The Best Peanut Butter Cup Brownies!

Last month, my sister asked me to help her out by making something for her school’s bake sale.  She’s a teacher, and busy, so I was pleased to do it.  I wanted to make something that would sell well, but wasn’t just your run of the mill baked goodie.  And NO WAY was I making something from a box!  I decided to go with Peanut Butter Cup brownies…everybody loves brownies, and peanut butter cups along with them just makes them that much better!

So here's the lineup.


Cream your softened butter and sugar until fluffy, like so:

Then beat in the eggs (one by one)  and vanilla.  I know 4 eggs sounds like a lot, but this is for a 9 x 13 pan of brownies, and believe me, the texture is to die for.

Next it’s time to gradually add in the cocoa powder…


and the flour.



Beat until the batter is fully combined and smooth.


Ohhhh yeah.


Now you’re ready to pour it into your greased baking dish.  Let me stop right here and say that this brownie batter, just the plain batter, is probably the best I’ve ever had.  You could bake these brownies plain and they’d be delicious.  But I went ahead and added the peanut butter cups!  I cut up 8 full size peanut butter cups.  Pour half of the brownie batter into the pan, smooth it, and then add the chopped peanut butter cups.


Then top this with the other half of the batter, and smooth it out.

If you left them like this, they’d hold a yummy surprise inside!  But since I was making them for a bake sale, I wanted to make sure everyone knew what they contained.  So when they came out of the oven, I took 8 whole peanut butter cups, and slightly pressed them into the top of the brownies.  Not too hard, but far enough down so the heat of the fresh out of the oven brownies melts the chocolate of the peanut butter cups.




I cut these up into squares, and my sis told me they sold out, and were raved about!

This brownie recipe is so yummy and versatile, you can do this with any candy!  If you don’t like peanut butter, try this recipe with Rolos, Milky Way, Snickers–or a mix of candy!  Perfect for an after Halloween treat 🙂


The Best Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup flour

8 chopped peanut butter cups


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease 9 x 13 baking dish.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla.  Gradually add cocoa powder, then flour, until totally combined and batter is smooth.  Pour half of batter into prepared dish, then sprinkle evenly with chopped candy.  Spread the rest of brownie batter on top.  Bake approximately 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean.  While brownies are still hot, press whole peanut butter cups evenly into the surface of brownies.



About Carrie

A SAHM who loves her life :)

Posted on October 27, 2011, in baking, brownies, candy, peanut butter. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yum, those look amazing! I found you from shespeaks! Following you via Networked Blogs too! And I liked your facebook page!

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