Triple Layer Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

Last week was long. Really long.

Thursday after work I needed a treat and I needed a treat now. It wasn’t the “oh, chocolate would be nice tonight” kind of week. Oh no no no no no. It was the “I need chocolate and peanut butter and wine right now or the city of Chicago needs to watch out” kind of week.

brownie 1

Thankfully, I walk through the French Market most days after work and I decided to browse the dessert vendors with more detail Thursday evening. Boy, oh boy am I ever glad I did!

As I was perusing the dessert window, something caught my eye… something chocolate-y, something peanut butter-y, something that I knew I needed right then and there.

A triple-layered brownie filled with a peanut butter layer and topped with a chocolate ganache.

Oh yes. The week had been redeemed.

And after one bite, I knew I needed to recreate this recipe for you.

brownie 2

You’re welcome.

A dense, rich brownie base (that’s gluten-free, I might add!) topped with a gooey peanut butter layer which is then drizzled in a thick chocolate ganache and sprinkled with crushed peanuts.

O to the M to the G.

This dessert will redeem any awful, no good, very bad day and will take you directly to my favorite heaven. The CPB heaven, that is ;)

Triple Layer Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brownies

Makes 20 brownies


Brownie Layer

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Ganache Layer

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP milk
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×9 baking pan with non-stick spray and layer with waxed paper. In a medium sauce pan, melt 8 ounces of the chocolate chips and 1 cup butter until completely melted. Pour into large mixing bowl and add sugar, eggs (one at a time) and cocoa powder. Once mixed, stir in chopped peanuts by hand. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until there is a thin crust on the top and the middle is just firm to the touch. You do NOT want to over-bake the brownies! Remove from oven and allow to cool completely in pan.

While brownie layer is cooling, combine all peanut butter layer ingredients and stir until combined. Do not over stir to prevent stiffness. Using a knife, spread peanut butter mixture evenly over brownies. Place pan into refrigerator to cool while making ganache layer.

Melt 6 tbsp butter and 4 ounces of chocolate chips in saucepan. Once melted stir in milk, honey and vanilla and pour over chilled peanut butter layer of the brownie. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped peanuts and place in refrigerator to cool completely, approximately one hour. Store in refrigerator and devour enjoy!

brownie 3

If this recipe seems familiar, it’s because it is ;) I ever so slightly adapted my Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe to recreate these sinful brownies.

They sound fancy and complicated but honestly, they’re the easiest dessert to make. Plus they impress a crowd, are gluten-free and can be adapted for peanut allergies (almond heaven!).

What’s your go to treat during a stressful week? Can you think of a better name for these brownies? (I’m not feeling too creative in the naming department…)


  1. I want to…

    1. Eat a whole tray
    2. End up in a sugar Coma – I mean who cares right?
    3. Take a long nap
    4. Wait for you to share another next dessert recipe
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    • Hahahaha!!! I love it! I mean, we can consider these healthy because they have eggs and honey and peanut butter, right? ;)

  2. Yes someone else who needed chocolate this weekend! Glad I’m not alone ! :)
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  3. OMG! Just finished a good cardio workout then scrolled quickly through my email and saw this post. This may be ‘the best after-workout treat’ yet! Definitely a good idea for TYT (tomorrow) ;-)
    Thank you!
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  4. MMMM these look so good! CPB is only the best combo eva. My go-to during one of thoooose week is literally just chocolate chips straight out of the bag hahah. Classy.
    Erin @ the almond eater recently posted…Weekend Wrap-Up 11/15-11/17My Profile

  5. You’re KILLING me right now. It’s 8 am and my mouth is literally salivating over these.
    ALISHA @ ALISHA’S APPETITE recently posted…Weekly Meal and Fitness Plan (11/17)My Profile

  6. OMG…these are just divine! Do you think perhaps you could send some over to me right now!?! ;-)
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  7. I think I want to move to Chicago just so I can come over and eat your baked goods all the time…YUM.
    Katie @ daily cup of kate recently posted…Our Engagement PhotosMy Profile

