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Brownie Peanut Butter Bars

Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans

Sometimes I find myself craving peanut butter and chocolate.  I scour the house for anything Reece’s hiding out but alas, my craving is forsaken.  Tho fear not my sweet toothed brethren, for my wife found a recipe online that inspired me to make these incredibly decadent brownie peanut butter bars.  Our brownie recipe makes a fudge-esque style brownie, not a cake like brownie that pollutes your bloodline.  The peanut butter frosting is perfectly balanced with sour cream to cut through the sweet like a double handed broad sword.  And because these brownie peanut butter bars are smooth and gooey, we added Pecans for a crunch and flavor that leaves you feeling as if you just vanquished your enemies from the field of battle.  Combine all that together and grab a glass of milk because these brownie peanut butter bars are going to make you crave more lands and power!

Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans

Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans

We put Viona in her PJ’s for the night and let her have a taste of destiny!

Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans    Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans    Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans

Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans    Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans    Brownie Peanut Butter Bars with Pecans



For the Brownies:

2/3 cup butter
4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sour cream

pecans for sprinkling on top


Starting with the brownies:

Preheat oven t 350 degrees F.

In a saucepan, melt together the butter and semi-sweet chocolate. (you can also do it in the microwave stiring ever 20 seconds so you don’t over cook).

Allow the butter mixture to cool a bit, then mix in with a whisk, the sugar, eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder.

Using a whisk or spatula, mix the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture until well combined.

Pour into a lightly greased 9″x 13″ pan and cook at 350 degrees for 30-32 minutes.  Do not overcook.  These make fudge-y style brownies not cake like brownies.

For the Frosting:

In a mixer combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar and sour cream and mix until light and fluffy.

Allow the brownies to cool, then slather on the peanut butter frosting.  (Note: your frosting layer will not be as thick as what is pictured above. Once again my wife made me do it that way for “prettier pictures”.  Trust me it does not need to be that thick, it is plenty sweet and peanut buttery with a thinner layer.)

Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Grab a glass of milk, and pace yourself!

I was inspired by the recipe I found on ChristinawithCaramel.  However, I wanted to use my own brownie recipe because they are delicious.  And instead of adding butter to the peanut butter frosting, I opted for sour cream which lightens the sweetness and adds a bit of tang.  I also wanted a crunchy element which is why I added pecans to the top.

Please let me know what you think with a comment below!



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