Green & Black’s Caramelized Peanut-Studded Chocolate Brownies | Recipe

Green & Black's Caramelized Peanut Brownie

We’re continuing our love affair with sugardaddy Green & Black’s Organic chocolate. This week, one of our favorite TasteSpotters, Kamran, The Sophisticated Gourmet, shares an inspired recipe for Caramelized Peanut-Studded Brownies.

Making brownies? Put those walnuts down! Milk chocolate brownies with caramelized, salted peanuts are so in! Didn’t you know? Well, now you do! With just 3 bars of Green & Black’s Peanut bar, you’ll be on your way to rich, gourmet deliciousness.

Green & Black's Peanut Bar, Chopped

Caramelized Peanut-studded Brownies

Brownie Ingredients

½ cup (1 stick or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
7 ounces (2 bars) Green & Black’s Peanut bar, chopped
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder

Peanut Butter Frosting INgredients

½ cup of smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup of powdered sugar
Pinch salt
Pinch nutmeg
½ tablespoon milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ganache Ingredients

3.5 ounces (1 bar) Green & Black’s Peanut bar, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

Brownie Directions

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 8-inch square baking pan.

Melt butter and half of chocolate in a 1½-quart heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until mixture is glossy and smooth.

Whisk together remaining ingredients, then stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in remaining chocolate.
Spread batter in pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer comes out with a few moist crumbs adhering, 15 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator (Kamran note: I allowed everything to cool for 10 minutes out of the oven, and then place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes). After the brownies have cooled, remove them from the pan (don’t cut them!), and place them on a cutting board, while you prepare the frosting and ganache (preparation below).

Peanut Butter Frosting Directions:

Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and the butter (2 tablespoons) until they blend together. Blend in the powdered sugar, salt, nutmeg, milk, and vanilla. Spread the frosting well.

Ganache Directions:

Stir Green & Black’s Peanut bar and unsalted butter (2 tablespoons) in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Place all over the frosting; spread around to cover. Chill the brownies on the cutting board in the refrigerator until set (about 1½) hours. Once the brownies have chilled, using a sharp knife, cut them into desired sizes, or use a round cookie cutter.

Cook’s Notes: These brownies can be made a day in advance and are best when they are chilled. Please be sure to not over bake your brownies. If necessary, you can use foil or parchment paper to line your pan and then frost and spread the ganache over the brownies, in the pan. You can then chill them and transfer the brownies to a cutting board to be cut into your desired sizes / rounds.

A Few Words About Kamran, The Sophisticated Gourmet:

Sophisticated Gourmet ProfileKamran is the 17-year old cook, writer, photographer, designer, and dishwasher of The Sophisticated Gourmet food blog. His food blog centers around sharing simple, yet sophisticated recipes without using pretentious ingredients. He believes that food should be accessible and delicious.

Kamran would someday like to pursue a career in food, writing and photography and would love to go to culinary school, to expand his cooking and baking knowledge.

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by Sarah J. Gim on March 15, 2010 · 7 comments

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oneshotbeyond March 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

YuM. What a different take on brownies. I thought I had seen it all!


Wilson March 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

Sounds very good! I personally do not use walnuts and instead use roasted pecans.


Ksenia March 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I remember that when I did the students exchange with England my british family gave me as a present a box with G&B Organic products. Delicious! I have never tried chocolate with salted peanuts, but I love the salty and sweet combo :D


Patty March 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Fantastic, just fantastic! I love the addition of peanuts to the brownies, a match made in heaven. Thanks for posting!


Memoria March 19, 2010 at 1:32 am

These brownies look so rich and decadent. I’m not a fan of nuts, but I think I would take a least a bite or two of this yummy concoction. He did an excellent job. Lovely photos as well.


Lori March 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

Oh my! These look absolutely delicious!


Jim Pachter June 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I am really looking forward to making these but have a question…. I calls for adding 1/2 the chocolate for the brownie recipe. What chocolate? in the ingredients, there is no mention of chocolate other than the 2 tbs or cocoa. Did I miss something?


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