Monday, June 29, 2015

Peanut Butter Fudgy Squares! Or, I feel so much better now

Ever get one of those really specific cravings? We at A Book of Cookrye wanted peanut butter in brownies. Not peanut butter cookie dough smooshed into a pan and passed off as squares (which admittedly is really good), not one of those no-bake peanut butter bar things, but brownies.

Peanut Butter Brownies
½ c butter
½ c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
2 eggs
2 c sugar
2 c flour*

Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 pan.
Melt the butter and peanut butter together. Mix in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each in thoroughly. Stir in the flour.
Spread into the pan (it's easiest to pat out with your fingers), then bake 13-20 minutes, or until a knife in the center comes out with no liquid batter on it. They're perfect if when you test them, the knife doesn't quite come out clean and dry, but there's still nothing runny on it.

*Using whole-wheat flour (switch all of it out instead of half wheat and half white) makes these even better. It somehow amplifies the peanut-butteriness.

So, for today's culinary perpetration, we took this divoon brownie recipe, diddled with it a little bit, and this happened!
I feel like I should regret this.

Did you know that peanut butter can melt? We found out when we made the marvelous peanut butter and jelly roll scroll. We used to think that if you used the kind that literally contains nothing but ground peanuts it's somewhat good for you. Since we found out peanut butter melts like shortening, this has been called into doubt.

However, did this recipe really have a chance of being good for you when this much sugar got dumped in right afterward?

At this point, we at A Book of Cookrye had our doubts about the success of peanut butter brownies. We had been giddy at discovering something absolutely divoon, but never has brownie batter been able to do this:

Brownie batter rarely requires the Play-Doh approach to spreading into a pan. Unnerved at the brownie batter's failure to act like it would turn into brownies, we at A Book of Cookrye considered writing off the whole project and eating the cookie dough.

However, our efforts paid off! the form of a beige patty. Our ineptitude lifting it out of the pan put a fault line across the... brownie... cookie... thing.
Also, suddenly I want a Jiffy-Pop.

But all our doubts proved pointless, as these turned out to be marvelously chewy and absolutely divoon. In case you don't believe me, I shall now quote someone who randomly showed up in the kitchen after having a rotten day shift work with surprise overtime and had some:

"This... is fucking delicious."


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    1. Usually I'd agree, though this time I really wanted something like brownies but with peanut butter. But you just know they'd be amazing if you did that bit where you melt chocolate chips and stir in condensed milk and then spread it on top before it hardened into fudge.