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Butterfinger Brownies

Kids are funny. They ask a lot of questions. And when they’re approaching their pre-teen years, they tend to ask a lot of uncomfortable questions. I know those kinds of uncomfortable talks have to be had, but I’m sort of hoping that my husband will be able to take care of most of that. It gives me the heebie jeebies to think that I might have to explain the birds and bees to my son… my little darling who still occasionally calls me Mommy, still wants to snuggle when we watch TV and still manages to hang onto a good amount of innocence in this Lady Gaga world.

What does all of this have to do with Butterfinger Brownies? Nothing, really. Except that the joy of eating butterfinger brownies significantly outweighed the uncomfortableness of the questions that were thrown at me last weekend.

Here’s what you need for these butterfinger brownies- a minimalistic list of ingredients.

And here’s how you make them (super simple)…

Use a whisk to mix butter (melted), peanut butter and brown sugar until they’re well combined.

Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract.

Mix in melted, unsweetened chocolate.

Add flour- just a cup.

Stir in a bunch of chopped butterfinger candy bars. Oh yeah.

Spread in a prepared pan and top with more butterfinger chunks. I like to bake them in greased foil- so easy to peel off after they’re baked & chilled, and they come out so perfect.

All baked up… see those butterfinger pieces all melted in nicely??

Slice. Taste. Slice. Taste. (and then say to yourself, how am I going to explain the whole “sex” thing to my son. And where is my husband and why isn’t he the one doing this??) Then eat some more.

These brownies turn out to be super duper fudgy.

Did I mention fudgy? So fudgy.

Easy to stack? Yessiree… as long as you chill them very well before cutting. These go on my “favorite cookies and bars” list, which is a list reserved for only the best of the best. That’s how much I liked them. And seriously, they can take your mind off of all that stuff you have to talk to your kids about. How about you? Have you had “the talk?” How’d it go? What was/is your plan? Clearly, I need advice!

Yield: 25 brownies

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Butterfinger Brownies

Butterfinger lovers... I give you your favorite brownie recipe ever!


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
16 (.65 ounce) Butterfinger candy bars, chopped (or just use 10.4 ounces total)


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil; grease the foil.

2. Melt chocolate in glass bowl in the microwave- short 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, whisk together the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk those in too. Stir in the melted chocolate. Stir in the flour. Stir in chopped butterfingers (reserving about 3/4 cup for the top).

4. Spread batter into prepared pan. Top with reserved butterfinger chunks.

5. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into the 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.


*Don't use natural peanut butter for this recipe- it just won't turn out very well.
*When you chop the butterfingers, don't try to chop them too finely... they tend to flake apart pretty easily. Opt for larger chunks but add everything into the mix (even the smaller, flaky parts).
*If you happen to have a quarter-sheet pan, that's what I like to use for baking up these brownies.
*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.


Butterfinger fans may also like:
Butterfinger Pie
Butterfinger Chunk Cookies
Butterfinger Blondies


  1. postedMay 16, 2011 3:36 AM

    This will definitely keep them quiet for awhile. Looks awesome!

  2. postedMay 16, 2011 3:44 AM

    oh man… YES PLEASE!

  3. postedMay 16, 2011 3:44 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    These are the most delicious looking brownies I’ve seen in a while! LOVE them!

  4. postedMay 16, 2011 4:43 AM

    WOW! Okay it’s 5:42am as I am reading these…do we think it’s to early for a pan full? These sound delicious…Thanks for sharing!

  5. postedMay 16, 2011 5:08 AM

    What we’ve done with our kids (ages 13 and 10) is let them know that they WILL have questions and that yes, it will be weird and embarassing for both of us, but we’ll always answer honestly. And that’s worked so far. It’s mostly come from our 13 year old as he hears more in contact with the middle school crowd but he knows he can talk to us about anything.

    Knowing that it’s awkward and strange actually makes it easier. Oh yeah, that and only answering what they’re actually asking. No need to delve into every single detail when they may just want a brief couple of sentence definition. Example, our son at 12 heard about a certain (ahem) number. Our response after stammering for a few moments and nearly dropping the dish I was drying was that it was a sexual position for grown-ups. He was totally satisfied with that answer.

    Oh, and we’ve made it a “rule” that these conversations are to be PRIVATE. As in, no asking in front of others, especially the very impressionable younger sister. If you hear something that you want to talk about, you ask at home!

    I know this is long but I hope it helps! And I’ll dream about those delicious brownies as both my two are allergic to peanuts!

  6. postedMay 16, 2011 6:37 AM

    Oh Lori,
    I am dreading the day we have to have “the talk” with my boys too! I will be waiting as long as possible for sure! Your brownies look out of this world! See you Thursday!!

