Brownies With A Surprise!

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NOTE: The above is all that remained of the recipe to be reviewed when the photo session commenced. Be warned – frightening, irrational behavior may result after tasting these brownies. Moments after this photo was snapped, the morsel was consumed, with threatening comments such as “you’ll draw back a bloody nub!” hurled at the photographer.

Read the ingredients. Yeah. Oh. My. God. No need to waste your time reading any more words. Get to the store NOW, unless you happen to have sixteen peanut butter cups on hand! And if you do, well….get cookin’!

Brownies With A Surprise

10 ounces unsalted butter (that’s 2 1/2 sticks)
1 pound good-quality semisweet chocolate (or bittersweet)
2 cups granulated sugar
8 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 chocolate-covered peanut butter cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt butter and chocolate together in a metal bowl over simmering water. Remove from over water and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla. Whisk only to blend. Add chocolate mixture and whisk gently. Add flour and salt and use the whisk to stir in until blended.

Grease a 12 by 12-inch square pan (or a 9×13-inch pan), and line the bottom with parchment.

Pour just under half of the brownie batter into pan and spread smooth.

Place the peanut butter cups upside-down onto the batter, spacing them evenly in rows of 4 (the brownies will be cut into squares, with a peanut butter cup in the center of each.) Push the cups down into the batter slightly. Top with the remaining batter and gently spread smooth.

Bake 30 minutes. Center will still be soft. Remove from oven and let cool in pan on wire rack.

Cool completely before cutting, or for best cutting results, chill several hours or overnight in refrigerator. If you like your brownies warm and gooey, cut them after cooling for an hour or two.

Cut into 3-inch squares.

Recipe courtesy CDKitchen: