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Peanut Butter Brownies

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Today was Jordan’s first day of second grade. I got a little sad. And then I realized something.

She’s gone! At school all day! I kinda felt like that lady in the empty-nester commercial, the one who redecorated her kid’s room as soon as he left for college?

It’s amazing the difference that happens to a kid between kindergarten and second grade. Ginormous difference between then and now. And I know she’s only going to grow up even more in the next few months.

She’ll probably think she’s ready for her driver’s license by the time she ends second grade.

And she’s still super excited still about her braces. She made sure to seek out her old teachers, her principal, and parents of several friends to show them her NEW BRACES! and NEW EARRINGS!

{Shy my child is not.}

So, what did I do to celebrate today?

Remember last year? How a bunch of us moms started walking after drop off? We kicked it off again today.

My friend told me it was “about an hour walk.”

We did over seven miles. SEVEN.

So I’m not sure if my friend is a friend or if she’s out to kill me? The jury is still out on that one.

After I walked SEVEN miles this morning I think I deserve a treat.

And luckily, unlike most of the treats I share with you, I still have some of these babies in my freezer.

I was going to take them to school this week.

They might not make it.

Remember those Very Vanilla Bars I made you a few months ago? You know, the ones for that unmentionable party? Well, they were actually called Very Vanilla Brownies…a fact I realized I messed up on only after photo editing. Anyway, they were made with white chocolate chips.

As I stood at the stove making them, my mind wandered and I began to wonder if I could make them with other kinds of chips. Like peanut butter chips.

You know, make Peanut Butter Brownies.

Sometimes I astound even myself.

Because these are amazing.

Of course, I had to do more than make brownies with frosting. I added a crust.

Because I’m me.

Pretzel crust. Peanut Butter Brownies. And Peanut Butter Frosting (which totally makes them; do not skimp on the frosting!)

You could add chocolate. I almost did. But this way the peanut butter is the total star. She doesn’t have to share the limelight with her pesky BFF, chocolate, throwing her perfect hair around or strutting her stuff in her milk chocolate stilettos.

Nope, peanut butter is the star here.


Perfect comfort food for the first day of school. When you realize your kid is soon going to hate you and not want you to hold her hand anymore.

Or when a friend makes you walk over SEVEN miles.

Make these. You won’t be sorry!

Peanut Butter Brownies

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • For the Brownies
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • For the Frosting
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a 9×13” baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Crush pretzels in food processor. Place in a medium sized bowl and add sugar and melted butter. Stir and press into the bottom of your pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter and peanut butter chips in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, just until melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  4. Stir remaining brownie ingredients together in a large bowl. Stir in peanut butter mixture. Spread over pretzel crust and bake about 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. Make the frosting: Beat butter and peanut butter with a hand mixer. Beat in powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Mix until smooth and spread over cooled brownies. Cut into bars.
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78 Responses to “Peanut Butter Brownies”

  1. Back for Seconds posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm (#)

    That crust paired with peanut butter sounds like perfection! Are they fudgy like brownies? Anything pb sounds so yum right now!
    That Jordan. She’s so great ;)
    I think youdeserve TWO treats after walking 7 miles! Way to go, girl!

  2. Jenn posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm (#)

    Weird – I was just thinking of making some peanut butter brownies! I love the idea of a salty pretzel crust – I can just taste it now! Yum.

  3. Anita Stafford posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#)

    I could never dream up such a wonderful treat! These must be fantastic!

  4. Jocelyn posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm (#)

    Peanut butter and pretzel brownies sound awesome!! I love that you added more peanut butter to the top too! You deserve a whole pan of these after 7 miles!!!!

  5. Lisa posted on August 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm (#)

    You crack me up. And I love peanut butter! Win. Win.

  6. Lauri posted on August 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm (#)

    These sound so stinking good! I wonder if a little chocolate drizzled on top would hurt anything? ;) Not that they need it. The peanut butter and salt mix is a great one!

