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My favorite brownies: peanut butter swirl!

2011 January 25
by Emily Hill

I can’t stop thinking about—and eating because there’s still just under half a pan—these peanut butter swirl brownies. When I have a little extra time (i.e., more time than required for your typical box of brownie mix), I make these. You will not regret whipping up a batch, though you might regret how many you inhale once they’ve cooled enough to pop in your mouth!

First, let me share with you my relatively small cookbook collection:

cookbooks

Notice that flat manila folder on the top? That holds all of the recipes from the annual progressive dinner and bake-off for 2010. I will be posting my faves very soon! Oh, and the wrought-iron cookbook holder was a gift from Nathan last Christmas and it is AWESOME!

But this is the prizewinner in that cookbook collection:

cookbook binder

It is overstuffed and totally falling apart, but I love it! (Did you catch Hannah’s teeny tiny photo on that one print-out? It’s for her egg-less chocolate cake over on Sherbet Blossom…delicious!)

Back to those peanut butter swirl brownies…oh, wait. I have to ask: do any of your recipe pages look like this one?

recipe page

(By the way, that page is so well loved and greasy and smudged because it’s my favorite recipe for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.Maybe I will share sometime.)

Enough rambling. Here is my favorite brownie recipe. These peanut butter swirl brownies will satisfy your sweet tooth (and PMS cravings); they are not sugar free, fat free or guilt free. But they are dang good—and that’s all that really matters.

peanut butter swirl brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c peanut butter
1/4 c flour
2 eggs
1 package Betty Crocker Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)
1/4 c water
1/4 c oil
2 eggs

peanut butter swirl brownies

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch rectangular pan. Use the following super cool Pampered Chef tool…

Pampered Chef tool

…to put that super ooey, gooey peanut butter in a bowl with the sugar, flour and first 2 eggs. (No, the Pampered Chef thingy is not required, but it sure makes measuring and scooping peanut butter, shortening and other messy ingredients a heck of a lot easier!)

peanut butter swirl brownies

Beat ingredients on medium speed for 2 minutes.; set aside.

peanut butter swirl brownies

Combine brownie mix, chocolate syrup, water, oil and remaining 2 eggs in a medium bowl.

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Mix until well blended; spread in greased pan. Drop peanut butter mixture by tablespoonfuls onto batter. (I like to be sort of artistic when I do it.)

peanut butter swirl brownies

Using a knife, swirl peanut butter into batter. (I usually go up and down, then side to side.)

peanut butter swirl brownies

Lick the spoon and bowl and then bake the pan of brownies for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving (if you can wait that long!).

Do you have a favorite brownie recipe or favorite boxed brownie mix; for example, Ghirardelli’s Double Chocolate Brownies?

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  1. January 25, 2011

    That looks like my cookbook binder!

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    Emily Reply:

    I had a feeling I wasn’t the only one! What I really need is a digital one–and then time to enter all my fave recipes. I’d save a lot of trees that way too!

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  2. January 25, 2011

    Those look delicious. I have a recipe binder just like that and my favorite recipes are tucked in the falling apart pockets.
    Mrs. Organic´s deep thought ~ Ah Ginny-bog! click- click Ah Ginny-bog! click clickMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    The favorite ones always are! What’s your most loved recipe, do you think?

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  3. January 25, 2011

    You are killing me! They look amazing.
    Kristina P.´s deep thought ~ And The Award Goes ToMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    I try to tempt you on a weekly basis. You know that, right?

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  4. Jennifer permalink
    January 25, 2011

    I have one of those binders as well–and it’s for sure where all of the best recipes are housed. I would love to take a peek at yours!

    As far as brownie mixes go, I’m a total snob. It’s ghirardelli or nothing around here!

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    Emily Reply:

    I think with brownie mixes you can be a snob–unless you’re making these peanut butter ones! Of course, Ghirardelli would probably work with this recipe too!

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  5. Dad permalink
    January 25, 2011

    Umm, do you accept online orders and how much is shipping to California?

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    Emily Reply:

    Shipping is about as much as a round-trip ticket. You still in?

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  6. January 25, 2011

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YUMMMMMMM!!! Wow. I’m gonna have a hard time shaking this craving today… thanks, Em. :)

    p.s. the pics were SUPER yummy!

