Peanut Butter Brownies

Okay, all of you peanut butter and chocolate fans, pay attention because these are for you. And for me, as I am a long-time member of the fan club.

If these brownies were simply swirled with peanut butter, they would be delicious. But, let’s make them even better by stirring in some peanut butter chips. Then, a generous scattering of peanut butter cups on top nudges them over the line firmly into decadent standards.

Peanut Butter Brownies are rich brownies swirled with peanut butter and dotted with mini peanut butter cups. Absolutely delicious! - Bake or Break

I had some leftover mini peanut butter chips from those cheesecakes from earlier this month. They bite-size-ness was just perfect for topping these off. If you use larger peanut butter cups, I would suggest chopping them into smaller pieces.

To call these simply peanut butter brownies seems like a less than apt description. I’m not sure there are sufficient words to do justice. Make them yourself. A bite of one of these is better than anything that could ever be written about them.

Peanut Butter Brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Peanut Butter Brownies


  • 1 & 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup miniature peanut butter cups (or chopped peanut butter cups)


Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″x 13″x 2″ pan with aluminum foil.

Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 30-second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together flour and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine chocolate mixture and 2 & 1/2 cups sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed. Mix until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in peanut butter chips. Spread batter in prepared pan.

Combine peanut butter and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.

Drop peanut butter mixture by teaspoonfuls over brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl peanut butter mixture into brownie batter. Sprinkle top with peanut butter cups.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out still slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.


Recipe adapted from Southern Lady.

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  1. Tiffany December 27, 2011 Reply

    Love your blog and photography….looks like we were thinking alike today! Can’t wait to try your recipe.


  2. SarinhaT December 28, 2011 Reply

    Nice recipe! :)
    They are irresistible!!! :)

  3. Mern George December 28, 2011 Reply

    i can’t believe this.this was exactly what i was looking for.can you read minds?

  4. Meg @ Sweet Twist December 28, 2011 Reply

    You can never have enough chocolate and peanut butter desserts! Looks delicious!

  5. Daniel Hanson December 28, 2011 Reply

    Never thought to try that with brownies. Great idea!

    did something similar with fudge that was really easy. take 2 cans condensed sweetened milk and 3 cups chocolate chips. heat on low in a heavy sauce pan. stir until it all comes together then cut the heat dump in 2 cups of peanut butter cups and pour into a baking pan. don’t stir too much after mixing in the peanut butter and you will get some nice wave like textures in the fudge.

  6. Tv Food and Drink December 30, 2011 Reply

    You were my 2011 dessert destination, and it’s clear you will be seeing much more of me in the new year. Thanks for this. Delicious!!!!!


    • jennifer December 30, 2011 Reply

      Gary, you’re very kind! 2012 should be a busy year for Bake or Break, so keep coming back!

  7. ShannonG February 6, 2012 Reply

    OK…so the plan when I found this reciepe was to make them to go in the care package for my son who is away at college. The great part was he loves peanut butter, loves brownies, and I really thought I had all the incredients at home already. Once I got set to bake I realized that I did not have the peanut butter cups (thanks to Hubby) and the morsels I thought were peanut butter were not. I went on with the receipe anyway adding a 1/2 of chocoalate chips and some walnuts (already in the pantry). THESE ARE THE BEST BROWNIES EVER! They are so moist! I can’t wait to try them again with all the right incredients! Thanks so much for this post!!

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