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Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting Recipe

Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting Recipe

Rich brownies are topped with a peanut butter pudding frosting, making this a recipe the whole family will love. These are perfect for a potluck, bake sale or yummy after-dinner treat. —Amy Crook, Syracuse, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cold 2% milk
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate fudge frosting


  • 1. Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, butter, peanut butter, milk and pudding mix until smooth. Spread over brownies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting just before cutting. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 236 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

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klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 240062
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015 Edited Jun. 21, 2016

"Very good."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6692599 238413
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"These were really good but the top layer of chocolate is to sweet. The peanut butter middle layer makes a great topping to the brownies all by itself."

keverhart7 User ID: 5558033 237987
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"I've made these several times when I have volunteered to supply refreshments for clubs. They never fail to get rave reviews. Instead of using canned frosting, I top the bars with a mixture of 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3 to 4 T vegetable oil heated over low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread this over the peanut butter layer then chill until top layer is set. Allow to warm at room temperature briefly before cutting into serving size pieces."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3319022 232200
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2015

"Made these bars for a housewarming party, they were very rich but went over very well. I wish I had doubled the peanut butter layer, made a very thin layer. Would make these again!"

krnmcc User ID: 8348749 229487
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"very good"

Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 224142
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"I made homemade brownies and homemade frosting, but added this peanut butter frosting in between. Awesome flavor!! I will double the frosting next time as the level of peanut butter frosting was pretty sparse. Delicious!"

breadlady7 User ID: 6309868 133049
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"These are soooo good I did not frost them I used a chocolate pudding mix and used a 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of peanut butter. I also put chucks of chocolate in the brownies for extra chocolate. took them to Bible study and everyone raved about them. I will make again. Oh I used a dark chocolate brownie mix . Oh sooo Good"

emmm User ID: 1966260 209223
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"my daughter said best dessert I ever made"

wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 98273
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Really good."

StoneyLake User ID: 4983010 108229
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"Chewy brownie and creamy layers on top. Loving chocolate and peanut butter this was a home run for me"

Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 76236
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"These were really good. Moist with just a bit of peanut butter flavor. I used a glaze instead of frosting and they were so good!"

joyfulme2 User ID: 3655007 99752
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"Very easy to make. For boxed brownies and canned frosting, this was pretty good. The peanut butter filling was really good and creamy. I used chunky peanut butter. I would make this quick and easy "take to a church function" dessert again."

wfqq135z User ID: 667317 156361
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"I made these to bring to a family gathering because I knew the kids wanted brownies. Now they're requested and often hidden from the kids. Easy, rich, yummy!"

momio User ID: 2526647 99751
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"We all thought they were very good. I didn't put the chocolate frosting on though because that's just too much chocolate for me. The peanut butter layer was a good frosting although it was a little thick for me and I would probably not put quite as much next time."

schiller65 User ID: 3827235 98270
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"These are sooooo good. My 8 yr old said he wanted to eat them all. I took them to Sunday School and everyone loved them and some asked for the recipe."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 209222
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"I omitted the chocolate frosting on top. The peanut butter layer makes the perfect frosting! Also I stirred a half package of peanut butter chips into the brownie batter. Mmmmm! Will be making these regularly!"

marrisa_s User ID: 6152461 169519
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"These are seriously soooo great and this is such an easy way to dress up a pan of brownies!!! I love them :)"

benjigar User ID: 213037 209221
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Super rich, but super delicious!!!"

rpierno User ID: 1125734 153854
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"A hummy, delicious brownie recipe that everyone will truly enjoy, especially the chocoholics!"

Angel007 User ID: 4233345 98269
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"EVERYBODY loves these!! They're amazing! I have to bring them to EVERY gathering now lol!"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 169518
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"Yum! I didn't want the top layer of canned frosting, so I drizzled melted chocolate chips one direction and melted peanut butter chips the other direction. Very pretty and sooooo good!"

arice822 User ID: 4722068 155027
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"This is my favorite brownie recipe! But it is super rich, so I recommend cutting the confectioners' sugar in half. I've done this several times and enjoyed it with less sugar."

socalcutie82 User ID: 2026827 169516
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"These were AMAZING!! I made my own frosting instead of using canned stuff and it was even better than we could have imagined!! These are definitely worth making!!"

loveyoumore User ID: 1490081 133048
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I have made these many times-super easy and delicious!! My husband LOVES these."

SHOK User ID: 5616182 133047
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"My mother-in-law made these for Memorial Day weekend and they were absolutely delicious! Added the recipe to my box to do again very soon!!!"

jean987 User ID: 2286541 156359
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"Fudgy and peanu tbuttery...yum!!!"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 209220
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"Even though these were a little too sweet for me, my husband and kids loved them. The only change I made was the frosting. I won't buy ready made frosting so I made my own."

