Hi Everyone! Sorry I’ve been absent for awhile, but I was feeling under the weather a couple weeks ago, and during that time I started reading a really good book. It turned out that it was the first book of a trilogy, and the story was so good that I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the whole series.
So, let me catch you up on what’s been happening here the last couple of weeks. It snowed, then the snow melted. It snowed again, then melted again. Then it got really, really cold. (It’s currently 14 degrees as I sit writing this) Oh, yes… and I made these delicious Peanut Butter Chewy Brownies – Twice! I made one batch earlier this week for my family, and I made a second batch for a potluck at work yesterday.
This recipe comes from the Spring 2012 “Penzeys Spices” catalog. If you haven’t heard of Penzeys, I encourage you to check them out. They have a very wide variety of spices at very reasonable prices. (hey, that rhymed) Their free catalog also includes mouth-watering recipes, like these brownies. My mom clued me in to this catalog, and I’m very grateful that she did. It’s one of my favorites. Thanks, Mom!!
Peanut Butter Chewy Brownies
(recipe from Penzeys Spice catalog)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup softened butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 or 8×8 pan.
In a medium bowl, cream together the peanut butter and butter. Gradually blend in the white sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the peanut butter mix. Fold in 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips until they are spread throughout. Spread into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25-35 minutes, depending on the type of pan used; a toothpick should come out clean.
Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.