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Because what’s a good Friday without a KILLER brownie?

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A sad, sad, sad one. Duh.

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Ok so.

I am SO glad it’s Friday. Even more so than most Fridays, and it’s not just because I get to tell you all about these brownies. I mean, that’s totally part of it, but I am crazy excited it’s Friday because today is supposed to be the last day of workers invading my space, and basically kicking me out of the kitchen every other hour. One more day and NO MORE workers!!!

Well…that would be ideal, but I mean obviously there are still the minor things that need to be done that will require a worker or two, but nothing so major that I should be THAT affected. Today is “finish up all the loose ends” day. I am finally getting my hood installed over the stove, the under cabinet lights should go up and all of the remaining wood + trim is getting stained. Oh, and my little purple kitchen wall, the one that didn’t end up looking quite as cool as I had hoped, is turning white today. The purple just didn’t look right next to all those oddly colored grey cabinets. Then the only things that will be left are: furniture (I could really use a desk and bed frame), a chandelier, and the railing for the stairs (happening next week). While, the pantry is not really a pantry yet. But this doesn’t have to be done right away. I do have a cabinet that’s holding a super cool concrete sink in there, but there are no shelves or work table in there yet. But it can’t be that much work, right? It’s really just a matter of putting up a bunch of shelves. My carpenter, who is pretty awesome, said it wouldn’t be a big deal…hoping this is true because I really can’t handle anymore. Anyway, I think we are going to wait on some of these smaller things until I can fill my coffers back up again, maybe in the spring.

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I kind of had a little breakdown on Wednesday when I heard I was being kicked out of the kitchen for three days in a row. I have only cooked and photographed once this week and you guys, my work is piling up, it’s kind of stressing me out big time, so a breakdown was pretty much bound to happen. Basically I said these guys have got two-days and whatever they don’t finish, they don’t finish, and I don’t care, they are not allowed back in after Friday because I AM DONE.

Wow, I sound so nice, right? YIKES.

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I think I just hit that moment of tiredness when you really just can’t take anymore and on top of all the workers and issues there, my internet situation is beyond horrible. It’s so bad that I have been using my phone’s hot spot all month long and I am totally going to be broke because of it…

It’s all gonna be worth it, right?!?!? RIGHT.

Positive thoughts, positive thinking!!

Luckily, the internet issues should be seeing some improvements today (Comcast Business is installing a beefier system, let’s cross our fingers here) and thankfully the workers really should be finishing everything up today. So now you see why it is an exciting and very happy Friday!

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I don’t mean to sound like such a complainer, but I get the feeling that a lot of you guys can relate 100% to what I am going through. You know?

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Anyway, moving on, today I bring us all Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Brownies. Or I wish I could bring you all brownies. Wouldn’t that be kind of awesome if we could send food through the computer screen? Kind of like in Willi Wonka? Yeah, that would be cool.

Ok but, I clearly can’t do that now, so I’ll just give you the recipe. It’s really not hard or complicated. In fact you should probably just get up right now and start making these. Whether your week was awesome or horrible, you deserve a good brownie on a Friday. Diet or no diet. I’ve declared it brownie Friday and you gotta participate!!

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I mean, these are the BEST peanut butter cup fudge brownies after all. Really. They are!!

I used my very favorite brownie recipe and basically added dollops of sweetened, buttery peanut butter + plenty of milk chocolate to the centers. Just like a peanut butter cup, but all stuffed into a brownie instead. I didn’t actually use any Reece’s peanut butter cups in the brownies, just on top for decoration. I didn’t want these to be overly sweet or overly rich, I simply wanted them to have the perfect balance.

And for the frosting? Fudge all the way. It’s PERFECT and balances out the sweet brownies so that every bite just kind of melts in your mouth. Yes, please!

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Oh, and the real reason I made these brownies? The Super Bowl of course. To me, nothing goes better with football than peanut butter and chocolate (well maybe some buffalo wings too). Granted this is probably because I grew up an Ohio girl, and buckeyes – peanut butter chocolate balls (recipe listed in link and found at the bottom of the cake directions), will always be my favorite.

The only thing still required here is a cold, tall glass of milk.

Ok and maybe some stretchy pants…

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The Very Best Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Brownies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16 SMALL BROWNIES
Calories Per Serving: 327 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Fudge Frosting

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon optional

Instructions

  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper or foil, letting the edges over hang from the pan so you can easily lift the brownies out later. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Add the butter and 2 ounces milk chocolate to a medium size mixing bowl that is microwave safe. Microwave the butter and chocolate on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. This takes me about 1 minute and 30 seconds. To the melted chocolate mixture add the sugar and instant coffee, whisking until completely combined. Now add the vanilla, and eggs, whisk until smooth. Next, stir in the cocoa powder, flour and salt until smooth and just combined. Try not to over mix the batter, it will be thick.
  • In another small mixing bowl, mix together the peanut butter, 1 tablespoon butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Pour half the brownie the batter into the prepared pan. Next, dollop the peanut butter mixture onto the brownie batter and sprinkle with the remaining 2 ounces chopped chocolate. Now layer the remaining batter on top of the other layers. Gently spread the batter to the sides if needed. Don't worry if all the batter does not cover the whole surface area, it will smooth out as the brownies bake.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the brownies are set on top. Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.
  • Meanwhile, to make the frosting, heat the cream in a saucepan until just below a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and peanut butter until melted and smooth. Add the vanilla and bourbon until smooth and creamy. Set the frosting aside until the brownies are cool enough to frost.
  • Once the brownies are cool, spread the frosting over top. Sprinkle with chopped Reese's. Allow the frosting to set about 30 minutes then slice into bars. Brownies can be stored at room temp or in the fridge for about four days.

