Friday, May 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies (and two sick kids)

I've had two little girls sick with a 24 hour stomach bug.  Our day has been filled with Mary Poppins and ice chips.

I have memories of  Gilligan's Island on our old black and white TV when I was little and home sick from school.  I also remember that when I started feeling better and food sounded good to eat, my mom would buy or make me anything that I was craving.  One time it was ruffled potato chips and a Snickers Bar.  Another time it was a cherry lollypop.  I can remember pumpkin pie and Cool Whip.  Yet another time I remember just Cool Whip and a spoon.

Call my mom fantastic, or call her crazy, but the memories of the words "you can have whatever sounds good to you" was the light at the end of the tunnel after days of not being able to hold food down.

Well, it's my turn now to be that "fantastic/crazy" mom.

My one daughter wanted chocolate cake and my other wanted peanut butter cookies. I thought I'd compromise by baking peanut butter cookie batter into my chocolate brownies.

Call me 'a little bit' fantastic and 'a little bit' crazy'- but it was a good call.

(And a big thanks to my fantastic mom for leading the way.)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies:
((Printable Version))

Peanut Butter Batter:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg

Mix all of the ingredients together with a wooden spoon and set aside.

Brownie Batter:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 handful of semi sweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350F.

Melt the butter and pour into a large bowl.  Add the chocolate chips (optional) and whisk until melted.  Whisk in the sugar.  Whisk in the eggs, one at a time- then add the vanilla.  Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir to combine.

Line a 13X9 inch or 11X8 inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Drop the brownie batter and peanut butter batter in mounds.

Drag a knife through to swirl and spread smooth with an off-set spatula.

Bake for about 22-25 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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  1. What a great Mom you are and your Mom was a great example for you! Love this. I'm sure this made their tummies feel MUCH better!

  2. These look so awesome! Can't wait to try them.

    I was sick yesterday (not sure if it was too much Cinco de Mayo celebrating or if it was something I ate), but when I finally starting feeling better I really wanted french fries. Unfortunately my husband is not as accommodating as you, so I had to go without.

  3. Those look absolutely delicious. I shall have to try these :)

  4. I wouldn't mind one of these bars in my tummy, I think it would make me feel better right away;-)

  5. To. Die. For.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

  6. These look absolutely heavenly!

  7. These sound amazing! I like that the peanut butter will have a different texture than regular peanut butter swirl brownies...peanut butter cookie dough...yummmm. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Oh my, these look amazing!! And I agree - having your mom make you whatever you want & watching daytime tv was the only highlight of being sick as a kid! My faves were always Facts of Life and Price is Right haha..

  9. OMG! Those are perfect. Love the ingredients!

    New to your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  10. Oh my goodness! I LOVE cookie dough...and to make it will PB cookie dough and add brownies TOO!!! I'm dying. Can't wait to make these. YUM! Thank you.

  11. I love anything with peanut butter! that looks delicious.

  12. I just made these with my flatmate, gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Just wanted to say hello. I host a link party every week and would love for you to link up some of your recipes as this looks amazing. Hope to see you there!

  14. I have been craving peanut butter swirl brownies. These are it!

  15. Made these a second time last night because they were soooo good the first time...BUT I cheated and used box brownie mix only because I did not have enough butter and it took less time to be able to devour them! YUMMMMM! Too bad I left the rest at home today when I left for work...oh well....dessert x2 later! :) Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  16. Awesome idea!!!! This sounds to die for!!!!

  17. These are in the oven right now! I'm making them for the dessert table at adorable Sally's wedding. They smell peanutty delicious cooking! Thanks for the recipe.

  18. This is my all-time favorite cookies to make - been making them for years!

    1. They are so good! I'm glad you like them too. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

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