Traci Coleman Recipe

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

By Traci Coleman TraciB70

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The chocolate and peanut butter covered rice crispies on top (along with the peanut butter cups) make this brownie recipe rich and amazing!

This recipe originated from a blog page, Edesia's Notebook, and I adjusted it from using a brownie mix to making the brownies from scratch.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
From the chocolate flavor to the peanuts to the delectable crunchiness... this is Blue Ribbon all the way!


1 c
butter, melted
2 c
2 tsp
1 c
3/4 c
cocoa powder
1/2 tsp
baking powder
large reese's peanut butter cups (or i used 24 mini cups), roughly chopped
1/2 c
salted peanuts, chopped
1 c
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp
1 1/2 c
peanut butter
1 1/2 c
rice crispy cereal

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350. Line 9x13 pan with foil so that small amount of the foil hangs over the edge. Spray foil with non-stick spray.
Combine butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Add flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes.
While brownies are baking, chop peanut butter cups and peanuts.
After brownies have baked for 20-25 minutes, top with the chopped peanut butter cups and the chopped peanuts. Return to oven and finish baking for 6 - 10 minutes, until wooden pick can be insterted and comes out clean.
While the brownies are finishing, make topping. In microwave safe bowl, put chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter and cook until melted, about 45 seconds. Stir well until mixture is smooth. Add the rice crispy cereal, stir to coat evenly.
When brownies are done, remove from oven and top with chocolate covered rice crispy cereal, spreading evenly over the top. Set aside and let cool for about a hour. Then move to refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
To remove, lift out of pan by pulling up on the foil. Pull foil back from sides of brownies and cut into bars. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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Michelle Bryan michellebryan2
May 26, 2013
Sounds soo good.but i think i would buy box mix..just
because im not much of a baker.more of
a lazy baker.
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
May 16, 2013
Yes they do...and it makes for lots of confusion.
JM Avallone jmas
May 15, 2013
this is true every time we turn around they changed there minds on one thing or another dont they
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
May 15, 2013
I do not use the Aspartame....I do not chew gum, nor do I drink diet sodas.
They found that when (back in the 1970's when some of those sugar sub's were tested...they were "overly given to lab rats who got the cancer. If they not given it to them in "Overdoses" it probably would not have caused them to develop cancer. It was in such excessive amounts more so than a human would ever consume.

Actually you can find any article to prove or disprove any side of a discussion.

Agage Nectar, of which I use, is a NATURAL SWEETENER as is Honey, (I buy only locally harvested honey within 10 or so miles of my home).
Maple syrup & Molasses are also natural sweeteners (of which I use).

A lot has changed and you can find Pros and Cons for BOTH sides of this discussion from medical testing.....
Just as an example: From The Mayo Clinic Staff
(Artificial sweeteners have been the subject of intense scrutiny for decades. Critics of artificial sweeteners say that they cause a variety of health problems, including cancer. That's largely because of studies dating to the 1970s that linked saccharin to bladder cancer in laboratory rats. Because of those studies, saccharin once carried a warning label that it may be hazardous to your health.

But according to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there's "no sound scientific evidence that any of the artificial sweeteners approved for use in the U.S. cause cancer or other serious health problems".

And numerous research studies confirm that artificial sweeteners are generally safe in limited quantities, even for pregnant women. As a result of the newer studies, the warning label for saccharin was dropped.)
Blue packets contain aspartame (Equal® and NutraSweet®). I have never used nor will I ever user either of these.


In the past, the artificial sweeteners aspartame and saccharin have raised cancer concerns from the general public.
In 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed scientific evidence and reaffirmed that aspartame is safe for the general
And the National Cancer Institute found that there is no evidence that
saccharin used at normal levels poses health risks.
Those with the hereditary disease phenylketonuria (PKU), however, are advised not to use aspartame.
Mayo Clinic. “Artificial Sweeteners: Safe Alternative to Sugar?”
MY00073 (accessed July 1, 2009).
National Cancer Institute factsheet: Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Questions and Answers. (Accessed