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 :)
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
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
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!