distraction by peanut butter
My husband is a peanut butter and chocolate fiend. (His sweet tooth is worse than mine, and that's quite terrible.) After much practice I've perfected deliciously gooey double peanut butter brownies, so now, without further ado, I present the recipe.
Perfect Double Peanut Butter Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan.
Mix together: 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 egg. Set aside.
In large microwave proof bowl, melt 3/4 cup of shortening. Stir in 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 2 eggs, and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Add 1 1/3 cups flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir until smooth. (Mixture will be pretty thick.) Smoosh about 2/3 of it into the baking pan, spreading as smooth as possible. Spread peanut butter mixture on top. Dot remaining chocolate mixture on top of that. Sprinkle with half a bag of peanut butter chips.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until set. Will still be gooey when they come out, but let them cool and they'll be perfect and moist.