  8. Dear god Becky you did it again! I think my drool broke my keyboard!!!!
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  9. omg. These would actually be therapy after the weekend I had. Can you open a bakery or something? I think it’s time we made this happen! And naming ain’t my skill, but I’ll think on it!
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…{MIMM} Weekend Recap 11/15-11/17My Profile

    • I’ve actually been contemplating opening an out-of-home bakery on the side. Just need someone to do the marketing for me ;)

  10. You have such a knack for coming up with wonderful desserts! This looks UH-MAZING! Why do markets and cute bakeries always lure us in with their amazing sweets?? It’s like this thing. You can’t not stop and look and buy and eat! It’s like shoes or home decor. ;)
    Dana recently posted…Cinnamon Toast Crunch Pancakes + Random weekend photosMy Profile

    • Especially when you’re super emotional or tired or stressed. Thank goodness I stopped though or these would have never been created ;)

  11. Oh my god Becky. You’ve taken this whole chocolate/peanut butter thing to a new level. OH MY GOD.
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  12. Oh Becky you just hit the spot with this one! Just recently I tried the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake at Starbucks and was so annoyed that it tasted like nothing and was far too dry. Your creation looks like gooey chocolaty goodness and I really cannot wait to get my fingers on that!
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  13. Sounds sinful yet heavenly at the same time!
    Tiff recently posted…What Ethan Ate WednesdayMy Profile

  14. Pretty sure I am actually drooling right now. You know I’m with you on the peanut butter and chocolate love, so I could easily destroy a pan of these!
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Salsa Chicken Macaroni.My Profile

  15. Ive been craving sweets and brownies lately omG!!
    Sara @ fitcupcaker recently posted…November Breakfast Challenge Day 12-17My Profile

  16. …….. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Now let me just wipe the drool from my chin. Becky… the only thing keeping me sane right now is the fact that these have PB so that makes them -slightly- unappealing ( ;) ), but imagining these with AB instead… O to the M to the G :shock:
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…. as we speak #2 .My Profile

    • Well, if you ever make it to Chicago – I’ll make these PEANUT FREE for you <3 I'll even disinfect my kitchen to kill the peanut germs and buy some disposable mixing bowls and baking dishes to keep it safe :) They're that good that I just couldn't let you go without them...

  17. Ugh, this post made me so hungry. They look so good!
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  18. Wow, those look amazing. I made a 3-layer brownie like that one time (different recipe, but same concept) and it’s one of the best ways to eat peanut butter and chocolate!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food recently posted…NYC Recap Part OneMy Profile

  19. I wouldn’t be mad at you if you sent me some of these ;). Chocolate/PB is one of the best combos, for sure!
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight OatsMy Profile

  20. Oh my word!!! You’re are super talented for being able to just recreate this and it looks aaaaa-mazing! :)
    I love love LOVE chocolate and peanut butter and them together so this is being pinned RIGHT now!! Thanks Becky!
    Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream recently posted…Tips from a Stay-at-Home Mom to SAVE MONEY! :)My Profile

    • I love that this recipe seems so fancy but it is also so easy! You’ll have to let me know if you make them, Sammy!

  21. oh good grief, as soon as I saw the title of these i knew they would be bookmarked and recreated asap. I do believe a smaller batch of these will be made tonight (I don’t have enough pb for the full recipe and have no desire to become cranky at the grocery store on the way home). Joseph sends his thanks early…he’ll LOVE these almost as much as I will :D
    Caitlin recently posted…No PressureMy Profile

    • Well, since I hear you don’t have any chocolate chips at home, you better be making a stop at your local grocer tomorrow!! <3

  22. Go-to treat always seems to just be some good ol’ cereal. When I’m stressed, I crave simple carbs like nobody’s business! It used to be ice cream + chocolate chips, but since my intolerance to lactose has gotten worse over time, and I’ve been staying away from dairy like I should, I don’t even crave it any more! Last week + this week + next week are INSANE with the amount of things I have to get done…I’ve written like, 10 papers in the past two weeks, and there is more to come. Right now, I’m craving a homecooked meal.
    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change recently posted…When School Ate My Life.My Profile

    • I used to always be into cereals in college – so easy and good! And a homecooked meal does sound amazing right about now. I hate cooking when Kyle is gone so I’ve been scrounging out of the fridge.

