Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

These were offered at a little party we attended for the last Charger’s playoff game.  They didn’t serve as good luck by any means as we sadly lost the game to the Steelers, but they were held in high praise by a whole bunch of hungry football fans. If you’re a lover of all things chocolate + pb, then this one is for you: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Yes, those yummy little Peanut Butter Cups that we all love to devour get the starring role in this brownie.

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Here are the goods… you’ll need some sort of unsweetened chocolate. I used Scharffen Berger since I had some leftover from Christmas. There’s also a specialty ingredient: Chocolate Extract. You can find it at Whole Foods or online, but if you’d rather not use it then just sub vanilla. And then for the peanut butter lovers in the house, not only are there Peanut Butter Cups in these brownies but added peanut butter and peanut butter chips too.

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The batter is spread into a foiled and greased pan. I used a quarter-sheet pan (about 13×9) as I find that that’s the easiest for getting brownies out of the pan safely. You can also use any other 13×9 inch pan.

If you chill the brownies well, you can easily get the brownies out of the pan without breaking them apart. Place a cutting board upside down on top of the pan and gently flip it over. Peel the foil off. Your brownies will now be upside down, so place another cutting board on the bottom of the brownies and then flip them back over. They’ll be nice and firm and easy to cut clean squares.

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I like to cut the edges off of the brownies and make nicely cut squares. We save the edges for sampling 🙂

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These were everything a brownie should be… chocolatey, fudgy and moist. And all of that added peanut butter stuff happened to be quite a good idea. Kids and adults alike really loved these, and they’ll go into that ‘definitely make these again’ pile.

Yield: About 25 brownies

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups lightly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons chocolate extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups (12 oz.) peanut butter chips
12 miniature peanut butter cup candies, cut into quarters


1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil; spray the foil with nonstick spray.

2. Melt chocolate in glass bowl in your microwave in small bursts of 30 seconds; stir after each burst and remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs and chocolate extract. Mix in the melted chocolate. Mix in the flour. Stir in the peanut butter chips.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle peanut butter cup candy pieces on top, pressing pieces lightly into the batter.

5. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

6. Refrigerate until brownies are well chilled- if overnight, cover with plastic wrap. When ready to cut, remove from the refrigerator and turn onto a cutting board. Carefully peel off the foil and use another cutting board to flip the brownies back upright. Use a large, sharp knife to cut into squares.


*You can find chocolate extract at specialty and gourmet markets like Whole Foods. If you don’t want to use chocolate extract, try using vanilla in its place (it just won’t get that extra chocolate flavoring).
*To get nice, clean cut brownies, chill well and use a sharp knife to cut. Wipe knife with paper towels between cuts. Cut off edges before cutting into squares if you’d like to have all edgeless brownies.

SOURCE: (adapted from The 55 Best Brownies in the World)

39 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Brownies”

  1. postedJan 24, 2009 4:05 PM

    very very wrong, b/c now i want pb brownies 🙂

  2. postedJan 24, 2009 4:50 PM

    I’m sure my son would always go for another peanutbutter snack recipe for his lunch. He loves the stuff. Good idea for a party, too!

  3. postedJan 24, 2009 4:59 PM

    SO yummy and easy!! I’m an editor for a magazine that shall not be named and they recently hired a new “food writer” who shall also not be named and one of her recent “recipes” was for peanut butter cup brownies. The ingredient list went like this: “1 box brownie mix. 16 peanut butter cups (like Reese’s).” Ugh! I want to show her this recipe and be like “See? Now was that so difficult, child-wife of old piano man?!”

  4. postedJan 24, 2009 5:13 PM

    yummy yummy yummy i’ve got love in my tummy! these are precious!! 🙂

  5. postedJan 24, 2009 5:18 PM
    Foodie with Little Thyme!

    I’ll make them for sure!

  6. postedJan 24, 2009 5:33 PM
    noble pig

    Oh geez these look like heaven!

    We do have the same contest…isn’t it great…it’s going to be so hard to choose!

  7. postedJan 24, 2009 5:51 PM
    Lori Lynn

    You have such a flair for presentation Lori. Even the labels on your pantry items are pretty!

  8. postedJan 24, 2009 5:53 PM

    I am on my way to bake a batch of brownies! I don’t know if they’ll even compare to these!!! Scrumptious!!

  9. postedJan 24, 2009 5:55 PM
    Snooky doodle

    oh these would be the dead of my diet. I like peanut butter and chocolate so much! Pity I don t find Peanut butter cups and chips here 🙁 But sometime I ll try them with peanut butter blobs perhaps 🙂

  10. postedJan 24, 2009 6:01 PM
    That Girl

    I like the peanut butter cups on top in addition to the ones in the batter – gives the eater a bit of a clue as to what they’ll be enjoying.

