Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

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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!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Another one for cookie dough lovers only!

Yield: 16 brownies

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:30 min


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)

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  • Its all Greek to me wrote:

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

  • alex wrote:

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

  • Katie @ BloomEveryday wrote:

    Holy HEAVEN! This is peanut butter delish!

  • Rhonda wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) wrote:

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

  • Curt wrote:

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

  • Emilie wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      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!

  • Katrina wrote:

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

  • Laura @ GotChocolate wrote:

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


  • Stef wrote:

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

  • mel wrote:

    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!!

  • Anna @ The Guiltless Life wrote:

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

  • The Cilantropist wrote:

    Oh wow. These have me drooling!!!

  • Maria wrote:

    These look too good to be true!

  • Megan wrote:

    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!

  • Kathy Martin wrote:

    I’m drooling! 🙂

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    These look great…the brownie layer looks insanely delicious!

  • leslie wrote:

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

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet wrote:

    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!

  • Joyce Pack wrote:

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