Desserts | August 3, 2016

Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Addicted to chocolate…and peanut butter? ABK’s Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies filled with peanut butter chips,  topped with a  layer of peanut butter and chocolate buttercream frosting was made with you in mind! 

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For as long as I can remember, I have loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I love them at room temperature, frozen, and even slightly melted.  I love the regular size (two to a package) and the smalls that are individually wrapped. Not a fan of the king size cups. Useless information, I know.

I’m also a huge fan of brownies and have posted at least a dozen different brownie recipes on this blog. What can I say, I’m definitely a brownie gal. This is the first time I’ve posted a brownie that has peanut butter chips in the batter. My Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites, are a bite size cookie I absolutely love. And my favorite peanut butter bakery cookie is Cutler’s Cookies Frosted Peanut Butter Cookie. It’s over the top delicious and the recipe comes straight from Curt Cuter, Cookie Boss of Bountiful, UT.  If you’re in Bountiful, you need to stop by and get either a Frosted Peanut Butter or a Brownie Marshmallow Cookie (those two are my favorites). Or just make a batch at home if you’re extra ambitious!

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My recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies consists of  a fudge brownie, filled with peanut butter chips,  topped with a layer of smooth peanut butter (while the brownie is still hot), and finally, frosted with a thick layer of creamy chocolate frosting after the brownies have cooled off. It’s a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream.  If you love Reese’s, your’e going to love this recipe. Trust me, I know these things.

Happy baking!

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Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks unsalted, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-12 oz package Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter Skippy or Jif, no natural peanut butter

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • parchment paper or foil

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Set rack in center of oven.
  2. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or foil, grease lightly.
  3. Mix the butter, cocoa and sugar in an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. beat until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, salt, vanilla and peanut butter chips to the bowl. Mix on low speed or fold in by hand with a spatula, just until the flour disappears. Do not beat.
  5. Spread the mixture into the prepared lined pan.
  6. Bake on center rack in oven for about 25-30 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes.
  8. Spread 1/2 cup of peanut butter on the top of the hot brownies with a spoon or butter knife.
  9. Place in refrigerator or on counter until the brownies cool completely.

Make the frosting:

  1. Beat the 1/2 cup butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, milk and vanilla together until smooth.
  2. When the brownies are completely cool, spread with frosting.

Recipe Notes

-Reese's Peanut Butter Chips are my preference.

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  1. Si! I’m so glad I found you through Mel’s kitchen cafe! I still have an old mueller park relief society cook book and having been making your chicken pot pie from it for years! I can’t wait to explore all the yummy recipes on your site.

    1. Trisha, Such a small world! I love that you still use that cookbook! It’s a gem. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a note! loves to you and your family <3

  2. 5 stars
    I made these last night. Unreal! I brought them to my moms for dinner and they were devoured. I’m already planning on making them again Sunday. ❤️

  3. 5 stars
    Made these tonight and all of my boys including the Husband declared these “The BEST dessert ever”! Peanut butter chocolate heaven!

    1. Monica,
      Wow such a great compliment! We love these pb brownies too. I love that they taste good and also travel well, and everyone seems to love them! Thanks for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  4. 5 stars
    Made these tonight for my family and a neighbor! Everyone LOVED them and the neighbor asked for the recipe 🙂 Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe with us!

    1. This is such a great recipe to share with others. I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed these, Andrea. Thanks for sharing!
      xo
      Si

  5. 4 stars
    I made these for my son’s volleyball banquet and this was the only dessert devoured within minutes!! I even had several people ask me to share the recipe I used!! They. Were. Amazing!! This is a recipe I will use over & over again!! Thank you for another fantastic recipe, Si!

    1. You’re very welcome, Cortnie, these brownies are perfect for a big crowd. I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them and thanks for sharing!
      xo
      Si

  6. 5 stars
    We love these brownies at our house! I double the recipe and put them in a cookie sheet for bigger gatherings!