  11. postedJan 24, 2009 6:32 PM

    Oh my lord. Not only do you make me want to CHEAT but you make me want to make more brownies! lol

  12. postedJan 24, 2009 6:42 PM
    The Food Librarian

    Awesome!!! I can’t wait to try these!

  13. postedJan 24, 2009 6:53 PM

    looks so great!!! 🙂

  14. postedJan 24, 2009 7:02 PM

    Brownies that look so good just can’t be wrong. : )

  15. postedJan 24, 2009 7:04 PM

    You’re a bad, bad girl. LOL 🙂

    *sigh* Now I MUST go make Peanut Butter Cup Brownies…..

  16. postedJan 24, 2009 7:06 PM
    Happy cook

    DELICIUS. Wish i had few of them right now.

  17. postedJan 24, 2009 9:17 PM

    Sounds good, looks even better!! And yay, I can finally use my chocolate extract! I have a coffee one waiting to be used too, any recipes?! hint,hint! 🙂

  18. postedJan 24, 2009 9:18 PM
    Karen @ Mignardise

    These would last approximately five minutes in my house. I’ll have to make them while the kids are at school and husband is at work if I want any for myself – and I certainly do!

  19. postedJan 24, 2009 9:49 PM

    Ya beat me to it. I just bought (yesterday) a HUGE bag of Reese’s to make some kind of lucious brownies with! These look GREAT! Now I just won’t even look for a recipe and I’ll just use yours! Thanks, Lori.

  20. postedJan 24, 2009 11:25 PM

    You are bad! Very, very bad! 😉

  21. postedJan 24, 2009 11:27 PM

    Delicious—these give me the perfect excuse to make more brownies!

  22. postedJan 25, 2009 12:42 AM

    Awesome looking brownies.

  23. postedJan 25, 2009 2:03 AM

    Perfect, I am doing desserts for a wedding and the groom likes peanut butter and brownies!!

  24. postedJan 25, 2009 5:39 AM

    Now THAT is a real brownie. What a wonderful blog you have! I love the recipes and the step-by-step pictures. 🙂

  25. postedJan 25, 2009 12:40 PM

    Lori, you’re officially my best friend for making those brownies 😀

  26. postedJan 25, 2009 2:32 PM

    scharffen berger, reese’s. peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips. holy decadence, these are astounding. diet-killers for sure. 🙂

  27. postedJan 25, 2009 3:28 PM

    Devilishly tempting…

  28. postedJan 25, 2009 5:53 PM

    Oh you know I will love these! You can never go wrong adding in those PB cups! Love that first shot!

  29. postedJan 25, 2009 6:38 PM

    They look delicious but you are torturing us as I am trying to stay away from “sinful” food.

  30. postedJan 25, 2009 7:03 PM
    Carolyn Jung

    Dark chocolate has antioxidants. Peanuts have the “good fat.” You shouldn’t feel guilty — these peanut butter cup brownies are health food. 😉

  31. postedJan 26, 2009 12:14 AM

    These brownies look and sound awesome!! I can almost smell them cooking!

  32. postedJan 26, 2009 3:41 AM

    That was a good game, my hubby ( a die hard Steelers fan) paced the last 10 minutes of it! You goota love a brownie with pb cups in it, you’ve just gotta.

  33. postedJan 26, 2009 3:49 AM

    Oh wow. Looks amazing. Glad I found this blog. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes!


  34. postedJan 26, 2009 11:43 AM
    Girl Japan

    These look so darn yummy… I have never tried PBB…. I plan on picking up some organic PB soon.. wish they had Resses here..

  35. postedJan 26, 2009 1:45 PM

    Ok those brownies are unbelievable. You just took brownies to another level.

    Going to check out your Super Bowl event!! Gotta get a move on it!!!

  36. postedJan 26, 2009 2:57 PM
    Robin Sue

    Oh my these are to die for. And I do have some PB cups hanging out in my pantry that need to go before I eat them myself. Lori I will get my act together and send in my entry to your contest! Since you liked the Stromboli, I will send that one in.

  37. postedJan 29, 2009 6:18 AM
    The Peanut Butter Boy

    You’re killin me. This might have to be a super bowl treat.

  38. postedFeb 1, 2009 2:29 AM

    These sound AMAZING! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  39. postedApr 27, 2009 10:32 PM

    Making these for my mom’s birthday this week, I can’t WAIT to have them with some vanilla ice cream!

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