Recipe: Peanut Brownies

Peanut brownies were my absolute favourite biscuit as a kid. I have fond memories of baking with my Mum on Sundays; my brother and I used to take turns choosing which kinds of cookie would feature in our school lunches the following week. Peanut brownies were always my go-to; it was an effort to persuade me to try something different (I would usually concede to making gingerbread men every now and then). This is the recipe that Mum always used to make with us; and it is the very same recipe that I always use today. Don’t eat them all at once; and try to make sure it gets past the cookie dough stage.


  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 c flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 T cocoa
  • 1 c roasted unsalted peanuts


  1. 180°C fan bake.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together and add to the creamed mixture.
  4. Add peanuts and mix.
  5. Flatten tablespoonfuls onto a greased tray, and bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

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