Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars


This recipe for peanut butter cup crunch brownie bars is amazing.  These bars are the perfect combination of crunchy peanuts, Reese’s peanut butter cups and fudgy chocolate brownies and would be great to bring to a party for “fancied-up” brownies…..OR don’t share and eat them all by yourself.

Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownies Recipe made with Pillsbury Dark Chocolate Mix

I say this all the time and I will say it again; there really is nothing better than any combination of peanut butter and chocolate.  These brownies are to die for.  Let me fill you in on a little tidbit of information; I used to hate chocolate! ::::gasp!::::.  Yes, you heard me right.  Those were dark days, indeed.  I would eat white chocolate and white chocolate only.  I always knew which Easter basket was mine during the annual hunt with my brothers on Easter morning because it was the only one with the big fat white chocolate bunny sitting in it.  I don’t know when my taste buds changed, but I’m sure glad they did.  My waistline might have another opinion.

Things to know:

I used a dark chocolate brownie mix in this recipe but you can use whatever suits your fancy.

 A chewy, fudgy brownie is spot-on for the job, versus a cake-like brownie.

Use whatever you’d like, just make sure it’s a recipe for a 9×13-inch baking dish (not an 8×8 or 9×9).

This dessert recipe for peanut butter cup crunch brownie bars will satisfy your chocolate and peanut butter craving!  It is made with a boxed brownie mix.

Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars
Prep time: 
Serves: 15, depending on size
Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars dessert recipe: the perfect combination of crunchy peanuts, Reese's peanut butter cups and fudgy chocolate brownies.
  • 1 batch of your favorite brownie recipe for a 9×13-inch pan (I used Pillsbury dark chocolate)
  • ½ cup salted peanuts
  • 8 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chip
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups Rice Krispies cereal
  1. Prepare the brownies according to the directions and bake for about 5 minutes less than the
  2. recipe states.
  3. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the peanuts and chopped peanut
  4. butter cups.
  5. Return to the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes.
  6. While they are finishing baking, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a
  7. medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
  8. Stir in the cereal to evenly coat.
  9. Remove the brownies from the oven and evenly pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture
  10. over top. Spread to cover evenly.
  11. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving.
  12. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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20 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars”

  1. October 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM #

    Wow, these look amazing!! Think I will have to try them!

  2. July 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

    These look heavenly…have to try them…

    • July 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

      Thank you, Susan! I’m glad you stopped by 🙂

  3. Bernette
    July 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

    Oh my! This looks ridiculously satisfying! I make goodie boxes for my husband and his pals for their hunting trips, and the boys are always asking for more variety and more peanut butter goodies. This looks to be a solution to that problem! Thanx for sharing! Thanx for having a Pin It button on your site.

    • July 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

      Bernette, thank you so much for stopping by and for the nice comment!!

  4. July 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM #

    Love and thanks for sharing

    • July 16, 2013 at 1:23 PM #

      Thank YOU for stopping by Xiomara!

  5. Karen
    August 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM #

    I just made these, but without the peanuts, for my teenage son’s camp. I cut them in smaller bars so more people could enjoy. Besides they are very rich. They were a huge hit, gone in 5 minutes and recipe was requested. I’ll have to make these again soon.

    • August 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM #

      Karen, thank you so much for letting me know! I love that they turned out well for you and everyone enjoyed them!

  6. August 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM #

    Holy deliciousness, Ashley! I, too, believe that no sweet combo beats peanut butter and chocolate. I can’t wait to try this. Too bad the grocery store is closed.

    • August 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM #

      I’m glad you agree, Trina! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Marsha
    August 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM #

    Thank you for sharing this amazing looking recipe!

  8. Chris
    September 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    Wow, I’m in love- brownies, chocolate, peanut butter- my 3 favorite things in one! Can’t wait to make these!

    • September 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

      Chris, thank you so much!

  9. Imke
    January 30, 2014 at 6:13 AM #

    Hi Ashley, I really want to make your recipe, but I live in Holland and am unable to get the Reese’s candybar. Do you have a suggestion for a replacement?

    • January 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM #

      Hi! Do you have any candy bar with peanut butter & chocolate? Either or would still taste good!


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