Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies

Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies with three layers of rich and decadent goodness! A rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate brownie with a delicious peanut butter filling that is topped off with a decadent chocolate ganache. Oh yes, the classic peanut butter and chocolate combination! This dessert is incredible!

I made these brownies to celebrate my husband getting a job! After 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, 4 years of a pathology residency and one year of a dermatopathology fellowship-he scores a real job! Woo hoo!! 🙂 It has been a long road and I have been right there beside him for almost the whole ride (over nine years)! After months of interviewing and agonizing we will begin the next chapter of our lives this July in Peoria, Illinois. For the past five years we have called Indianapolis home and I am very sad to leave so many friends and a job that I love, but I am very excited to see what the future has in store for us! 🙂

Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies

A rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate brownie with a delicious peanut butter filling that is topped off with a decadent chocolate ganache.

Yield: 24 brownies


For the Brownies:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the Peanut Butter Filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk

For the Ganache Topping:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 by 13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove from heat and add the sugar; stir to combine. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add flour and stir until just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for bake 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack.
While the brownies are cooling, make the peanut butter filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients and beat until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make it spreadable. Spread in an even layer over the brownies. Place in the refrigerator until filling is set, about 30 minutes.
While the filling is setting, make the ganache, combine the ingredients in a double boiler or in a microwave safe bowl. Melt together and combine. Pour the ganache over the top and spread gently. Return to the fridge until set.

Source: adapted from Worth Her Salt

72 Responses to “Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies”

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — February 23, 2011 @ 6:04 am

    oh dear, you seriously have the best desserts! i just love pb + chocolate + brownies. hehe. ahhh good luck with the move to peoria! i know of a couple people there and it’s a nice town i hear!

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    happywhennothungry — February 23, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    Wow these look amazing! Anything chocolate and peanut butter is perfect. Congrats to your hubby too!

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    Beth — February 23, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    Congratulations to you and your husband. It sounds like another step in a wonderful journey. And what a great way to celebrate!

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    3rdfloorbakes — February 23, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Your food is always flawless. I am definitely making these for my next get together.

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — February 23, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Those brownies are gorgeous!! Wow! Definitely marking them to try soon. =) And happy news about your husband’s new job! Congrats!

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    Steph @ okie dokie artichokie — February 23, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Hot dang! These look decadently delicious — right up my ally! I love the color contrast, so posh! 🙂

    AND, congratulations to you and your hubby for the great news!! That’s so awesome — how proud you must be of your guy. :-p I live in MI, so we’ll basically be neighbors! I see a Summer “tweet-up” in our near future! :-p Congrats again, Christina!!

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    tryityoumightlikeit — February 23, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    As always, this looks amazingly delicious and gorgeous!
    Congratulations on your husband’s new job! Best of luck with your move to Peoria.

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    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — February 23, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    Wow those look so amazing! Delicious and elegant little brownie bites!

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    Amy — February 23, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    O.M.G. Those look incredible…and seriously decadent. Congrats to your hubby (and you) and good luck with the move 🙂

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    In Katrina's Kitchen — February 23, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    CONGRATS!!!! Yay!

    Your brownies look amazing! I’m sure they will make an appearance on my blog soon!! 🙂 Yum!

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    jenna laughs — February 23, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    Christina! That is such exciting news! What a huge life change, and an exciting new journey for you both. These brownies are a great way to celebrate 🙂

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    Jeannie — February 23, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    These ruffle brownies look so sinfully delicious! Beautiful photos! Congrats on your hubby getting a new job:)

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    lena — February 23, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    congrats to you and your husband on the job! cristina, this brownie looks divine, i’m going to bookmark this and make it one day and t

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    lena — February 23, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    congrats to you and your husband on the job! cristina, this brownie looks divine, i’m going to bookmark this and make it one day and the layers look so neat!

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    beth — February 23, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    omg, i almost made these last weekend and seeing your photos now i am totally regretting my decision to make something else! i would totally run the 6 or 7 miles required to burn off the calories in a couple of those bad boys! 🙂

    congrats to you and the hubs on moving to the next stage of your lives together, though i am sad that you are moving even farther away from me… 🙁

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    briarrose — February 23, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Wow… rich. One piece would do me for sure. 😉 I showed it to my husband and he’s like all that’s missing is caramel….I still think it’s perfect as is….it’s kind of a role reversal for us since I’m usually all about adding caramel..ehehehehe.

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    cantstopbaking — February 23, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Have I ever told you that you have the most awesome recipes in the blogosphere?? I want to make these today. Then eat all of them. And not gain a pound. Congratulations on the job! Thats so exciting!

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    This Italian Family — February 23, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    Um, those are seriously gorgeous. Like the supermodel of desserts!

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    oneordinaryday — February 23, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    Oh my gosh, these look amazing. Definitely deserve to be made for a celebration! Best wishes for your husband’s new job and this exciting time!

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    Julia — February 23, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    The brownies look (and I’m sure taste) fantastic! I hope you guys like Peoria as much as I do… it’s my hometown! 🙂

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking? — February 23, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    Christina… Congratulations to you and your husband! I understand what you mean by 4 years of undergrad… med school… residency… and fellowship, my sister is a doctor and I saw her go thru all of it. It was painful watching my sister and I could only imagine what you went thru as a spouse. And now all I can say is YOU GUYS HAVE MADE IT! 🙂 You are a good wife who was by his side for 9 years which is no joke… and I wish you both continued success, now it’ll all pay off! 🙂 Oh and these brownies look soooooooooooooo good, maybe i can try and lower the fat. YUMMY!

