Peanut Butter Brownies

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When I was small, I had friends who lived on peanut butter, very nutritious, apparently, because they grew up just fine. Now that dark chocolate has crossed ranks from forbidden fruit to the ‘eat a square every day and live forever’ category—something to do, I believe, with antioxidants—Peanut Butter Brownies must be the ultimate in health food! Isn’t cooking fun? SAM

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each until smooth. Add the vanilla extract. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and add to the butter mixture, beating until smooth. Add the peanut butter and beat well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into 1 1/2-inch squares.
Makes 3 dozen squares.

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