Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Brownie

My nine-year-old sister Mia is working on her science fair project, and my mother used my Amazon Prime account to order her pre-poured agar plates for her bacteria project.  Oh, and we just started our bacteriology and parasitology class.  She cannot possibly be lacking any resources to have a winning science fair project. 

"Back in the day," my science fair projects were so much simpler:  they involved testing batteries to see which brand lasted the longest, growing crystals, or some other easy and classic, by-the-book "experiment."  Granted, the simple dial-up internet that we had way back then did not provide the wealth of information that broadband internet and Google can now, but I'm convinced that being so much younger than your siblings gives you an innate advantage.

In fact, I distinctly remember being in middle school and being up against a project from one of those Mia-type children.  For an eighth grade science project, my dad helped me duct-tape together a janky "motion machine" out of pieces from a marble run game and a couple boxes of dominoes.  Thank goodness we had three attempts to make it work or mine certainly would have failed.  As if my shame over my project wasn't enough, one boy in my class (who, like Mia, had considerably older siblings) had the most beautiful and reliable "motion machine" that I was pretty sure his parents or siblings had whittled from a single block of wood.  Oh, well, such is the difficulty of being the oldest.  I apologize for my mediocrity, but I am sure Mia will take this blog over in about a year with higher quality and more frequent posts.  :  )

On another note, this brownie is delicious and simple.  I have made a good number of times already, as it is the perfect size and thus the perfect cure for a chocolate craving.  Personally, I like to add both peanut butter and Nutella to the middle of brownie, but it is good with just peanut butter too.

Adapted from this recipe.

2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon milk, coffee, or water (I use milk)
1 spoonful peanut butter (could also put in a spoonful of Nutella or caramel sauce or hot fudge)


  1. Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, and milk together in a small ramekin or coffee mug.
  2. When the batter has been thoroughly mixed, drop in a spoonful of peanut butter, Nutella, caramel sauce, hot fudge, or whatever else your heart may desire.
  3. Swirl the batter over the top of the spoonful of peanut butter.
  4. Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  You can microwave it longer in 10 second intervals if you want your brownie to be more solid and less gooey (although, I must say, it's pretty good if you only cook it 30 or 40 seconds).
  5. Serve with a glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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