Brownies.


Basic fudge brownie mix

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 whole eggs (large)
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To make

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over medium heat
  • Remove from heat and then add sugar, stir in well
  • After the mixture slightly cools off, combine eggs one at a time and add vanilla (I like to use a whisk)
  • Combine flour and salt, then add to mixture
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until baked through (use a toothpick test)
Want to jazz up the brownies? You can add walnuts and whole chocolate chunks (my favorite)
OR
To add a mint layer
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (maybe a splash more) heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or creme de menthe
  • optional green food coloring
To make:
  • combine ingredients in a bowl with a hand blender, spread over cooled brownies
  • place in fridge for 10-15 minutes
  • add a combination of 3 oz. melted semisweet chocolate and a tablespoon of butter, pour over mint layer
OR
before baking brownies, make a cheesecake of peanut butter swirl

Peanut Butter Swirl Ingredients

  • 1 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup(s) sugar
  • 4 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Cheesecake Swirl Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 package(s) (8 ounces each package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
To make:
  • Peanut Butter Swirl: In medium bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat peanut butter, sugar, butter, flour, vanilla, and egg until well blended.
  • Spread 2 cups chocolate batter in pan; top with 6 large dollops of peanut butter mixture. Spoon remaining chocolate batter over and between peanut butter in 6 large dollops. With tip of knife, cut and twist through mixtures to create swirled effect.
  • Bake as regular brownies
  • Cheesecake Swirl Browniesto prepare Cheesecake Swirl: In small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth; gradually beat in sugar, vanilla extract, and egg just until blended.

    Complete recipe as in steps in brownie swirl, substituting cream cheese mixture for peanut butter mixture in step 4.

Mix it up!
-B
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