Sunday, June 19, 2011

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Let's be real. I don't need to convince you that these brownies need to become a part of your life. They're brownies... with peanut butter filling swirled generously throughout. That should be reason enough for you to re-prioritize your day in order to make these brownies happen.

But maybe you're particularly set in your non-brownie ways. In which case, you should also know that these brownies would probably make you feel better if the City of Puyallup Photo Enforcement Program, which is inexplicably located in Cincinnati, sent you a $124 ticket for failing to stop c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y before making a right turn at a red light.

Probably. I'm extrapolating a bit here.

Do yourself a favor: make these brownies. Cut them into squares that are a little too big. Eat at least two (corner pieces, of course). Give the rest to people you like.

I think I should be a life coach.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen and Brown Eyed Baker

For the brownies:

1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped finely
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs + 2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt

For the peanut butter filling:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
1 & 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the brownie batter, following the recipe for Chewy Brownies.

2. Combine all of the peanut butter filling ingredients in a medium bowl, and whisk them together until completely combined. Drop spoonfuls of the filling all over the brownie batter, and use a butter knife to swirl the chocolate and peanut butter together. You might not need all of the filling; use as much or as little as you prefer.

3. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, perhaps with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Allow the brownies to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting them into squares.

I'm telling you... everyone wants some of this.