Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies


For the Batter:

½ cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


For the filling:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup confectioners sugar
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
¼ teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter lining (not over-hang).

2. Make batter: Put butter and chocolates in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

3. Whisk granulated sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs, and whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir until well combined.

4. Make filling: Stir together butter, confectioners sugar, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.

5. Pour one-third of batter into prepared pan; spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Drop dollops of peanut butter filling (about 1 tbsp each) on top of batter, spacing about 1 inch apart. Drizzle remaining batter on top, and gently spread to fill pan. Drop dollops of remaining peanut butter mixture on top. Gently swirl peanut butter filling into batter with a butter knife, running the knife lengthwise and crosswise through the layers.

6. Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies comes out with a few crumbs, but not wet, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Brownies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.