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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Chewy chocolate brownies layered with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and frosted with a chocolate peanut butter ganache. Triple chocolate delight!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

I have a new dessert today to share with you today. It’s so good that you may race to the store just so you can make these for the kids today. (Or yourself. Go ahead, I won’t judge. Promise.)  And frankly, I’m not quite sure why it has taken me so long to put this combination together. It’s no secret that I love have an obsession for chocolate and peanut butter. Really it’s a combination that you can’t go wrong with. Ever. Let me introduce you to my new best friend: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies. You are going to love her. I mean, how can you not?

Chewy chocolate brownies layered with peanut butter cookie dough and topped with chocolate peanut butter ganache? Oh. My. Goodness. If you don’t agree with me as to heavenly these are, I’m not sure we can be friends. I like them THAT much.

My base layer is one of Smitten Kitchen’s brownie recipes. (Why mess with success, right?) But then I couldn’t leave well enough alone and added a layer of peanut butter cookie dough (no eggs, of course). And then to make sure things stay together nicely I frosted everything with a chocolate peanut butter ganache. It’s chocolate peanut butter nirvana.

Now as much as I find it hard to believe, I know that chocolate and peanut butter isn’t for everyone. So tell me – what have I been missing while I’ve been devouring these brownies? Leave a comment below, and let me know what else I need to try. I’d love to know your favorite flavor combination!  

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
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Chewy Brownies layered with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and finished with a chocolate peanut butter ganache.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
For the brownie:
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup flour
For the cookie dough:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
For the ganache:
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips
Brownie Layer:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the unsweetened chocolate and butter. Microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool mixture slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl pour melted chocolate mixture and add sugar. Stir in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and mix. Last, add the flour and stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Let cool thoroughly.
Cookie Dough Layer:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Add Milk and peanut butter and mix until combined. Add flour and mix until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  2. Evenly spread cookie dough over cooled brownies.
Ganache layer:
  1. Place chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat, stirring after 30 seconds. Continue until chips are melted. Stir until smooth and spread over the cookie dough.
  2. Refrigerate the brownies for at least 2 hours or until set.
  3. Serve cold. Keep refrigerated for storage.


  1. Oh my word this looks incredible. Grab me a cup of coffee and I”m ready to dig in!
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted…Chocolate Cupcakes {Butterfinger Frosting}My Profile

  2. These look divine! Love PB and chocolate!
    Jess recently posted…A Day in Bruges: Food & Travel HighlightsMy Profile

  3. Wow! Bars that involve chocolate, pb AND cookie dough are a total winner with me! Pinned!
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen recently posted…Toasted Coconut Meringue NestsMy Profile

    • Thanks for the pin, Kelli! I completely agree with the winning combination-I can never say no to this one.

  4. Oh my! These look deliciously decadent! These would not last long at our house!
    Michele @ Flavor Mosaic recently posted…Pork Loin with Dijon Cream Sauce and CornichonsMy Profile

    • Hi Michele- They didn’t last long here either! Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. You’ve got all my favorites in this recipe: chocolate, peanut butter and cookie dough! Fantastic!
    Tonia recently posted…Brunch Recipes: Fruit Salsa CrepesMy Profile

  6. As far as I’m concerned, peanut butter and chocolate is the only flavor combo I’d ever need in life. These look insanely delicious!
    Taylor @ greens & chocolate recently posted…roasted strawberry, avocado, and feta flatbread {guest post}My Profile

    • Taylor, I completely agree! Happy Monday :)

    Claire Gallam recently posted…Chicken Curry PizzaMy Profile

    • Thanks, Claire!

  8. Everything about these screams yes to me!!! LOVE these!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Blendtec GiveawayMy Profile

    • Thanks Jocelyn!

  9. oh my gawshhhhh. So in love. And yes, utterly heavenly.

  10. These look fabulous!

    • They were definitely tasty, a new family favorite!

  11. Love everything about these brownies! These look incredible!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Easy Lemon Garlic Green BeansMy Profile

  12. Obsessed is right! Chocolate and peanut butter are the best dessert flavors and these brownies might just be the ULTIMATE!!
    Joanne recently posted…Open-Faced Spinach, Artichoke and White Bean Grilled CheeseMy Profile

  13. These look deadly in a good way!! I love PB in anything!

  14. Oh my god. I can’t even. Peanut butter – yes! Chocolate – yes, YES! Cookie dough – F@^k YES!!! You are my new favorite person right now.
    Amanda – A Cookie Named Desire recently posted…Salted Chocolate Tart with a Chai Shortbread CrustMy Profile

  15. Cant talk now. Must get to store for ingredients! Stat!
    Lauren @ Living the Savory Life recently posted…Pizza BreadMy Profile

    • I raced to the store to make them too. :)

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