Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are a sweet way to surprise the family. Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter in one crazy good brownie?
Part of the reason is because they are reminiscent of everyone’s (or at least my) favorite candy. (Who doesn’t want to be reminded of a childhood favorite?!) But they are a little more sophisticated and have the texture of a thick, moist chocolate cake.
Many people have told me that they don’t see the point in baking brownies from scratch, that the box mix tastes just as good. But I beg to differ. I once used to believe the same thing - until I realized that a fresh batch of brownies easily comes together in one bowl!
Plus, the only equipment you need is a microwave or the stovetop to melt the butter and chocolate.
In this case you need to use an additional bowl for the peanut butter mixture, but, still, that leaves you with two bowls and one spoon to clean. Not bad for a baking project if you ask me.
The key to these brownies is not to overwork the batter. There is a small amount of flour in them, and the more you stir it, the more gluten will form, making for a tougher brownie.
Fold the flour in ever so slightly until just smooth and leave it at that. It may look a little thin when poured in the pan, but I promise it will fluff up!
The peanut butter swirl requires the same light touch. Dollop, swirl once or twice, and put it in the oven.
They bake slowly and evenly and after the agonizing 45 minute wait, you have a gorgeous pan of chocolate peanut butter brownies.
The fun part is, of course, serving them. My kids normally like the bars as they are, grab-and-go style, to be eaten in the hut on top of the swing set. For the adults, however, I am all about fancying them up.
A big scoop of ice cream, chocolate sauce, maybe even peanut butter or chocolate sauce (or both!), and whipped cream. A fancy brownie sundae to take this simple dessert to a whole new level.
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