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Peanut Butter Brownies May 18, 2010

There are days in every woman’s life where we just have to make a batch of brownies. You girls know what I’m talking about. You might not even be hungry, or have any intention of eating them. There’s just something soothing about baking that is inexplicable. Even my mom, who hates to cook, would make a batch of Scotcheroos on such days (I loved those days).

Yesterday was one of those days for me. I just needed to bake. Even if there is no one here to eat them but me.

Peanut Butter Brownies

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

2 sticks salted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 yolk
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cram
1 Tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cram butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add peanut butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. reduce mixer speed to low, then mix in flour until just combined. Mix in chocolate chips and spread batter into greased 13×9 baking pan.

Bake until brownies are golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Put chocolate chips in heat-proof bowl. Bring cream to boil in small saucepan. Pour over chocolate chips and let mixture stand for one minute. Whisk in butter until mixture is smooth. Spread ganache on cooled brownies and let stand until set.

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