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Hey, it’s Super Bowl weekend, that’s a given.

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  1. Yes, Peanut butter is my favourite sauce. it has nice favour when i use in buns. Really Awesome taste. Indian Delights in Cedar Park is the famous restaurant in USA.

    1. Hey there,
      I am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for making it! Have the best week☀️ xTieghan

  2. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing recipe, I will definitely try this in my kitchen

  3. Hi there! The brownie part of this recipe is delicious! However, my ganache broke and became incredibly oily. Any tips? Thanks!

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! So sorry o hear about the ganache. Was there anything you may have adjusted in the recipe? This would help me to better answer your question! xTieghan

  4. 4 stars
    These are great but definitely need a bit more time in the oven. I baked the brownies for 35 minutes and they still came out incredibly gooey. I had to freeze them in order to be able to eat them as a sort-of fudge. My oven is only two years old, so I don’t think it’s a problem on the appliance end. I would recommend checking the batter with a toothpick better than I did and keeping them in the oven for even 45 minutes.

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  9. 5 stars
    This is my go-to brownie recipe, and I’ve made so many variations! I was even able to make a gluten-free and low-lactose version with GF flour and lactose-free butter that was a HUGE success! In fact, 2 people informed me they were the best brownies they’ve ever had.

  10. Brownies are my favorite dessert ever…they are my birthday cake every year. These look insane. I’m making football shaped brownies for the Superbowl but these will be made next.

    1. Brownies are definitely one of the bests! Football shaped brownies sounds so cool.. definitely share a pic if you can! I hope you love these!

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  18. Hi! These look amazing, going to make them next week but wanted to check what size baking dish you would use – you mention an 8 x 8 and 9 x 9. What gives better results / what are the difference in results?

    THANKS!!

    1. Hey Louise! I use an 8×8 and that just yields a thicker brownie! Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love these!

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  20. I (and some of my friends) sort of “accidentally” stole a handful of mini peanut butter cups from a candy jar at a birthday party we attended over the weekend. Later, I found out that she didn’t get any because the peanut butter cups somehow mysteriously disappeared – all of them! Honestly, we didn’t take ALL of them! The birthday girl (I won’t say her age, she’d kill me!) is one of our favorite friends, so there were no hard feelings when she found out, we all just laughed! BUT, feeling a little bad about the situation, I went out and bought her her own full-size peanut butter cups (4 of them) and made these brownies to share with her from the mini peanut butter cups I “stole” from her party! Soooo delicious and fudgey and peanut buttery! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I think my friend has forgiven me now! Hahaha! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Awh, how funny! At least you went out and made it okay!
      So happy you were able to make it right with the brownies! Really happy she forgave you!

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  34. I am TOTALLY making these for super bowl sunday! One question, any tips on making sure it’s baked? I often find myself with raw brownies. Thanks!

    1. HI!! When you insert a toothpick into the center it should come out clean. also, most brownies are done when they just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
      Let me know if you have questions!

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  37. These are wonderful! I made these this past weekend as a test run for Thanksgiving. They were a hit with young and old alike. Made them again last night for the big day. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

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  40. I normally don’t post comments to recipes, but OH MY GOD I JUST MADE THESE AND THESE ARE INCREDIBLE!!!!! I added Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips to the peanut butter layer and also melted some with a little half-and-half and drizzled it on top. Also, I cut them into 12 pieces instead of 16 because who doesn’t love a bigger brownie? My best friend and I are going to devour these later on–thanks for the recipe!

  41. What if I don’t want to use the Frosting? How would I be able to stick the reese’s on the top? Any suggestions would be great. Making this for someones birthday.

    1. Just sprinkle the chopped Reese’s over the raw brownies before baking. That will hold them to the top with having to add any frosting. Hope you love these!!

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  43. I just made these brownies for a lazy Sunday afternoon at home. Good gracious these are super good! My only problem was the brownies came out rather gooey. I baked them for the full 30 minutes but I think the next time, I’m going to have to bake them for a bit longer or maybe nudge up the cooking temperature a bit. The edge pieces were the only ones that semi-set. We had to toss out the middle pieces. We also added a bit more sugar to the batter since we only had semi-sweet chocolate. But all in all, we had a pretty positive experience with this recipe! Keep them coming! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey Misha!!

