Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars

So, do you happen to remember the insane brownies that I made quite awhile ago, the Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars? They’re a layer of brownies, then ooey gooey marshmallows, and then topped with a combination of melted chocolate, peanut butter and Rice Krispies. Well, those brownies and these brownies could be sexy twin sisters. What’s going on here is a layer of chewy, fudgy brownies, topped with peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups, and then topped off with that same melted chocolate/peanut butter/Rice Krispies mixture. Insanity. In an insanely good way.

I found these brownies on How Sweet It Is, and Jessica called them “Better-Than-Crack Brownies”. Addicting would be an understatement. Also, no surprise that something like this showed up over there – us Pittsburgh girls seem to have very similar tastes in our sweets! πŸ™‚ I also found a version of this recipe over on Babble – it includes a full-on peanut butter layer in the middle instead of the peanuts and peanut butter cups. I may have to give that one a shot too. Oh, who am I kidding? “May?” Of COURSE I am going to make those too!

For the brownie base of these you can use your favorite brownie recipe. They are best with a chewy, fudgy brownie vs. a cakey brownie. I think these Chewy Brownies are perfect for the job, but 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).

Don’t say I didn’t warn you about how addicting these are, but your life will certainly be more complete with these babies in it!

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Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Brownie Bars

Ingredients:

1 batch of your favorite brownie recipe for a 9x13-inch pan (I recommend Chewy Brownies)

Β½ cup salted peanuts

8 Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped

1Β½ cups milk chocolate chips

1Β½ cups creamy peanut butter

Β½ tablespoon unsalted butter

1Β½ cups Rice Krispies cereal


Directions:

1. Prepare the brownies according to the directions and bake for about 5 minutes less than the recipe states. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the peanuts and chopped peanut butter cups. Return to the oven and bake for 5 additional minutes.


2. While they are finishing baking, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the cereal to evenly coat. Remove the brownies from the oven and evenly pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over top. Spread to cover evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


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(Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is)


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