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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies, the perfect marriage between chocolate and peanut butter!

If you’ve been reading CenterCutCook for any length of time, you are already well aware of my love for all things chocolate and peanut butter! If you’re new here, it won’t take you much time to come this this conclusion. I adore chocolate, I adore peanut butter, and I adore chocolate and peanut butter even more when they’re TOGETHER! 

With that, let me introduce you to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies! The method behind these beauties is simple. You start with your favorite recipe for brownies, whether they come from a box or are made from scratch, it doesn’t matter! I’ve got two favorite brownie recipes that you could try, including Triple Chocolate Chewy Brownies or The Best Brownies. As for boxed brownies, my go-to is Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix that Costco sells.

Along with the brownies, you’ll need about 14 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Not the miniature ones, you’ll want the regular “snack size” peanut butter cups.

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Start by baking a batch of your favorite brownies in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking dish lined with foil. I went with the Ghirardelli brownies this time, just because I had them on hand. About 3-5 minutes before you’re done baking them, pop ‘em out of the oven and begin placing the peanut butter cups face-down in the brownies. Press down on them, just a bit.

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Continue placing the peanut butter cups so that the entire pan is covered, leaving a little space in-between each peanut butter cup. Put the brownies back into the oven for the remaining 3-5 minutes that are left. When you take the brownies out of the oven, the chocolate from the peanut butter cups will be all melty. Take a spatula and spread the peanut butter cups over the brownies, almost like it’s a frosting.

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The peanut butter portion of each peanut butter cup won’t really melt, as it’s not pure peanut butter, but the chocolate will, and that’s what you’ll spread around. At this point you need to let the brownies cool COMPLETELY.

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I know, it’s difficult waiting for the cooling process to finish, but you really do want to wait until these guys are completely cooled before you do anything with them. Sometimes I put them in the fridge to help it go a little faster. When the brownies are completely cooled, chop up a few extra peanut butter cups and sprinkle the peanut buttery/chocolate goodness over the top of the brownies, Cut into squares and serve!

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Now, typically I get about 9 brownies when I make an 8 x 8 inch pan. However, these are pretty rich (in a good way) with the addition of the peanut butter cups, so you could probably cut the pieces a little smaller. I’ll let you decide that! If you want to get extra fancy, drizzle chocolate syrup over each brownie and serve. Holy moly, this is good stuff!

Seriously, does a marriage between chocolate and peanut butter get any better than this? Go make these brownies, now! ;)

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 55mn
Total Time: 1hr

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 batch of your favorite brownies made in an 8 x 8 inch or 9 x 9 inch pan
  • 14 snack size Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • Chocolate syrup for garnish if desired

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions in an 8 x 8 inch or 9 x 9 inch pan. Line the pan with foil in both directions, then spray the foil with cooking spray. This will make it easier to lift the brownies out of the pan when they are done cooking.
  2. About 3-5 minutes before the brownies are done baking, pull them out of the oven and place around 9 snack sized peanut butter cups, face-down, over the tops of the brownies. Gently press the peanut butter cups into the brownies.
  3. Return the pan to the oven for the remaining 3-5 minutes.
  4. When you take the brownies out of the pan, the chocolate from the peanut butter cups will have melted. Use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate over the brownies, almost like frosting. The peanut butter portion of the peanut butter cups won’t melt, so don’t expect to be able to spread that part.
  5. Allow the brownies to cool COMPLETELY. I let the brownies cool at room-temperature for about 30 minutes, then placed them in the refrigerator about about an hour.
  6. Chop the remaining 5 Reese’s peanut butter cups. Sprinkle over the top of the brownies. Cut into squares and serve. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top of the brownies if you wish.

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  1. I don’t even know how to put into words how good these look! Making them TONIGHT!

  2. Dan-Janice Quatell

    They look very tasty, scrumptious actually…BUT..not a good choice concerning weight, cholesterol, fat, etc..especially when we are trying to turn things around and get back to eating healthier foods that are better for us and our health.

  3. Dan-Janice Quatell That’s great that you’re trying to eat healthier. Good luck! :) I usually go by the rule “everything in moderation.” And… I have a daily date with the elliptical so that I can indulge in treats like this every once in a while.

  4. Cannot wait to make these, and when I clicked on the link, I found another treat I can’t wait to make as well… the Cherry Cheesecake Brownies! I just have to keep chanting, “All good things in moderation, all good things in moderation.” haha

  5. lol… exactly Brittney! Hope you like them both! :)

  6. Dan-Janice Quatell

    Well I do lots of walking and also have an elliptical, but sometimes it takes more than that….everything in moderation is my motto also, but there are tons of delicious healthy choices out there, desserts too…just sayin’ … not criticizing..we all make our own choices.

  7. Debbie Davis Cassell

    Oh my….I think Dan-Janice might need to delete this fb page and go to another page. I love having these great indulge recipes to eat every once in a while. Keep the fantastic recipes coming :)

  8. Dan-Janice Quatell You are right… lots of healthy dessert options too! My fave is fresh fruit!

  9. I was just saying the same thing to myself. I printed recipe and cant wait to go home and try these out with family tonight YUMMY!!!

  10. Kara Millot-Saurenman

    These look delicious, but for us peanut allergy people, we need an alternative. :-) <3

  11. Could you cut the peanut butter cups up and mix them in the brownie mix before you bake it? Just wondered?

  12. Carol Gordon – yes, you could definitely just cup them up and add them to the brownie batter.

  13. Skip the Reeses since they are nowhere as good as they used to be. They’ve cheapened them so much with added sugar. Get the Aldi brand of peanut butter cups and make this recipe with them! Full of flavor and they don’t burn your throat from all the sugar.

  14. I wish we had a love button,, I feel the same as you about chocolate & peanut butter!!!

  15. Leslie Donald Augustine

    I made these and ate a 1/3 of the pan. So yummy :)

  16. Making these for church social…thank you from a friend at Welcome Home!

  17. Okay…I want to make these brownies because I love PB cups and my bf loves the combination of the two…but WHERE does it say how hot the oven is supposed to be?

  18. Just made a dbl batch to take toshore vaca.big hit…I amped up top by not only throwing on mini reeses cups, but some Reeses pieces.

  19. CenterCutCook is Peanut butter your favorite? I notice many of recipt have them…I love peanut butter!

  20. Ummm was going to make and someone Allyson West ate the peanut butter cups in my cabinet lol!’

  21. I made a version of these brownies last weekend, but instead of putting the peanut butter cups on top of the almost-baked brownies, I mixed a small bag of Reese’s mini peanut butter cups right into the batter. (I also used a 9×13 pan, to cut the richness.) Then I made a glaze for them… I melted about a half bag of the mini peanut butter cups, then stirred a bit of heated whole milk into them, then added enough powdered sugar to create the right thickness to pour it on top of the baked brownies. OMG!! They were AMAZING!!!!

  22. I want to be the third wheel! love PB and Chocolate together!

  23. Tori Simmons are u hinting that your going to bake me something on friday

  24. Omg, looks so good !!!!

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