      Sometimes baking time just end up being different for other people, just bake them until you feel like they set. I like mine really gooey, so that’s probably what happened. Hope that helps!

  44. These look so perfect! I seem to have chosen the worst time to catch up on your posts. I want these NOW!! 🙂

  45. Tieghan, I want to come live with you. You have a super cool barn and you make brownies like these. OMG!

  46. yes. so many of us can 100% relate to the “stress” of not being able to “work” at our “job” because construction workers are trying to finish working on the house that our parents paid for/built on their property.

    1. Bob, I’m not sure where your mean-spirited comments are stemming from but my guess is jealousy. If Tieghan and her posts are so offensive to you, then why comment at all?

  47. omg these look amazing! I recently just posted a Reece’s peanut butter cups brownies on my blog but these look a million trillion times better! making me soooo hungry

  48. Totally agree, the Super Bowl must have chocolate and peanut butter! These are some rockin awesome brownies, Tieghan!

    1. High Mandy,

      This recipe was in no way inspired by How Sweet Eats. If it was, I would have given credit, but I developed this recipe on my own and it was inspired by my love of buckeyes, which remind me of football, which is why I posted them today seeing as the super bowl is Sunday. What inspired these brownies was football, Ohio and buckeyes. Nothing to do with anyone else.

      1. really? you developed this recipe on your own? so you didn’t start with a base brownie recipe from bon appetit or martha stewart or america’s test kitchen and simply make a few changes without attributing where the original recipe came from? you sat down with nothing and literally spent all day baking batches of brownies deciding if one egg was better than two or if 10 tablespoons of butter was better than 8? because that’s recipe development. taking a recipe and adding peanut butter to it is not recipe development.

        1. Bob, do you work as a recipe developer? Do you have any idea the number of hours that go into every single one of Tieghan’s posts? As a fellow blogger, my guess is that you have no idea. If all that you have to say is negative or critical, then why bother to leave a comment at all?

  49. I’m so sorry about all the frustrations, but at least you have some dreamy brownies to make up for it!

  50. It’s so weird, I’m not a big chocolate cake fan, but brownies? Brownies I’m obsessed with, maybe because the chocolate flavor is more concentrated? Whatever it is, I love them, and these brownies on steroids look INSANE.

  51. These look absolutely divine. Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my all time favorite combinations. Going on my to-make list immediately!!

  52. These brownies look absolutely sinful, in a mouthwatering finger licking kinda way! I’m so glad you’re reno situation is getting better, it’s terrible when it disrupts your work, especially if that means we can’t get any more delicious peanut buttery recipes from it!!

  53. As I slowly scrolled down through the pictures of this post to get to the recipe, I drooled, like my teething baby. And I said out loud, “Holy sh!t, I’m making these!” And now my 2 year old is saying, “Shit! Mama! Make!” Perfect.

  54. Oh my god. Are you kidding me? These look amazing 🙂 SO sorry about all your stress, but just hold out: your kitchen will be perfect and in the meantime you’re totally killing it on the blog!

  55. Can I omit or substitute something for the coffee? No one in the house drinks it and I’d rather not buy it.

    Also, these look amazing and I can’t wait to make them!

  56. Oh, helloooooooooo gorgeous!! These are so decadent and fudgy and chocolaty and sexy…I just can’t stand it!!!

  57. Killer, indeed! I will eat an entire batch by myself!

    PS: Don’t beat yourself up too much. Take it easy and remember that being behind on work is not end of the world. Sending you positive vibe!

  58. So excited for your space to be 100% worker free! I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to my living space, so that would drive me nuts! But obviously you are handling it well because these brownies look insane! Seriously, is this not every child’s dream dessert? Brownies topped with Reese’s Pieces? You nailed it!

  59. I’m dying over here – I want these brownies now! What a perfect marriage of flavors right? Just lovely !!

  60. Good morning. I will adjust a tad for my altitude..and wondering also if i could dble this or better off making two separate batches? One 9″ pan would no be enough i know. 😉

  61. Oh man, you sound NICE compared to what I would be like if I wasn’t able to work for 3 days straight. I would DIE.
    And these brownies are KILLING ME. I tried to a make a healthy protein powder brownie in the microwave yesterday and it just wasn’t the same! Pinned!

  62. I grew up an Ohio buckeye lovin’ girl too…and brownies? Well that goes without saying…these look like a big glass of cold milk heaven!

  63. Brownies are my favorite dessert ever…they are my birthday cake every year. These look insane. I’m making football shaped brownies for the Superbowl but these will be made next.

  64. Yay! No more workers–I am so happy for you! I should throw a party. And make these brownies. And only invite myself. These look to die for!

  65. Since it has peanut butter in it I have to make it –lol.
    I would hope you could relax this weekend but I bet Sunday will keep you busy. Hopes you enjoy all the excitement.

  66. You are killing me with these brownies! They look so rich and fudgy and yes, everything is going to be worth it!!!! Promise!