On triple layer brownies...

Let's celebrate friends, my desire to bake again has re-appeared. Food tastes good again, I don't live on a diet of saltines and Sprite and in one day, I managed to make a roast chicken with potatoes for dinner and these triple layer brownies. Ok technically the brownies were for a family event with the Athletic Department at Sean's work. On Sunday, Sean said to me oh by the way there is a dinner we have to attend on Tuesday (two days later) oh and I signed us up to bring dessert. I just looked at Sean and laughed because of the way he said it and because well frankly he is so cute. 
Anyways so I made these triple layer or buckeye brownies for the Athletic Department dinner. But let's rejoice, my desire to bake desserts for my husband and for this blog has re-surfaced. 
Be prepared to pull out a lot of ingredients for these brownies but all those ingredients will be worth it. Trust my peanut butter-chocolate combo loving husband, Sean.
First, gather together your ingredients.
For the bottom brownie layer:
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso (optional), 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water, 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped, 4 tablespoons butter, melted, 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt.
For the middle peanut butter layer:
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons whole milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
For the top chocolate layer:
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, 1/3 creamy peanut butter. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use a 9X13 pan and either line it with foil or grease the pan.
In a large metal or glass bowl, combine the cocoa powder and instant espresso. 

Pour in the boiling water and stir until smooth. 

Add in the chopped unsweetened chocolate and stir again until all the ingredients are smooth. 

Whisk in the melted butter and oil. Don't worry if the mixture looks a little curdled. 

Add in the eggs and egg yolks and vanilla extract. 

Stir all ingredients together. Next add in the sugar and stir stir. 

Finally, add in the flour and salt. Give all the ingredients a final stir to full incorporate everything together. Pour the brownie batter into the 9X13 pan. 

Bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the comes out clean or with a few crumbs. Allow the brownies to cool for at least 1 1/2 hour. To make the next layer, the peanut butter layer, in a mixing bowl, combine the butter and peanut butter and give the two ingredients a good mixing. 

Alternating between the powdered sugar and milk add them into the peanut butter mixture. Turn on your mixer for a quick mix between additions. 

If the mixture is a bit dry, add some more milk. Then spread an even layer of this peanut butter mixture on top of the brownie layer.

Finally, in a glass bowl, melt together the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave for increments of 30 seconds.

 Stir until the chocolate is completely melted then pour and spread the chocolate on top of the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate the brownie layers for at least 30 minutes to set the top chocolate layer. 

Then cut, serve and enjoy!

recipe originally found here


Megan said...

Preggy Momma baking? You go girl! This looks amazing :) I always love reading your posts, you might just be one of the most upbeat ladies I know!!


whit | Black Little Button blog said...

ooooo yum! glad you have the urge to bake again! I've missed these posts :)

Leslie said...

Ughh I remember the days of saltines and sprite! Glad you are starting to feel a little better!!
This brownies sound amazing!! Yummo!!

TheTinyHeart said...

Okay, I'm drooling...this looks amazing!

Glad you're feeling better and able to eat your favorite foods again :)

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Kelli Herrington said...

GIrl oh girl these look to die for I wish I had one now thanks for sharing this delicious recipe cant wait to make them

birdie to be said...

Oh my goodness... I'm in love! This look amazing!

still being [molly] said...

ohhhh my dear heavens. this needs to be made TONIGHT.

Heather said...

These look very tasty! It's great that you feel like baking again!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Yum! I'm glad you're baking & enjoying food again.

always, koru kate

Sarah said...

okay how about you just come to my house with these in hand? hehe, that looked like a lot of work, but that's coming from someone who is ready to be done baking this baby, although not really, since I still have 6 weeks left :)

awhite said...

Yayyy, my favorite baker's BACK! :)


Stesha said...

No freaking wonder Sean married you, dang girl! I have to have those right now (wow I am sounding like a pregnant woman!!) so yummy!


Ashley said...

That looks great!! So glad your morning sickness has subsided!

Discovery Street said...

I'm so glad your appetite has come back!!! it's seriously the best to eat normal food again right?!

Laura {happily ever} Parker said...

These look so good! I am not a huge fan of brownies (because I am not a huge fan of chocolate!) but peanut butter and chocolate are always a winning combination.

Treasure Tromp said...

yay so happy that you're back to baking ... meaning that you're kicking morning sickness to the curb! hope that you're feeling well, pretty mama-to-be!

brooke lyn said...

so ugh, this is paleo approved for that new challenge i just started right?! i die!

Lauren said...

MMMm....these look delicious! I must make these for my next gathering, definitely not when I might be at home to eat the entire pan! ha!

Allison said...

Oh girl you came back strong. Haha. These look amazing! Welcome back!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

You not baking is a tragedy! So glad your feeling good and back in the kitchen.....now ship me some of these brownies:)

Faith said...

Looks so good!! I'm excited that you're baking again. I missed these delicious posts!

Hilliary@Brunch and Cupcakes said...

These look delicious!! I must make them ASAP! I am so glad you are baking again and feeling better

Carly said...

Oh yummmmmm! Glad to hear you're feeling better!


Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Glad the baking is back! You always make the most amazing sweets!

Jane said...

that's so funny how your husband let you know about dessert :) the brownies look so so delicious. glad baking is back and looking forward to seeing more posts! and it's so awesome how you lived in japan. my husband and i are saving up to go korea and japan (hopefully next year). can't wait! i studied the language for 6 years but never became conversational. i had thought to go teach english after college but then chickened out. sigh~ hopefully i'll get to go though! :)

Alexa said...

OMG Meg these look incredible. Oh and I'm so glad you are feeling better! Morning sickness is the worst!

Kristin said...

Heaven in my mouth!