I know the calendar says that it’s the first day of Autumn today, but it’s feeling more like the first day of Winter around here.
Our high temperatures for the rest of the week are only supposed to reach into the mid to high 40′s, and termination dust can already be seen on the mountains. (“termination dust” is an Alaskan term meaning the first snow that covers the top of the mountains in the fall – signaling the termination of summer in Alaska)
What better way to spend a chilly afternoon though, than to bake something warm and tasty to snack on. Today I chose to bake a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies.
These brownies are chewy, moist, and oh so very delicious. They almost make me forget that Winter is just around the corner….. almost.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together peanut butter and butter. Gradually blend in granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Stir flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture until well blended. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
Spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top. When chips begin to melt, spread to cover brownies.
Cool, and cut into squares.