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Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Bars (AKA "To-Die-For Bars")

Yield 20 Bars

Inspired by the Death Bars at Orlando's Valhalla Bakery, these peanut butter chocolate brownie bars are absolutely to-die-for. With a chocolate brownie crust, whipped peanut butter filling and an Oreo topping, there's no way you can only take one bite.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Crust (recipe from A Bountiful Kitchen by Cooks Illustrated)

For the Whipped Peanut Butter Filling

For the Garnish

Instructions

For the Brownies Crust

  1. Place rack on middle rack in oven. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Make a foil liner for a 9x 13 pan by turning the baking pan pan upside down. Tear a piece of foil the length of the pan, leaving extra (about 2 inches) hanging down on both ends. Form the foil over the outside of the pan, Then flip the pan over, and place the molded foil to the inside of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  3. Whisk cocoa and boiling water together in a large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. Mixture may look curdled at this point. Add eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Continue to whisk until smooth. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Using rubber spatula, fold in flour, and salt all at once, taking care to not over mix.
  4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30-40 minutes. (Mine took 33 minutes). Do not over cook. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 to 1½ hours.

For the Whipped Peanut Butter Filling

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter. Mix on medium-high until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix for another 3 minutes, until smooth. Transfer the mixture to another bowl and clean out the bowl for the stand mixer.
  2. In the now clean bowl, combine the whipping cream and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Using the whisk attachment, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  3. Fold the whipping cream into the peanut butter mixture until no white streaks remain.
  4. Once the brownies are completely cooled, spread the peanut butter filling evenly over the brownies, followed by the crushed Oreos and melted chocolate.
  5. Refrigerate the bars for about an hour to set.

Recipe by Cake by Courtney at https://cakebycourtney.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-brownie-bars-k-die-bars/