Flourless Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut butter brownies

Confession time, I have a major peanut butter obsession. I’ve never met a peanut butter dish I didn’t like. Milkshake? Cookie? Sandwich? Oatmeal? Straight from the jar with a spoon? Oh heck yes to all of them. So when I was thinking of what to make to take to a friend’s BBQ, I knew peanut butter had to be involved.

These rich, fudgy flourless brownies would be delicious on their own, but I wanted to take them to the next level. I made a thick peanut butter filling to layer on top, and then poured on a layer of glossy chocolate ganache. The end result is an intensely chocolatey-peanut buttery bite.

Ingredients:

For brownies

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt

For peanut butter filling

  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

For chocolate ganache

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil that comes up the sides as well. Then spray with cooking spray or rub with butter. You really don’t want these to get stuck to the pan! This way you can lift it out of the pan with the parchment or foil.  Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees F.

For the brownies, in the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the butter. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In another bowl, or your mixer, mix the eggs with the sugar. Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture while stirring. Add the vanilla and salt and mix well. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.

For the peanut butter filling, beat the butter and peanut butter together until totally smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat well. Set aside.

For the chocolate ganache, melt the chocolate with the cream, either in the top of a double boiler, or in the microwave by 30 second intervals. Stir well.

To assemble, wait until the brownies are completely cool. Put them in the refrigerator if you’re short on time, but make sure they are cooled.

Peanut butter filled gluten free brownies

Spread the peanut butter filling over the brownies. Try to keep an even layer, and make sure to get the filling all the way to the edges.

Chocolate ganache topped brownies

Then, pour that beautiful chocolate ganache over the top of the peanut butter. Spread it evenly with a spatula. Refrigerate the whole thing for at least an hour.

Gluten free brownies

Lift the brownies out of the pan with the foil, and slice into squares. Be warned, these are crazy rich and delicious, you may want to cut small squares!

Peanut butter filled brownies

Enjoy this intense chocolate peanut butter experience!

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