Triple Layer Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies. Three layers of sweet chocolate deliciousness. One fudgy brownie layer, one creamy peanut butter layer, and one crunchy chocolate layer. These brownies are over the top indulgent…the ideal end-of-the-week treat to sink your teeth into!
Serious question for you guys, do you watch football, or do you participate in fantasy football? As you might guess, I don’t partake in either, BUT all of the men in my life do. Sure, I kind of enjoy having Sunday night football on in the background, as it reminds of being a kid and Sunday nights spent with my family. But if I’m being honest, I really don’t care much to actually watch the game.
Anyone with me? I feel like I’m not alone on this.
All that said, I love the idea of football. When football season starts back up that means fall is here, and of course, that has me excited. I also love making a good game day recipe. In the past, I’ve made a lot of pull apart bread, buffalo chicken, chili, and soft pretzels, but today I’m going the sweeter route and taking inspiration from a classic Ohio dessert, buckeyes (also known as chocolate peanut butter balls, also known as addictingly good).
Most of you know that I’m originally from Ohio, so I grew up eating Buckeyes every fall throughout football season, and to this day they are probably one of my favorite desserts. What’s not to love about peanut butter balls covered in chocolate?
They’re a classic and they’re the best.
With my oldest brother Creighton in town this weekend, and Sunday night football premiering on Sunday, I knew I had to create something good for game day. Creighton loves anything with chocolate and peanut butter. So I did some brainstorming and somehow landed on these very over the top, but extremely delicious, triple layer brownies.
They are definitely not diet food, but life is all about balance. And hey, it’s basically fall, which means it’s baking season…and I’m ready to embrace it.
Plus, it’s Friday and I think we could all use a nice treat at the end of an oddly long 4 day week. Yes, chocolate is just very much needed.
Here are the delicious details.
Layer one is all about that extra fudgy, extra chocolatey brownie. I make my brownies with a mix of cocoa powder and melted milk chocolate. They’re rich, incredibly fudgey, and melt in your mouth good. Just what every brownie should be.
The brownie layer is actually pretty simple, made in just one bowl and baked in under thirty minutes. Nothing too fancy, just all things good.
While the brownies bake, make the peanut butter layer. It’s just a simple mix of peanut butter and butter. Originally I was going to make the same filling that a buckeye is made of. Which is peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. But I felt the powdered sugar made the brownies entirely too sweet, so I ditched the sugar.
The peanut butter is dolloped over the brownies and covered with brown rice krispies and topped with another layer of chocolate.
So unbelievably GOOD.
This brownie is a chocolate lover’s dream, the dough is soft and gooey, the peanut butter creamy, and the chocolate-covered rice krispie layer adds a nice chocolatey crunch. Hands down, these are the best thing you can bake up this weekend.
It’s a little early for apples, and I’m personally a little “peached” out, so it’s chocolate and peanut butter overload for me this weekend.
My plans for Saturday? Cleaning and preparing the studio for a big shoot this week (we finally got our CO!), writing my Sunday Favorites post, ravioli making, brownie eating…and if I’m lucky, a little Netflix time too. That would be so ideal.
Truly cannot wait.
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Triple Layer Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies
Servings: 18 brownies
Calories Per Serving: 1782 kcal
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- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
- 2-3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.2. Add the butter and chocolate to a medium microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted and smooth. To the melted chocolate whisk in the sugar, vanilla, and eggs until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, flour, and salt until just combined. Try not to over mix the batter, it will be thick. 3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it in an even layer. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the brownies are set on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.4. In a small bowl, beat together the peanut butter and 2 tablespoons softened butter until smooth and creamy. Dollop tablespoon size spoonfuls of the peanut butter over the brownies, lightly spreading the peanut butter into an even layer. Transfer to the freezer and freeze 10 minutes. 5. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double broiler. Sprinkle the Rice Krispies over the peanut butter and then pour the melted chocolate over top. Place the brownies in the fridge to set, about 20 minutes. Cut the brownies into squares. Store in the fridge or in a cool, dark spot in your kitchen.
These are crazy good! I didn’t have rice crisp cereal so I chopped pecans and peanuts to similar size for the crunch layer. My husband and son went nuts for them. So decadent in rich chocolate and with just the right touch of salty peanut butter flavor! The big pan fed a herd of young adults with quite a few left. New favorite around here!
Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and sharing your comment, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xx
These look delish! I never like to watch football until it’s closer to the Super Bowl; it’s tons more exciting then. These brownies look ideal to serve then! I’ll put them on my list. 🙂
P.S. I know this isn’t related, but my whole family is sick. What soup recipes do you recommend? Thanks!
Thanks!! I hope you love this recipe!! Here’s a good soup recipe:
Hope everyone feels better:) xT
Chicken noodle soup?! That sounds really good right now. I’ll let you know if we try it, thanks for the suggestion!
Hi. Love your bakes. I like “make ahead” bakes, but not sure about bars like these to freeze. What are your thoughts? Possibly bake, cool slice, then freeze? or not at all for best results?
Thanks for making so many recipes! Sure, you could fully make these, slice, and then freeze! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
How far ahead can you make these? Thank you.
These are good for 4-5 days in an airtight container:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT
Perhaps the BEST PB/chocolate recipe I have ever made! I added some Maldon salt to the top and followed the recipe exactly.
The squares were a bit messy as I had a hard time cutting through the chocolate (like the last person) but I dont think anyone cared.
These will be a regular treat. Thanks so much!
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan
Start with chilled brownies. Heat your knife under hot water or with a kitchen torch and wipe clean between cuts for perfect cuts