Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies | Cookies and Cups

So I made more brownies.

I know, I can’t seem to stop…


I don’t have any legitimate explanations on the redundancy of my recipe repertoire.

I have never claimed to be well-rounded.


Anyhow… since I can’t begin to describe how freaking amazing these brownies are I will just tell you how to make them.

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies


So I started with a box of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies… they are some of my favorite boxed brownies.

While they were baking I chopped up some peanut butter cups…
 photo IMG_9120_zps04f14a64.jpgIn all honesty I used peanut butter cup eggs that I have leftover from Easter. Shhh, don’t tell my kids.
Then I chopped up some peanuts…
 photo IMG_9119_zps9e957ca3.jpgMix those together.
 photo IMG_9126_zps6dc85b88.jpgWhen your brownie has 5 minutes left to bake pull it out of the oven and sprinkle your pb cups and peanuts all over the top…
 photo IMG_9127_zpsa0963514.jpgThe chocolate will get melty.

When they’re done pull them out and using an off-set spatula, spread them all over…
 photo IMG_9128_zpsa16890b6.jpgLet that situation cool.

Then melt some chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a bowl…stir in some vanilla, salt and krispie cereal…
 photo IMG_9136_zpsb5c86b55.jpgPour that all over top of the brownies.
 photo IMG_9144_zps60564266.jpgNow let that chill for about 2 hours.

When they’re set up you can dig in.
The foil makes the whole situation easier, so don’t forget to line your pan before you bake your brownies…
 photo IMG_9150_zpsda4da320.jpgThen go ahead and get to cutting…
 photo IMG_9151_zps882667fa.jpgGorg. Us.
Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies | Cookies and Cups
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Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies
makes 25 squares
  • 1 box brownie mix (not family sized), prepared according to package directions in a 9x9 pan
  • ½ cup chopped salted or honey roasted peanuts
  • 12 peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (or 1¼ cups)
  • 1¾ cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp - 1 tsp kosher salt
  1. Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9x9 pan lined with foil.
  2. During last 5 minutes of baking, remove from oven and sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts on top. Return to oven for remaining 5 minutes to melt the chocolate.
  3. As soon as you pull them out of the oven, spread the melty peanut butter cups/peanuts with an off-set spatula to smooth over top. Let brownies cool.
  4. Next in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stirring when done. If needed, continue heating in 20 second increments until chocolate chips are melted.
  5. Stir in cereal, vanilla and salt until evenly combined.
  6. Pour over brownies and smooth. Chill until chocolate is set, about 2 hours.
  7. Cut into squares to serve
Store airtight for up to 3 days. You can store these at room temperature or in refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from bhg



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April 16, 2013 4:30 pm

Do you put them back in the oven after you put the peanuts and candy combo on the brownies that have 5 min left to bake?

Joy @ Baking-Joy
April 16, 2013 4:46 pm

Save me from these…actually forget that, I don’t want saving 🙂

Belinda @themoonblushbaker
April 16, 2013 4:58 pm

i have just seen the next best thing to peanut butter and chocolate straight from the jar right here. I can use any candy bar right? because I have a load of butterfingers I need to use.

August 21, 2016 2:19 pm

I was thinking butterfingers instead of nuts…..or heath bars….I will certainly experiment too.

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
April 16, 2013 5:09 pm

Yep, these are like amazing! Love you added the crunch on top!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
April 16, 2013 5:13 pm

These look so crazy-delicious!! Yum!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
April 16, 2013 5:19 pm

I put something kind of like these in my book! I skipped the peanuts but they’re such a good blend of chewy, crunchy, gooey, chocolate, PB…pretty much covers it all. Your bars are making me hungry 🙂

September 5, 2016 12:55 pm

I would prefer it without the peanuts. Are the peanuts necessary to hold the chopped Reeses together?

Sarah Ryan
April 16, 2013 5:47 pm

These look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try them out.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
April 16, 2013 5:53 pm

I’ve made these before and they really are addicting!

Cookbook Queen
April 16, 2013 6:06 pm


Just yes.

April 16, 2013 6:41 pm

These look perfect in every way! Yum.

April 16, 2013 6:47 pm

I was REALLY afraid to click this link!
I am off carbs!
And that includes chocolate!
Crazy-good looking girl!

Phaedra Chaney
September 15, 2016 1:41 am

I’m off carbs, too. I don’t even know why I look at this stuff. Lol!

tracy {pale yellow}
April 16, 2013 7:47 pm

Wow! I don’t have many words for this sort of dessert!

Colleen @ What

Oops. You did it again. 🙂

April 16, 2013 8:42 pm

Uh yeah crack is right. These should probably be a controlled substance…not that that would stop me from eating a whole pan.

Jessica - The Novice Chef
April 16, 2013 9:22 pm

Oh My Gawd. Can you mail these to me — no seriously??

