My Starbucks friends have been waiting on this recipe. After a weekend of doing pretty much nothing but baking brownies, I left a message on Facebook for some folks to meet me there to share in the bounteous offerings and was able to unload these puppies with no problem at all. If you’re looking at that photo up there, I bet you can see why!
A lot of people have never had a peanut butter brownie. We’ve had fudge (of course!) and blondies but never the peanut butter ones. When I came across this recipe, I knew I’d have to make them this week!
Of course, my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge icing had to be in on the baking as well and the combination of the two turned out an absolutely drop dead brownie!
You’ll need: all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, creamy peanut butter, butter or margarine – softened, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
In large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and sugars with mixer until light and fluffy.
Inhale deeply of the scent my dears…we’re about to have us some brownies!
The instructions say to add eggs one at a time.
Notice how I put all of mine in there at once.
Welcome to life on the edge with Christy Jordan!
In a separate bowl, place flour and add baking powder…
This is where Katy showed up with proclamations of help so I let her add these things in the bowl.
And salt. Stir that up. Katy added in the baking powder and salt and thats about all she had the attention span for as Spongebob started coming on TV at the time.
I’ve seen just about every Spongebob episode there is. My favorite was when he was trying to get Gary to take a bath. I also liked the baby clam one…I totally identified with Spongebob on that one…
After you mix your eggs in well it will look something like this.
Now we need to add our flour in. Once again the recipe states to gradually do this. I absolutely agree that you should gradually add your flour in when the recipe says to do it.
Just don’t expect me to do it. Here at Southern Plate, we’re busy folks. We wanna eat our food, not build a shrine to it. Just dump it all in and it’ll be fine.
I’m like the opposite of a food snob, have y’all noticed that? Oh, by the way, this flour I’m using was bought from Dollar General ~giggle~.
Here is your batter.
Now whatever you do, do NOT eat any of it. Even when you are scraping the bowl, don’t lick the spoon!
Whoops! Add vanilla. Mix that up in there, too.
Spray a pan with cooking spray.
Alright, totally busted here. I’m showing you a single recipe but I’m doubling it. Honestly, why make brownies for four when you can make brownies for ten? I knew you’d see my reasoning.
Spread your batter into prepared pan.
You should have a good bit of batter unless you ate some of it back there, which you TOTALLY did.
I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Let cool.
Now lets take these up a notch. Oh yeah, we’re pulling out Grandmama’s icing!
You’ll need: sugar, shortening, peanut butter, milk, margarine, and vanilla.
In a heavy saucepot, add sugar.
Add shortening and margarine.
And a weeee bit of salt.
Every time I say “weeee bit” of something it makes me wish I could speak with an Irish accent. Have you ever heard anything prettier? Problem is the only time I get to hear it is when the Lucky Charms commercials come on.
Okay so we need to plan a Southern Plate field trip to Ireland. Who’s in?
Stir that up while bringing it to a boil.
All nice and belted. Continue stirring this so your sugar doesn’t scorch.
There, now that we have it at a full rolling boil, stop stirring and set your timer for two minutes.
After two minutes, take it off the eye and stir in your peanut butter and vanilla.
Mix that well. Be quick about it because it will start setting up rather soon.
Pour over brownies. I sprinkled the top of mine with salted, roasted peanuts and the salty flavor was just wonderful with the sweet of the brownies and the icing!
Please be careful not to drool on your keyboard. If you short it out I won’t be buying you a new one.
*To read the story behind this icing, click here.