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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Here’s another one for Cookie Dough Lovers only. I mean it. If you aren’t one of those people that licks the rubber spatula when you’re making cookies, then you might not be impressed with this recipe. If you’re one of those people who is freaked out by the idea of eating raw eggs… there are no raw eggs in the cookie dough of this recipe. All is good. Or fabulous, I should say. Here you go: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Dreamy, aren’t they?

They start with a fudgy brownie.  Then they’re topped with an egg-free peanut butter cookie dough layer.

Cookie dough is spread all the way to the edges.  You don’t want to gyp anyone out of a bite of cookie dough when they bite into these brownies, do you?

A layer of ganache on top makes them look a little fancy… and it holds them all together too.

And as if you didn’t have enough in there already, they’re topped with a handful of peanut butter chips.

Refrigerate until everything is nice and set.  They’ll slice nicely if you’re patient enough for the refrigerator to do its job.

Keep these brownies in the fridge when you’re not eating them.  Warm cookie dough just isn’t as appetizing.

Clearly I got a little out of hand with photos of these guys, but can you blame me?  They were so photogenic… and delicious.

And there’s one more photo of those layers.  I love the fudgy brownie layer, and it’s made even better by the addition of some chocolate chunks.  The peanut butter definitely helps even out all of that chocolate stuff.  These are a must-try for my cookie dough loving friends out there.

If you like this recipe, you may like my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies too.  Hoo-ray for cookie dough!

Head to Cake, Batter & Bowl to get the scoop on how this recipe did when it was featured on Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown!

Yield: 16 brownies

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Another one for cookie dough lovers only!


1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 cup peanut butter chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a strip of parchment paper, so that it comes up two of the sides that are opposite each other. Spray the parchment with nonstick spray too.

2. Prepare the brownies: In a small bowl, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate in the microwave until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir briskly until well-combined, then stir in the vanilla. Meanwhile, in a large bowl- use an electric mixer to beat together the sugar and eggs. Scrape in the partially cooled chocolate mixture and mix to combine. In separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the flour ingredients and chocolate chips into the wet ingredients. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 22 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.

3. Prepare cookie dough layer: In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter and brown sugar. Mix until creamy. Add milk and peanut butter and mix to combine. Stir in flour and salt. Spread the peanut butter cookie dough in an even layer over the cooled brownies.

4. Prepare ganache: In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips cream and sugar for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Continue to microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each heating time. Continue heating and stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Drizzle the ganache over the peanut butter cookie dough layer and carefully spread to cover the top. Sprinkle with peanut butter chips. Refrigerate until the dough and the ganache topping are set (at least 1 hour). Use a knife to loosen the sides, then carefully grab the parchment paper and remove the whole pan of brownies to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut them into squares. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Source: (Adapted slightly from Food Network)

66 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies”

  1. postedSep 14, 2011 3:10 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Lori they look amazing!!! And no, your photos are not out of hand…the more the merrier, please! Especially when they are something like this.

    I am a huge cookie dough fan. And brownies too.
    These are perfect!!!

  2. postedSep 14, 2011 3:26 AM

    Droool! So yummy looking.

  3. postedSep 14, 2011 3:38 AM

    oh me oh my… breakfast?

  4. postedSep 14, 2011 6:31 AM

    Gorgeous and I would have a problem not being able to stop after one!!

  5. postedSep 14, 2011 6:33 AM

    I’d probably eat each layer by itself but together? They sound amazing!

  6. postedSep 14, 2011 6:38 AM
    Heather @ Sixty Minute Housewife

    WOW – these look sinfully rich & delicious!

  7. postedSep 14, 2011 6:39 AM

    I’m speechless. I would eat that whole pan by myself, in one sitting. Most likely in the dark in my closet. Yum.

  8. postedSep 14, 2011 6:41 AM

    I remember these beauties from the Ultimate Recipe Showdown! Oh my word, that did NOT do those justice like you did. Beautiful pics and I swear I could eat one for breakfast right this instant. Or two. Or…maybe I wouldn’t be able to stop…these need to be made when I can share and give them away.

  9. postedSep 14, 2011 6:46 AM

    Oh gosh Lori, these look AMAZING! I’m making cake, cake pops, cupcakes, and caramel corn (and that’s just dessert!) for my daughter’s first birthday, but I might have to add these brownies to the list!

  10. postedSep 14, 2011 9:42 AM

    Oh Lori, this just looks too good! Huge chocolate and pb fan!!