P.S. I love all the Hershey stuff this recipe uses! 😉

Julie @ Table for Two
April 16, 2013 9:56 pm

this looks ridiculously awesome. it’s the kind of crack i’d love to get hooked on!! 🙂

Tina @ Tina
April 16, 2013 10:01 pm

Oh this is just no good for a sweet junkie! I approve.

April 16, 2013 10:30 pm

WOW! I want!!! These are so so so awesome!!

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
April 16, 2013 11:30 pm

And I thought life couldn’t get any better after Nutella crack brownies…boy was I wrong!

September 5, 2016 12:52 pm

Do you have a recipe for this? My kids are in a Nutella phase right now.

April 17, 2013 3:50 am

Yes, we shall gorge us. Er, ourselves. Gorgeous, indeed!

April 17, 2013 6:53 am

Saw this exact recipe years ago at How Sweet It Is blog and have been making them ever since…

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
April 17, 2013 9:22 am

I wonder if I blink like Jeannie if they’ll appear before me…

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
April 17, 2013 10:21 am

I’m dying. Please move next door to me and be the best neighbor ever.

Deborah Pucci
April 17, 2013 10:35 am

I can’t wait to get these in my mouth!

April 17, 2013 10:50 am

Yum! I love anything chocolate and peanut butter. And I like the addition of the cereal to the brownies!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
April 17, 2013 11:11 am

I can definitely see these being dangerous in my house! They look amazing!

Jenny Flake
April 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Yah, this is what heaven looks like 🙂 xoxo

jersey girl
April 17, 2013 1:39 pm

Serious question here: I’m very curious as to what the food bloggers, especially the baker’s, do with all the treats they make? I’m assuming your neighbor’s love you. If I baked all the time I wouldn’t fit through the doorway!

These brownies look fabulous, by the way!

September 5, 2016 4:56 pm

My postman, grandkids, first responders and my local political office loves me. 🙂

September 6, 2016 1:15 am

I bake for my husband (LT), son’s (dispatcher) and local police departments! Plus my co-workers and doctors offices love them too!

April 17, 2013 1:58 pm

So many bad things into one piece of brownie!! They look so good though. definitely not for every day eating!!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
April 17, 2013 2:12 pm

Oh my gosh, woman! You’re krispie creations are out of control now!! I will probably toss and turn in my bed at night thinking about this! And…will have to wake up to make them, I’m sure!

Kim of Mo
April 17, 2013 2:20 pm

Holy cannoli! You’re killing me here…I stupidly started a diet on Monday and I want these in a bad way. I’ve pinned for when I cave (which will probably be pretty soon. I have no will power.)

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
April 17, 2013 2:22 pm

Just keep the brownies and bars and peanut butter goodness coming…you won’t hear any complaining from me. Well, I might complain some because these brownies are in your kitchen and not mine 🙂

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Crack sounds about right. This whole pan would be gone so fast!

April 17, 2013 3:40 pm

Love the combo of Krispies in the topping! The “Rice Krispie Queen” wins again!

Gloria @ Simply Gloria
April 17, 2013 3:55 pm

I just made brownies this morning for the boys’ breakfast “snack”…but now, I think I might have to toss those out and make these asap!

Colette @ JFF!
April 17, 2013 3:56 pm

Two of my fav things together!
Love the krispies on top.
You’re a genius!

April 17, 2013 4:55 pm

You crack me up. Every time you post something. And everything you post is mouth-watering. And it could be because of you, that my scale is heading upwards… And quite frankly, I’m okay with that! I can not WAIT to try these! Thank you!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
April 17, 2013 6:53 pm

I had a crappy day and right now I just want to put on a pair of sweat pants, turn on Real Housewives (because Real Housewives is pretty much on 24/7, right?), and eat a whole pan of these. They look SO GOOD!

April 17, 2013 9:34 pm

These are too good to be true!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
April 17, 2013 10:41 pm

I think I just got a cavity reading this post 🙂

Diane {Created by Diane}
April 18, 2013 1:21 am

This is my kind of crack! Oh yes one bite and I’d be hooked 🙂

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
April 18, 2013 7:25 am

OH MY WORD!! These look TOO good!! Not sure I could stop if I ever got started! 🙂

Brian @ A Thought For Food
April 18, 2013 8:49 am

Crack indeed! These look incredible!

April 18, 2013 10:58 am

Holy what!? These look like pure amazing!

Russell van Kraayenburg
April 18, 2013 11:56 am

I don’t know why I’m always so surprised at how awesome the recipe you’ve shared this time is. But yeah, yum!

Carla @ Carlas Confections
April 18, 2013 12:26 pm

Um… yes!

April 18, 2013 2:24 pm

Hello, friend. Is the house next door to you for sale? Do you need a house guest, perhaps? Someone to fold your laundry?

April 18, 2013 3:32 pm

Can we use 8×8 pan for this?

Jen @ Fresh From The...
April 18, 2013 4:01 pm

Dang those look pretty damn good. I do love me some Reeses!

April 18, 2013 7:38 pm

A brownie addiction. There could be worse things, ya know!