Squidgy peanut butter brownies

I love chocolate and cookies….and anything with the word ‘cake’ in the title… and irresistible things like brownies.

These Squidgy Brownies from one of my favourite recipe books ‘The Great British Bake Off: Learn to Bake’ are so good as they have melted chocolate and cocoa for a fudgy flavour and texture.  Mmmm!


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200 g unsalted butter

100 g bar dark chocolate

200 g caster sugar

4 eggs at room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

75 g plain flour

25 g cocoa powder

100 g your choice of extras:

Walnuts or pecan pieces


White, dark or milk choc chips


Peanut butter mixture (175g smooth peanut butter, 1 tablespoon plain flour, 5 tablespoons milk and 40g caster sugar) This is the delicious option I went for!

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Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Cut the butter into sticks and put in the saucepan. Use the rolling pin to bash up the bar of chocolate (still in its wrapper) on the worktop, then tip the pieces into the saucepan.

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Set the pan on the lowest possible heat and leave the butter and chocolate to melt gently, stirring every minute or so with the wooden spoon. Take the pan off the heat as soon as the mixture is smooth, so it doesn’t become too hot. Leave the pan on a heatproof surface until needed.

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Put the sugar and eggs into the mixing bowl. Beat with the wire whisk or electric mixer for 2 minutes until thoroughly combined and the mixture is slightly frothy.

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Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl and whisk it in for a minute until you can no longer see any streaks of dark brown.

Sift the flour and cocoa into the bowl. Stir into the chocolate mixture with the wooden spoon (there’s no need to wash it).

When everything is combined (it didn’t state when to add the vanilla essence so I added it at this point) you can add your extras. I decided instead of adding extras I was going to make peanut butter brownies…

Peanut butter brownies mixture: Mix together 175g smooth peanut butter (use the no-added-sugar type if possible), 1 tablespoon plain flour, 5 tablespoons milk and 40g caster sugar.

Transfer the chocolate brownie mixture to the lined tin and spread it evenly, making sure it goes right into the corners. Gently bang the tin on the worktop to knock out pockets of air.

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Drop small spoonfuls of the peanut mixture onto the chocolate mixture (make sure the blobs are evenly spaced). Then swirl the 2 mixtures together with the spoon handle to give a slightly marbled effect.

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Carefully place in the heated oven and bake for 20minutes. To test if the brownie is cooked, use the skewer test; if necessary, bake for 2 more minutes and test again.

Wearing oven gloves, set the tin on the wire rack and leave to cool before cutting into squares.

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Store in an airtight container and eat within 5 days – if they last that long!

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These squidgy peanut butter brownies are yummy and definitely the best brownies I’ve ever tasted!

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Keep smiling 🙂



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50 Responses to Squidgy peanut butter brownies

  1. Tina Bate says:

    They look delicious. Congratulations. x

  2. alba37 says:

    Will definitely be trying them… thanks Claire!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Mmmm nothing beats a squidgy chocolate brownie! Yum!

  4. Annie B says:

    Yum! I haven’t made brownies in ages!

  5. Oh my goodness this is making me hungry at 1.15am haha!! I haven’t had brownies in a while and the peanut butter sounds amazing!!

  6. Kim Carberry says:

    Oh wow! These look and sound so tasty! I think I will have to give them a try 🙂

  7. foxxie52 says:

    I bet the house smells amazing when these are baking.

  8. Sabina Sher says:

    I’ve bookmarked this page for future reference – they look so yummy how can I not attempt to make them myself? x

  9. laurahartleyy says:

    There was a chocolate and peanut recipe in the latest episode of Bake Off and I thought it looked incredible!!! Will definitely be trying this one out – thanks!

    Laura @ What’s Hot?

  10. TheLondonMum says:

    I can’t believe you managed to get a picture of them, if I’d baked those there wouldn’t be anything left! lol x

  11. Ra1neX says:

    Brownies!!! I love brownies, just about every kind but peanut butter and chocolate…that’s a mixture to die for!

  12. jvkom says:

    You had me at chocolate. I am a chocolate addict. And brownies?! Even better.

  13. I absolutely love peanut butter and chocolate and I know my hubby would love these too. I can’t wait to try them.

  14. logancan says:

    These look so delicious! I love baking brownies, so I will definitely give this recipe a try soon!

  15. Victoria says:

    I desperately want to learn to bake. I always mess even the simplest of recipes up but its on my list of things to do. These look so good! My little chocolate lovely would love them x

  16. These look delicious! Don’t suppose you have the measurement conversions for those of us in the U.S.? Yummy. What’s better than chocolate and peanut butter?

  17. Scraps says:

    Yum! This recipe looks pretty close (if not identical, I’d have to do the metric to Imperial conversions to be sure) to my brownie recipe which is based on my Professional Baking textbook. I haven’t tried it with peanut butter swirl, though, that sounds divine!

  18. I love chocolate. I love peanut butter. I love brownies. These are just my absolute heaven. Have pinned this for future baking sessions!!

  19. winifredjac says:

    wow. do those look amazing. i love peanut butter and chocolate, like those reeses pumpkins that are everywhere right now. i grab one every time. lol.

  20. eyontz says:

    Chocolate and peanut butter is my FAVORITE combo! Yumm!

  21. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh yum these sound absolutely delicious – I am all for a nice brownie! Yum! x

  22. Oh my goodness, these look SO yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  23. These look delicious! I think my hubby would love these because he is a pnut butter lover

  24. Debra says:

    I love peanut butter and brownies! Mmmm…. so good!

  25. Those peanut butter brownies look delicious. Saving the recipe!!!

  26. Rachel says:

    It has been ages since I made brownies and I am obsessed with Peanut butter x

  27. Jonathan Key says:

    Wow this looks really yummy and simple to make! We love brownies and peanut butter in our home. May give this a try this week!

  28. eliz frank says:

    My kids love brownies and bake them often. I will share this delicious recipe so they can make some at home. 🙂

  29. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls) says:

    Ummm yeah, I’m going to need to make those! They look amazing!

  30. loolibelles says:

    These look scrummy! I love bashing up the chocolate, such good stress relief!

  31. Ana De Jesus says:

    I am not a fan of traditional brownies but I adore peanut butter so these sound perfect. Would love to try them out!

  32. Lisa Rios says:

    I too love chocolates & cookies so much and my goodness these peanut butter brownies are absolutely mouth watering & delicious. Would love to give them a try.

  33. I love baking! I will definitely have to try these Peanut Butter Brownies, we usually just make the regular ones but it’s time to step outside of the box

  34. Catstello says:

    My other half would love these! Bookmarking the recipe, thanks 🙂

  35. Amy says:

    I think we were separated at birth, your first sentence is basically me. I’m definitely going to make these, seems fairly simple! Won’t be sharing though….. haha!

    – A

  36. Alina Davies says:

    mmm i bet these taste amazing warm with ice cream!

  37. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh wow these look so yummy. I have never tried peanut butter – I would LOVE to try these. Kaz x

  38. I know if I make a batch of these, I will probably end up making 10 or more. They sound amazing! I can’t wait to try it out

  39. candielm says:

    I adore anything with peanut butter and chocolate.

  40. My daughter loves peanut butter and chocolate. This would be a great treat. Looks delicious.

    Mhar Sefcik

  41. Yum! My children would love these and they could get involved in baking them too x

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