Saturday, January 7, 2012

Nana's brownies with peanut butter cookie dough

Wanna make these?  They are super easy.

Nana's brownies
2 sticks of butter
4oz. unsweetened chocolate squares (4 squares)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
nuts - optional
chocolate bits - optional

Melt the 2 sticks of butter and the 4 squares of chocolate together. Add the 2 cups of sugar and stir. When a little cool (5 minutes maybe), add the 4 beaten eggs and vanilla and stir. Add the 1 1/2 cups flour and 1 tsp. baking powder and stir. Add the walnuts and/or chocolate bits if you'd like. I don't measure these so as much or as little as you'd like. I use only one pan for all of this - no sense in making more of a mess than you need.

*  If you are going to make them with the peanut butter cookie dough on top - keep reading about how I did that, then bake according to these directions. Pour into a 13x9 and bake at 300* for about 40 min. My oven is 30 years old so you may want to set yours at 30 minutes and just keep an eye on it after that.

Peanut Butter cookie dough to plop on top:

I could lie and say I made that from scratch, too, but this time I didn't and it turned out just fine. 
After you pour the brownie batter into the 13x9, lay out the cookie dough on top.  If you want it to sink down into the brownies, you can do plops of spoonfuls.  I kind of laid it out on top so it'd be more of a topping or a layer.  You can do whatever you want.
This is how it looked before it went in:

And when it came out and I cut it:

Honestly, the peanut butter taste isn't strong at all.  Had I made homemade cookie dough it probably would be more of the taste I was going for but they are still pretty good.  You could do this with chocolate chip cookie dough, too!

If you happen to make these, in any variation, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Um, no. The chocolate pieces are NOT optional. Making these without chocolate pieces is like going to a hooker for a hug...what's the point?! I can;t wait to make these!


    PS: Thanks a lot Kristen, now I feel ashamed of where I get my hugs from....Damn it, I need those hugs!


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