A Sarcastic Appetite

Peanut Butter Brownies
December 14, 2009, 10:28 pm
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Clay demanded Christmas cookies this past weekend, and I willingly obliged, spending Sunday afternoon in the kitchen baking up a storm. It took me a little while to find a recipe that didn’t involve chilling the dough for several hours (not enough time) or intricate frosting patterns (too lazy). Of course I should have gone for the chocolate-peanut butter combination from the very beginning (so obvious). The apartment smelled amazing and I sniffed a job well done. Except for the part where these are not cookies, and nor are they Christmas-like. But hey, I certainly don’t hear Clay complaining; he’s too busy cutting another square for himself.

The added step of the chocolate ganache sounds like a pain, but just do it, it’s totally worth it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Via Smitten Kitchen. Makes 24ish, depending on how you cut them.

For the brownies:

2 sticks salted butter

1 3/4 c. sugar

1 c. creamy peanut butter (not the all-natural kind; stick with Jif)

2 large eggs plus 1 yolk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. flour

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the ganache:

1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 c. heavy cream

1 tbsp. salted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350º and put the rack in the middle. Butter a 13 x 9″ baking pan, then line the pan with parchment paper. (Let a little hang over the sides if need be). Butter the parchment. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the peanut butter, then the eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat in the flour until just combined; stir in the chocolate chips. Smooth into the pan and bake for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out still with some crumbs attached. Cool completely.

To make the ganache, pour the chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan until boiling; pour over the chocolate chips and let stand for a minute or so. Add the butter and whisk until smooth. Pour over the cooled brownies and allow to set, at least 15 minutes and probably longer. Not that you can wait that long.

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You should add the step of sending me these or bringing them down with you to FL. Just sayin.

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