Peanut Butter Cookie Fudge Brownies

I’m officially a college student. As in, I’ve had my first class! Bright and early at 9 A.M. I had my first economics class. A great professor and an extremely interesting subject matter leave me super excited for that class, and I’m beyond excited to head over to Spanish and Statistics later today. However, besides the classes, college has been amazing. The school I’m attending has an orientation program unlike anything else. It’s been ten days of bonding, making friends, late nights, camping in the wilderness, canoeing, bug bites, and decorating dorm rooms. A great time, indeed.

Everyone says the best part of college is the people you meet and I can already tell thats true. The people here are so amazing – nice, smart, caring, welcoming people are everywhere. College is a place for a fresh start, and the environment here allows everyone to thrive and find their own niche. The early morning noises of the football players practicing and the late night sprinklings of laughter heard throughout the dorms feed the feeling of home that permeates campus, and I know after only a little over a week here and one solitary class that I definitely chose the right place.

I’ve already invaded the kitchen multiple times to bake for my classmates, but due to a lack of camera, I’ve been unable to take pictures! Issue.

So, for now, I’m posting a recipe I made before I left. These brownies were a major hit and something I had been wanting to make for a while. They were thick, fudgy, and dense with swirls and clumps of peanut butter cookie dough baked right in. Nothing quite like it. These are brownies beyond brownies. If you’re a fan of peanut butter and chocolate (um, who isn’t?) than they must be made ASAP. Please, do yourself and your loved ones a favor (and your diet a break) and get on this. You’ll thank me.

Peanut Butter Cookie Fudge Brownies

Brownie Recipe adapted from Epicurious

For Brownies:

  • 5 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

For Cookies:*

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9x9x2–inch metal baking pan** with nonstick spray. Stir both chocolates and butter together in medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

2. With an electric mixer whip together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt in large bowl until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Stir in melted chocolate mixture. Mix in flour.

3. Stir together peanut butter, sugar and egg for the cookie mixture. Pour half of brownie mixture into the greased pan. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough mixture all over the batter. Cover with remaining batter evenly. Drop more spoonfuls of cookie dough mixture.*

4. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 40 minutes.

*Cookie dough recipe will make a lot more than needed. To use the extra, make golf-ball sized balls, place on a cookie sheet, and press down using a fork. Bake at 350* for 6-8 minutes or until no longer gooey.

**Using the 9×9 inch pan makes a very thick brownie. If you would like a thinner brownie, use a slightly bigger pan, like 11×8.

Yields 16 brownies (and about 9 cookies)

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  1. Your college experience so far sounds like lots of fun!

    I recently made brownies with peanut butter dulce de leche swirled in, but I love cookie dough. I’ll have to try these out soon.

  2. shannon terlaje says:

    I love that you’re in Seattle! My niece is there attending Seattle U. We’ll be visiting her sometime in the fall and I would love to visit you Rachel! I’m so proud of you and Asia loves looking at all your yummy photos! I think we’ll try this recipe out because we’re absolute peanut butter addicts!
    Love and miss you dearly.

  3. Glad to hear your having a good time at college :)
    Those brownies look so yummy and fudgy :)

  4. I had a craving for brownies and I came on your site to see new recipes and BAM there were some brownies :)
    I’m glad you’re having a great time in college! Have a great first year!

  5. YUM sista im craving some rcon goodies t and I today were talking about the things we would give to be in your house with your beautiful face and all your beautiful goodies!!!! food and friends what more could a girl ask for? I MISS YOU THE MOSTEST

  6. Rachel – I am sooo happy you are enjoying college. Sounds like you are going to have a phenomenal experience. Keep at the blogging girl. :)

  7. These brownies looks so rich and amazing!

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