  7. postedMay 16, 2011 6:51 AM

    I love adding candy to brownies and cookies. Love the Butterfinger addition!

  8. postedMay 16, 2011 7:11 AM

    Oh, wow, is that ever the most uncomfortable thing a parent has to do. My daughter is now the one who’ll have to deal with that soon and I don’t envy her for a moment. You’re right – it’s really hard but it’s vitally important that they get truthful, honest information.

    Whew – let’s forget about that for a minute and eat some brownies! I have to tell you, Lori, these look absolutely fantastic. Butterfinger is probably my favorite candy bar so you know I’ll be whipping up a batch of these brownies in my kitchen real soon. Thanks for another great recipe!

  9. postedMay 16, 2011 7:21 AM

    My mom didn’t even do “the talk,” she gave me a book! It was written specifically for children, to help explain birds and bees, without actually using any birds and bees, and it was called Where Did I Come From? Very straightforward and simple, and then the reading material was followed up by a Q&A with mom. But I think I was still feeling sort of blindsided as it was given to me out of the blue, my cousins and I all got a copy, and we spent the afternoon giggling at the pictures. When all else fails — Butterfinger Brownies will save the day.

  10. postedMay 16, 2011 7:22 AM
    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    Lori these look amazing! As a local San Diego blogger, so sorry I didnt get to meet you at the bake sale. I had left the day before the sale for our trip to Aruba and am on vacay right now πŸ™‚

    For the sale I actually made Nutella Brownies so this recipe looks incredible to me! I am ALL About fudgy brownies loaded up with tons of extras and good stuff to make them even more tasty!

  11. postedMay 16, 2011 7:28 AM

    these look amazing,lori!!! they will be in my dreams tonight for sure! πŸ™‚
    I wish you the best of luck with ‘the talk’!! If you have any pointers I’ll need ’em…..thankfully not for several years {i hope}!!

  12. postedMay 16, 2011 7:36 AM

    Get the book “It’s So Amazing”. A great, frank book, done in cartoon-like illustrations. It catches the kids’ attention, but is very well done and uses all the correct terms, etc. My daughter was so enthralled she had difficulty putting it down! Good luck. Keep the communication channel open from this point forward, you’ll be glad you did when the teen years are here.
    The brownies look so good! Can’t wait to try them.

    • postedMay 16, 2011 8:10 AM

      I’ve heard of this book! Looks like I’ll have to pick that up πŸ™‚

  13. postedMay 16, 2011 7:38 AM

    These look great but I’m interested in your tiny vanilla bottle…where is it from?

    • postedMay 16, 2011 8:09 AM

      A little something I picked up in Mexico. It was a freebie at a resort we stayed in.

  14. postedMay 16, 2011 7:40 AM

    Wow these look amazing!
    Don’t have children myself but I remember mum trying to talk to me about sex when I was growing up and feeling terribly embarressed. We covered most of it at school

  15. postedMay 16, 2011 7:55 AM

    These pictures are fantastic. This recipe is gettitng bookmarked for sure!

  16. postedMay 16, 2011 8:02 AM
    Emily @ Operation Emily

    This just made it onto my list of MUST MAKES! Just looking at the pictures made me salivate. Thanks so much! Looking forward to enjoying these in moderation! lol
    -Emily in CT

  17. postedMay 16, 2011 8:07 AM

    Thank God the days of uncomfortable questions are over. And the days of eating all I want and not having to share these lovely bars are here! πŸ™‚

  18. postedMay 16, 2011 8:31 AM

    Nothing sounds better than a Butterfinger Brownie right about now.

    Maybe that has something to do with the fact that I had to explain what E.D. was to my 11 year old the other night? I still haven’t recovered. I’m not sure he has either.

  19. postedMay 16, 2011 10:44 AM

    Not being a parent, I can’t possibly imagine the amount of awksauce that goes into starting of those conversations. However, as the recipient of “the talk” at the ripe old age if 19 (no, you didn’t misread that), the awkwardness was compounded by the need to gently inform my mother that, no, she does not need to explain the particulars to me. πŸ˜›

  20. postedMay 16, 2011 10:51 AM

    Okay Lori ths is stunning! I want to gobble them up. And my boys are 4 and 1…please don’t make me think about those upcoming awkward qeustions! This might be a funny thing to comment on but I love your tiny vanilla bottle! It looks so cute! I bet it is really good vanilla – good things come in small packages! πŸ™‚

  21. postedMay 16, 2011 11:23 AM

    These look amazing Lori. I can’t wait to try them. I think kids will always ask uncomfortable questions, it just gets harder to avoid them as they get older.

