Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

Filled with a thick layer of peanut butter and topped with peanut butter chips and a peanut butter drizzle, these Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies are the ultimate brownies for a peanut butter lover!  Made with easy one bowl mix-by-hand fudgy brownies – easy to make, too!

a stack of three thick fudgy brownies filled with peanut butter with more brownies and a milk jug in the background

We’re sneaking in just under the wire with April’s Brownie of the Month recipe.  That line about good things come to those who wait or whatever?  It’s true when it comes to brownie recipes, too.

Sure, you can swirl your brownies with peanut butter.  Or you can top your brownies with peanut butter frosting.

But if you love peanut butter (and the continued popularity of my chocolate and peanut butter based cakes tell me you do), you want lots of peanut butter.  Maximum peanut butter flavor packed into a fudgey brownie.

And the best way to achieve this?  By stuffing the brownie full of peanut butter.  A big, fat, peanut buttery layer sandwiched between bites of delicious chocolate brownie.

Oh, and then we’ll add some chocolate chips and peanut butter chips on top.  And a peanut butter chip drizzle, because… why not?

The only downside to these peanut butter stuffed brownies?  They disappear way too quickly.  Good thing you can save this recipe and keep making more.

three peanut butter stuffed brownies with peanut butter drizzle stacked on a plate with another brownie with a bite taken out of it

Easy Mix By Hand Brownies

This recipe starts with one of my favorite homemade brownie bases.  You’ve seen it before in these Mint Irish Cream Brownies.

They’re thick and fudgy and taste even better when refrigerated.

(If warm brownies are more your thing, they’re still good.  But chilling them first makes them EXTRA fudgy.)

It’s the perfect “bread” in our sandwich of stuffed peanut butter brownies.

two photos showing mixing the dry ingredients into a thick brownie batter by hand

Thick Peanut Butter Layer

The key to these peanut butter stuffed brownies is, obviously, stuffing them with peanut butter.  

Simply spreading a layer of peanut butter on top of the batter doesn’t really work, though.

As the batter bakes, the peanut butter melts in, diffusing the taste.  (Delicious, but not what we’re after.)

I thought about freezing a layer of solid peanut butter, like I did with my Ultimate Nutella Brownies, but I didn’t really want to wait for the peanut butter to freeze.  (And I don’t know about you, but I also don’t have room in my freezer right now.)

So instead, I filled them with a layer of peanut butter mixed with confectioners sugar, similar to what I use in my No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

The end result?  The layer stays distinct and doesn’t mix with the batter.  There’s a definite peanut butter flavor you can both see and taste.

And the sweetened peanut butter + chocolate brownie combination kind of tastes like a baked brownie peanut butter cup.  (Which is a good thing!)

step by step photos showing the layer of peanut butter filling and covering with brownie batter before and after baking

One quick tip: I recommend using commercial peanut butter, not natural.  Why is commercial peanut butter generally better for baking? It’s time for my favorite subject… kitchen chemistry!

Kitchen Chemistry

Commercial peanut butters undergo a homogenization process, which adds a stabilizer to the ground peanuts to eliminate the separation of oil.  As a result of this homogenization, commercial peanut butter is smoother and less gritty textured, but most importantly: will not separate out after temperature fluctuations.  When baking with natural peanut butter, there is often a little extra oil that has not properly been stirred back in, which will result in a greasier texture in the baked goods.

Of course, you CAN make these with natural peanut butter if it’s what you keep on hand – just make sure to mix the entire jar extremely well and realize the peanut butter layer may not be as smooth.

peanut butter brownies with a peanut butter drizzle surrounding a bowl of chocolate and peanut butter chips

Tips and Tricks for the Best Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

  1. Use “regular” commercial peanut butter, not natural style peanut butter, for the best texture.
  2. Use high quality baking chocolate for the melted chocolate.  Chocolate chips contain extra stabilizers which effects the taste and texture — the brownies will taste even better if made with a good quality baking chocolate bar.
  3. Don’t overbake the brownies!  These brownies continue to cook slightly in the pan after removing from the oven, so they should still look slightly underbaked when you pull them out.
  4. Recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9×13 inch pan.  Add an extra 5-10 minutes to the baking time.
  5. Made too many brownies?  Leftovers for these brownies can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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2020 Brownie of the Month Series

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Filled with a thick layer of peanut butter and topped with peanut butter chips and a peanut butter drizzle, these Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies are the ultimate brownies for a peanut butter lover!

Ingredients

For the Brownies:

  • 8 tablespoons (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces (226 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (21 grams) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour

For the Peanut Butter Layer:

  • 1 cup (270 grams) smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup (113 grams) confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pan. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.  Line an 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil and extended the foil over the edge. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make the brownies. Combine the butter and chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave the butter and chocolate for 1 minute at 50% power and stir. Continue microwaving in 1 minute increments at 50% power until chocolate is fully melted and mixture is smooth. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in the cocoa powder and flour with a wooden spoon.  The resulting brownie batter will be quite thick; it will take some effort to stir in all the flour.
  3. Make the peanut butter layer. Combine the peanut butter layer ingredients in a medium bowl and mix by hand or with a mixer until well combined and smooth.
  4. Assemble the brownies. Spread half the brownie batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Press the peanut butter mixture on top of the brownies -- this mixture will be a little crumbly and it is easiest to place clumps all over the brownie batter and gently press into a flat layer using the bottom of a measuring cup or glass. Spread the rest of the brownie batter over the peanut butter, using a knife to spread to the edges. Place the chocolate chips and two tablespoons of the peanut butter chips on the top of the brownies.
  5. Bake the brownies. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a moist crumb.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Make the peanut butter drizzle. Once brownies have cooled completely, cut into 16 squares. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of peanut butter chips in a small microwave safe bowl, melting for 30 seconds and stirring well, repeating until smooth. Transfer the melted peanut butter chips to a small plastic bag, snip off the corner, and drizzle over each of the brownies. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to set the peanut butter before serving.

Notes

  1. Use “regular” commercial peanut butter, not natural style peanut butter, for the best texture.
  2. The brownie texture will be better with good quality baking chocolate or chocolate bars, rather than chocolate chips.
  3. Don't overbake the brownies -- the brownies should just start to pull away from the sides of the pan with a slightly soft center when done.
  4. To bake in a 9x13-inch pan, double the recipe and add an extra 5-10 minutes to baking time.
  5. Brownies can be stored at room temperature for a week, but taste even fudgier when stored in the refrigerator. Left over brownies can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 21.9gCarbohydrates: 42.0gProtein: 7.6g
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