Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Published June 1, 2004.

Why this recipe works:

This peanut butter swirl brownie recipe is a novel—and delicious—new variation on the plain chocolate brownie. Adding baking powder to this peanut butter swirl brownie recipe lent them slightly cakey, very sturdy texture that didn’t crumble when sliced; unsweetened chocolate added the richest… read more

This peanut butter swirl brownie recipe is a novel—and delicious—new variation on the plain chocolate brownie. Adding baking powder to this peanut butter swirl brownie recipe lent them slightly cakey, very sturdy texture that didn’t crumble when sliced; unsweetened chocolate added the richest chocolate flavor. Swirl peanut butter into the batter just before sliding the pan into the oven. Finally, ensuring that a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan of brownies came out with some moist batter or crumbs attached indicated the brownies were baked perfectly; around the edges the toothpick should come out clean. We found that topping the peanut butter swirl brownies with chocolate frosting added an extra layer of decadence for special occasions.

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Makes 16 brownies

These brownies are moist and packed with chocolate flavor, but they won't crumble when you cut them. In fact, they hold up well enough to pack in a child's lunchbox or bring to a picnic or bake sale. They're pretty good at home, too, with a tall glass of milk. Use either creamy or chunky peanut butter, but avoid old-fashioned brands with oil on top. To gild the lily, cover these brownies with chocolate frosting (see optional recipe below).

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