Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

I first saw this recipe on Real Mom Kitchen. The brownie and peanut butter combination sounded heavenly (Reese's peanut butter cups, anyone?). These are super yummy, but I am thinking of some adjustments to make next time, so watch for part two of this recipe in a few weeks! This makes a really tall thick brownie that got really dry on the edges by the time the center was cooked. I think next time I will either try making brownies the regular way (not the cake-like brownies) or I may try using a larger pan. My peanut butter mixture also got rather crumbly, so I will be experimenting to find a way to make it stay together a bit better! But, if you like nice, thick, cake-like brownies, this is the recipe for you!

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

1 box of brownie mix
water, oil, and eggs for cake-like brownies, as indicated on box
4 tbsp unsalted butter*, melted
1/2 c confectioner's sugar
3/4 c smooth peanut butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven according to brownie mix. Grease and 8 inch square pan, set aside.

Prepare the brownie mix according to instructions for cake like brownies, this typically means adding 3 eggs instead of 2.

In a separate bowl, stir butter, confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla together until smooth.

Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan. Top with dollops of about 3/4 of the peanut butter mixture.

Pour remaining brownie batter on top, coving peanut butter. Drizzle the remaining peanut butter on top and use a knife to swirl through the layers.

Cook according to box instructions for an 8x8 pan. Brownies are fully cooked when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Cool and enjoy!

*I used 3 tbsp unsalted butter, and 1 tbsp margarine--I ran out of butter!