Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Peanut Butter Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

Alright, this theme might be a little bit of a stretch but it involves chocolate and peanut butter so just go with it. I have a Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and Star Wars cookbook so I am beyond prepared for the Downton premiere (2014!), Harry Potter's birthday and Star Wars day (May the 4th be with you) but I am completely unprepared for Wrestlemania. Yes, that's a thing that people still pay attention to. Basically, new found friends were gathering for some wrestling and burgers. Can't pass up delicious burgers (or good company) so what was I to do? Get creative.

Behold a smackdown between peanut butter and chocolate, cake and brownies. Who will arise as the victor of this epic battle? Historically speaking, this delicious combination has meant stress relief or break-up recovery but this is a happy occasion. And the resulting brownies were no exception.

All the delicious peanut butter
What I like about this recipe is it involves melting a bunch of ingredients together. There's something uniquely magical about butter and sugar becoming one--and then adding peanut butter--and then sampling, just to be safe. So before adding the eggs, make sure you a) test the batter and b) use a different spoon so you can eat a bunch of butter, sugar and peanut butter before adding the eggs (note: you can also then continue sampling the batter with the eggs, build that immune system!).

Melting butter and sugar!
I waited a good day before frosting these so for the record, you can eat these sans frosting. It's even encouraged. And the frosting is nice and sweet (maybe a little too salty because I didn't bother measuring...) and doesn't kill the peanut buttery goodness. Again, feel free to eat the frosting separately.

The frosting in all its chocolate glory
The victor in this epic smackdown? Everyone! Because peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven and will immediately transport you to said glorious haven.
The final product

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