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    Lacey @ WorthHerSalt — February 23, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    Thanks for the credit! These are so good…Must resist making them all the time… 🙂

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    muppy — February 23, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing, definitely a treat! Congrats on your husbands job.

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    Sara Lancaster — February 23, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    I have an affinity for layered foods, and these pictures are beautiful. I like what I see and cannot wait for dessert later. I’m inspired.

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    Mary — February 23, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    These are sinful! I’ll have three :-). They really do look like the ultimate dessert for those of us who love peanut butter and chocolate. It is a wonderful recipe and your photos of the bars are gorgeous. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

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    Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) — February 23, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Congrats to your husband…I can only imagine how happy you guys must be! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate. These little chocolate & peanut butter brownies look heavenly!

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    Ana Helena Campell — February 23, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    Wow! it looks amazing!

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    Treat and Trick — February 23, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    What an amazing dessert! Looks so pretty and congratulations to your hubby….

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    CH — February 24, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    I spent a chunk of my last summer in Peoria, IL. It’s an ok place, hope you end up liking it! Congrats on the new job, and I’m totally excited to try these, they seem really similar to a brownie my fave cafe makes, except with a fluffy espresso filling in the middle. Hopefully now I can try and make my own!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 24, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    These look amazing!!! Congrats on your husband’s new job!

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    Sara — February 24, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Congratulations to your husband! What a feat! On a related note, these brownies are hitting all the right buttons! I can’t wait to try them out.

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    Michelle — February 24, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Congrats to your husband! These brownies look like a great way to celebrate 🙂

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    Nina — February 25, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Congratulations, Christina!! What wonderful news and accomplishment. So excited for your new chapter. These brownies look sinfully delish…love any peanut butter / brownie combo! Happy Friday!

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    Lucie — February 25, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Congratulations! These sound like the perfect way to celebrate 🙂 And I’m sure Peoria will treat you great!

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — February 27, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    What a huge step that is to pick up everything and move. What a great accomplishment that is for both you and your husband. Congrats! That ganache on these brownies looks incredible.

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    Liz — March 1, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Has anyone actually made these yet? I made them this morning. I’m not done yet, but concerned. The brownies are considerably thicker than the picture – at least double the thickness. I wonder what will happen when i spread the peanut butter on…..oh boy….

    • Christina replied: — March 4th, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

      I am sorry to hear that the brownies did not come out very well. 🙁 One of the possible reasons that the brownies were much thicker could be that they were mixed too much. Beat just enough to mix the ingredients together, over beating will cause them to rise too much as they cook.
      As far as the brownies needing to stay refrigerated, I am surprised to hear this. I kept mine in an air tight container at room temperature and they stayed perfect for a few days. Was it the ganache on top that made these brownies need to stay refrigerated? If so, you can try eliminating the heavy whipping cream and that will give it a firmer ganache layer. The two tablespoons that I recommended for the ganache will give it a smooth and creamy texture, but it shouldn’t need to stay refrigerated. I hope that this failed recipe doesn’t discourage you from trying other recipes or this particular recipe again. If you do give these a try with the suggestions that I mentioned, I would love to hear how it turns out for you! 🙂

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    Nicole — March 11, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    I just made these the other day, and WOW! They are fantastic! One of the most decadent, delicious recipes I have ever made. My brownies weren’t as dark as yours so they didn’t come out quite as pretty, but they still tasted fantastic. I will make these again and again 🙂

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    Maggie @ Vittles and Bits — April 1, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

    WOW! Special brownies for a special occasion! Congrats and these look absolutely delicious!

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    Shelby Law Ruttan — April 6, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    These LOOK amazing! Lordy, I gained 10 pounds jut looking! 😉

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    Lucy Belfield — May 28, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    I just made these brownies and they are amazing! I live in England so it took me a while to work out how to convert the cup measurements to grams, but boy it was worth it!

    • Christina replied: — June 6th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

      I am so glad that you were able to convert the ingredients and enjoyed them! These brownies are one of my favorite recipes! 🙂

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    Jessica — July 14, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

    I made these today, they were INCREDIBLE. I have zero complaints about the recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! 😀

    • Christina replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

      Jessica, Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! I am so happy that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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    Maddy — July 20, 2011 @ 2:18 am

    I just made these tonight, its a lot of work to do by yourself but it was so much fun! Ill have to wait til morning to see how they taste!

    • Christina replied: — July 20th, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

      They are totally worth all the effort! 🙂 I hope that you enjoyed them!

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    שף בבית — July 27, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    After making these i have to say that it’s one of the best things i tasted.

    • Christina replied: — July 27th, 2011 @ 10:36 am

      That is wonderful to hear! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! 🙂

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    Audra Fryberger — August 2, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Ahh! For some reason my brownies won’t get done around the edges! I don’t know what I did wrong! I guess I should stick to eating instead of baking!

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    Chau — August 19, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Although I liberally buttered the parchment paper like you said, most of the brownie layer still got stuck during cutting. I was sad for about 5 minutes, but then I tasted the final product. I am no PB fan myself (I was making this for a friend and was bummed that mine didn’t turn out pretty like yours), but these tasted amazing! PB in a chocolate ganache = genius! (my friend loved it as well…happy day!). Next time maybe I’ll just skip the parchment paper altogether. Thank you for the recipe, Christina 🙂

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    Kristl Story — September 22, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    What is it about peanut butter & chocolate…so decadent!

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    Kristi Likes — September 25, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    making them right now!!!!

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