Sometimes, you need to know when to give up and have a brownie.
In fact, make it a double. With a splash of milk.
You know, for those days when you keep spilling coffee on your freshly dry cleaned suit…
… or you get home and ask “Gee, has that mascara smudge been on my face all day?”…
… or had a 70 lb goldendoodle tackle you while you were watering the hydrangea bushes….
You need to stop and have yourself a brownie.
These chocolatey, gooey, peanut-buttery brownies will make you forget your worries and remind you what a sweet, happy, amazing life we live. Even with mascara on your face all day! Making them is almost as cathartic as eating them – you’ll pour, stir, and mix away whatever ails you.
Happiness awaits! Here is what you do:
2 sticks of butter
2 cups of sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 c cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 c flour
1 bag of peanut butter chips
Preheat to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking pan
In a small saucepan, melt the two sticks of butter and stir in the 2 cups of sugar. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes and be careful it doesn’t boil. When it is the consistency of apple sauce, you’re ready.
Pour the butter into a mixing bowl and add the eggs, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and baking powder. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 1-2 minutes. Slowly incorporate the flour one quarter-cup at a time until the batter is thick and delicious. Stir in the peanut butter chips with a large spoon.
Bake for 32 minutes at 350. The edges will be “set” and the center will be soft and not sticky when it has cooled (the left one is not cooled yet, like the right!).
Yum! The melted peanut butter chips permeate every nook and cranny of these chocolatey squares. They are just begging for a scoop of ice cream on top. So next time life hands you a bitter pill, I recommend that you just stop and have a brownie. Or two.
Lots of love and THANK YOU for reading my blog!