Monday, August 26, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

My husband recently went off to the middle of nowhere to stay in a cabin with a bunch of dudes for a
bachelor party. I figured they might get hungry at some point and decided to make a few treats for them. I asked hubs to ask the bachelor what kind of cookies he wanted, but it turned out he preferred brownies, which is awesome, cause they require a lot less effort than cookies. He mentioned he really like chocolate and peanut butter (and honestly, who doesn't) so I thought I'd finally make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (you know, the ones I was supposed to make when I actually made the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies) but decided not to cause I figured a bunch of dudes in a
cabin in the middle of nowhere would probably need more than just one batch of something and I wanted to accommodate the bachelor's request.

So the bunch of dudes in a cabin in the middle of nowhere got Bacon Chocolate Chip Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and these, Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies.

I have a confession to make. Oftentimes when I bake, I don't actually ever taste what I make. I'll give you a second to let that sink in.

Yes, I rarely taste my own baking. But, per usual, hubs asked if he could have some and insisted I split a brownie with him. I did, and the first words out of my mouth were "holy shit!"

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
4 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cups vegetable shortening
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons 2% milk
10 ounces peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt chocolate with shortening in a large bowl in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
Add sugar into the mix and stir until completely mixed. Add in eggs and vanilla until those are completely mixed. Mix in flour, baking powder, salt and milk until all is thoroughly blended.

Stir the peanut butter chips into the mix. Spread in a greased and floured 9x13 inch pan (glass works best).

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely before cutting.

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