Brownie Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Serves 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 350 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup fine granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ tsp baking powder, sifted

  • Peanut butter frosting
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar mixture
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cream

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place 200 g of the chocolate and the butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Set aside.
  2. Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for 15 minutes or until pale and creamy.
  3. Stir through the flour, baking powder, chocolate mixture and remaining chocolate and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the mixture, one at a time, onto baking trays lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until puffed and cracked. Let the cookies cool completely on the trays.
  6. To make the frosting, with an electric mixer, beat together the sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla for 6 minutes, until fluffy. Add the cream and beat 2 more minutes.
  7. Spread half the cookies with the frosting and sandwich with the remaining cookies.
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