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Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

These rich peanut butter fudge 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
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-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

  • Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 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 frosting just before cutting.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Need to cut some sugar? Substitute your standard peanut butter for the all natural version.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 236 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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    • TNbluffbaker
      Jul 28, 2018

      Chocolate and peanut butter, what's not to love! The recipe is so easy to make since it starts with a brownie mix and ends with a can of frosting.

    • klandrews84
      Dec 23, 2015

      Very good.

    • mmskulski
      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
      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.

    • frogg_haven
      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
      Jul 13, 2015

      very good

    • Jenna092
      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
      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
      Jan 19, 2014

      my daughter said best dessert I ever made

    • wagondorfer
      Dec 29, 2013

      Really good.