  7. Heather Kinnaird posted on August 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm (#)

    Oh my – I cannot believe I’ve never thought about this – I am a total PB LOVER! a jar and a spoon is all I need:) and a crust – YUM! PB pretzels from Trader Joes are a staple in our house

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm (#)

    everything about them is just yum from the pretzel crust to the PB – brownies without chocolate, I call blondies, but whatever you want to call these, all I can say is YUM!

    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on August 22nd, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Averie! I kept wanting to call them Blondies too, ha!

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on August 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm (#)

    What the what?! How the hell did you walk seven miles?! That’s incredible… and insane. I walked just over that for the Bay to Breakers race a couple years ago, so I know how insane that is. And how long SF is. And got to see naked old men, but that’s besides the point. These brownies are awesome and I should know :) you definitely deserve one or seven, one for each mile :)

  10. Kristin posted on August 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm (#)

    I had an idea for pb/pretzel blondies about a month ago and they just didn’t turn out as I expected. These look like they’re a winner, though!

  11. Lisa posted on August 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm (#)

    Ohhh, you’ve really got me with this one. I love peanut butter and can never seem to get enough peanut butter flavor in bar recipes that I’ve tried. Yours looks like the ultimate in peanut buttery goodness. Pinning it!!!

  12. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry posted on August 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm (#)

    These look so good! It’s crazy how fast those kids grow up huh?! But having an empty house is something I am looking forward to once my last one gets to Kindergarten. My hubs wants me to take up a day job when that happens but I am like, give me at least one year! HAHAHA! Good job on the 7 miles too! :)

    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on August 22nd, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      I would be too! Yeah, real job, ha. “All day” really isn’t all day! :)

  13. Veronica posted on August 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm (#)

    “milk chocolate stilettos” haha love it! These look amazing :)

  14. Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) posted on August 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm (#)

    That looks heavenly! I’d love a piece of that right now ;)

  15. keri @ shaken together posted on August 22, 2012 at 1:33 am (#)

    So, it might be a bad thing that I have EVERYTHING on hand to make these ;) Pinned!!

  16. Lisa posted on August 22, 2012 at 5:45 am (#)

    I can’t even imagine my baby going into second grade. They grow up so fast!

    Anyway, this looks absolutely amazing and definitely worth a treat after your long walk :)

  17. The Cooking Actress posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:24 am (#)

    Peanut Butter. Pretzel Crust. I love. I love. I LOVE!

  18. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:44 am (#)

    oh yummy, I would walk a few miles for those.

  19. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:40 am (#)

    These are so amazing to me right now

  20. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on August 22, 2012 at 10:49 am (#)

    Also a good way to cheer her up when she gets home if she hates school. :-)

  21. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:07 am (#)

    Yum! I could definitely use one of these right now!

  22. Crystal {@Phatcakes} posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:24 am (#)

    Love these!! I wish I was an empty nester. I have two toddlers at home. Thats great about your walk, though!! Go you ♥

  23. Jessi posted on August 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm (#)

    Wow, all my favourite things together. And the combination of salty and sweet – must make!

  24. Tonia L posted on August 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm (#)

    You are a free woman and I agree, after a 7 mile walk you do deserve a treat!

  25. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on August 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm (#)

    More kitchen time to yourself! :) MMM these PB brownies look sooo good!

  26. Emily posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm (#)

    Ok..this works for me and my hubby… sweet for me and salty for him! Thanks for sharing. Pinning this.

  27. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on August 23, 2012 at 1:09 am (#)

    These sound fantastic! I can’t believe I’ve never had peanut butter brownies before. Can’t wait to give them a try.

  28. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on August 23, 2012 at 4:36 am (#)

    Since I need peanut butter in each and every form in my life, these PB brownies are divine. The perfect treat to stuff my face with after a run. The pretzel crust is the cherry on top. Seriously… that may just be my favorite part! Love the texture contrast and the sweet/salty.

