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Extreme Peanut Butter Brownies

When you love peanut butter, you really love peanut butter, and you'll come up with any excuse to sit in a corner and down the entire pan. These Extreme Peanut Butter Brownies fully capitalize on that obsession, taking the combination to, well, its most extreme.

The brownies started innocently enough: Make a classic fudgy brownie, pour half of it into a greased baking pan, add a layer of Nutter Butters (or Reese's Cups, if you're not into the idea of having a little crunch to your dessert) and melted peanut butter, and top with the remaining brownie batter.

Extreme Peanut Butter Brownies

Yields: 20 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 50 mins


For the Brownies:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 c. (3 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 c.cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 c.granulated sugar
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 24 Nutter Butter cookies
  • 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter, divided

For the Peanut Butter Drizzle:
  • 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 4 peanut butter cups, chopped


Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"-x-13" baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter, cocoa powder, and sugar, then gradually mix in eggs and vanilla until batter is glossy.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Slowly add to brownie batter, stirring just to combine. Pour half the brownie batter into prepared pan and top with a layer of Nutter Butters.

Heat ¾ cup peanut butter in the microwave for 20 seconds, then drizzle half over Nutter Butters. Top with remaining brownie batter. Plop spoonfuls of remaining warmed peanut butter onto batter, then use a butter knife to gently swirl together.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of brownies comes out with just a few crumbs, 40 minutes. Let cool completely.

Heat remaining ¼ cup peanut butter in the microwave for 20 seconds and drizzle over cooled brownies. Top with peanut butter cups before serving.

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