Salted Peanut Butter Brownies

Salted Peanut Butter Brownies; rich, velvety, double chocolate brownies, swirled with peanut butter and scattered with smashed salted peanuts. Silky, salty and sweet heaven.

Got cravings for something sweet and something savoury? These salted peanut butter brownies have got you covered!

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It’s no secret that sweet and salty are inseparable lovers. They just work, always have, always will.

Chocolate and peanut butter are best buddies too, a wonderfully American pairing, like Minnie and Mickey, or Donald Trump and his date with the electric chair. A girl can dream, right?

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Anyway enough politics, back to baking. Peanut butter brownies are nothing new on the food scene, but they’re so good that they never really left either. Inspired by an Instagram post from one of my favourite local eateries, Melt, Aberdeen’s best (and only) grilled cheese sandwich shop, I thought I’d share my favourite sweet and salty brownie recipe with you lovely people. That way, when Melt sell out, you can make your own!

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Imagine a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Now imagine it’s three times the size, a little more salty and wrapped in the most rich velvety chocolate coat. That is what this brownie is like. Silky, sweet and salty heaven.

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I made these for the first time a few weeks ago, and took them into work alongside another new flavour of brownie (to be revealed soon!), and these were by far the most popular. Something about the velvety chocolate and those crunchy roasted peanuts just makes your mouth want more and more! I really hope you guys will try these, they’re so good, and they’d make a perfect portable snack if you’re off out to watch bonfires or fireworks displays this weekend!

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To make these nutty little beauties, you’ll need to start by preheating your oven – 160 degrees for conventional ovens or 140 degrees for fan ovens.

You’ll then need to grease and line a tin to bake the brownies in, both 8×8 or 8×12 inch tins have worked well for me. I tend to lean more towards 8 x 12!

Chop up some butter and dark/milk chocolate and melt together gently in a heatproof bowl either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water until smooth.

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While the chocolate and butter melt, weigh some flour and cocoa powder into a small bowl.

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In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, an egg yolk, sugar, vanilla extract and a little salt until just combined.

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Once melted, pour the butter/chocolate mixture into the bowl of egg mixture and whisk to incorporate.

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Tip in the flour and cocoa mixture and gently fold together with a spoon or spatula until just combined.

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin.

Pop your measured peanut butter into the microwave and heat for 20-30 seconds until melted slightly, and a little more pourable.

Drizzle the melted peanut butter all over the brownie batter, then use a knife or spoon handle to swirl the peanut butter through in a marbled pattern. Don’t worry if it looks a little messy, it’s all about the taste! Sprinkle the whole or chopped salted peanuts all over the mixture too.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes until the brownies are no longer wobbly and have a nice shiny, crackled top. If you prefer a more gooey brownie, 40-45 would be enough!

Allow to cool for at least 45 minutes before slicing if you can, speaking from experience it can become a sticky mess otherwise! You can slice these into anything from 15-21 bars, depending on how much chocolate and peanut butter you need in your face at one time.

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I really hope you enjoy these salted peanut butter brownies as much as myself and my works colleagues have!

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What’s your favourite sweet and salty combination?

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Thanks for popping over, I hope you get a chance to make these lovely treats, and I hope I see you again soon!

Salted Peanut Butter Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 15-20 brownies

Salted Peanut Butter Brownies

Rich velvety double chocolate brownies swirled with salty peanut butter and scattered with smashed salted peanuts. Silky, salty and sweet heaven.

Ingredients

  • 250g (8 ½ oz) dark or milk chocolate
  • 230g (15 tbsp) butter
  • 65g (½ cup) plain flour
  • 60g (½ cup) cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 250g (1 ¼ cups) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 200g (scant 1 cup) creamy smooth or crunchy peanut butter (such as Sun Pat or Whole Earth, not the runny kinds like Meridian)
  • 50g (¼ cup) salted peanuts (whole or roughly chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven - 160°C / 140°C / 325°F / gas mark 3.
  2. Grease and line a tin to bake the brownies in, both 20 x 20cm (8 x 8in) or 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in) tins have worked well for me.
  3. Chop up your butter and dark/milk chocolate and melt together gently in a heatproof bowl either in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water until smooth.
  4. While the chocolate and butter melt, weigh your flour and cocoa powder into a small bowl.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, sugar, vanilla extract and salt until just combined.
  6. Once melted, pour the butter/chocolate mixture into the bowl of egg mixture and whisk to incorporate.
  7. Tip in the flour and cocoa mixture and gently fold together with a spoon or spatula until just combined.
  8. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin.
  9. Pop your measured peanut butter into the microwave and heat for 20-30 seconds until slightly melted.
  10. Drizzle the melted peanut butter all over the brownie batter, then use a knife or spoon handle to swirl the peanut butter through in a marbled pattern. Don’t worry if it looks a little messy, it’s all about the taste!
  11. Sprinkle the salted peanuts all over the mixture.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes until the brownies are no longer wobbly and have a nice shiny, crackled top.
  13. Allow to cool for at least 45 minutes before slicing if you can. (This isn't a quick bake, but it's so worth it!)
  14. Enjoy!

*Why not try this same recipe but swap the peanut butter out for nutella or your favourite nut butter?

http://maverickbaking.com/salted-peanut-butter-brownies/

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5 Replies to “Salted Peanut Butter Brownies”

  1. […] the week. I am awful at cooking, as every photo of a dessert made by me has shown, but I found this recipe for making Brownies. I have only recently started liking peanut butter – by this I mean […]

  2. OMG!! These look absolutely amaazing! I must try these out! 🙂

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Thank you, hope you like them if you do!

  3. The image of the melted peanut butter drizzled over the chocolate-iness of that brownie looks, not only like an edible Jackson Pollock painting but, heavenly! These truly would be an amazing little treat to have at a bonfire. I will keep these in mind for future Girls Nights. I think they’d be wonderful with a glass of pinot noir. <3

    1. Kelly Cletheroe Kelly Cletheroe says: Reply

      Aww thanks so much Allison, it is a little Pollock-esque isn’t it? They’re a great treat, and though I’m not much of a wine drinker myself, I’d imagine they would go well with pinot noir! To be honest, these would go well with anything, haha! x

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