Recipe: Who's Your Daddy? Brownies
Oh boy. Oh man. Buckle up because otherwise you’ll be blown away by these brownies. These decadent babies are stacked tall and deep with sweet, salty goodness—chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, pretzels, and sea salt. (Is your mouth watering yet?) Make these for Father’s Day and your man will know how much you love him. Make them any other time of year and he’ll be putty in your hands. Want a new car? It’s yours. Want an island vacation? Name the date. Want him to watch Grey’s Anatomy with you while rubbing your feet? He’ll pop the popcorn.
That’s a lot of power for a brownie recipe, so remember: with great power comes great responsibility. Use this power for good.
1/2 cup butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
coarse sea salt for topping
Peanut Butter Layer
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
large handful of pretzel sticks
2 favorite candy bars, chopped (I like to use some with caramel)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8×8 pan and set aside. In a double boiler over medium heat, combine butter, unsweetened and semi-sweet chocolates, stirring until chocolate and butter are completely melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before stirring in vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk sugar into the chocolate mixture, then add the eggs one by one, whisking to incorporate fully. Fold in the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture then spread into your prepared pan.
Prepare the peanut butter layer by whisking together peanut butter, melted buter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth. Pour the peanut butter mixture on top of the brownie batter and use a butter knife to swirl the two together. Break pretzel sticks into large pieces and scatter across the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, careful not to overcook. Remove from oven and top with chopped candy bar pieces and a sprinkling of sea salt. The heat from the brownies will melt the candy bars just slightly to the topping. Allow to cool 30 minutes before serving.
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