Thursday, March 15, 2012

Layered Brownies


Layered Brownies

Makes: 24 brownies
Cooking Time: 40 min
Ingredients
• 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
• 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 3 eggs, beaten
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 cup chopped peanuts
• 1 cup peanut butter
• 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
• 4 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat unsweetened chocolate and 3/4 cup butter in microwave on high for 2 minutes (or melt in a saucepan on stove over low heat), just until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in granulated sugar then mix in the beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour and peanuts then spread into a greased 9- x 13-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs; do not overbake. Cool in pan.

3. Meanwhile, to make peanut butter layer, combine peanut butter and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl until well blended and smooth. Spread over cooled brownies.

4. Then, to make the glaze, place 4 squares of semisweet chocolate, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat mixture in microwave on high for 2 minutes (or melt in a saucepan on stove over low heat), just until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over peanut butter layer. Cool until set then cut into squares.

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