Thursday, April 7, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies


Does it surprise you that I neurotically plan out what I'm going to bake each week... sometimes months in advance? I'm guessing not.

This week I was supposed to be making dessert pizza. Two words that should always be together. I've actually been planning to make it since last July, but it keeps getting pushed back by recipes that demand to be made immediately.

Like this one. As soon as I saw this recipe on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen, I became powerless against it. I thought about it constantly over the next three days. I even thought about it while I was exercising, which I'm sure somehow negated all the calories I burned.


Essentially, these brownies combine everything that is good. Chocolate and peanut butter. Brownies and cookies. Salty and sweet.

Plus, we all know that the primary reason for baking is to use as many utensils as possible and shamelessly lick the residual batter off of each and every one. And in my experience, nothing can really compete with brownie batter or cookie dough. Trust me... I'm kind of a connoisseur.


Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies
Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

9x13 pan of brownies, baked and cooled
1/4 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 & 1/4 cups pretzel m&m's

Directions:

1. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugars, and continue creaming until light and fluffy, about 1 minute more. Add the milk and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the flour, and continue to mix at low speed until fully combined. Stir in the m&m's.

2. Spoon the cookie dough onto the cooled brownies and spread gently into an even layer. Slice into squares, and prepare for your life to change.

53 comments:

  1. ohhemmgee I'm gonna have to try this.

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  2. these did not taste good at all... scraped it off the brownies.

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    1. Should have baked cookie dough on top of brownies

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  3. Are you not a lover of cookie dough, because it is raw dough less the eggs....just wondered. I love cookie dough and these sound awesome. I think I may try them for myself....

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  4. I made this today and it was yummy! It seemed to be lacking a little something, though. I looked at the original recipe and saw that she used salted butter, so I added a little salt and it was much better. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. these look like they would either be amazing or discusting

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    1. You really Elongated omg?!?!

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  6. Just finished mine and they aren't quite life-changing but they are yummy. I think the peanut butter part could use a little less flour and a little more peanut butter.

    Also, I used regular M&Ms and they work fine too!

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  7. More peanut butter is always a good idea, if you ask me :) The great thing about this being a no-bake recipe is that you can adjust the ingredients to your taste since you don't have to worry about how it will affect the end result!

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  8. I started a group with some friends/moms that we make one recipe a wk from Pinterest and bring to our group on Sunday nights, this happened to be mine this wk! I made an extra batch for my house, OMG so yummmy. I hope its a big hit at the group tonight as it was at our house. Also, I added more peanut butter to both...

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  9. Do these need to be stored any particular way? I want to make some to bring to a friend a few hours away and I was wondering if they would still taste good left out or if I should bring a cooler to put them in.

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    1. I prefer them slightly chilled, but I've also had them at room temperature and they're still delicious! If you happen to live somewhere that is warm this time of year, I'd recommend putting them in a cooler so that the cookie dough part doesn't melt. Hope this helps!

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  10. Gonna try these soon....Mmmmm looks great!

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  11. makin these tonite i cant wait :) ty for the recipe :)

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  12. Made these today and they were awesome!!! My husband and kids loved them!

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    1. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed them! :)

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  13. I chose this for my birthday treat tonight!!!
    They were good! However, we only put in 1.5 cups flour and had to add .5 cup more peanut butter and a bit more milk to get the cookie dough yumminess! It is a very rich treat... be sure to have milk handy! Not for the weak stomached! :) (Oh and we used regular M&M's and added chocolate chips to the fudge brownie mix... might be the reason it was death by sweets!)

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  14. Paenut butter M&Ms would be good on this too!

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  15. YEP... MADE THESE LOW CARB AND THEY WERE YUMMY. USED A LOW CARB BROWNIE MIX (ONE CARB PER PIECE) FOR A 8X8 PAN. THEN FOR TOPPING USED A LITTLE MORE PB THAN IT CALLED FOR, USED SPLENDA FOR MY SUGARS, ALMOND MILK FOR MILK, AND LEFT OUT THE M&M'S BEING THE BROWNIES HAD CHOC CHIPS IN THEM, AND USED CARBQUIK FOR MY FLOUR, BUT HALF THE AMOUNT IT CALLED FOR. MY HUSBAND LOVED THEM TOO AND HE'S NOT DIETING!! RECOMMEND TRYING!

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  16. I made these the other day and the peanut butter cookie dough was delicious. I used more peanut butter and added less flour to get a nice cookie dough consistency. The finished product, however, was way too sweet. I made it for my roommates and myself and none of us could eat more than one bite. We all have a pretty large sweet tooth, but I think this recipe is a LOT too sweet. Eating the peanut butter cookie dough as a dip with some pretzels might not be such a bad idea.