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    Emily Reply:

    Sorry, Quinn. But it’s my duty as a friend to tempt you with delicious goodies. I’m a bad friend… ;)

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  7. January 25, 2011

    OK – I was just fine until I saw those pics! Now I need something with chocolate and peanut butter! My go-to brownies are chocolate PB bars, the kind with a chocolate frosting. I may just have to whip some up tonight now!

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    Emily Reply:

    Wow! Those sound delicious! These actually have a peanut butter frosting, but it overshadows the yumminess of the brownies so I have left it off ever since I first tried it. Save me one of your decadent ones, please!

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  8. January 25, 2011

    These look delicious. I love the flavor combo.

    I have two favorite brownie recipes at the moment:
    * Cook’s Illustrated Chewy Brownie Recipe (seriously amazing, the texture is the best!): http://projectdomestication.blogspot.com/2010/03/cooks-illustrated-chewy-brownie-recipe.html
    * White Chocolate Brownies (the batter has orange zest and raspberries and is topped with meringue):http://projectdomestication.blogspot.com/2010/05/tuesdays-with-dorie-white-chocolate.html

    I could see this recipe sliding up in to my favorites.

    I have a similar cookbook stand and can’t live without it!

    Great post!
    Becky O.´s deep thought ~ Tuesdays with Dorie- Nutty- Chocolaty- Swirly Sour Cream Bundt CakeMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Wow, Becky! Those recipes sound SO good! I love a good chewy brownie, so I will have to give that one a test run. (There’s always time for a new brownie recipe around here!)

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  9. Erin permalink
    January 25, 2011

    Wow – I’ll stay away from those:) I NEED a recipe binder like that… inspiring, really!!

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    Emily Reply:

    I never thought of it as inspiring, so thank you! Funny thing is, I use maybe less than 1/10 of those recipes. I stick to my faves!

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  10. January 25, 2011

    These look sinfully delicious!

    My hubby designed and built a recipe organizer to my specifications. You should check it out: kitchassist.com

    I love it!

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    Emily Reply:

    I will have to check that out–I could use some kitchen assisting!

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  11. January 25, 2011

    It is taking every ounce of self discipline I posess to keep myself from running upstairs to bake these at nine o’clock so I can eat the entire pan by myself.
    BUT.
    The scale dropped this morning and I’m not ready to let that go. These brownies will have to wait…

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    Emily Reply:

    Way to have self-control and congrats on the scale. Mine is currently malfunctioning and has been since Christmas.

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  12. January 26, 2011

    I haven’t touched my reader in so long, it makes me a bit weepy, but when I saw these on Facebook I was so excited! I can’t wait to try them!

    My recipe book would never withhold my messiness, so I have to cover all my paper recipes in plastic sleeves. It makes for easy clean up, just wipe and put away!

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    Emily Reply:

    I should stick them in plastic sleeves–that’s a great idea!

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    Kitty Reply:

    You inspire me! I just made a version of these, and my, my, my were they tasty!!! http://fahrenheit350.blogspot.com/2011/02/only-two-rules-apply.html

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  13. January 29, 2011

    haha, i love the healthy costco PB with the brownie mix. way to make it a better option ;) these look amazing!
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS
    meredith´s deep thought ~ Catching UpMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    That healthy peanut butter cancels out all the calories…at least that’s what I tell myself!

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  14. January 30, 2011

    Can’t wait to try these, they look delicioso!!
    Michelle´s deep thought ~ Heart WreathMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    We use “delicioso” all the time around here! That is too funny!

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  15. Tammy blackstock permalink
    April 9, 2012

    I love this recipe but was wondering if you can use just regular brownie mix without the fudge packet?

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    Emily Reply:

    I think you could. I believe I’ve done it before and it turned out just fine. It’s for sure worth a shot!

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  16. Valerie permalink
    December 5, 2012

    OMG! This recipe is exactly everything I was looking for :) It’s easy and pretty to look at and oh yes— delicious!!! I tried an entirely homemade recipe before I found this one. They didn’t marble so well nor did they taste fantastic :/ and I hunted and hunted for something exactly like this. Thank you!!!!!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Though I love baking from scratch, sometimes brownie mixes really do work better. This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy them!

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