Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

My Mom’s family is full of crazy 49er fans. My Dad’s family has some diehard Pats fans (including me), but they lost. :( This Super Bowl will come to be known as the Harbaugh Bowl, because the brothers will finally play for the Lombardi Trophy. Go Niners! My two favorite teams in the NFL are the 49ers and the Pats. I’m not jumping on the Niner’s bandwagon, but I am uniting two sides of my family. For the upcoming Super Bowl, I made Peanut Butter Brownie Bites with Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips. Ghirardelli headquarters are in San Fran, so this recipe celebrates my team’s location. Many people think that the Ravens will win no matter what, but don’t underestimate 49er QB Colin Kaepernick! Now let’s get started.

Yum Yum. Good enough for a 49er to eat during halftime.

Whoa. That egg picture creeps me out. Is the egg alive or something?!

This recipe has three steps to it.  First, you have to bake the brownie layer for 10 minutes.  Then, you have to scoop the peanut butter layer on top of the partially cooked brownies and bake it some more.  Finally, you have to put the chocolate glaze on top!

Me and my creation. (Sigh). YUM YUM YUM!!! (Sigh)

Now thats what I’m talking about! (FYI: These pictures are too good to be mine. I made the the brownies, but my mom took all of the photos in this post.) This recipe is a very yummy dessert for after lunch and dinner. In case you haven’t noticed so far, I favor the 49ers in the Super Bowl. I love this recipe (and the 49ers) and I hope you will too!

And even a kid can make PB Brownie Bites that are good enough for a 49er to eat at halftime of the Super Bowl… Like Me!


Peanut Butter Brownie Bites -

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Yield: 36 brownie bites

Prep Time: 40 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Peanut butter mixed with brownies and topped with MORE chocolate glaze!


3/4 cup Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups granulated white sugar, divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1/3 cup Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, chopped

1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips


1. Prepare the brownies: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat 3/4 cup chips and butter for 1 to 2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth and combined. Let cool slightly.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch pan with nonstick spray, line with foil, and then spray again (let the foil hang over the edges of the pan).

3. Whisk 1 cup of the sugar into the melted chocolate mixture. Whisk in the eggs too. Then stir in the vanilla.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for just 10 minutes.

5. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, remaining 1 cup sugar and egg. Stir in the 1/3 cup chopped chips. Drop spoonfuls of the peanut butter mixture over the partially cooked brownies. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is light brown and the mixture appears to be set. Let it cool in the pan.

6. Prepare the glaze: In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, heat the whipping cream and vanilla until warm and bubbling (about 1 minute). Add the 1 cup chips and let sit for about 1 minute, then stir until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the glaze over the top of the brownies and spread until even. Let stand until set (or refrigerate until set). Use the foil to lift the brownies out of the pan and move to a cutting board. Cut into 36 chunks and serve (or place in a covered container until ready to serve).

Source: (adapted slightly from The Ghirardelli website)

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12 Responses to “Peanut Butter Brownie Bites”

  1. 1

    Melba — January 31, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    Wow, those look great! Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips are my absolute favorite. Go niners!

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    Lynna — January 31, 2013 @ 2:12 am

    These look delicious! I`m sure they`ll be a hit on gameday!

  3. 3

    Madeleine — January 31, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Those look great! You can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.

  4. 4

    Kristen — January 31, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    I hope your team wins :) You made a winning dessert, for sure, with these tasty bites!

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    RecipeBoy's Grandma — January 31, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    Love your post. Wish I could watch the game with you all. I will be rooting for the 49’ers of course (my very favorite team).

  6. 6

    ari — January 31, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    yum yum yum!

  7. 7

    Diana — February 1, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    You do realise this is the perfect PMS remedy, eva!!! Consider this baked, monthly!

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    Nancy K — February 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Hey Brooks,
    I just happened on your site and was checking out a few recipes. I love your blog and can’t wait to try these brownie bites. I too am a huge Pats fan…being from the Bosyton area I can’t help but be obsessed. I am bummed they lost the AFC championship game but there is always next year I guess. I am posting after the Superbowl so I am also bummed the 49ers just couldn’t pull a win off.
    It was a great second half and I am sad that there is no more footbal until August.
    Keep up the great post and the blog. I will be checking back again soon.

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    Karen L — December 31, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    These look delicious! Is there really no flour in the peanut butter layer? Just peanut butter, sugar, and egg?

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    Sonia — February 2, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    These look great! You have some great treats to share and I look forward to trying this out. A couple suggestions for a young baker as yourself.

    In my opinion microwaves should be avoided at all costs. Use a double boiler or a bowl over a pot to melt chocolate and whatever else.

    Also try to avoid aluminum foil if possible. It really gives food a bad taste.

    And last try to use stoneware pans. You might have to change bake time but well worth it.

    I hope these tips are useful. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. I am very impressed.

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    Dawn — April 10, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    you have a great website w/some really great recipes, and I may just be a little prejudiced to you because you have the EXACT same name as my best friend, spelled the same way and we have never met or seen anyone w/the same name before. But besides that, for someone as young as you to be so good in the kitchen and to be able to get the rest of us to WANT to bake or cook, kudos to you kid!!!

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    Blanca F — November 19, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    They look very yummy and YES….Go NINERS!!!! Shout out to my SF Giants too. ;)

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