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peanut butter crunch brownies

(25 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Traci Coleman
Vancouver, WA

The chocolate and peanut butter-covered Rice Krispies 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

These peanut butter brownies are not your traditional brownies. Each piece is 3 layers of heaven! They're gooey, creamy, crunchy, rich, and delicious. From the chocolate flavor to the peanuts to the delectable crunchiness... this is Blue Ribbon all the way.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(25 ratings)
yield 20 -24
prep time 20 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For peanut butter crunch brownies

  • 1 c
    butter, melted
  • 2 c
  • 2 tsp
  • 4 lg
  • 1 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c
    cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 8 lg
    Reese's peanut butter cups (or I've 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 Krispie cereal

How To Make peanut butter crunch brownies

Test Kitchen Tips
We used parchment paper to line the baking dish instead of foil.
  • Butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs in a mixing bowl.
    Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with foil so that a small amount hangs over the edge. Spray with non-stick spray. In a mixer, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
  • Flour, cocoa, and baking powdered added to bowl.
    Add flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  • Batter poured into a baking dish.
    Pour into prepared pan.
  • Baking the brownies.
    Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes.
  • Chopped peanut butter cups and peanuts in a bowl.
    While brownies are baking, chop peanut butter cups and peanuts.
  • Peanut butter cups and nuts sprinkled over baked brownies.
    After the brownies have been baked for 20-25 minutes, top them with the chopped peanut butter cups and the chopped peanuts. Return to oven and finish baking for 6 - 10 minutes, until a wooden pick can be inserted and comes out clean.
  • Melting peanut butter, butter, and chocolate chips in the microwave.
    While the brownies are finishing, make the topping. In a microwave-safe bowl, put chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter and cook until melted (about 45 seconds).
  • Stirring chocolate chips until smooth.
    Stir well until the mixture is smooth.
  • Stirring in Rice Krispies.
    Add the Rice Krispie cereal and stir to coat evenly.
  • Rice Krispies spread over the brownies.
    When the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and top them with chocolate-covered Rice Krispie cereal, spreading evenly over the top. Set aside and let cool for about an hour. Then move to the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Layers of Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies.
    To remove, lift out of the pan by pulling up on the foil. Pull the foil back from the sides of the brownies and cut into bars. Enjoy!