. This looks so lovely! Awesome recipe!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  24. Not. Even. These look like the best freaking diet buster EVER!

    - Sophie

  25. Mmm Mmmm Good!!! Nothing better than PB and chocolate!!!

    - Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

  26. Umm these look amazing! And, congratulations on the KC Live segment! I am a fellow Kansas Citian (live in Prairie Village) and got to watch! You did amazing! :)

    - Nicole

  27. 3 things… 1. you take amazing pics, crazy good. 2. those look awesome. 3. your neighbors sound awesome!

    - Party Box Design

  28. Oh Ali!! These are amazing! Truly amazing. I think i could eat the entire pan if no one was watching. You are a gal after my own heart. :)

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  29. I just made something so similar to this, but we ate them all before I could photograph them. Whoops. ;)

    - Karly

  30. OoooOOhhh! Drooling!!

    - Jamie @lifelovelemons

  31. You are making me drool with these! What a perfect combination of flavor and smooth creamy texture!

    - Mercedes

  32. NBD, oh sure. These look amazing and are def a big deal. Loved the instagram pic when I saw it, now I know why they were so happy!

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  33. OK first of all, I LOVED your video segment on your blog yesterday! I know you said you were nervous but you did an amazing job :)

    Second, I could probably down a whole pan of these without blinking an eye. FOR REAL.

    And third (whoa, long comment!), I just love when we have neighbors and friends who just want to live life with us – it’s not about how we look or act, but just because there’s so much love there!

    - Heather

  34. PB is my absolute favorite flavor of fudge! Combining that with brownies really puts it over the top! :)

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  35. Whoa girl, fudge and brownies and peanut butter?! Girl after my own heart!

    - Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

  36. Ali!! These are amazing. Peanut butter and brownies are made for each other. I could eat half the pan all at one! YUM!

    - Tieghan

  37. Not going to lie, I feel like I might cry because of how good these brownies look. Call me emotional today (wouldn’t be the first) but these look PERFECT! NOM NOM!

    - Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl