I LOVE birthdays and always strive to make sure my family and friends are celebrated all day! However, since we live apart during the week it was a lot harder this year. Before you start wondering "eek, what is wrong" - I will explain. During my blogging hiatus (back in June) he was offered a wonderful opportunity with the San Jose Sharks NHL hockey team (he works in sports). The team he worked for up here was wonderful - he loved his job, his co-workers, the team - but he was at the point where the only way to move up was to move out. We had no plans to go anywhere for now (it would be re-evaluated after I got out of school) but he was contacted by a recruiter and after a few weeks of interviews offered the position - a substantial promotion. It was a tough decision to make but we always talked about going back to the bay (we are both from there) and I knew when I graduated there would be a lot of opportunities down there for me. It was decided that he would move to the bay while I held down the fort in Sacramento until I officially finished school in December. It has been tough since we only see each other on the weekends but has made that time that much better - aww. :)
Anyway, back to the birthday - every year I have made him cheesecake for his birthday dessert (his favorite), however, being that I had to be at school all day and I am leaving straight from school to go to the bay for the birthday dinner, I didn't think cheesecake would make it. Knowing that brownies are his next favorite dessert I decided to try something different from the traditional chocolate brownies and make peanut butter brownies. I had never made them before but if you love chocolate and peanut butter you will love these - of course I had to try them before I serve them!
I know I have tried to post only "healthy" recipes but we all need a little treat sometimes.
Chewy Peanut Butter Brownies
1/2 generous cup Peanut Butter (I used Skippy Natural)
1/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 bag Reese's peanut butter chips
1 tub (or homemade) chocolate frosting
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x9 pan.
2. In a bowl (I used my mixer), mix the butter and peanut butter. (anything made in a pink mixer has to come out good!)
3. Gradually add the sugars, eggs and vanilla extract and mix until fluffy.
4. Then add in flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips and Reese's chips. Mix well until all blended.
5. Spread into 9x9 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes (I did 32).
6. Cool and frost with chocolate frosting if you like!
I thought they tasted great frosted and un-frosted. It just depends on how chocolatey you want them.
I wish 5:15 would hurry up so I can get on the road. We are going out to dinner with his parents, sister and her husband to celebrate!