It’s been a while since I baked anything using chocolate and peanut butter. While I do believe variety is a good thing, I also believe with absolute certainty that the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a very, very good thing.
I’ve made peanut butter brownies many times, but these are different from any of those. The difference? Streusel. Not just any streusel. Peanut butter streusel. I’m pretty sure that’s a new one for me.
That sweet, nutty peanut butter streusel tops off a dark, cakey brownie for quite the chocolate-peanut butter experience.
I do recommend using crunchy peanut butter for the streusel to give it a little crunch. If you don’t have that, you can always mix in a tablespoon or so of chopped roasted peanuts.
I’ll pretty much take chocolate and peanut butter in most any combination. But, one of my favorite things about these bars is that you get a layer of each. That way each flavor gets its own little moment to shine while you devour your brownie.
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a couple of inches of overhang on 2 opposite sides. Grease lining.
Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave at half power in 30-second increments until butter melts and chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Add sugar and brown sugar to chocolate mixture and stir until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Stir in flour, vanilla, and salt.
Transfer batter to prepared pan.
To make the streusel, mix flour, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and salt. Stir (or use a fork) until blended and crumbly. Sprinkle streusel mixture evenly over brownie batter.
Bake 50-54 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Then, use the overhanging lining to remove brownies from pan. Cut into bars.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living.