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Peanut Butter Brownie Dream

Peanut Butter Brownie Dream

A chocolatey chewy brownie base gets topped with a fluffy peanut butter layer, then drizzled with chocolate syrup right before serving to create this Peanut Butter Brownie Dream!

If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island, and I could only bring five things, I can assure you that chocolate and peanut butter would definitely be on the list. Separately, chocolate and peanut butter are two of my most favorite foods ever. Combined? Even better! Since I sort of have a thing for layered desserts, with this now infamous Chocolate Lasagna and all, I decided I’d make another fabulous layered dessert that incorporates two of the things I’d consider a “necessity” if I were stranded on that aforementioned deserted island.

There’s nothing I love more than a good brownie, especially this recipe for these Triple Chocolate Chewy Brownies! Despite the fact stand alone brownies are amazing, whether they’re made from scratch, or come from a box (seriously, what is it about boxed brownies?) I thought I’d have a little fun and turn ordinary brownies into this fancy Peanut Butter Brownie Dream!

To make this fabulous, down-right tasty dessert, you’ll start with an 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch square pan in which you’ll bake your favorite brownie recipe. I went with a boxed version this time around, Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownies that I bought from Costco. Because there are multiple steps to this recipe, you may find using a boxed version will be a welcomed time saver versus making brownies from scratch.

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Once the brownies are baked, you’ll pull them out of the oven and allow them to cool completely. I put them in the fridge for a bit to help speed the process along. Next comes this fabulous peanut butter layer! For this you’ll need peanut butter, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar. With the help of a mixer, these ingredients will turn into a beautifully fluffy peanut butter layer that will get spread over the cooled brownies.

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Now the pan will go into the fridge for at least an hour so that the peanut butter layer can set. Right before serving, drizzle a little chocolate syrup over each piece! You could get all fancy and make your own chocolate sauce, or just use whatever you have on hand (am I the only one that keeps a bottle of chocolate sauce on hand so that the hubby can make chocolate milk?). The end result? A fabulous chocolate and peanut butter concoction that tastes much like a really good dream!

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You’ll want to cut up the 8 x 8 inch pan into small pieces because this is a decadent, rich dessert! The piece shown above? Waaaay toooo big. I cut the pieces big for the purpose of the photo, but you could get away serving little cubes of this treat. I lined my pan with foil so that I could easily lift the dessert out of the pan to cut up. I recommend you do the same. I’m not comfortable giving a serving recommendation since it could really vary depending on how big you cut each piece. I am having a hard time thinking of anything that could possibly be better than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, which is why this Peanut Butter Brownie Dream is well… a dream! We loved it and I’m sure you will too!

Peanut Butter Brownie Dream

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Prep Time: 15mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 1hr

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box brownie mix, prepared according to package directions in a 8×8 or 9×9 inch square pan (I used Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix because they are the best boxed brownies, ever!!)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1- 8 ounce tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Chocolate syrup for garnish (make your own or buy from the store)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a square baking dish with foil hanging over the edges to create handles. This will make it easier to lift the dessert out of the pan when it is done. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and spread into the prepared square pan. Bake according to package directions.
  3. Allow the brownies to cool completely.
  4. With your mixer, whip an 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese until it is light and fluffy. Add in peanut butter and mix for a minute to combine. Slowly add in powdered sugar. At this point, the mixture will be very thick.
  5. Add in Cool Whip and mix until the filling is light and fluffy.
  6. Spread the filling over the brownie layer and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  7. Right before serving, cut the dessert into small pieces, drizzle with chocolate syrup, and serve.
  8. Store leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator.

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  1. nothing better than chocolate and peanut better together :)

  2. Nicole Kerns Leistikow

    This is not good for a diabetic pregnant lady to see!! Thanks Ashley!

  3. Elaine Deis Donohue

    How could it not be a hit with chocolate and peanut butter and cool whip!

  4. Candace J Toczylowski

    Where does one get almond or cashew butter? I like the sounds of that!

    • I think regular grocery stores typically have it. I know the Target that I go to carries almond butter. And I’m sure places like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods would definitely carry it.

  5. Candace J Toczylowski

    Thanks, never wood have thought of Target but Whole Foods probably.

  6. Donna Kaye-Thornhill Sheehan

    Good lord, going to the gym with be useless with that around………….yummy…

  7. I live in New Zealand and there isn’t Cool Whip here. Any suggestions for a substitute? Peanut butter & chocolate are the best!

  8. Donna Pugh Luther

    Cool whip is non-dairy whipped topping…. There is an alternative called dream whip that is usually on the shelf at the grocery store along side if the jello/ jello brand cheesecake mixes.

  9. Debbie Hunter Best

    this is good, I have the recipe only using a pie plate!

  10. It looks good…. :D!!!! ( I’m not Paula. Just using her account)

  11. We’re still lusting after these brownies and have made them the featured recipe today on our Facebook, Pinterest and Google + pages! :)

  12. Make with a graham cracker crust instead of the brownie and you have peanut butter pie!

  13. Sounds GOOD, we just finished eating at Waffle House in Rolla. Dot talked to Ragene & Shirley this AM Ragene had another bad coughing spell & Shirley is Sick Sick also. If all goes ok will probably go back down there about Thurs.

  14. I just made this the other day and it was fantastic,question can u use the peanutbutter concoction like frosting on a cake will it set up or no, wtg to hear from you. thank you for all the great recipes you have posted

  15. would love receipe for dog treats are they orgqanic

  16. In this, you stated make your own chocolate syrup…how would I make a syrup that wont be bitter or harden too fast? Also, how would you make a flavored chocolate syrup, like strawberry infused?

  17. Looks delicious, sounds simple, my kind of dessert. Once on the lips twice on the hips, but we only live once.

  18. The peanut butter section I’ve made pretty frequently in the past. Put it in an oreo crust and drizzle chocolate on top and it is the best peanut butter pie.

  19. I would like more recipes that are easy to cook&make

  20. Made this tonight. Next time will have to use a smaller pan, the peanut butter layer isn’t add thick as i would like.

  21. Ina Greyvenstein

    May I please copy and paste your recipes and foto’s on our food page on Facebook. It is a community page with the name Koskapperjolle 2. Please check it out for yourself. I am from South Africa, and like all your recipes. I’d love to share it for the love of food. Regards Ina.

  22. Making again tonight. Dound this is best sitting overnight so its nice and fluffy. This is a favorite in our house

  23. I just made this earlier and I called all my closest friends to the house and try this. They all loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Kelly Miller Sills

    I just made this over the weekend for my sons birthday and it was liked by half and the other half said it was too rich….I think its amazing!

  25. I live in Madrid Spain and here there isnĀ“t cool whip cream… Is frozen spreading cream OK?

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