Sunday, July 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Secret Recipe Club

It is time for The Secret Recipe Club again.  With this post comes my usual excitement for reveal day, but also a bit of sadness.  This will be my last month participating in The Secret Recipe Club.  I am not keeping up with this part of my life anymore and it is time to let it go.

Now,  I want your focus and attention to be on my assigned blog, My Beautiful Disasters.  This fun blog is written by a Casey a high school athlete and aspiring cook.  She makes the most wonderful things for her family and blogs about the food and her family!  I loved reading about their celebrations and the treats they enjoyed.

For my recipe I struggled to make a choice.  Casey's blog is full of all kinds of mouth-watering recipes, but when I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies I was drawn in.  My husband DEVOURS anything with peanut butter and chocolate, so I knew this was the right recipe for me.  Plus, I have been crazy busy this month and wanted something that was quick and easy.  This recipe fit the bill by using a brownie mix.

I am typically a brownie purist.  I like dark chocolate flavors without anything adorning the batter.  Simply put, I just want them to taste like chocolate.  These brownies were a nice change, and I will be making them again VERY soon :)  These weren't the most beautiful brownies I have ever made, but they were sure tasty!   I did doctor up the brownie mix with a tablespoon of instant coffee which enhances the chocolate flavor, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and reduced the white sugar to 1/4 cup.  If you wanted a homemade brownie you could make my recipe for Andes Mint Brownies and omit the mints. ENJOY!

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
Recipe Source: Modified slightly from My Beautiful Disasters

1 brownie recipe prepared, or a box mix prepared according to the instructions
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup white sugar (Casey uses 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
2 Tablespoons flour
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with butter or cooking spray.

Prepare the brownie recipe or mix, and spread it into the prepared baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, flour and egg until well combined.  Then, drop the mixture by spoonfuls on top of the brownie batter.  Run a knife through the peanut butter to make a swirly design, (mine didn't swirl too well).

Bake 30-35 minutes or according to the package directions until the brownies are set.  Cool and serve.

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