  29. Cindy stamps posted on August 23, 2012 at 7:00 am (#)

    Just found your blog through pinterest! This recipe sounds amazing. Love me some peanut butter!!!!

  30. Winnie posted on August 23, 2012 at 9:58 am (#)

    WOWWW – these look heavenly!
    I just have to pin these NOW :)

  31. Tulip TrueAim posted on August 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#)

    I am a sucker for both of these. I love peanut butter pretzel truffles so these sound so good. I am a new follower. Hope to see you at True Aim!

  32. Angie Ouellette-Tower posted on August 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm (#)

    Yummy!! I’m visiting you from “Days of Chalk & Chocolate” blog hop.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

  33. Mary ~ posted on August 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#)

    Great share! I just pinned your recipe, I can’t wait to make these PB Brownies! I saw your yummy share at The Frugal Girls’ Party! Cheers!

  34. Rachel Cotterill posted on August 24, 2012 at 2:42 am (#)

    Love the idea of peanut butter brownies, but (Brit question), what is a peanut butter chip??

  35. Sarah Carletti posted on August 24, 2012 at 3:17 am (#)

    Ok. So if you can walk seven miles – you da’ bomb! And these look wonderful!

  36. Becca Acker posted on August 24, 2012 at 10:32 am (#)

    These sound really good! Found your recipe via the Grant Life!

  37. Dip It In Chocolate posted on August 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm (#)

    Just reading about you walking SEVEN miles makes me feel like I’ve earned one of these. The pretzel crust? Genius.

  38. Michelles Tasty Creations posted on August 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try these! I love pretzels and peanut butter. We used to dip our pretzels in PB. I had to stop in the middle of this post and go read about the “unmentionable party” lol Hilarious!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend :)

    Michelle

  39. Erin posted on August 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm (#)

    I think peanut butter deserves to be the star every once in a while. These look great!

  40. Helen - And Who Says You Cant? posted on August 25, 2012 at 3:15 am (#)

    this is beyond words…….Im off to go get pretzels……thank you!!!

  41. Betsy Brock posted on August 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm (#)

    yum….what a great looking bar cookie….I’ll have to try these! thanks….

  42. Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com posted on August 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm (#)

    I am making these for sure…just pinned!

  43. madge | the vegetarian casserole queen posted on August 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm (#)

    Pinning, as well! Can’t wait to try them…

  44. myric andreasen posted on August 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm (#)

    That looks so good! I love you peanut butter recipes! I will be pinning this and save it to my must try :)
    Sorry you feel a little sad about your kid being at school all that. That’s why it pays to seize each moment they are there. They grow up so fast!

    xo
    Myric

  45. Laura posted on September 28, 2012 at 1:48 am (#)

    Found this recipe on pinterest, and had to try it right away. Is the dough supposed to be SO thick? When I tried to “spread” it onto the pretzel crust, the crust just fell apart and stuck to the dough and made a huge mess. I ended up having to grease my hands and “spread” the dough that way. It’s baking now, so we’ll see how it turns out. Unfortunately, the “crust” is not really a crust anymore. It’s going to be patchy and mixed in at places. :/

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 28th, 2012 at 6:19 am

      I remember the dough being thick, but not so that I couldn’t spread it with the spoon. Hmmmm…. I hope they turn out okay? I’m sorry you had trouble with it!

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  47. Tahnhcooks posted on March 10, 2013 at 10:47 am (#)

    These look fantastic! Totally making them this week!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 10th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope you love them!

  48. Judy Springer posted on April 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm (#)

    The 12 Tbs. butter for the pretzel crust seems like a lot of butter. Just want to make sure that is correct? These brownies sound awesome. Want to make them for this weekend.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 4th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      OMG! Thank you! It’s 1/2 CUP (1 stick). I’ll fix it right now! Enjoy!

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