Little Brother Brownies

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I made a care package from home for our Little Brother who is at college at Troy right now, and one of the things I put in were brownies. This recipe makes two 8"x8" pans, so of course the recipe is easy to half if you don't need quite as much, and these turn out *so* good!

2 sticks butter
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1-1/2 cups flour
1tsp baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder (Hershey's is fine)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350*.
Butter, and place a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom of two 8x8 baking pans.

Make the chocolate layer by melting one stick of butter in the microwave, then in a larger bowl, mix together the butter and 1-1/4 cup sugar. Now mix in two of the eggs, then 1/2 cup flour. Add the chocolate chips. Pour evenly into each of the baking pans, carefully making an even layer from side to side.

Make the peanut butter layer by melting the rest of the butter in the microwave, then in a larger bowl, mix together the butter and peanut butter. Now mix in the rest of the sugar, then two of the eggs, then the rest of the flour and baking powder.


Pour this peanut butter layer evenly over the chocolate layer in each pan. If you like, you can mix the peanut butter layer and the chocolate layer together gently using a spoon or butter knife (to make swirls) but I really think these taste better as two distinct layers.


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