Peanut Butter Mississippi Mud Brownies

IMG_0816These brownies combine two different batters with marshmallows and chocolate.  Perfect crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

4-1 oz. squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3 Tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt chocolate over low heat of a double boiler, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Beat 1 cup butter and 2 cups granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.  Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended.  Add 1 cup flour, beating at low speed just until blended.  Stir in vanilla.  Spread half of batter in a greased and floured 13″ x 9″ pan.  Beat peanut butter, brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.  Stir together baking powder and remaining 1cup flour, and add to peanut butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.  Spoon peanut butter mixture over brownie batter; top with remaining brownie batter, and swirl together.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.  Remove from oven to a wire rack and sprinkle with marshmallows.  For the chocolate frosting, melt 1/4 cup butter with the cocoa, and milk, whisking over medium heat until melted and thickened.  Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, until smooth.  Add vanilla extract.  Drizzle over the top of the marshmallows.

Yield:  24 brownies

Recipe from Southern Living Magazine