Ok, I know. I told myself I was going to post the occasional HEALTHY recipe on my blog, BUT then I made these brownies and felt the world needed to know how amazing they are. Friday was cheat day which meant I was going to make brownies. It was pre-meditated. I had been planning this ALL week long and thursday night I went to the store to purchase all the ingredients so I was ready to make them Friday. Typically I would just go for a box mix, but I wanted something truly decadent and rich. I LOVE chocolate and these brownies just sounded AMAZING.
I typically don't like peanut butter in my desserts. I love it alone and on crackers, but I usually don't like it in my cookies or cheesecake. But I make exception when it comes to chocolate (I love those little Justin cups too). This recipe was the perfect marriage of both rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter. These brownies would be PERFECT for a family get-together or to make for a friend just because.
I must add that this is not my original recipe. I got it off pinterest (duh) from the Foodie Affair. Link to original recipe is posted at the bottom.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli) 8 tablespoon (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (i used dark chocolate) 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1 cup all-purpose flour
for Peanut Butter Swirl 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small saucepan on low heat melt the chocolate and butter. Stir until completely melted and mixed together. Whisk in cocoa powder. Set aside. In a small bowl mix well the butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, salt, vanilla and eggs until combined. Add the cooled chocolate into the egg mixture. Fold in the flour until just combined. You don't want to over mix. Pour batter into prepared pan. Drop peanut butter mixture on top of brownie batter by the spoonful. Use a knife to swirl the peanut butter through the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with small crumbs on them.https://www.thefoodieaffair.com/peanut-butter-brownies-just-because/