Thursday, May 6, 2010

Peanut-Butter Swirl Brownies

Martha Stewart's Cookie Book is so delish-looking.  I own it, and have made a few recipes out of there, but have bookmarked tons more I want/need to make.  This brownie recipe was one that has been bookmarked since I first got the book.  I made them this week for Teacher Appreciation week.  (Our fam tasted them before I sent them to school, and we all loved them- they are really good!!  I like the peanut butter part the best... the brownie is good, but not as super-fudgy and chewy as I'd like). 

In the cookbook, it states to use "coarse salt", so I used Fleur de Sel.

Peanut-Butter Swirl Brownies
Makes 9 large or 16 small squares

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan
2 ounces good-quality unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line with one piece of parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter lining (not overhang).

2.Make batter: Put butter and chocolates in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a different bowl.

3.Whisk granulated sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs, and whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir until well incorporated.

4.Make filling: Stir together butter, confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.

5.Pour one-third of batter into prepared pan; spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Drop dollops of peanut butter filling (about 1 tablespoon each) on top of batter, spacing about 1 inch apart. Drizzle remaining batter on top, and gently spread to fill pan. Drop dollops of remaining filling on top. Gently swirl peanut butter filling into batter with a butter knife, running the knife lengthwise and crosswise through layers.

6.Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, about 30-45 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.
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Susie @ Hick Chick said...

Mail me some, k? LOL Those look sooooooooooo good!

Sugar said...

This is one of a few things in Martha's Cookie Book I haven't made (don't judge =)) But now, I'm going to need to make 'em! They look divine!