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Chocolate-Peanut Brownies

Makes: 20 servings Yield: Makes 20 brownies
Prep 30 mins Bake 350° 5 mins  plus 20 minutes
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  cup  butter, melted
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 2  ounces  unsweetened chocolate, cut up
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2/3  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 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.

For filling::

2. 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.

3. 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 KitchenTest 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
  • 2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 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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