  11. postedSep 14, 2011 10:28 AM

    Now. What if you’re the kind of person who eats the ENTIRE batch of cookie dough while making cookies? Hmm. I’m not sure whether these are a good or a bad idea, but I’m sure they are delicious!

  12. postedSep 14, 2011 12:04 PM
    Katie @FedandZested

    WOW! These look fantastic!!! Love PB cookie dough — on-top of brownies just makes it that much better…mmmm filing this in must-try 🙂

  13. postedSep 14, 2011 12:29 PM

    I just found you through foodgawker and boy am I glad I did! These look outrageous! I honestly can’t even relate to non cookie-dough lovers, how is that even possible? 😉

  14. postedSep 14, 2011 12:59 PM
    Koko @ Koko Likes

    YUMMY! Mouth is watering!

  15. postedSep 14, 2011 2:05 PM

    Cookie dough lovers unite! And peanut butter too yay!

  16. postedSep 14, 2011 4:17 PM


  17. postedSep 14, 2011 6:16 PM

    My oh my. I want this every day for the rest of my life.

  18. postedSep 14, 2011 6:56 PM

    As usual, these look amazing! Well done.

  19. postedSep 14, 2011 7:23 PM

    If I made these it’s all I would eat until they were gone, which I’m sure – wouldn’t be long! Delicious!

  20. postedSep 15, 2011 2:28 AM

    I’m DEFINITELY a cookie dough lover. MMM!!

  21. postedSep 15, 2011 3:51 AM

    Amazing Lori! You have done it again! Gotta try these!

  22. postedSep 15, 2011 4:20 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I have a feeling if I made these I’d have to double the peanut butter cookie dough because I’d eat half with a spoon!

  23. postedSep 15, 2011 5:04 AM

    Oh yum yum yum. My mouth is watering. I am a big time cookie dough lover!

  24. postedSep 15, 2011 5:04 AM

    These look great…the brownie layer looks insanely delicious!

  25. postedSep 15, 2011 6:12 AM

    I’m drooling! 🙂

  26. postedSep 15, 2011 8:09 AM

    I’m a suck for anything pb and chocolate (I even have a chocolate pb post up today)… and raw cookie dough… these sound incredible!

  27. postedSep 15, 2011 8:15 AM

    These look too good to be true!

  28. postedSep 15, 2011 8:18 AM

    Oh wow. These have me drooling!!!

  29. postedSep 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Oh my, let’s see…
    Chocolate + peanut butter = check
    Cookie dough = check
    Brownies = check
    The more pics the better with something like this, delicioso!

  30. postedSep 15, 2011 2:49 PM

    okay, I don’t think i’ve ever tried licking my computer monitor before today….but this might just be the first!!!
    These look FAB!!

  31. postedSep 15, 2011 5:43 PM

    What an awesome use for egg-free cookie dough! These look outrageous! Awesome!

  32. postedSep 15, 2011 9:01 PM

    OH. MY. GAWD!!!!! Holy Chocolate and Peanut Butter! MY absolute FAVORITE combinations!!! Must. Make. ASAP!


  33. postedSep 15, 2011 9:18 PM

    Mmm, these look great, Lori. And yes, they did a great photo shoot. 😉

  34. postedSep 16, 2011 9:30 AM

    Hey Lori-would it still turn out okay if i used a 9×13 pan? I’m guessing it would be fine, just thinner layers.

    • postedSep 16, 2011 12:51 PM

      I’m thinking 9×13 would be much too big… but if you do try it, please come back & let us know if it worked out!

  35. postedSep 17, 2011 7:13 AM

    Now there’s a mouthful of sweetness. I love peanut butter.

  36. postedSep 18, 2011 4:43 PM

    Wow…those look absolutely delicious. LOVE peanut butter and chocolate….and COOKIE DOUGH!

  37. postedSep 19, 2011 7:51 AM

    I came to the “reviews” to see reviews from people who have made these, but it’s just people drooling over them! 🙂 They look good to me, too. I’m going to make them this morning then I will post a review after I try them.

    • postedSep 19, 2011 2:43 PM

      That would be awesome, please come back and tell us what you think!

  38. postedSep 19, 2011 8:39 AM

    Holy HEAVEN! This is peanut butter delish!

  39. postedSep 19, 2011 9:13 PM

    oh…this looks way too dangerous. who doesn’t love cookie dough? no really! who doesn’t love cookie dough!?

