Chocolate-Peanut Brownies

Let these peanut-butter-and-chocolate bars cool completely before cutting. If you cut them while they are still warm, moisture will escape as steam and the brownies may be dry.

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Makes:
20 servings
Yields:
Makes 20 brownies
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
5 mins 350° plus 20 minutes
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Chocolate-Peanut Brownies

Ingredients
1 1/4
cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 18 graham crackers)
1/4
cup sugar
1/4
cup finely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1/2
1/2
cup butter
2
ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut up
1
cup sugar
2
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
cup peanut-butter-flavored pieces
1
recipe Peanut Butter Frosting
 
Peanut halves

Directions

    For crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, the 1/4 cup sugar, and the finely chopped peanuts. Stir in the 1/2 cup melted butter. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 11X7X1-1/2-inch baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes; cool.
  2. For filling:
  3. In a heavy large saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup butter and the chocolate; heat and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Add the 1 cup sugar, the eggs, and vanilla to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in flour and peanut-butter-flavored pieces. Spread evenly over crust.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread with Peanut Butter Frosting. Cut into bars. Place a peanut half on each bar. Makes 20 brownies.

From the Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen Tip:

Let these peanut-butter-and-chocolate bars cool completely before cutting. If you cut them while they are still warm, moisture will escape as steam and the brownies may be dry.

To Bake Ahead:

Bake as directed; do not cut bars. Cover and chill for up to 2 days.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

1/4
cup butter
2
tablespoons peanut butter
1
tablespoon milk
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the butter and peanut butter; beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar and enough milk to make a frosting that spreads easily.
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