It took me a really long time to get on the chocolate and peanut butter bandwagon. In fact, I hated the combination for a really long time. It is sort of like my aversion to chocolate and mint. I actually still really hate chocolate and mint together. Everyone at work gets so excited for those Andes mints at Olive Garden and loves the fact that I refuse to eat them. It means they can argue over who gets it. They also think it is really weird that I am not a fan.
Back to chocolate peanut butter. I actually started to like the combination a few years ago when I made whoopee pies for the first time. I made deep, dark chocolate whoopee pies with fluffy peanut butter frosting. It was love at first bite. I have been whole heartedly in the peanut butter chocolate thing since then.
These brownies are like the best Reese’s cup I have ever had combined with my favorite brownies. They are rich, chocolatey, and have a rich peanut butter flavor. As with all of my peanut butter recipes, I use the freshly ground kind that you grind yourself at the grocery store. I like the texture and the flavor. If you use regular peanut butter, you may decide to change the amount of sugar in the swirl. Anyway, these are a winner for sure.
Brownies with a Peanut Butter Swirl
For the Brownies
- 1/2 stick butter
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into 4 pieces
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
For the Peanut Butter Swirl
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2/3 cup of peanut butter
Heat oven to 350.
Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in a large bowl in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
Add hot water, oil, eggs, and vanilla.Stir to incorporate eggs completely. Mix in dry ingredients.
Pour into greased 9x 13 pan lined with foil.
For the peanut butter swirl, microwave the butter and sugar in a small bowl until the butter is melted. Remove from the microwave and add the peanut butter. Stir to combine. Swirl the peanut butter into the batter using a butter knife.
Bake for 25-35 minutes in the oven on the lowest rack at 350.
Allow to cool completely before frosting and cutting.