These Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies feature a fudgy brownie loaded with a thick, creamy peanut butter swirl. Guaranteed to become your next favorite indulgent treat!
These Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are actually a recipe that I cut from my first cookbook, Even Better Brownies, at the last second and I’m SO excited to be sharing them with you guys today!
Now, I’ve had peanut butter swirled brownies before… but none of them delivered that powerful and delicious chocolate & peanut butter punch that I was looking for. So, I decided to dive a little deeper… into the brownies that is, with literal chunks of peanut butter goodness. And boy do I think I’ve outdone myself this time. This peanut butter swirl brownie recipe delivers on all fronts: decadence, richness, chewiness, and of course, fudginess.
These fudgy peanut butter swirl brownies don’t require a ton of ingredients; here’s what you’ll need to make them:
These peanut butter swirl brownies are extremely simple to make and the results are unreal. Trust me! There are two essential components for this recipe: the brownie batter & the peanut butter swirl!
The brownie layer contains your standard brownie ingredients; you know… butter, flour, eggs etc. This particular brownie recipe uses only cocoa powder which makes for a deliciously chewy brownie that comes together extremely quickly.
To assemble and bake the peanut butter swirl brownies, you’ll first line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper; this will help remove the brownies once they’re baked and have set. After the pan is lined with parchment paper, you’ll mix your brownie batter, and then mix your peanut butter swirl. Then you’ll carefully drop alternating spoonfuls of each batter into your pan then swirl together with a butter knife and bake at 350°F (180°C) for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Then the hard part: letting the brownies cool completely before removing and slicing.
This is the star of the show here. It’s simply powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, peanut butter, and salt mixed together to form a smooth paste-like filling that is dolloped over the brownie base before being swirled together. Yes please!
Serving: You can serve these brownies warm or at room temperature. They’re best served within the first 3 days of being made. I like to reheat them a little in the microwave before eating!
Storage: Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container and can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Leftovers can also be wrapped in plastic wrap surrounded by tin foil and then be frozen for up to 2 months.
CAN I DOUBLE THIS PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL BROWNIE RECIPE?
Yes! You can easily double the recipe, and bake it in a 9×13-inch pan. You can adjust the ‘servings’ slider from 16 to 32 in the recipe card to get the proper ingredient measurements.
CAN I REDUCE THE SUGAR?
Unfortunately, no. It’s doing more than lending a sweet flavor. It’s actually helping with the overall structure and texture of the brownies.
HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN THE BROWNIES ARE DONE BAKING?
A toothpick is your best friend when testing brownies for doneness. You’ll want to remove these brownies when your toothpick is covered in moist crumbs; they might even still look ever so slightly underdone in the center. The residual heat of the pan will continue to finish cooking them to fudgy perfection, however, so make sure to let them cool completely in the pan.
HELP! MY BROWNIES CAME OUT DRY. WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
If you used cup measures as opposed to weight measures, your ingredients were probably a little off. As weird as this sounds, measuring cups aren’t as accurate as you think. For example, somebody who scoops the measuring cup into the flour will have way more than somebody who uses a spoon to scoop the flour into the same sized measuring cup (and the person who spoons the flour into the measuring cup will probably still have more than the needed amount). This is why you should really be measuring by weight with a kitchen scale instead—it’s much more reliable and completely eliminates any inconsistencies.
Alternatively, if you measured your ingredients by weight and the brownies still came out too dry, you might have overmixed your brownie batter or overbaked the brownies. Overmixing the batter will allow air to get trapped in the batter and will result in dry, cakey brownies. Overbaking is pretty self-explanatory; make sure you remove the brownies when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs sticking to it. If it comes out clean, you’ve probably overbaked them.
Now, get this recipe for peanut butter swirl brownies pinned, then let’s get baking, because, dude, these are SO DELICIOUS… you have to try them.
Looking for more chocolate-peanut butter recipes?
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Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
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