My friend Amy loved sweet treats as much as she loved good tunes. And this one’s for you, Amy. Inspired by buckeye candies, I’ve taken my favorite brownie recipe and topped it with a light as air, rich as all get out, thick peanut butter layer. I think I love these even more than buckeyes. Amici, just try this and see!
KATTY’S BUCKEYE BROWNIES
adapted from my all-time favorite brownie recipe from Ghirardelli
For the brownies
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
3/4 cup Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa
2/3 cup unsifted flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks (I chopped up Valrhona feves)
Let’s make the brownies first. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Using a spoon, stir eggs with sugar and vanilla; add butter.
Chop the chocolate.
Sift dry ingredients together. Or shake them in a canister if you want to take it easy on yourself. :)
Stir dry ingredients into egg/butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks. Spread the batter in a buttered 8″ square pan. I line mine with a silicone mat.
Bake for 25 minutes. Could be a bit more or less in your oven–I like mine chewy/fudgy and 25 minutes gets the job done here. Let the brownies cool completely before you frost them. As they do, it’s a fine time to whip up the peanut butter layer.
For the peanut butter layer
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 stick salted butter (4 tablespoons), softened
2 tablespoons Maker’s Mark
2 tablespoons sour cream (you can substitute milk for this and/or the Maker’s Mark
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
It doesn’t get easier than this. Cream together the peanut butter, butter, Maker’s Mark, sour cream and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and salt. Combine slowly, then whip it good! The texture will be almost mousse-like.
Frost the brownies evenly with the peanut butter layer. Because the frosting is so light, I left the brownies in the fridge to chill. Let’s keep in mind these are absolutely fantastic for breakfast.
And now, a dedication and a short story for my 200th post. Maybe once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, you meet someone like Amy. We felt like forever friends since we met just short of two years ago. We laughed and shared and loved nonstop in that all too brief time. My heart’s been breaking since I learned late last week, she had passed away in her sleep without warning. I know she’d want me to keep smiling, keep baking and to remember the good times, so that’s what I’m here to do with a lesson or two: Life is short, enjoy the ride, love one another.
So glad you were in my orbit, sister. Till we meet again, I’ll do my best to let the good times roll. And it goes a little somethin’ like this, here we go! Keep dancin’! Thank you for making me part of your family. Love you more!