Layered Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe
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Layered Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe

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"The combination of chocolate and peanut butter makes these brownies a real crowd-pleaser," writes Margaret McNeil from her home in Germantown, Tennessee. "They're so good, they won a ribbon at the fair."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 190 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 120 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, butter and vanilla until smooth. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Spread remaining batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and milk on low just until combined. Carefully spread over batter. Drop reserved batter by tablespoonfuls over filling. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Chill until serving. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Brownies in Quick Cooking March/April 2000, p42

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"Loved these brownies! They turned out perfect, just like the picture. I am not sure about the suggestion to double the brownie layer, I don't think they will fully bake this way without over-browning the top. We will definitely be making these again."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"I made this in 2000 when the recipe first appeared. 13 years later I made them again when I had to come up with a quick dish to pass. Why did I wait so long? These are rich and delicious!

I didn't have milk chocolate chips, so I broke up three Hershey's milk chocolate bars. Yum!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"DELISH :`) My 11 year old niece and I made these this afternoon. We had a blast & they turned out great (the kitchen may look like a bomb went off ~ but that's beside the point!) They were super easy. We followed the recipe to the letter, and while I wondered about the amount of brownie batter for the bottom layer (as a couple of other reviewers noted) it cooked up perfectly, just the way the directions read. We of course dug into them before they were cooled completely, but they really got good after sitting in the fridge a couple of hours, the peanut butter portion got very "cheese-cakie". Really a great recipe ~ Thank you for sharing!"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"My 14 year old son choose this recipe for part of his cooking class semester exam. I supervised, but he made them and did a fabulous job. They turned out perfect and look just like the photo. To address the swirling issue, he just swirled the chocolate, trying not to go into the peanutbutter. His father also thought the brownie layer should be thicker. I am concerned that if you double the brownie batter, it wouldn't get done? Has anyone doubled it? They are moist and delicious and we cut them small."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"Oh and the originator of this recipe must cut really small brownies, because there is no way this recipe makes 36. I cut 18 squares from it."

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