It’s the Final Countdown…

Our time spent at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution comes to an end tomorrow morning. Even though we have yet to fully finish our research, there is a sense of finality as the three of us are leaving Woods Hole in a matter of hours. As a result, we are trying to use up as many leftovers and cooking ingredients that we can. Having a rather large sweet tooth, I naturally wanted to do some baking in order to use up our flour, sugar, eggs and peanut butter. I stumbled across a delicious recipe…and with a name like “Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies” I could not resist. If you lack will power as I do, I’ve posted the recipe below. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Brownie Layer:
Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 (1 oz) squares of semisweet chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layer:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt

Ganache Layer:
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
14 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts (optional)

Instructions:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch pan with cooking spray.
For the brownies: microwave the butter and semisweet chocolate in a microwavable bowl until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Stir until combined. Mix in the vanilla. Meanwhile, beat the sugar and eggs in a large bowl and add in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Spread the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean, about 22 to 28 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes.
For the peanut butter cookie dough: Add the butter and brown sugar to a large bowl and mix until creamy. Mix in milk and peanut butter, then stir in the flour and salt. Spread the peanut butter cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies.
To make the ganache: Microwave the chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream for 1 minute, stirring once after 30 seconds. Continue stirring until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Spread the ganache over the peanut butter layer and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. Refrigerate until the dough and ganache are set, about 1 hour.

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