Peanut Butter Brownies, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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It’s easy to get into a rut, especially this time of the year. So every once in a while I like to whip up something I haven’t made before for Tall & Handsome.

Years ago I use to make a peanut butter brownies with chocolate chips. It was a real winner and my son and his friends, teens at the time, could clean a whole pan out in a matter of minutes. As fate would have it, I have yet to find my original recipe in my copious archives of cookbooks, jotted down recipes and clipped recipes.

It was rainy here over the 4th…I mean really rainy…like flash flood, wash bridges out and build that ark rainy. Even so, T & H grilled some wonderful boneless pork loin chops for us, but ice cream making was out of the question.

So what to do for the sweet tooth?

Well, I thought about making the good old standby, chocolate chip cookies, until I thought, “why not peanut butter brownies?” T & H totally bought into that idea.

This recipe is very similar to the one I use to make. I’ve changed the one I found the other day just a tad. One thing the recipe recommended is to sprinkle chocolate chips on the top after you take the brownies out of the oven and let them set 5 minutes and spread them over the top. I think it would be just as good without that step.

Peanut Butter Brownies

1 cup peanut butter

6 tablespoons butter

1 – 1/4 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla flavoring

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

1/2 chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven 350°. Prepare a 13 x 9 inch pan with a baking spray like Baker’s Joy.

2. Beat peanut butter and butter together until creamy.

3. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating. Beat in vanilla flavoring.

4. Mix together flour and salt. Stir into peanut butter mixture.

5. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until edges of brownies are lightly brown. Remove from oven.

*Optional: Sprinkle about 1 cup of milk chocolate chips on top of hot out of the oven brownies and let sit for 5 minutes. Then spread the melted chips over the top of the brownies.


Peanut Butter Brownies

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