Plastic cups, marshmallow vodka, pink beads, and phallic-shaped party favors – The Bachelorette Party.
Technically, it was a Bachelor/Bachelorette party, as both guys and girls packed into a house on the North Carolina coastline for a weekend of frivolity.
Per usual, I felt the need to bring something. It comes with my occupation of never a bridesmaid, never a bride – oh, I mean, once a baker, always a baker or something like that.
I am at that age, you know it, when people start to get married, have kids, buy houses, move away, lose touch.
But she has an often forceful way of keeping us all together.
I’ve always found that brownies accomplish the same. The smell of chocolate and peanut butter manages to dominate stale beer and salty bathing suits, bringing us all to the kitchen to eat together even if only briefly.
So these are for her.
Get out your brownie making ingredients.
Whisk together butter, sugar, and vanilla.
Add eggs in one at a time.
Fold in dry ingredients.
Fold in chocolate chips. Spread brownie batter in a 9in x 13in pan that has been lightly greased and lined with parchment.
Make the peanut butter swirl. Place powdered sugar, peanut butter, melted butter, and vanilla in a bowl.
Whisk until smooth.
Dollop that peanut goop all over the brownie batter.
Use a butter knife and swirl.
Bake in a 350°F oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and sharing!
I may not be a bridesmaid but I am so glad to have been included in the Bachelorette Weekend. I even kept the temporary tattoos and pink beads….just in case I need to dress like Ke$ha anytime soon.
The recipe –
2 sticks of butter, melted
3 cups of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of milk chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Swirl:
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Make the brownie batter by whisking together the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl.
Add the eggs one at a time.
Fold the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Spread the brownie batter in a 9in x13in pan that has been lightly greased and lined with parchment.
Next, make the Peanut Butter Swirl.
Whisk together the butter, peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla.
Dollop the peanut butter mixture over the brownies and use a butter knife to drag it through the batter creating the swirl.
Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35 – 40 minutes until a toothpick come out mostly clean (maybe a few wet crumbs).
Let cool completely before slicing and serving.