Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies are completely over the top in the best way possible! Soft, fudgy brownies, with a layer of peanut butter cups, topped with a thick crispy peanut butter chocolate layer!

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These Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies are the dessert you should bring to any event where you want to seriously impress people. I can’t even begin to describe their deliciousness. They are consistently one of the most popular recipes on my website for good reason, EVERYONE LOVES THEM!

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.
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Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies


Description:

makes 25 squares


Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix (not family sized), prepared according to package directions in a 9×9 pan
  • 1/2 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 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 3/4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9×9 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

Notes:

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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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185 Responses
  1. 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.)

  2. 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!

      1. Kristen

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

    1. shelly

      Yep, Pull them out when there is about 5 minutes left on the baking time, sprinkle the nuts and pb cups on top and place them back min the oven for 5 minutes to melt the chocolate, so you can spread it.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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