Peanut Butter Brownies adds a whole new experience to the wonderful flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
If you're like me, you are always looking for new ways to make your basic recipes have a little more personality.
If you have the creativity and the time, then you can achieve anything.
For most people the first bite of some truly perfect peanut butter swirl brownies is amazing, but what if you could kick it up one more notch?
Let me share with you some of my favorite ways to take your peanut butter brownie recipe to the next level.
One way to add a little extra pizazz is to literally "add a little extra."
Tip 1: Instead of using creamy peanut butter in your brownie recipe try using the chunky variety.
I always add some chopped up salted peanuts into my batter but there is something extra about that chunky peanut butter that adds another level of flavor to these chunky treats.
Tip 2: Something I like to do with my son when making these brownies is something we call "candy surprise."
This treat works well after Halloween or Easter. Of course, you can do it whenever but around these holidays you always have extra candy on hand. When you have all that candy lying around why not put it to good use?
The candies that work the best are the ones that already have nuts or peanut butter in them to give more peanut consistency. My son's favorite to use are the little peanut butter cups, but we also greatly enjoy the peanut brittle bars (they give a great crunch!)
The tricky part is when to add them to the brownies. We like it when the candies are just slightly melted so there is that little extra gooey when you bite into the brownies.
If you typically cook your brownies for 30 minutes, pop your candies right into the brownies once they have been baking for 20-25 minutes, but if you're worried about the candies burning you can certainly add them in after you pull the brownies out of the oven. The heat from the brownies will help melt the candies enough so they are still enjoyable.
Tip 3: Lastly, there is something that my family and I do occasionally which is Sundae Night! I have found that these peanut butter brownies are our favorite base by far.
Start with a regular slice of peanut butter brownie (Works best if they are warm, so if it's been a day or two since you baked, go ahead and microwave them for a few seconds.)
Put the brownie square in the bottom of your ice cream bowl and build up from there. Depending on how much peanut butter you want you can use plain vanilla or chocolate ice cream but we tend to go for it with the full-on peanut butter swirl ice cream. From there add on your toppings and don't forget to garnish with a peanut butter cup, or if you made the "candy surprise" brownies add the same candy that you had used on the inside.
We usually put an assortment of toppings in separate dishes and let people choose what they want to truly make each their own.
The only thing better than the peanut butter and chocolate combination is the combination of love and quality time, and what better excuse to spend a little time together than some peanut butter brownies?!
~ Contributed by Kate H.
If you don't like to bake, but still want to indulge in brownies with peanut butter, here's a selection you may want to try...