Peanut Butter Brownies

Happy Saturday fellow bloggers! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far. It’s going to be pretty warm here today – close to 90. These hot days are not something I am looking forward to; particularly because I still have a couple of pounds to shed from my wintery debacle with a kidney stone and over-indulgence. Alas I don’t get a say in what kind of weather Mother Nature dishes out to us. I guess I need to get out there and be active since it is going to be so nice.

In an attempt to boycott the hot weather and losing weight I made a calorie coma for Nick and his friends the other day. His coworker, Kelly, mentioned that she liked anything with peanut butter so I knew I wanted to make something with peanut butter. Initially I attempted my botched cupcakes I talked briefly about in the beginning of the week. I gave it another go and came out with a great-tasting chocolate peanut butter cupcake, but not something I was comfortable with sending to actual people. As most of you know I try to be a perfectionist. While I do not necessarily need to be perfect within my own home, when I send my creations out into the world they – must – be –perfect in all aspects. Even though my cupcakes tasted amazing they did not look perfect and, therefore, I could not send them out into the world.

I was determined to make something so I thought about it all week. I decided that cupcakes were out. I despise making cupcakes right now. What is as good as a cupcake? Well, I went with brownies. Oh yes, I made Peanut Butter Brownies. While I do not want to make a habit out of giving you a disclaimer, I do have one for these brownies. Are you ready for it? Well, here it is: If you eat these brownies you must have have lots of milk on hands! 

These brownies were pretty darn good, but if you are making them for your family or friends, make them in the morning [or as early as possible] and put them in the refrigerator for several hours before attempting to cut them. It makes life a lot easier, believe me.

Recipe Inspired by: Ina Garten

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds chocolate chips; 1 pound semisweet & 1 pound peanut butter chips, divided
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Butter & Flour a 12 x 18 sheet pan
  • Melt together the butter, 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips and the unsweetened chocolate in a large bowl over simmering water

  • Allow to cool slightly
  • In a large bowl, stir, but do not beat, together the eggs, vanilla and sugar

  • Stir in the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature
  • In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, baking powder and salt
  • Add to the cooled chocolate mixture
  • Toss the remaining pound of peanut butter chips in a medium bowl with ¼ cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter

  • Pour into the prepared sheet pan
  • Spoon the peanut butter over the top of the chocolate mixture and, using a knife, swirl it through the chocolate mixture

  • Bake for 20 minutes then rap the baking sheet against the oven to for the air to escape from between the pan and brownie dough

  • Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Make sure you do not over bake!
  • Allow to cool, refrigerate and then cut into squares

These little guys are very delicate if you do not allow them to cool and refrigerate them. Nick’s friends love when I bring them warm goodies, I tried my best with these brownies. Because I tried to cut them too quickly there were a couple of casualties, unfortunately. If you, too, have some causalities do not let them go to waste. Warm them up later with some ice cream and enjoy a sundae!

I hope you all enjoy these amazing brownies. The weekend is the perfect time to make them! You can make them right now, refrigerate them for the afternoon and eat them later or tomorrow for a great Sunday dessert!! Go! Right Now! I demand you to make these brownies!!

Until Next Time,

Happy Brownie Bakin’