Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Posted on March 5, 2009. Filed under: Chocolate, Desserts |

I made these last night to bring into work today. It is a girl’s birthday, and she loves homemade brownies, and peanut butter. So, put them together and you get a little miracle. Jon had one last night and said it was the best brownie he has ever had. I brought 2 brownies up to the girls who live upstairs, and she texted immediately and said it is the best brownie she had ever had. They could be blowing smoke up my butt, but you know, the brownies are moist to the touch, smell amazing and look amazing. So I am going to accept their compliments as truth. I got this recipe from Ina Garten. Just added a little more peanut butter, and a tad less sugar then her recipe called for. So here is what I used:

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup smooth peanut butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour a 12 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.


In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the prepared sheet pan. Spoon the peanut butter over the top of the chocolate mixture and using a knife, swirl it through the chocolate mixture.


Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake! Allow to cool thoroughly (about 1 1/2 hours), refrigerate for about an hour, then cut into 20 large squares or 40 medium squares (I even cut them into 60 little squares). Leave them in the pan after they are cut, plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

*I cut the brownies before they have refrigerated overnight because they are very hard to cut once they have been chilled for that long. The long chilling allows them to become extremely dense and rich. Almost like fudge. Truly an incredible recipe.

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