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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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 brownie equals 236 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 145 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Very good. I don't understand why people rate the recipe a 1 star if they haven't even made it. You're taking any interest in the recipe because people see low ratings."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2015

"very good"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Can't wait to try it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"my daughter said best dessert I ever made"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Really good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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 :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Super rich, but super delicious!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
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.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

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

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"These were fabulous! Very easy to make!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011 Edited Oct. 10, 2013

"Won 1rst place and best of show!! Used this recipe for brownies layer http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/12/30/ultimate-fudge-brownies-with-peanut-butter-chips-2/the 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! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/carolines-chocolate-fudge-frosting/ Super rich but incredible!"

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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..."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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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