  40. postedSep 20, 2011 10:40 AM
    Its all Greek to me

    This is the best cookie ever! Thanks for sharing!
    xxx from Greece

  41. postedSep 21, 2011 6:36 PM

    These look flat out addictive! I love the dough-y idea. Super tasty.

  42. postedSep 25, 2011 12:56 PM

    I made these last night for a party and they were a huge hit. Great step-by-step directions. The only thing I’d add is it took me more than 30 minutes … more like an hour of work and an extra hour to cool…
    Still, they tasted great!

  43. postedNov 22, 2011 10:12 AM
    Ashley D

    This is THE best peanut butter brownie recipe ever created! My husband WILL not stop talking about it and wants me to make another batch ASAP. I think my Sunday afternoons have disappeared forever 😉 PROPS!

  44. postedDec 29, 2011 8:10 AM

    What do you think of doing these gluten free?

    • postedDec 29, 2011 10:58 AM

      I’m not sure! I guess it depends how much you love your gluten free raw dough & gf brownies! Please let me know if you try it.

  45. postedFeb 11, 2012 9:53 AM

    Would they work with semi-sweet chocolate chips? It’s all I have on hand.

  46. postedMay 27, 2012 6:14 AM

    i just tried making this yesterday, and it came out tasting really great. But i had a few issues with it: my brownie wasnt really cooked through in the half an hour period, and also when it came to cutting the brownie up with the peanut butter layer on top, the peanut butter it not really stick to the brownie layer and hence it came off as 2 pieces.

    • postedMay 29, 2012 8:38 AM

      I like to cut the brownies when they are chilled- everything stays together nice and firm, then you can let it come to room temp.

  47. postedJun 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    Mmm… These are soooooooo good! I made them using my own recipe for a 13x9x2 pan of brownies, and I poured the batter into two 8 inch cake pans and followed the rest of the recipe. They were really good, and looked fancier and more impressive in cake slice form! 🙂 Thanks so much for the fantastic recipe!

  48. postedJun 18, 2012 7:27 AM

    Im making these right now as we speak! they are in the oven and we found out we didn’t have brown sugar and peanut butter chips so we ran to the store! these are going to taste to good! ill post a reveiw later! i used a 6 x 10 because i didn’t have a 8×8. but they look think and yummy.

  49. postedJun 18, 2012 3:07 PM

    SO YUMMMY, i had to use a different brownie recipe because the ones from these didn’t cook in the middle so i made a 9×13 of them and they are yummy and fudgy and delious!

  50. postedJun 20, 2012 8:06 AM


  51. postedJul 7, 2012 1:03 PM

    double the recipe if you want a 9 x 13. thats what i did 🙂

  52. postedMar 27, 2013 1:27 PM

    These were a hit when I made them for dessert with a friend and her kids! I cheated a bit and made the brownie layer from a box. I will definitely be making them again- so yummy!

  53. postedNov 20, 2013 10:04 PM

    Can I sub coconut flour for all-purpose flour?

    • postedNov 22, 2013 9:30 AM

      I don’t think so.

  54. postedNov 21, 2013 11:52 AM

    I just made these and they turned out good 🙂
    I made some changes though, i didn’t have the ingredients for the ganache topping so i made a thicker base brownie and cut it in half to fill it they were gooood 🙂
    one issue though i come from Holland and you only have measurements in cups and ounces:(

  55. postedNov 30, 2013 9:20 AM

    OMG! I gained 5 lbs from the pictures alone. They look so delicious!

  56. postedFeb 9, 2014 10:08 AM
    valerie studenroth

    if any one made the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie ,,Lori I made it the peanut butter middle was that fluffy Or thick ,??it taste great but I would like to know if it should be Thick or Fluffy like icing or thick like a cookie ??

    • postedFeb 11, 2014 7:03 AM

      I don’t remember the consistency specifically.

  57. postedAug 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    I used boxed brownie mix, added mini chips and dash of vanilla to the cookie dough, and did some diy cocoa powder/milk/sugar/vanilla/cinnamon ganache. Turned out great!

  58. postedMar 12, 2015 8:32 PM

    my pb layer is really really crumbly. its not exactly spreadable, id have to press it into the brownie layer. is that right????? please advise asap, i am having guests over tomorrow night, and this was supposed to be dessert.

    • postedMar 13, 2015 8:33 AM

      If it’s crumbly, just add in a little more milk until it’s more of a dough-like consistency. Then it should be easy to press onto the brownie layer.

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