Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

by kitchenarian on July 29, 2011

I feel it coming. This is the calm before the storm. In 24 hours, Sous Chef will fly back home from school and we will have four days to get her ready to leave for Europe to study for the next 12 weeks.

When she gets back home there will be clothes to pack, items to purchase, errands to run, along with favorite meals to prepare. It will be a whirlwind, but for now, I’m just relaxing and baking while its still quiet.

Months ago, I threw together a dessert for dinner guests that involved one box of brownie mix and a package of peanut butter cups. I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to do much else. The result? Peanut butter and chocolate deliciousness. Ever since then, I have thought to myself that I really needed a do-over on these brownies using a dense brownie recipe and not a boxed mix. I’ve heard about Hershey’s brownie recipe – they claim it is the best.   That is a bold statement.  Now, these brownies were delicious, really delicious, but I’m not sure if they are the best; I think I have a lot more brownies to eat before I can decide! 🙂

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 Reese’s peanut butter cups

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 8-inch square baking pan. Whisk together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs; whisk together. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Put 16 Reese’s peanut butter cups in straight rows in pan. Push down gently into brownie batter and gently cover with batter. Bake about 20 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Kitchenarian Notes:  I made these brownies with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa. They are very dark in color, almost black.


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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

You are killing me. You know this, right?


Laurie@Food is Love July 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Such an indulgence…Yum!


Heather July 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm

WOW. These look amazing. I hope you enjoy your few days with the sous chef! Have a great weekend. I will be missing you next week in Seattle!


Christine July 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Looks wonderful! Yum!


Happy When Not Hungry July 30, 2011 at 12:12 am

Wow these brownies look amazing!!!! Love the peanut butter cups in the middle. 🙂


yummychunklet July 30, 2011 at 12:43 am

Yum! Love the peanut butter cup surprise!


Ann July 30, 2011 at 1:17 am

These look incredible! Enjoy your visit with sous chef!


something_good July 30, 2011 at 2:54 am



Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 30, 2011 at 7:18 am

I kind of want to get into the kitchen and make these now…


Mike@ The Culinary Lens July 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

It’s not a good thing to be craving a chocolate fix before 7:30 in the morning. I am thinking how good these would be with a little vanilla ice cream. I wonder if you could do something similar in a cupcake using Reese’s minis?


Cassie @ Bake Your Day July 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

Brilliant. Just brilliant! Your brownie recipe sounds perfect but adding Reece’s PB Cups takes it up about a thousand notches, I love it!


Rita Dk Simmons July 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Wow, that looks delicious, will have to try this soon,you’ve been buzzed!


Danielle@Runs With Spatulas July 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Oh my, I’ll take a dozen please!


Kim Bee July 31, 2011 at 2:08 am

Is there a line I need to stand in to get some of these? So yummy, just a fabulous recipe. Buzzing this one.


Karly July 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

Could anything possibly be more perfect than the chocolate peanut butter combo? No way.


Tara @ the pleased plate July 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

My mouth is watering and the next best thing I can think to do is eat a Reese’s mini from my pantry! Good luck with all of the preparations with Sous Chef!


Carolyn July 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Absolutely, you should never make up your mind about the best brownies until you have tried them all! They do look mighty fine, though.


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts July 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I am supposed to be trying to eat healthy and training for a race – and this is what you give me?! These are just to die for, and not sure I can turn them down!


Anne@frommysweetheart July 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

These brownies actually look like peanut butter cups! They look very rich and decadent! (And I shop at Sur La Table once a week…my favorite store!) : )


Jamie @ Wokintime August 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

What a great idea to throw in some peanut butter cups. Seriously, my mom was just asking me this morning for a good brownie recipe. I’m going to pass this one along.


briarrose August 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Oh yea…..these look perfect with the peanut butter cup tucked into the middle. Now that is a happy surprise in the middle of my brownie. 😉


Kita August 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Goodness, it sounds like that time will fly by. These PB cup brownies look like bites of heaven.


Irena August 6, 2011 at 12:23 am

Love this blog and all you do, another interesting recipe:)


kitchenarian August 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

Thanks so much.


Alida August 15, 2011 at 7:08 am

Wow. These looks absolutely amazing. You always make incredible things, but you may have even topped yourself here! Great recipe!


Sheila June 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm

We just made these-oh so good! Ate too much! Thanks for the recipe:)


marilyn schoneman August 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hello! Do you use peanut butter minis or regular size reeces peanut butter cups ! thank you ( I bought the dark cocoa) !!


kitchenarian August 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

I used 16 regular size peanut butter cups and baked it in an 8 inch pan. The recipe makes 16 brownies, so there was one Reese’s peanut butter cup hidden in each brownie. With the dark cocoa, those brownies were black and quite intense. I have used the cocoa in other recipes as well and sometimes use half dark cocoa and half regular cocoa. It all depends on how dark you want to get! I do love this recipe and my children make it often with the boxed brownie mix. It’s delicious any way you make it! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the comment.


marilyn schoneman October 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hello from Iowa ! Do you use the regular size peanut butter cups or the minis in this brownie recipe! thanxs marilyn ….!


marilyn schoneman October 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Yum! I have the dark cocoa ! 🙂 These will be made this week !
thank you …. marilyn !( just need the peanut butter cups !!)


tanya1234 October 14, 2013 at 7:11 am

thankxxxxxxxxx my fav


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