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  17. These were okay when I finished them, but they were awesome after sitting overnight. I also put them in the fridge, because having something uncooked with milk in it would make me nervous sitting at room temperature.

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  18. Mmm! These look really good. :) I wanna make them!

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  19. Sorry, but I really didn't like these. I have a HUGE sweet tooth but these were way too much even for me. I only ate 1/2 of a brownie and I already have a stomach ache from the sweetness. Not to mention that they glisten with greasy butter, not a win in my book, but I'm glad you like them. Either way, it was fun to make them with my daugher, just wished we liked them...

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  20. These are really good! The peanut butter stuff tastes like peanut buttter sugar cookie dough. I would definitely use only one cup of flower. I use 1 1/2 cups and had to add a bit more milk. They are definetaly better cold so leave them in the fridge over night. Also they are very rich so I would recommend making them for parties.

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  21. I made these and they definitely do change your life! lol I used 1 cup peanut butter and 1.5 cups of flour and more milk. We used the Reeses Pieces. Delicious!

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  22. These could be good with a little tweaking. I thought the peanut butter mixture was way too greasy, but it could be because I only used half the flour called for. Even then it was awfully floury. I think if you just leave out the butter and halve the flour it'll be much better.

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  23. I just made these and they are amazing. I don't know why everyone is saying they are too sweet. Maybe it's b/c I made my brownies from scratch? I don't know, but YUM! Thanks :)

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  24. quick fix for this recipe... bake the brownies, let cool over night, put the cookie dough mix together as instructed and spread over brownies (it might work better to place the m&m's on top of the dough after you've spread it), THEN place in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the top starts to brown and they're PERFECT.

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    1. I agree. My family and I thought they were disgustingly sweet & rich with the PB cookie dough on top. We were aobut to throw them away until we read this. AMAZING after putting them back in the oven and baking the PB dough on top!!

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    2. Yes, Next time I make them I am going to put the peanut butter dough on the brownies before the m&m...I had a hard time spreading the dough with them in it.

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  25. Even without eggs these aren't a great idea, as raw flour can contain dangerous bacteria as well.

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  26. I'm making these as we speak, for my sisters cosmetology school party! They look delicious!

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  27. thanks for sharing.

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  28. Everything was great UNTIL I added the flour. The flour completely enhanced the flavor to a pasty terrible taste that completely took away from the peanut butter.

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  29. Best stored in trash........gross

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    1. That was a bit too rude. Just say you don't like them, and move on.

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  30. These were delicious!!! I do have one thing to mention, INCREDIBLY sweet... you should have your dentist on speed dial after eating just one.. But I cant deny they were yum-o. I made a double batch w one less the cup of flour and half a cup less on both sugars (white and brown.) still very sweet even w the sugar I cut out. I recommend if you have a serious sweet tooth. fairly easy, but time consuming

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  31. Consuming raw flour is a bad idea. It can make you just as sick as raw eggs can. I wouldn't touch that recipe with a 10 foot pole.

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  32. I don't know what everyone here is talking about. This recipe was perfect. The dough was amazing, just the right amount of everything, though I would suggest a spoonful or two more of the peanut butter. Great job, thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks Hunter! I'm glad you liked them :)

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    2. Making these tonight! If I don't reply with my opinion of these it's probably because I died from the flour. Totally worth the risk :-)

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  33. Me again. I may go before I finish the recipe. I licked the brownie batter. That's like a double death sentence. Raw eggs & raw flour!

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  34. Welp, I made these and they completely fell apart when I went to cut them. I rolled them into balls! Peanut butter cookie dough brownie balls! :)

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  35. Its a PMS dream!!!

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  36. These are extremely good...after being refrigerated. A couple of things--I made homemade brownies from scratch. When making the peanut butter topping I did use more than half a cup of peanut butter (probably around 3/4 cup). 2 Cups of flour is WAY too much. I only used 1 Cup, and next time I would definitely just start by mixing in 1/4 C at a time. I don't even know how anyone could get these to turn out with 2 Cups of flour..it would be way too dry and crumbly. It was almost too dry with even 1 cup. Also, if you look at the recipe this was adapted from, it only calls for 1 cup as well. I am wondering if this was a typo. I definitely recommend sticking them in the fridge afterwards!

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  37. These are extremely delicious! I did make a few adjustments though. I used 3/4 cup peanut butter (instead of 1/2 cup), I mixed in 8 chopped-up Reese's PB Cups(in place of the M&M's), & added a *pinch* of salt. These were even better the next day! WONDERFUL recipe and so glad I tried it -- definitely a keeper!

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  38. These look so amazing!! Double the fun...brownie and cookie dough :)

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  39. They look yummy! I will save the recipe. It's unfortunate so many people have nothing better to do then complain.

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