Originally from Quick Chocolate Fixes, which is another book I believe every well-stocked kitchen shelf should include. These are, well, just, I mean, they are.... Ohhh, I can't even tell you. Alice says "they're like taking a bite out of heaven!!" I made these with half dark-chocolate and half white-chocolate Reese's cups (you know, those limited edition things) and they were positively luxurious.

Peanut Butter Brownies

4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 C (5 1/3 T) butter
¾ C flour
pinch salt
¾ C sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
7 chocolate-covered peanut butter cups (0.6 oz each) or 5 (0.8 oz) cups, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour an 8" square pan.

In a small heavy saucepan, over low heat (or in a microwave, carefully), stir chocolate and butter until melted. Cool for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together flour and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together sugar and eggs. Beat in cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until blended.

Scrape half the batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with chopped candy. Scrape remaining batter into pan and spread evenly to cover candy. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

Variation: Substitute 2 Snickers bars for the peanut butter cups.

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