Thursday, November 10, 2011

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

So my hubby was going to be pulling an all-nighter at work so I decided to make him a treat to keep him going.  He went in to work at 9:30am and will come home at 7am....I don't know how he does it and then functions the next day on a few hours of sleep.  So here's his reward for being such a great guy and working hard for his family so that I can stay home with the rugrats and make delicious treats like this:

8 package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips- optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 7x11 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.  you can use a 9x13 if you want, but I like my brownies thicker. 

  • Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, egg, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Add more or less milk depending on consistency.  You want it thin enough to spread, but not runny.  It should be a little thinner than the brownie batter.  Set aside.

  • Mix together melted butter, 1 3/4 cups white sugar, and vanilla. Mix in the 3 eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; mix into the batter.  Take 3/4 cup of the batter and set aside.  Stir in chocolate chips into the main portion of batter. 

Make sure that batter on the beaters doesn't go to waste

  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan. 

Make use of the spatula that spread the batter in the pan.

  • Spread the peanut butter filling over the top. 

  • Drop the reserved chocolate batter by teaspoonful over the filling. 

  • Using a knife, gently swirl through the top layers for a marbled effect.

  • Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out almost clean. 

  • Cool completely, then cut into bars.

Wait a second...only 1 beater got taken care of.....something needs to be done about that.......

I have no idea why my kids like to lick beaters and bowls so much or where they get that from.........

Usually I like to have a frosting on my brownies, but these defintely do not need one.  They were yummy, moist, rich, and "alicious!" as my almost 3-year old says.  

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