I’m pretty certain that I discussed on here and in the past how I believe in Christmas magic I’m still a fan of Santa and yeah I still send a letter to the North Pole every year. I realize this is probably uncommon in an adult, but as I passed an elderly woman the other night in the market who was humming Christmas carols out loud to herself, I couldn’t help but smile and believe in Christmas magic. Maybe it’s naive to believe that the month of December brings out the best in people, maybe it’s crazy to think that the holidays bring out a sparkle that is hidden the rest of the year are maybe it’s sad because we should have it all year long, but the moment that turkey was carved on Thanksgiving I could smell in the air.
It’s the way you can tell it’s going to snow day or two before and how the child inside you can’t help but remember the anticipation
of schools closing the adventures you are have as a white flurry filled the air. There’s just something
magical about it. It’s not the presents you’re going to wake up to, it’s the hunt for the surprises for everyone else. It’s bringing out the stockings embroidered with names long ago. It’s the memories that each and every ornament hung on the tree symbolizes the moment shared with loved ones in the past and more to come in the future.
I often don’t like to decorate to soon in fear I may burn myself out or somehow spoil the Christmas magic and then I remember there’s only one month between Thanksgiving and the new year to enjoy the festivities. (*See my petition earlier this week to move the holiday’s back a month). So it may sound crazy but next year I think I’m in bust out the holiday decorations on Black Friday and get the most out of this season as I can, because I believe in Christmas magic and it’s not just one month long.
Peanut Butter Brownies
from Brown Eyed Baker
For the brownies:
- 1¼ cups flour
- 1 teas salt
- 2 tbs cocoa powder
- 11 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 teas instant espresso powder
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 5 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teas vanilla extract
For the peanut butter:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
- ½ teas salt
- 1 teas vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
Whisk together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder; set aside.
Put the chocolate, butter and espresso powder in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second intervals, until the chocolate is melted, stir to combine. Add the sugar and whisk until combine. Let the mixture rest until room temperature.
Once the chocolate has cooled, add the eggs and the vanilla and whisk until combined.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture and fold to incorperate using a rubber spatula until the flour is no longer visable.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Combine peanut butter swirl ingredients. Using a spoon, place dollops onto the prepared brownie batter and swirl with a butter knife or wooden skewer.
Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few crumbs hanging on. Don’t over bake – everyone loves a gooey brownie