Peanut Butter Brownies for my Magnificent Mother
My mother has her 75th birthday on the 25th of March. It amazes me that she is sporting that age. “Sporting that age” is exactly how she does it too. She has changed the face of the seventies to me. I used to think that you turn seventy and life is over. You start to look frail and forget things. Not able to move much, you get fat and smell like an old lady. But not my mom. In fact, no moss grows on that rolling stone!
She is off Costa Rica for three weeks on Saturday, with her best friend from high school. They are off to see how many birds they can add to their life lists. You see, my mother is a bird watching fanatic. She is rabid about this pursuit and I love it! She has been to Australia, Antarctica, the Amazon, Alaska, Mexico and all over the States in pursuit of catching a glimpse of birds. I love her enthusiasm and passion! In fact, I am now forever changed by her passion. I see a bird that looks unusual and I drop everything and run for my bird book, that of course, mom gave me.
I hope she sees the elusive purple upsy downsy or whatever she wants to see in Costa Rica. In fact, I hope my mom gets whatever she wants from life because she is one of the most gracious and loving people I know. It is an honor to be her daughter.
So on that note, Paul and I had a birthday party for her this last Saturday. It was a light event, with lovely people. They brought cards, tulips and sparkling eyes. The night was mild and the faces were happy. It was spring equinox!
Paul grilled his incomparable south pacific albacore tuna that he caught himself. (I’ll have to post that sometime) We also served his amazing smoked salmon, which I have posted on here. Everyone ate so much of that they weren’t even hungry for the incredible tuna. I made my mother’s favorite carrot cake which I posted here.
Since my mother love love loves peanuts and chocolate almost as much as bird watching, I made peanut butter brownies with chocolate chips, of course. They are sinful and rich and I can’t leave them alone! Which might be why I forgot entirely to put them out for the party! Here is the recipe for you in honor of my magnificent mother. Happy Birthday mom! I love you.
Magnificent Peanut butter brownies
Adapted from Dana Treat
2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup chunky peanut butter,
2 tablespoons black strap molasses
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons good vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup of oatmeal
1 cup of chopped peanuts, unsalted
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Get out that wonderful mixer and heat up the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the eggs, butter and brown sugar together till it is fluffy and irresistible. Add the peanut butter and mix till very peanutty. Then add the honey, molasses and vanilla till you’re happy. Next in a separate bowl, add the flour, salt, and oatmeal, and whisk together.
With the blender on low, add the flour mix till just wet. Then toss in the nuts and peanut butter chips and mix a little more. Pour all that yumminess in a lightly oiled 9 x 13 pan and smooth it down. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and pop in the oven for about 20 minutes till a tooth pick comes out clean. Now for the hard part, wait till they are cool to cut, or you will have a wicked mess on your hands. Not that it is a problem, unless you want them to look nice!! Good luck not eating them all.