Peanut Butter-Swirled Brownies

A fudgy, gooey, heavenly treat.

01/21/11
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Some things are just meant to be together. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Macaroni and cheese. French fries and ketchup. And while I frequently break all of these food regulations, there is one I try to create as much as possible: peanut butter and chocolate.

I’m certainly not alone in my love for all things Reese’s-inspired. In fact, I brought a batch of these incredible brownies to the office when former staff writer Sharon Udasin left to move to Israel. She was always asking for this combination, and I was happy to oblige.

For those who aren’t peanut butter lovers, the brownies are truly phenomenal by themselves – exponentially better than anything you can make from a box (with only slightly more effort).

Peanut Butter-Swirled Brownies

Makes about 24 2” brownies

Ingredients:

11 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (or chips)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspon salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup peanut butter

In a (very) large bowl, melt the chocolate, butter and espresso powder and mix together until smooth. Whisk in the sugars until completely combined.

Add 3 of the eggs and whisk until combined, then add the remaining 2, plus the vanilla. Whisk until all the ingredients are just mixed - don't overbeat.

Sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder and salt on top of the chocolate mixture.

Using a spatula, fold the mixture in until just a few streaks of white remain.

Pour the batter into a greased 9x13" metal or glass pan.

Microwave the peanut butter about 30 seconds, until smooth and slightly runny.

Dollop tablespoons of peanut butter over the batter, and use a knife or spatula to swirl.

Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Do not overbake!

For more baking inspiration and a look at my culinary adventures, check out www.bakingandmistaking.com

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Last Update:

01/28/2011 - 09:52

Comments

I'm salivating just thinking about these. Looking forward to trying them out.
Yes, peanut butter and chocolate always make the perfect match no matter how the two are put together. This is one recipe that I am sure will be very popular. I know it will be in my home! Sharon

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