Peanut Butter Brownie Bars Recipe
- 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
- 12 peanut butter cups, chopped
- 1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1-1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
- 2. Sprinkle with peanut butter cups and peanuts. Bake 4-6 minutes longer or until chocolate is melted. Cool on a wire rack.
- 3. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in the cereal, vanilla and salt. Carefully spread over brownies. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
1 each: 252 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
Reviews for Peanut Butter Brownie Bars
"As mentioned in other reviews, the layers separated (I sprinkled the peanuts first then the peanut butter cups but the chocolate didn't melt enough to adhere the layers) and they were difficult to cut. The taste was wonderful but I didn't like having to hold the layers together while I ate them. Did receive a few compliments on the recipe."
"I made these for my family (a couple of us are die hard brownie and Peanut Butter Cup fans) and took some to work because I had so much. What a big hit! Everybody raved about these and wanted the recipe. I did change it just a little bit because I used what I had on hand at the time. I used Trader Joe's truffle brownie mix, substituted rice crispies with Pumpkin Flax Granola Cereal (healthier then rice crispies?) and used chunky peanut butter instead of creamy. They did fall apart and were hard to cut, but were still a hit and tasted delicious. I actually preferred this over See's California Brittle which is my fave. The taste was a nice combination of brownie, peanut butter and chocolate, not too sweet as a candy bar is. Melts in your mouth (thanks to the load of saturated fat I suppose), but darn good."
"After I refrigerated it, I let it come to room temperature before I cut them. Most of them turned out great, though I too had trouble keeping the top layer on. But wow do these taste good!! I'll make them again as a change, but it's not a favorite."
"Made a double batch of these for my son's wedding. Took home an empty plate! They were very well received. Because I have diabetes, I didn't eat any, but others said they tasted like a candy bar! I made these again for work, and I have had to make copies of the recipe to hand out! I think, when I make these again, though, I will try folding the peanut butter cups and peanuts into the brownies before baking. Maybe that will keep them from separating."
"I made these twice and they were a big hit. I plan to make them again fora retirement party this week."
"I made these for a long trip in a van caravan-of 10 couples great fun and these were a big hit,everyone loved them"
"OMG...made these today for the kids at work...they are delicious and decadent and will be made many times. I didn't have a brownie mix so made my trusty brownie recipe instead. If you like chocolate and brownies...you MUST give these a try!"
"amazing*****was the biggest hit at super bowl party"
"Awesome brownies! Rich tasting, so cut small servings!"
"I made these today and they taste very well, although I can't get the two layers to stick together. I made them for a cub scout bake sale so we will see what happens. Very Good.."
"My family LOVES chocolate and peanut butter....and this recipe is a favorite!"
"this is a big hit everywhere we bring it! Candy and brownie together in exactly the right combo, plus so simple to make! Have given this recipe to at LEAST 50 other people. Love it! Thanks!"
"Everyone loved them! I loved them, and that is what matters most. I did have trouble with the two layers sticking together whether room temp or straight from fridge...but I have no problem holding two layers together for something that tastes so wonderful. What can I say... I love candy and brownies, regardless of box or from scratch, and this is the best of both worlds!"
"I used the regular sized peanut butter cups not the mini size, it turned out great!"
"I have made these brownies four times now and everytime they get raves. I think they are the best. I have substituted chocolate chips instead of the cut up candy bars and worked ok."
"These are the utmost best brownies ive ever made and served,they actually dont take long to make;a definate winner for gatherings or for the family."
"I made my brownies from scratch instead of using brownie mix, but then followed the rest of the recipe. Very tasty brownies! Definitely for chocolate lovers or those who like sweet desserts."
"I haven't tried these yet, but it seems to me that if a 9" X 13" pan makes 36 brownies, you are cutting them pretty small. JD"
"These bars are absoutely to die for. It's a 5 star recipe."
"I made yesterday and got nothing but complements and requests for the recipe. I didn't use salted peanuts as my husband is on low sodium diet and I used the unsalted I had on hand. When I make again, I think I will use just 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 1/2 C of chocolate chips instead of 2 C and see if they are really needed. No one complained about the unsalted peanuts. And I used the large pnb cups. Really yummy!"
"Can you tell me if the large peanut butter cups were used, or the miniatures?"
"I haven't tried this one yet, but plan to. If you're complaining about the brownie mix, you may as well complain about the peanut butter cups, peanut butter, chocolate chips and crisp rice cereal...they're all pre-made and store bought. I think the idea behind this was ease and convenience."
"I agree with Gerome, I can't understand how you can call something "homemade" when you have used a mix as an ingredient! This said, I do exactly what shermanhenryfloyd suggested and make my own cake/brownie and then follow the rest of the recipe as written."
"I love recipes that includes mixes - I bake for catering and if it saves me time and tastes yummy you cant beat it....i make brownies by mix for my catering and I have very "ELITE" customers and they love love love my mix brownies."
"Sounds real yummy...but in this economy, why doesn't anyone make "by scatch" anymore. I don't have the expensive items that make it "quick" in my pantry anymore."
"To geome: If your only complaint is that this recipe uses a mix, make your brownies from scratch and the follow the rest of the recipe as is!!!"
"Why would you send a recipe that includes a mix?"
"Book mark this one. A+"
"I made these for a birthday at work and everyone loved them and asked for the recipe! I followed the recipe to a T except for the peanut butter cups and peanuts. When I added those items it looked a little weak so I used almost 2X as much as the recipe called for; Perfection!Paula"
"everyone who tried the bars just raved about them, the only concern I had was cutting them when cold, the top came off and the brownie was hard, just let them set and warm up and enjoy"
"This bar is heavenly! My friend brought them to share at work and we all enjoyed them."