Infused with peanut butter, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies are the perfect sweet treat!
A couple of months ago, I hit the road with several guys for a curling tournament. If there’s one thing a bunch of guys need when they’re out of town, it’s snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. So once we arrived, we pulled into a grocery store to stock up on chips, crackers, salsa, adult beverages, etc. Just imagine 4 guys hitting the grocery store late at night for snacks. The scene was something akin to a Tasmanian Devil cartoon. And somewhere in the process, a box of Swiss Cake Rolls made their way into the cart.
I don’t think I’ve had a Swiss Cake Roll since my days of grade-school lunches. (And I still haven’t had one, either…those bad boys disappeared quickly in a room of 8 guys!) But that did get me thinking back to my days of eating lunch out of brown paper bags in the courtyard of my high school. And that led to me thinking about peanut butter sandwiches. About 90% of my lunches involved peanut butter sandwiches. (Every once in a while, I mixed it up with lunch meat…or if I was crazy lucky, some leftover pizza.)
I love a good peanut butter sandwich. But here’s the thing…I don’t like jelly on my peanut butter sandwiches. Give me a good PB&J – the J, please! Don’t get me wrong. I like jelly…on toast with butter. Not mixed with my peanut butter. I’m guessing it has something to do with my aversion to sweet and savory flavors mixed together. Laura thinks I’m nuts, but to this day I still won’t eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There was that one time that my lunchbag got mixed up with my sisters (she likes PB&J’s)…and I went hungry.
So while I prefer to leave the jelly aside when it comes to peanut butter, I have no problem mixing in chocolate instead! These Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies are proof that chocolate and peanut butter are just meant to be friends. They are meant to hang out and talk all night. They are meant to go on long walks together. They are meant to be eaten in Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies form!
The peanut buttery goodness in these Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies is sneaky. You wouldn’t even know it was there if I didn’t tell you. So I chose to sprinkle some peanut butter chips on top of these brownies before baking them. The peanut butter mixture just melts into the chocolate brownies as they bake, and you’re left with a chewy brownie loaded with chocolate + peanut butter flavor.
Personally, these brownies are like the pinnacle of brownie greatness. I mean, I love a good classic chocolate brownie…but everything is better with peanut butter, right? Especially the edges…I’ve always loved the edges of brownies! I sliced off the edges before taking these photos. And then I ate the edges before taking these photos. Enjoy!