  23. OMG.
    Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted…Weekend Update: 11/17/13My Profile

  24. uh yeah. I’d say this is the solution to ALL stress!
    SO decadent! I’m in loooooove
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) recently posted…Pumpkin Pie with Whole Wheat Crust and Cinnamon Caramel Whipped Cream-Stahlbush Farms ReviewMy Profile

  25. They are even better on this post than on instagram.

    Seeing as I polished off the nutella for your recipe which was supposed to be for a brunch this weekend, I think this is the new star of the show….which ingredients will NOT be bought until Friday night. Lesson learned.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Marvelous Apple Cinnamon SunButter Muffins + Giveaway!My Profile

    • Good learning. Glad I could help out with this education of yours ;) But yes, definitely wait to purchase these ingredients until last minute or you’ll end up making the ganache at midnight and eating it by the spoonful… Or so I’ve heard.

  26. How about ‘OMG I die brownies’ ….because seriously when I look at these I die…I think I would probably eat the whole pan in one sitting.

    Serving size makes 20? No Becky it just makes 1 giant brownie ;)
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  27. Wait while I’m continuing my search for words on how good these look … Okay, let’s try it: insanely delicious, knock-me-off-my-feet good? Especially the ganache layer with the addition of honey and chopped peanuts sounds like something I’d eat straight up with a spoon …
    I’d by no means consider myself a recipe name creator but how about something along the lines of ‘Call it a day Chocolate PB Heaven Brownies’ or simply ‘Triple-Treat Yourself Brownies’ [to be eaten not just on Tuesdays :)]?
    Miss Polkadot recently posted…Recounting a week of ups and downsMy Profile

    • Love the ideas!!! And yes, the ganache is to die for and way to easy to eat by the spoonful… not that I’d know or anything ;)

  28. When I read these posts, I really wish I lived with you. Or at least beside you…I would settle for being your neighbor & product tester.

    PB & chocolate makes everything better, which is exactly why I keep a (secret) stash of Reese’s in my nightstand.

    • Ooooh – I could not keep a secret stash of Reese’s. Mainly because it would last less than 30 minutes ;) But yes, I need more taste-testers in my life. We could even introduce this wonderful combination to Atlas on his first birthday :)

  29. That looks delicious!!! I am quite envious!
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  30. Yum! These sound amazing, I knew the recipe would be good after the teaser picture you posted on instagram. Chocolate and peanut butter is always a great combination.
    Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted…MIMM- Pain be gone!My Profile

  31. These look really decadent!! I wish I liked PB….I know, I know. But I could sub AB for it!

  32. WOW. These look unbelievable!! I can’t believe they are flourless and that there isn’t any heavy cream in the ganache. That’s impressive! I saw you wrote on IG that Kyle was in Europe when you made these. I would have loved to come over and help you polish these off with a glass of wine. Puuurfection. ;)
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    • Too bad we don’t live closer… first of all, I’d be a lot happier living near wine country and secondly, we’d have a lot of baked good and wine dates ;)

  33. Holy yummy! You are a saint, a saint who recreates little pieces of heaven for the world to enjoy. :)
    Heather murphy recently posted…Scenes from the weekend and my favorite kind of party.My Profile

  34. Holy mother of God, Becky!! These sound/look incredible. I want to make that ganache and eat it with a spoon……. Definitely the right treat for a rough week. Here’s hoping this week goes better than last week for you! xoxo
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition recently posted…Monday Night Football Feast — Week 4My Profile

  35. Omg those brownies look amazing. When I have a stressful week I crave anything chocolate. I will have to make these brownies next time.

  36. I am going to be thinking about these all day!
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  37. O to the M to the G is right. Mouth is watering. Must get up and raid cupboards for something sweet…anything sweet! lol
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    • Hahahah – I just took a batch to a friend in Chicago today and she sent me a text a few minutes later that said: “oooommmmmggggggg” – This recipe is the best!


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