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Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies 

A woman's hand delicately holds a decadent piece of brownie, showcasing its rich, fudgy texture and drizzled chocolate topping. The dessert exudes an irresistible allure, promising a delightful indulgence for the senses.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies! These thick, fudgy delights are the epitome of decadence, featuring a luscious layer of creamy peanut butter nestled between rich chocolate brownie layers. If you’re a fan of the irresistible combination of peanut and chocolate, this is the ultimate treat for you. Get ready for a delightful indulgence!

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INGREDIENTS

Peanut Butter Filling:

– 1 1/4 cups (336 grams) of creamy conventional peanut butter (NOT ‘natural’)

Brownies:

– 10 tablespoons (142 grams) of unsalted butter
– 4 ounces (113 grams) of semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
– 1 cup (200 grams) of granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup (64 grams) of all-purpose flour
– 1/4 cup (25 grams) of unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
– 1/4 teaspoon of fine salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare the Peanut Butter Filling:

1. Transfer the peanut butter to a heat-safe bowl and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, ensuring it attains a pourable consistency without becoming excessively hot.
2. Line an 8-inch square metal pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Evenly spread the peanut butter into the pan and freeze for 1 hour or until solidified. Utilize the parchment overhang to lift the frozen peanut butter sheet from the pan and return it to the freezer, maintaining its frozen state during the preparation of the brownie batter.

Prepare the Brownies:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the square pan again with parchment paper, leaving an overhang.
2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chopped chocolate. Microwave the mixture in 30-second intervals, stirring between each burst, until it achieves a melted and smooth consistency.
3. Add sugar to the warm butter-chocolate mixture and vigorously whisk until well combined. Allow the mixture to cool until just above room temperature.
4. Incorporate the eggs, yolk, and vanilla extract into the mixture, whisking for approximately 1 minute until thoroughly combined.
5. Gently fold in the flour, sifted cocoa powder, and salt using a rubber spatula until just combined.
6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it evenly. Carefully position the frozen peanut butter sheet over the batter, followed by pouring the remaining batter on top to ensure complete coverage.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes, ensuring the brownies are cooked through but still slightly gooey in the center.
8. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then remove them and let them cool for an additional 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
9. Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serving chilled enhances the fudgy texture of the brownies.

Recipe Notes:

– Adjust the quantity of peanut butter according to your preference; feel free to use 1 cup or 3/4 cup for a less intense peanut butter flavor.
– For doubling the recipe, utilize a 9×13 pan and maintain the same baking time for optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I adjust the amount of peanut butter in the recipe?
Absolutely! If you prefer a milder peanut butter flavor, feel free to reduce the quantity to 1 cup or even 3/4 cup while maintaining the overall balance of the recipe.

Is it possible to double the recipe?
Certainly! To double the batch, use a 9×13 pan instead of the 8-inch square pan, and keep the baking time the same. This ensures consistent results and a deliciously satisfying outcome.

Can I store the brownies and for how long?
Yes, you can store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you prefer a chilled texture, they can be refrigerated for up to 5 days without compromising their quality.

How do I achieve the perfect fudgy consistency in the brownies?
To achieve the ideal fudgy texture, ensure that you do not overbake the brownies. Aim for a slightly gooey center when testing for doneness after approximately 30 minutes of baking.

Can I use natural peanut butter in the filling?
It is recommended to use creamy conventional peanut butter for the filling, not the ‘natural’ variety. The creamy texture and consistency of conventional peanut butter contribute to the desired outcome of the recipe.

Can I freeze the brownies for later consumption?
Yes, you can freeze the brownies for longer storage. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in an airtight container before freezing. Thaw in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.

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