Would you believe these Marbled Peanut Butter Brownies are one of my healthy brownie recipes? Peanut butter and chocolate go together almost as well as peanut butter and jelly. In fact, they might even be better together, especially when you are talking about brownies!
Talk about an amazing taste – that is what Marbled Peanut Butter Brownies are – aaaammaaaazing!
Luscious chocolate brownies with ribbons of peanut butter running through them… Are you drooling yet? Just the thought of them- if you aren’t drooling yet, just wait until you taste them!
Marbled Peanut Butter Brownies – Baking with Peanut Butter
There are a lot of different ways to bake with peanut butter and a lot of different peanut butters to choose from! You can use regular store bought peanut butter and they will taste great.
If you want to make them healthier, try making your own homemade peanut butter. Or, you can always purchase a natural brand. Here are a couple of my favorite brands:
What is the difference between Natural and Regular Peanut Butter?
For one, they have different ingredients. Natural peanut butter has only 2 ingredients: peanuts and salt. And, sometimes, just peanuts!
Regular peanut butter usually includes peanuts, sugar, salt and hydrogenated vegetable oil.
The salt and sugar from that regular peanut butter can add a lot of flavor to a recipe, and the thickness of the peanut butter translates into less goo in brownies, for instance.
Natural peanut butter is healthier without the sugar and often unsalted, so you may need to add additional salt to a recipe.
Does Natural Peanut Butter taste better?
While JIF or Skippy may taste amazing, they are loaded with a ton of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients that peanut butter doesn’t really need. Honestly, all you need in peanut butter is peanuts.
How do you sweeten natural peanut butter?
If you want to “season” your natural peanut butter to suit your tastes, place it into your blender and then add in the honey or other natural sweetener and/or salt and blend it together. You can even return it to the same jar.
Tips for making Marbled Peanut Butter Brownie
This recipe has “2” batters, so to speak. It has the delicious chocolate brownie batter, of course. However, it also has a light and fluffy peanut butter batter for marbling.
My top tip is to mix them in order according to the recipe and then put it all together. They are really super easy to make!
How can you tell when brownies are done?
Use a toothpick or a butter knife and insert into the center of your brownie pan.
When the toothpick comes out with a little bit of fudgy crumb on it, they are done to a fudgy consistency.
If it comes out clean, they are done to a cake-like consistency.
What if the toothpick won’t go in the pan of brownies -they are way overdone!
Why are my brownies falling apart?
In order to fix this problem, you must exercise a little bit of patience. You’ll want to let the brownies cool completely BEFORE you cut them to reduce crumbling.
How do you make brownies cool faster?
Well, if you just can’t wait for them to cool on their own, place the brownie pan into a larger baking dish.
Yes, the whole pan.
Put ice around the pan and slowly pour cold water into the spots the ice couldn’t fill.
You are basically giving your brownies an ice bath, but make sure you don’t actually get them wet.
How long do brownies need to cool before cutting?
It normally takes about 30 minutes for brownies to cool completely in the pan before you start cutting them.
Can you leave brownies out overnight?
To get the most out of your freshly baked brownies, cut them after they’ve cooled and place them in an airtight container on the counter.
Can you put brownies in the fridge?
Fully cooked brownies will last a week or more, if stored in a proper airtight container at room temperature.
There is really no reason to put them in the fridge. Storing brownies in the fridge tends to dry them out so, it is generally agreed that brownies should be stored at room temperature.
Do brownies freeze well?
Freezing brownies may affect their texture, so it’s best to take a few precautions. If the brownies have been cut into squares, wrap each square in plastic wrap, then in foil, and then place the wrapped squares in an airtight freezer bag.
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Luscious chocolate brownies with ribbons of peanut butter running through them to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, and milk until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, 2 cups sugar, and vanilla.
- Mix in the remaining 3 eggs, one at a time - beat well after each.
- Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, chocolate chips and salt - stir into the batter.
- Separate 1 cup of the brownie batter.
- Spread the remaining batter into the prepared pan.
- Spread the peanut butter filling over the top.
- By teaspoonfuls drop the reserved chocolate batter over the filling.
- Gently swirl through the top layers using a knife for a marbled effect.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes - A toothpick inserted in the center should come out almost clean.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Be sure to allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting.
What type of peanut butter do you like to use?
Leave a comment – I would love to know!