  22. postedMay 16, 2011 11:28 AM

    You are KILLING me with these, Lori!! Butterfingers and brownies are among my favorite…. and combined?? Heaven. And wouldn’t you know I just started a 2 week “no sugar” cleanse. Counting the days until Memorial Weekend is over, then these babies will be mine!!

  23. postedMay 16, 2011 1:01 PM

    Ah, the joys of parenthood! That’s one thing I am not excited about dealing with someday. Good luck! I hope you have some good advice for me when I get to that point πŸ™‚

    P.S. Awesommme idea for those brownies. YUM

  24. postedMay 16, 2011 1:39 PM

    I’ve made these before! I made them from a previous recipe you had I think. They are so good!

  25. postedMay 16, 2011 2:50 PM

    Wow. These look SO good! I am not looking forward to the uncomfortable question stage πŸ˜‰ But I have some time still, my little one is only 8 months old.

  26. postedMay 16, 2011 3:06 PM

    Currently drooling….I need these in my life right now!

  27. postedMay 16, 2011 3:18 PM

    These look fabulous! Pure comfort food!

  28. postedMay 16, 2011 3:55 PM

    Oh my god I just died and went to heaven… those look ALMOST as good as the peanut butter cup brownies that first drew me to your blog.

    As for the talk… no one ever had one with me, ever, of any kind. Mom let sex ed take care of that. She didn’t even explain anything period-related, let alone sex.

  29. postedMay 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    I am going out for the Butterfingers now! Bless you Recipe Girl!

  30. postedMay 16, 2011 5:19 PM

    I keep coming back to this post…I love butterfingers! These look amazing, Lori!

  31. postedMay 16, 2011 6:14 PM

    Oh GOD..I am dreading those years… mine are 8 and 6, so I have a few more years left to think about it!Love the brownies!

  32. postedMay 16, 2011 6:26 PM

    Danger zone! Butterfingers are my favorite Halloween candy…can’t wait to try them in a brownie!

  33. postedMay 16, 2011 7:29 PM

    Oh my goodness Lori these look sinful! I can understand why you would want to make (and eat) these over having the “talk”. My girls are only 3 but I’m dreading that day. Like you, I’m hoping my husband can take over that part. πŸ™‚

  34. postedMay 16, 2011 7:53 PM

    I am not looking forward to those little chats with my sons and I know they are just around the corner. A plate of these gorgeous brownies would ease the pain significantly.

  35. postedMay 16, 2011 10:26 PM

    I have questions…about the brownies! I tried these tonight and mine came out really fluffy, and not fudgy at all. I’m looking at your pictures and your batter looks much more “wet” than mine. The consistency of my batter almost looked like a mousse…. Also I taste zero peanut butter πŸ™

    Wondering if you had any thoughts as to what I might have done wrong. I feel like I followed the recipe exactly. I’d love to give these another try!! πŸ™‚

    • postedMay 16, 2011 10:35 PM

      Fluffy? yikes. Mine were definitely not fluffy! Did you perhaps overbeat the batter to incorporate more air into it? That’s all I can think of. The peanut butter flavor doesn’t really come through so much. It just complements the butterfingers.

  36. postedMay 16, 2011 10:33 PM

    I don’t have children, but if I had children, I would just be honest with my child without providing too many unnecessary details. This moment is your opportunity to retain and build the trust between parent and child. Don’t beat around the bush and act uncomfortable just because you’re talking about an act that is a natural, (can be) beautiful part of life. Also, I would make sure my child know that there are different types of relationships, not just between man and woman just so he/she feels comfortable talking to me about anything in the future and to see that straight, gay, or interracial relationships are okay no matter what the rest of society thinks.

  37. postedMay 16, 2011 10:34 PM

    Oh, the brownies!! They look fantastic! I bookmarked the recipe.

  38. postedMay 17, 2011 2:47 AM

    Oh my gosh, Lori, these look incredible! Butterfinger is one of my favorite candy bars.

  39. postedMay 17, 2011 3:34 AM

    Haha kids are definitely something πŸ˜€


  40. postedMay 17, 2011 10:42 AM

    These brownies look so good….but I’m allergic to chocolate πŸ™ Does anybody have any awesome recipes for brownies using white chocolate/white chocolate candybars? I too dread having the “talk” with my young ones, but I’ve got many years to go with them. I’ve already had the “talk” with my older ones and my best advice is to always keep that door open for discussion with them. A lot of people think of the “talk” as taboo and keep from discussing it with their children. It’s better for them to feel comfortable discussing it with you (it will make you feel better too) because now days children are learning too much at a young age from their friends. A lot of what they’re learning is downright scary. Keep up the good work and keep those delicious recipes coming and don’t worry….you’ll be fine πŸ™‚

  41. postedMay 17, 2011 2:49 PM

    I have a weakness for butterfingers and this recipe might just make me cave and pick up a bunch of them, which could be very dangerous!

