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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

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  • Makes: 20 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Bake 25 mins

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Let these peanut-butter-and-chocolate bars cool completely before cutting. If you cut them while they are still warm, moisture will escape as steam and the brownies may be dry.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 18 graham crackers)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut up
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut-butter-flavored pieces
  • 1 recipe Peanut Butter Frosting (see recipe below)
  • Peanut halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, the 1/4 cup sugar, and the finely chopped peanuts. Stir in the 1/2 cup melted butter. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 11x7x1-1/2-inch baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes; cool.
  2. For filling, in a heavy large saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup butter and the chocolate; heat and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Add the 1 cup sugar, the eggs, and vanilla to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in flour and peanut-butter-flavored pieces. Spread evenly over crust.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread with Peanut Butter Frosting. Cut into bars. Place a peanut half on each bar. Makes 20 brownies.

Tip

  • Let these peanut-butter-and-chocolate bars cool completely before cutting. If you cut them while they are still warm, moisture will escape as steam and the brownies may be dry.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Bake as directed; do not cut bars. Cover and chill for up to 2 days.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine butter and peanut butter; beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in the 1 tablespoon milk and the vanilla. Gradually beat in the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar and enough additional milk to make a frosting that spreads easily.

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