Peanut Butter & Chocolate Brownies

Now that school’s back in session, you may want to reward yourself with some easy to make, luscious brownies.  Or keep the recipe handy for those times your kids come in yelling: “I need a treat for tomorrow, remember, Mom?”  And you know they hadn't told you before.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Brownies

6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup old-fashioned-style or fresh ground peanut butter

1  1/4 cups golden brown sugar (packed)

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate coarsely chopped.  Or let’s face it, use 2/3 cup chocolate chip morsels.  The kids won’t know the difference.

Beat the butter until smooth in a large bowl using an electric mixer.  Add peanut butter and beat until well-blended.  Add the sugar and beat, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each egg.  Beat in the vanilla.  Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a separate medium-sized bowl.  (Generally, I have this mixture sifted together ahead of time so I can just throw everything together fast.  I hate having to stop and sift in the middle of the process.  Or, get the kids to handle this step for you.)  Add the flour mix to the peanut butter then beat until blended.  Stir in the chocolate.

Call the kids into the kitchen, and while you’re preparing the batter, have them preheat oven to 350 F.  The kids can also butter and flour an 8x8x2” baking pan.  Don’t stint on the butter or flour.  I use glass pans and bake a tad longer, but metal works fine too.   

Put the batter in the pan and spread evenly.  Bake for about half an hour.  If you have a tester, plop it in about two inches from the edge of the pan – it should come out with moist crumbs attached.  Cool completely in the pan and on a rack. 

If the kids tell you ahead of time that they need a treat for the class, you can still make this recipe.  It’s good up to three days in advance.

By the way, I borrowed this recipe from Bon Appetit.  They have some truly decadent brownie recipes!