Peanut butter just makes the world a better place! While the mix of peanut butter and chocolate is a universally popular flavor combination, it’s the texture of the crunchy peanut butter in these peanut butter brownies that makes them extra delicious. Don’t have crunchy peanut butter? Simply add some chopped roasted peanuts to creamy peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Whirled Brownies

Preheat your oven to 325° F.  Lightly grease the bottom of an 8×8-inch baking pan with butter or shortening.

In a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stir 8 tablespoons butter plus chocolates together until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Take the chocolate mixture and whisk in the granulated sugar. Then add eggs and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture, just until combined. Set aside.

For the peanut butter filling, stir together the 4 tablespoons butter, confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.

Spread 1/3 of the batter in the prepared baking pan. Drop dollops of the peanut butter filling (1 tablespoon each) on top of the batter, spaced about 1 inch apart. Drizzle the remaining batter on top and gently spread it to fill the entire pan. Drop dollops of the remaining peanut butter filling on top. With a butter knife, gently swirl the peanut butter filling by running knife lengthwise and crosswise through batter.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few dry crumbs. Let the peanut butter brownies cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows to make 16 peanut butter brownies.

 

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3 eggs
2 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, divided
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Number of servings: 16

Cooking time: 45 minutes