Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Lets talk goals.  A few months ago when running was going incredibly well, I made a goal to run the the San Francisco Half Marathon (2nd half) in 1:35. I did a bunch of goal pace (7:15/mile) runs and felt really strong.  Two weeks ago I did my longest training run ever while training for a half (16 miles).  I figured my goal was tough, but possibly attainable.

Then we moved and I realized four days had gone by with no running.  This week, every run felt a lot harder than it should have given my slow paces.  I’m not  sure 1:35 is attainable, and I’m not even sure a PR (1:39:48) is either.  I know my training is solid, though.  I had a pretty good base, and it’s really only been the last 2 weeks that things kind of went to crap.  So my plan is to go out at about 7:30 pace and see what happens from there.

I went to the expo yesterday and ran into two of my favorite runner friends.

I’m really looking forward to hanging out with all the Bay Area runners after the race. I’m also really looking forward to eating these brownies.  I used Joy the Baker’s brownie recipe but left out the extra egg yolk (mainly out of laziness) and added a bag of peanut butter chips.  Delicious!

Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 10 ounces peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8" square pan.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium bowl set on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
  3. Once they are melted, remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Gently stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and peanut butter chips.
  4. Pour into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
http://catesworldkitchen.com/2012/07/peanut-butter-chip-brownies/

(barely adapted from the Joy the Baker cookbook)

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