Brownies for a Guest

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One of my best friends is coming to town.

Kristen and I have been friends since we were in 2nd grade.  No, that is a lie.  We have known each other since then but actually weren’t really friends until 6th grade.  I don’t really remember why it took so long, but we have been best friends ever since.  She was even a bridesmaid in my wedding.

When given the choice, Kristen requested a dessert with dark chocolate and fruit or dark chocolate and peanut butter.  Well, it’s been almost 2 weeks since I posted a dessert with chocolate and peanut butter so I figure that it was about time to make another one.  I don’t want my readers going through withdrawal or anything.

These Fat Witch Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips are from Lora’s wonderful blog, Cake Duchess. I saw the brownies the other day and couldn’t resist making them.  Besides, brownies are terrifically easy for weeknight baking.  The brownies came out incredibly fudgey and moist with the added texture of peanut butter chips.  Some people might say they are so rich you can only eat a small piece (I am not one of them).brownie 14

I followed Lora’s recipe with very few changes.  I whisked everything together rather than using a mixer and doubled the portion of peanut butter chips.  Check her blog for the specifics and to send her some hugs (she just shared the news of a health scare).  We are thinking about Lora and her family and wish her the best.

Start by melting butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over low heat; set aside

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In a large bowl, whisk together eggs


Then whisk in sugar and vanilla

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Whisk in chocolate and butter mixture

chocolate and butter added

Whisk flour and salt

add flour flour mixed in

When dry ingredients are completely incorporated, fold in peanut butter chipsadd peanut butter chips

batter in pan

Pour batter into pan and bake for about a half hour or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean

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Top brownie with powdered sugar and serve

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What do you bake when you are short on time?

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36 Responses to “Brownies for a Guest”

  1. amanda @ fake ginger March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Those look delicious! I’ve been itching to try a Fat Witch recipe but haven’t come across any yet! Can’t wait to try this one! :)

  2. Lora @cakeduchess March 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Lauren- The brownies turned out great! I really loved the recipe too:) I like your heart shaped pan:) I’m sure your friend Kristen was happy! Thank you for your kind words:)

  3. DyingforChocolate March 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    These look sensational. Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for posting!

  4. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen March 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I saw these on Lora’s blog too and thought they sounded amazing! I have to make these soon..I am such a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter! :)

  5. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 11, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    Those sound really good! I love that heart-shape pan. So cute!

  6. Madison M March 11, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Hmmm seeing that picture of your wedding day makes me think you should do a belated wedding recap post. Or maybe you have and it slipped by me? Either way, you were a beautiful bride!

    • KeepItSweet March 11, 2011 at 9:40 am #

      Hmmm I haven’t done one… I’ll have to do that:-)

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet March 11, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    These look so delicious!

    • KeepItSweet March 11, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      I think these brownies + your white chocolate peanut butter would be heaven

  8. Florida Foodie March 11, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    These look delicious and I loved the heart-shaped pan! Why are the brownies called fat witch brownies?

  9. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 11, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    These look fantastic! And your pan is adorable!! For a quick dessert, I like getting down with some drop cookies or easy dessert bars! But these will be added to the list.

  10. megan @ whatmegansmaking March 11, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    These look great, and I love the heart shaped pan! I actually made box mix brownies last night when I was short on time :)

  11. Jessica March 11, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    You could add some banana to this then you would have chocolate, peanut butter AND fruit :)

    • KeepItSweet March 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      You are so smart:-)

  12. Vicki @ WITK March 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I love anything chocoalte and peanut butter, so I want to eat the whole pan of these! I approve of using more peanut butter chips :)

    • KeepItSweet March 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      I could definitely eat the whole pan! Taking photos of them before work was torture.

  13. Pam March 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    They look decadent and delicious – love the heart shaped pan.

  14. Simply Life March 12, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    the brownies look great and I’m sure your friend appreciated them! I always go with cookies when I’m in a rush!

  15. Sues March 12, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Yum! I am also a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter desserts and those peanut butter chips are soooo good! I probably stick to cookies when I’m short on time, but I am not a good short on time baker!!

  16. Brian @ A Thought For Food March 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I really need to get my hands on one of those fun heart shaped pans (I have smaller ones, but the big one is just awesome).

    And it looks like you really know how to treat your guests! :-)

  17. The Teenage Taste March 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Those brownies look wonderful! Peanut butter and chocolate are amazing together! Enjoy the time with your friend! :-D

  18. Baking Serendipity March 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    These brownies look so, so good! I hope you have a great visit with your friend :) There’s nothing better than visitors!

    • KeepItSweet March 13, 2011 at 6:45 am #

      Thanks, it was so nice to see her! Haven’t seen you around the blogs lately!

  19. MelissaNibbles March 13, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    You look so beautiful in your veil! The brownies sound delicious!

    • KeepItSweet March 13, 2011 at 6:44 am #

      Aw, thanks!

  20. Joanne March 13, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    I came THISCLOSE to buying this cookbook at a border’s close-out sale the other day. And didn’t. Why.

    You look so cute in that wedding picture! Beautiful bride!
    I’m sure your friend was absolutely smitten with these brownies!

  21. Miriam March 13, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Wuao, buono!

  22. briarrose March 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Looks so tasty. Brownies are always a great choice when time is short.

  23. Casey March 15, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    My mouth is watering!

    strawberry freckleface

  24. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chippers are my go-to when I need to whip up a sweet treat in no time flat. I’ve memorized the recipe by heart and it’s always yummy. Brownies are also rock solid (figuratively speaking, of course)!

  25. Heavenly Housewife March 16, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    How nice to have a friend that you’ve known so long, and how fab to make these delicious brownies in her honour. I’ve had fat witch brownies from NY, and I’ve even tried one of their baking mixes, but I’ve never made their recipes from scarth. These sound fantastic.
    *kisses* HH
    ps. hope you can stop by. I am doing a giveaway on my blog for an $80 Amazon card

    • KeepItSweet March 16, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks, I’ll check it out!

  26. Rachel @ Bakerita March 17, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I can never resist chocolate and peanut butter, so I’ll definitely be making these ASAP.

  27. Dana March 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Kristen sounds like my kind of girl…. I love anythign with chocolate and peanutbutter!

  28. Elizabeth December 19, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    You can never get enough brownies!

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