Jun.
13

Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Quite often you have a lil nagging “want’ for something sweet.  But you want it quickly… not in a few hours (hey, at least that’s how I am! LOL). In our household, chocolate is King.  DH loves it.  DS loves it.  DD loves it.  But me?  Not so much. The other day we wanted “something” but I had little interest in doing the same old thing.  The final decision turned out to be brownies – but not just plain ol chocolate brownies, these are chocolate brownies with peanut butter chips.  Definitely nothin “plain ol”  about these :)

A colleague recently gifted me with a canister of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa.  I bake all the time and take quite a bit to the office for my co-workers to enjoy.  I’m always appreciative of anything I receive in return… from thank-you’s to compliments to backyard lemons to Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa :)  I wanted to use the chocolate for something special and thought the best way would be to make the brownie recipe that’s on the wrapper.  I figured ya couldn’t possibly go wrong using a Ghirardelli recipe, right?  But of course, never one to be satisfied with a recipe I felt compelled to adapt it.  Consider it a personality flaw if you will :)

In my thoughts of tinkering I contemplated adding mint which, in hindsight, was rather interesting.  You see,  unbeknownst to me at the time, though I did find out the next day, a blogger in another country had stolen some of my food photos, slapped on her copyright overtop of mine and posted them on her blog as if they were her creation.  The images were from 13 months prior (May 2008) and she put them on her blog this month. If there’s one humongous sign of bad karma, disrespect and big ol brass ones among bloggers it’s to take someone else’s images and post them as your own. Shame… shame… shame!  Of course I contacted her immediately to inform her that I was aware of what she had done and asked her to remove my images from her site.  And followed up that contact with an email to her webhost.  It’s pretty much a violation of anyone’s Terms of Service / Terms of Use to post images that you do not own or do not have permission to post.  I received no response from her (bad karma, yet again!) but the images were removed within the next day or two.  In fact, the entire post was removed… yeah ok fine by me!  Her webhost company did repond back a few days later saying the content had been removed.  I realize I’m now totally and completely off track in this post but let this be a reminder to never ever ever never steal someone’s content.  This is the third time that I’ve had to deal with something like this and it’s just downright unpleasant!  So, I tell ya what… if you refrain from stealing my images and/or content, I’ll refrain from asking you to take it down and contacting your webhost to inform them of your TOS/TOU violation.  Deal?  Deal :)

So anyway :)  Back to the brownies :)  I decided to add peanut butter chips!  Woohoo!  I’m just uber-adventurous somedays! LOL.  But the peanut butter taste really was a fabulous addition to the rich, chocolatey flavor of these brownies.  My family absolutely loved them… and my co-workers too.  I thought they were really good, but didn’t wow me over the way Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies did.  These brownies are perfect when you want something quick that comes together easily and doesn’t make a mess of your entire kitchen.  One word of warning, however… an 8″ x 8″ pan does not make a whole lotta brownies so you might consider doubling this recipe and using a larger baking dish ;)

Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Adapted from the Ghirardelli Brownie recipe

Ingredients

Method

Grease a 8×8 inch baking pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sift the ground chocolate, flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside

In a medium bowl combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla… mix well.  Add the melted butter and combine thoroughly.  Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture and incorporate fully.  Add in the peanut butter chips and mix to combine.  Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.  Cool completely then cut and serve.

Have a delicious day!

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12 Responses to "Peanut Butter Chip Brownies"

  1. Sarah says:

    Those look amazing! The “skin” on top of the brownie looks PERFECT! Those wouldn’t last long around here.

  2. Steph says:

    That’s horrible! I’m glad you took her down..haha.

    The brownies look delicious, especially with the crust at the top.

  3. Jamie says:

    Yum Yum Yum! These look delicious! What a nice gift from your co-worker!

  4. CookiePie says:

    Gorgeous brownies! And I love the addition of peanut butter chips – perfect combo! I’m so glad you wrote to that person’s webhost and made them take your pics down — good for you for standing up for yourself!

  5. Sarah says:

    These definitely would not last in my house… I would have NO willpower! :) They look wonderful!

  6. Those look wonderful and I love the Ghirardelli cocoa for hot chocolate! So sorry to hear about your rip off artist, but I’m glad you confronted her. Seems to be happening quite a bit these days.

  7. ingrid says:

    My eyebrows went way up during that paragraph. I’m glad that you posted it so that others reading know better how to handle that situation if it happens to them. How did you know that that was happening?

    Good call on adding the PB chips. While I don’t care for chocolate or PB on their own, together they’re magic! :)
    ~ingrid

    • Em says:

      Hi Ingrid,
      Believe it or not, a longtime reader saw the pictures, knew they were mine and alerted me! I’m so grateful to them!!! The other two times it happened I actually caught it myself.

  8. Krystle says:

    I am not a fan of peanut butter but my sis loves chocolate and peanut butter together, I will definitly have to try making these for her!

  9. These look incredible to me! My weakness is brownies/chocolate!

    I am in awe after reading how somebody stole your photos and posted them. As a photographer that really gets me going. I’m so thankful you found them and had them removed!

    Keep up the great baking!

  10. Ms C says:

    I used your recipe last night and the brownies are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Ams says:

    I just made these and they came out great! I did adjust the recipe a bit since I didn’t have enough cocoa (I put 1/2 cup), but it didn’t seem to matter too much. I really liked that there wasn’t a crazy amount of sugar and butter since I’ve seen recipes where they ask for 2 cups of each and then a cup of chips. This recipe is a good combo of cocoa brownie taste with sweet peanut butter taste. Delicious!

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