  42. postedMay 17, 2011 4:53 PM

    All I have to say is “OH MY!!!”

  43. postedMay 18, 2011 5:13 AM

    All of a sudden I have this uncontrollable urge for brownies! It must be those amazing pics. Thanks another great recipe!

  44. postedMay 18, 2011 4:09 PM

    Made these and watched them disappear! Huge success!
    My co workers & family thank you. You rock!

  45. postedMay 18, 2011 8:13 PM

    Oh Yummy! Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger Brownie!

  46. postedMay 18, 2011 9:47 PM

    OMG! Those are killer good looking! I can’t wait to try…think of the possibilities with using all sorts of different bars…..mmmmmmm!

  47. postedMay 19, 2011 4:46 PM

    lori lori lori
    girl i saw these and did not want to look
    but damn girl i had too
    they are perfect.
    i am so making these!

  48. postedMay 20, 2011 9:53 AM

    These brownies are GREAT and I actually like them better chilled πŸ™‚ They are super-duper fudgy but mine got a little melty (still delicious!) when they were left out for a while.

  49. postedMay 22, 2011 9:27 PM

    These look ridiculously yummy, Lori! Butterfinger is one of my favourite candy bars, and I never thought to incorporate them into brownie-form! Great recipe and, oh, yes, those “questions.” I’m dreading it! My little girls are 2 & 4, so I have some time, but I can imagine!

  50. postedJun 9, 2011 4:10 AM

    I love the look of these but unfortunately we don’t have “butterfinger bars” in the UK. I’ve tried similar with Oreos and they’re eaten with gusto by my boys. I need to find a UK equivalent. Don’t envy you the ‘chat’ I had to have it with my 10 year old ‘baby’ last week, yuck!

  51. postedJul 22, 2011 3:19 PM

    Thank you for this recipe! A new favorite for me – turned out perfect twice! Have passed the link onto friends and love it as well! Yummy (especially warming up the brownies and serving with ice cream!).

  52. postedNov 28, 2011 11:30 AM
    Joanna Vanderkooi

    I will be making these and sending them to our son, a missionary (almost 23) in Hungary. I will put them in a foodsaver package first, with all the air sucked out, so he can enjoy them, too! I had the sex talk with all three of our kids (boy, 22, girl. 21, boy, 18), and made it through just fine. I homeschooled all three of our kids, so it was up to us to do it, and, then, it was actually me who spoke with them. What a blessing to do so, instead to worrying about who would “get to them first”, so to speak. I loved the fact that the younger two each said, in two separate discussions, when I was done,”That’s disgusting!” I replied that that was exactly what they were supposed to think right then, knowing they would get over that idea someday! LOL It was hardest to talk about this with our youngest since that really meant we didn’t have any more “babies” in the house. They had all reached that certain age of maturity . Blessings to/on you as you speak with them, straightforwardly and tenderly. I sure do love my “babies”, more and more each day! πŸ˜€

  53. postedDec 24, 2011 10:16 AM
    Gloria Carter

    Made them last night, delicious!!!! Have a question though, do you slowly blend in the flour or all at once?

    • postedDec 24, 2011 10:38 AM

      Yes, all at once should be fine!

  54. postedApr 27, 2012 2:25 PM

    These brownies are very WONDERFUL!!!

  55. postedJan 17, 2013 2:05 PM

    I an learning to cook things so I have a dumb question if you don’t want to chill them over night about how long do you chill them for?

    • postedJan 18, 2013 9:12 AM

      Until they’re firm!

  56. postedDec 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    Butterfinger is my husbands favorite candy bar so he is pretty excited that I found this recipe. I looked at a couple of others and this one looked the best:)

  57. postedApr 24, 2014 2:50 AM

    I was just thinking I wanted to bake with butterfingers. They are my go to froyo topping. I love these brownies!

  58. postedOct 15, 2017 9:21 AM
    Jane Daniel

    Please can you tell me what are the equivalent of butterfingers in the UK. These look so scummy. Would fudge fingers work?
    Regards Jane

    • postedOct 17, 2017 7:06 AM

      I’m not familiar with fudgefingers at all- but you can probably substitute any sort of chopped candy bar in here.

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