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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

The only dessert I like more than brownies are brownies that include peanut butter cups. When it comes to peanut butter and chocolate, I can’t get enough.

These fudgy Peanut Butter Cup Brownies have a layer of peanut butter cups baked into them and are covered with a light and luscious peanut butter frosting and then drizzled with melted chocolate.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

They have just the right balance of peanut butter and chocolate, neither overpowering the other.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

When you’re looking for a truly decadent brownie, this is it.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

I used a boxed brownie mix to simplify the recipe some. First I prepared the brownie mix according to box instructions and then poured it into a 9×9-inch greased pan.

I then pressed 16 peanut butter cups into the batter so they were partially submerged and popped the brownies in the oven.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

Once done, I let them cool and then covered them with the most delicious peanut butter frosting made from creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, milk, and a little instant vanilla pudding mix.

For a finishing touch, I drizzled some melted chocolate on top for more chocolate flavor.

These are hands down some of the best brownies ever!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

 

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 16 regular-sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 11 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
  • Mix brownie batter according to directions on box and spread evenly in prepared pan. Press peanut butter cups into batter so that batter comes almost all the way up the sides.
  • Place pan in oven and bake according to box directions. Let brownies cool.
  • To make peanut butter frosting, beat butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla pudding mix. Once smooth, spread on top of cooled brownies. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Microwave heavy cream and butter in a microwave-safe bowl until starting to simmer. Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Let mixture cool. Place in a ziptop bag, snip the corner and drizzle on brownies.

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14 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Brownies”

    1. Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, you can make a day ahead. They should be fine on the counter for a day, but you could refrigerate them as well.

  1. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Oh Wow! Christin, when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate, I can’t get enough either and these brownies look insanely delicious! Oooh those layers! I am having a foodgasm over here! 🙂

  2. Donika@whenfetametolive

    About half of that frosting will end up in my mouth before it ends up on top of those brownies haha! Looks so good, will have to make these over the weekend!

  3. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I can’t resist peanut butter brownies! Love that thick layer of peanut butter frosting!

  4. Ashley@CookNourishBliss

    I’m with you! I can never ever ever get enough of peanut butter and chocolate!! These brownies look incredible!!

  5. Ashley - The Recipe Rebel

    Oh my word. My Monday NEEDS these. I am exhausted already and it’s only 10am, and have so much on the go and my kids are still acting like nutcases from the weekend…. Lol. Bring on the chocolate!

  6. Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kithcen

    I love a good brownie and your beautiful pictures are making me drool. I wish I could have 2-3 of these babies for dessert tonight! 🙂

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    You had me at peanut butter brownies! These look SO good, Christin! And the pb cups make them even better!

  8. Oh my goodness! These brownies are calling my name! They’re worth every delicious calorie! And I like that you use a boxed brownie.

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