There hasn’t been nearly enough time for baking/blogging lately, hence the random Wednesday post, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to share these drool-worthy brownies with you. Do you see that peanut butter swirl?! It’s what dreams are made of. It’s hard to believe that in the maybe 100 times that I have made brownies, I have never added peanut butter to them. It could be because brownies are pretty much perfect without any additions, but there’s really nothing like that peanut butter center in every bite.
I used one of my favorite brownie recipes and added the peanut butter swirl. This recipe is definitely on the fudgy side of the brownie spectrum, so if you prefer cake-like brownies, this one may not be for you. The original recipe called for a nutella swirl which I considered, but I decided to try peanut butter first and put nutella next on my list. I’m actually thinking a nutella-peanut butter hybrid may be in order. If you’re short on time lately like me, this recipe is great for a quick chocolate fix and I promise it will take even less time than it takes to run to the store for a box of brownie mix.
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8" pan with parchment paper.
- In a large glass bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter and unsweetened chocolate. Heat in microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Continue heating in 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until mixture is smooth and melted. Allow to cool slightly.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed until light and thick, about 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture with a spatula. Add the flour, cocoa and salt and use a spatula to gently fold the batter until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Drop spoonfuls of the peanut butter all over the batter and use a knife to drag the peanut butter and swirl throughout. Don't overmix the peanut butter, but just swirl it into the batter a bit. Bale 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean or the brownies are just set. Be careful not to overbake, as the brownies will not be as moist and fudgy.