KaySchuster User ID: 4022129 98268
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"Made these for a pot luck at work and they were "sinful." Would suggest leaving the top layer of chocolate frosting off - the peanut butter frosting is delicious just by itself!"

mgr7fun User ID: 1004701 169503
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"yummy, prefer the filling and using homemade brownies as well as frosting."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1288943 98267
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"Delicious! I made in a 2.2 qt baking dish and topped with quartered reese's miniature cups...over the top with richness!! Chopped peanuts would have been a nice topping also. I used 5 teaspoons of pudding mix and 1/4 cup of peanut butter and it held together nicely. I'll just save the rest of the box of pudding for the next time and make this, which will definitely be soon. Cut into small servings because this is so rich."

dmab6395 User ID: 5692490 97639
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"Recipe says 41/2 tsps. but I would use a small box teaspoons are not going to be enough. Whatever you don't use you eat"

slosh29 User ID: 2793210 167744
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"To Jammarie: I think this is probably one of the smaller boxes of pudding. The brownies should make a 13x9 pan and 4 tsps would be enough to cover a couple but not a pan.."

linny#1 User ID: 4529032 167739
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"it was so good every one loved it and wanted recipe."

Jammarie User ID: 4675322 169970
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"I want to make this recipe, but I am totally confused about the amount of pudding mix to use. From review, some say to use 4-1/2 ounces, some use the 4-1/2 teaspoons. Pudding mixes I buy come either in 1.5 oz or 5.1 oz sizes. Could someone please help and let me know just how much I should use? I would really appreciate. Thanks!"

jbittner User ID: 2635134 98162
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"These were fabulous! Very easy to make!"

MnMforever User ID: 3820100 98141
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011 Edited Oct. 10, 2013

"Won 1rst place and best of show!! Used this recipe for brownies layer peanutbutter layer used 4 T. pb and added vanilla. use this recipe for icing and also added 1-2 tsp instant coffee granules to it! Super rich but incredible!"

vicki8528 User ID: 4376566 168959
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"One of our family favorites. I only use the 4 1/2 tsp. of pudding the recipe calls for and real butter. I have also used homemade choc frosting on top instead of canned and just as good! These are at the top of our brownie list!"

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 98138
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"VERY good. I brought them into work for a luncheon and everyone loved them. I also added 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips to the brownie mix. I would definitely make these again."

JenniferH User ID: 2696956 155021
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"This was incredible. I took it to a potluck and it was a hit. I used 4 1/2 t of pudding mix, but didn't think it looked like enough, so I mixed in 4 1/2 oz total. That worked. My husband asked me to make it again."

hartmr User ID: 5083479 168943
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Very sweet, definitely need to be cut into small squares. My edges and corners got a little crispy so would need to keep a close eye on them while baking next time."

cculley User ID: 5231802 98137
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"I haven't tryed it yet, but I had a queston about the pudding. Does that mean really 4 1/2 teaspoons or the 4 1/2 oz serving size box of pudding...I was confused. Those that made it please advise me, so I know it's not a misprint. Thanks."

Mabou User ID: 4710662 133046
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2010

"I can'twait to make this again. They were awesome! I didn't have chocolate frosting so I put a heaping tablespoon of cocoa into my white frosting and it made a light chocolate colour."

kbay1045 User ID: 4554101 97635
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"Loved these! I used real butter and stored the first two layers in the fridge overnight and then added 1/2 a can of frosting the next day. I had no problems with them being mushy and I did not refrigerate after I added the frosting."

jenniferb74 User ID: 4712946 80909
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Cut them into coin-sized pieces because these babies are rich! My family loves anything with peanutbutter and these were a big hit. I want to make some more..."

ChristinePeck User ID: 5070997 168941
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"These are my "I have to take these to the office" brownies! I made them on a Sunday and had a really hard time not eating them all myself! I used a brownie mix with Hershey's pieces in it, instead of fudge. I also only used 1/2 of the can of frosting, but it was still just as rich!"

Cakewalk63 User ID: 1311497 99750
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"This was soooo good will definitely make it again."

lindamunch User ID: 584091 156358
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"Heavenly! I've made these several times using different brownie mixes. All turned out very tasty. I found that using real butter and not a substitute with the 3 Tbsp peanut butter kept that layer firm, (without storing in fridge) a friend used a substitute for the butter and the peanut butter layer was very runny."

thekingsfive User ID: 1766534 97634
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"These brownies are so good. There rich and fudgy! Super simple too. I love brownies and this recipe just makes me love them all the more."

xshopgirl User ID: 3678431 80890
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"I have already made this recipe twice! After sending the brownies to my husband's office last week, he suggested I make two pans the next time, because they went so quickly!"

k_derington User ID: 2732949 155018
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I made this recipe for a neighborhood get-together and received rave reviews. As previously suggested, I put the final layer of frosting on immediately after the pb layer was firm & kept it refrigerated until serving."

mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 98136
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"Dear Lord these were excellent. I loved everything about them. If you don't eat them all right away keep them stored in the frig or they get a little smushy."

tararchy User ID: 2597642 168939
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"Very messy. A hassle to cut and keep the top layers connected to the brownie. It turned into a big chocolate mountain in the pan after cutting."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 155017
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Oh my sweet heavenly goodness! This was super yummy! It is very rich, so cut your pieces small. Everyone loved this and I had several ask for the recipe. I think you can get away with frosting it (when the pb topping is firm) and then storing in fridge before you are ready to serve, verses frosting RIGHT before serving. I loved the pb topping and am thinking of using that mixture possibly on cinnamon rolls or some other sweet treats."

helenyohe User ID: 3609838 172364
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"When I received my new issue of your magazine and read this recipe, I knew I would make it for New Year's dinner dessert. One piece would not fit on the plate, so my husband and I shared it - were we lucky - they were gone in no time!! Definitly a keeper!!"

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