Triple-Tier Brownies Recipe
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Triple-Tier Brownies Recipe

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With a creamy frosting and crunchy topping, these rich three-layer brownie bars are a decadent treat. “They're a cinch to assemble, but irresistible,” Annmarie Savage attests from Skowhegan, Maine. “Whenever I make them for someone new, they always want the recipe.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 can (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 155 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 98mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes or until blended, stirring occasionally. Stir in cereal; set aside.
  3. Spread frosting over brownies. Sprinkle with peanuts. Spread with peanut butter mixture. Chill for 30 minutes or until set before cutting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Triple-Tier Brownies in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p61

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bunny99 User ID: 99797 245421
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"These were quick and simple to make and were a fun change from regular ol' brownies."

cookieface User ID: 1279273 57244
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"This recipe is a favorite in our circle of friends. It is requested often."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5109969 142655
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"These brownies are really good! I will make these again."

cherron72 User ID: 6630077 142039
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"To die for!! Making it this weekend for Easter dinner."

lovemusic User ID: 5795996 59458
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"this is a great recipe! although I did make a couple changes, we don't often have cream cheese frosting on hand, so I took 1 (8oz.) cream cheese stirred until smooth and than added some powdered sugar and 1 container cool whip. I didn't add nuts either. These were great! definetly would make again!!"

jablo1rm User ID: 3772610 59455
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"my husband and everyone at work loved these!!! very good !!! will definetly make again !!"

mariwhits User ID: 3207837 62802
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"i was surprised how easy this was to make and it is so good"

afirefighterlovesme User ID: 1329003 128325
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"We love these Bars, only my recipe calls for Marshmellows in place of the cream cheese icing! (makes it not as rich) When brownies are almost done baking, spread an even layer of marshmellows on, let them melt, then put top layer on. (I do not use the nuts either)"

BarbieVA User ID: 3388747 122604
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"Will make again, with a bit of a change: Half the amount of the frosting and topping. My husband has the biggest sweet tooth in the world! But even he said they were very good, but a little heavy. It was his suggestion to make again, but lighten the amount of toppings."

sgarlata User ID: 2807150 147424
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"made a big hit at my daughter's birthday party"

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