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Crunchy Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies

Well, after so many cupcakes, we decided we needed a break. And. Oh. My. God. These may just be the best brownies ever. I think the picture pretty much speaks for itself…

Crunchy Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies

Crunchy Peanut Butter and Fudge Brownies

Yield: 30 brownies


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Frosting and ganache
1 cup chunky peanut butter (do not use natural or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

7 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped


For brownies:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with foil, leaving long overhang; butter foil.

Place 3/4 cup butter in heavy large saucepan. Add both chocolates; stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and salt, then eggs, 1 at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Spread in prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.

For frosting and ganache:
Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and 1/4 cup butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar, salt, and nutmeg, then milk and vanilla. Spread frosting over brownies.

Stir chocolate and 1/4 cup butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Drop ganache all over frosting; spread to cover. Chill until set, about 1 1/2 hours. Do ahead Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

Using foil as aid, transfer brownie cake to work surface; cut into squares. Bring to room temperature; serve.

Recipe from Epicurious.

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  1. 1
    Posted On October 18, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing!


  2. 2
    Posted On October 23, 2007 at 1:11 am

    Ummm…yeah…I’ll be knocking at your door tomorrow…with a gallon of milk in hand. Give me the brownies and no one will get hurt. Just giving you fair warning. ;-)


  3. 3
    Posted On October 31, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    WOAH MAMA! Those look so delish!


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  5. 4
    Maria Hernandez
    Posted On January 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Hi How are you guys doing?

    We missed you.

    Maria (SHARP)


  6. 5
    Posted On March 19, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Hello! I tried this recipe on saturday and MMM simply DELICIOUS!
    Greetings from Italy


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  9. 6
    Posted On April 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I just made these today for the *fourth* time. These are the most amazing brownies, my boyfriend just can’t get enough of them, and they are a huge hit at parties! People think that these are the best darn things they’ve ever had. Great brownie recipe!


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