My favorite (and best) cooking inspiration has always been making things for the people I love. Especially birthdays. Birthdays are my favorite thing in the world, and nothing brings me more happiness than making the perfect treat to show my love.
In fact, to date my favorite recipe I’ve ever made was for Steve’s birthday last year. I have to tell you, though–these give them a run for their money!
When I saw this post on Brown Eyed Baker a couple of months ago, I immediately sent it to Nicole–the idea is genius, the photos are absolutely gorgeous, and I wanted to jump through my screen and lick every crumb.
So when I was deciding what to make Nicole for her birthday this year, I knew exactly where I wanted to start. Of course, I changed a few things to make these a little less indulgent, but they still tasted rich and decadent. The brownie layer is the fudgiest brownie I have ever tasted, and the peanut butter tastes like the inside of a Reese’s cup, and then that perfectly glossy glaze? I diiiieeee.
The good thing about cooking for your BBF (best blog friend–I know, we’re totally, like tweens) is they don’t mind that you cut into their birthday dessert to photograph it, and maybe sneak a tiny bite so that you can make sure it’s perfect before you give it to them. 😉 Thanks for taking one for the
team blog, Nicole!
Rich and fudgy brownies topped with creamy sweetened peanut butter, followed by a chocolate peanut butter glaze--these brownies are to-die-for!
- 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
- 1 1/2 tsp espresso powder
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp boiling water
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- dash salt
- 3/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2-3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- To make the brownies, preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, espresso powder and water. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until combined. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla and sugar. Stir in flour, salt and yogurt until combined. Do not overmix.
- Transfer batter to prepared baking dish. Bake set and until a toothpick inserted a couple of inches from the edge comes out with a few crumbs, about 30 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
- To make the peanut butter layer, beat together peanut butter, coconut oil and powdered sugar until smooth. Add milk 1 tbsp at a time until you reach a smooth, spreadable texture. Spread evenly onto cooled brownies.
- To make the glaze, place chocolate and peanut butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Spread glaze evenly over peanut butter layer. Cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then serve. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baked
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
These look amazing. I should not be looking at your blog late at night ever. Now all I want are brownies. Now, I can’t have peanut butter. Is there something I could sub?
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says
You have been nailing the recipes lately! I think you are over taking my pinterest boards. PB and chocolate = heaven!
Kierston @candyfit says
I had to stop scrolling through your pics because I was drooling so much . 😉
Katy @ KatysKitchen says
Wow, I’ve never thought of adding yogurt to brownies, what an interesting idea. I love love love that glaze.
This looks so rich, moist, and delicious. I must try this recipe out!
Fantastic brownies! They would be just perfect for my birthday!
I want one! Actually, I want the whole batch! My kind of brownie!
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
Brownies with peanut butter layer and peanut butter glaze? Can I come over, too? They look so appetizing! your friend is lucky.
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
the brownies alone – made from coconut oil and yogurt – amazing. they look SO good Ari! And we both know that I have a major soft spot for chocolate and peanut butter together. Especially in buck eye form. 😉
Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen says
Oh yum, your brownies look and sound amazing! I really love the look of that glaze!
Jamie @ couchtoironwoman says
Seriously, these look delicious!! Yum!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Eeeiiikks! I am totally craving a brownie with peanut butter now! Those look to die for!!! And I love the yogurt and coconut oil you used in the recipe!!!
Luciano Viera says
I like discovered a new flavor tank you. Gracias