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Layered Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe

Layered Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe

"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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 3 large 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 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 190 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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hchambers User ID: 7140928 22538
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."

cvb72 User ID: 580893 76791
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!"

FLmama2011 User ID: 7112600 84799
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!"

kreais User ID: 2643119 77284
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."

lyntn User ID: 6951395 26549
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."

lyntn User ID: 6951395 38495
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"After making the brownie batter, I was concerned that there wouldn't be enough of it to cover my baking dish. I was right, after baking, the chocolate brownie layer is rather thin. The peanut butter and cream cheese layer is too much. Next time I make this recipe, I will probably double the amount of chocolate brownie layer to compensate for this. Other than that, this is a very delicious tasting brownie."

jgagne1 User ID: 6484930 31923
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"These brownies were absolutely perfect! Kklancaster you must have done something wrong"

kklancaster User ID: 6850116 84798
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"This did not swirl. The peanut butter cheese cake was too runny. The brownie part was so thick so when swirling it just made a mess."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 77241
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I made this using a few adjustments for high altitude (I live in the Rocky Mountains) and it turned out perfect! They are so moist & chewy. Love the peanut butter - cream cheese - chocolate combo."

ArielleB User ID: 6267435 40018
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"Excellent brownies! I've made these twice for my husband to share with his coworkers, and they've made me famous. Absolutely delicious and a definite keeper!"

rhiler User ID: 2066529 38453
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"These are the best brownies I've ever made. I made them for a cookout and everyone was going nuts over them."

faith1954 User ID: 3151608 84794
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"i love brownies and peanut butter. so these are my new favorite. i make them every week.margaret mcneil of il"

Jmis User ID: 5626621 26547
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"Love this recipe!!! I first had these when a co-worker brought them in to work to share. His sister had made them for a family event. Luckily for me she was wiling to share the recipe as well. When I made them myself, they were just as good. The brownie has a decadent chocolate flavor and the peanut butter flavor is not overwhealming. Very rich but very good. It takes a little practice to to get the layering of the filling and brownie mixure down pat, but well worth the practice!! These ar a hit whenever I make them, for whatever occasion. No wonder it is a blue ribbon winner!!"

FoodiePrincess User ID: 5778699 38452
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"These are very good brownies BUT, they definitely needed extra peanut butter. I made them the first time, as is, and thought that they tasted more "cheesecakey". The second time, I used 1 full cup of peanut butter and thought that the taste was much better."

CindyPohl User ID: 1224396 76788
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

"best brownies hands down!!!! I have people that have offered me money to make these again for them! Every Christmas i make a batch for hubby to take to work and share...every year he comes home asking for more!!!"

lsanders31 User ID: 4454276 31922
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2010

"Quite good"

annalisank User ID: 4045523 69191
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"We had seven family members gathered, and no one like the cream cheese peanut butter filling at all. Perhaps less cream cheese and more peanut butter and more sugar? We won't make these again."

dolphingirl2 User ID: 4989574 203517
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"this looks goooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 29836
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"These were fine but were more of a cream cheese brownie...the peanut butter taste was barely discernable. I thought they were too thick...might have been better baked in a 10x15 pan. Also my personal preference is for a chewier brownie."

AmandaMD User ID: 4449443 40015
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"I had high hopes for these brownies but I was very dissapointed. They were very cake like and the peanut butter part was eggy. Because of the soft texture they fell apart very quickly. My preference is for a denser and chewier brownie."

DebbieSlovesko User ID: 868512 51800
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"My brownies never turn out right...until I made these. They are absolutely delicious and easy to make. I'm not embarrassed to serve these to company! They're awesome!"

sNic23 User ID: 3866519 69190
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"The window wouldn't let me choose 5 stars, but these are not 4 star brownies, they are 5+ stars.

These are by FAR the absolute best brownies I have ever tasted. My whole picky family agree's. They were easy to make and came out perfect. I will be making these again soon. It's hard to believe anything this good isn't a sin. Thanks Margaret and TOH!"

sNic23 User ID: 3866519 29831
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"These are by FAR the absolute best brownies I have ever tasted. My whole picky family agree's. They were easy to make and came out perfect. I will be making these again soon. It's hard to believe anything this good isn't a sin. Thanks Margaret and TOH!"

waldojuj User ID: 1053188 31921
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"These brownies are so yummy, they are my husbands absolute favorite-- this recipe is a keeper!!!!"

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