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Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

by TT Jr. September 3rd, 2012 | Desserts, Recipes
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OK, OK.  I know I just did a brownie recipe two weeks ago, but in my defense this recipe is waaaayyyy yummier.  Last night I had an insane craving for peanut butter and chocolate.  My friend, Rachael, who was sleeping over really wanted brownies.  Together we decided to attempt a peanut butter swirl brownie.  Just the thought of that ingeniously delicious creation makes my mouth water and makes it difficult not to utter yummy sounds.

We decided to take a simple brownie recipe and add peanut butter on top and then swirl it.  But I realized that just swirling peanut butter in would not be as easy as it sounded.  After a bit of experiencing we decided that taking a one to three ratio of powdered sugar to peanut butter and melting it together would be the easiest way to swirl it in.  After a bit more experimenting we found out that when you add peanut butter, it takes longer to cook.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Brownies

1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour an 8×8 inch pan.  Melt the butter in a microwave-proof bowl and stir in eggs, white sugar, and vanilla.  In a large bowl sift together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.  Beat the butter, egg, sugar, and vanilla mixture into the dry ingredients.  Stand mixers, hand mixers, and hand whisking all work.  Pour batter into prepared pan.

Put the peanut butter and powdered sugar into a microwave-proof bowl and heat for thirty seconds.  Mix by hand until smooth.  Pour over batter.  Take a spoon and swirl the two together by dragging the spoon through the two mixtures until the two are swirled thoroughly, but NOT mixed together.  Bake in oven for about thirty minutes for fudgier brownies, closer to thirty five minutes for less fudgy brownies.

Be warned!  These brownies are very decadent.  I cut them small, into about sixteen pieces. They pair deliciously with vanilla ice cream, but they pair better with cookie dough ice cream.  Although I have to say I think they would pair best with some sort of peanut butter ice cream.  Although, however rich they are, nothing is too rich or decadent for whipped cream!  Top them of fwith a scoop of ice cream of your choice, a healthy serving of whipped cream, sprinkles, a drizzle of caramel, and a cherry.

These are simple to make, delicious, and loved by anyone who likes chocolate.  And isn’t allergic to peanuts.  There should probably be a nut warning on here shouldn’t there…Warning: contains peanuts, and yummieness!

P.S. They are perfect for kid’s birthday parties!

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