Buckeye Brownies

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DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIES

Easy and delicious buckeye brownies. A brownie base with a thick creamy peanut butter filling and a soft chocolate fudge topping layer.

DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIESI’m kind of having a moment with layered brownies. Longer than a moment I guess because I’ve made these mint brownies no short of a dozen times over the last few months and I recently shared a type of peanut butter layered brownie dessert.

This one is pretty different than the last pb + chocolate recipe shared, but the important things are the same — brownie, peanut butter, and chocolate.

The fun thing about these bars is they are basically 2 bars in 1. They’ve got (1) brownies + (2) the famous no-bake peanut butter bars. You know the ones — peanut butter bars made with crushed graham crackers and powdered sugar and topped with a creamy chocolate layer. Yes, those. On top of brownies.buckeye brownies2DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIESThe no-bake peanut butter bars (top layer of this dessert) have been one of my family’s favorite treats the last couple of years. They are easy, no baking required, and have 2 of the best ever ingredients — peanut butter + chocolate.

I’ve never shared a recipe here on CMA for them because they are a dime a dozen in internet worlds and I don’t do anything too unique. HOWEVER, adding a brownie base made them completely deserving for their own spotlight here.

Adding a brownie base is a step that doesn’t take too much longer to this dessert. It does take a recipe from being no bake to requiring baking time, but trust me, it’s worth it.

DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIESThe main reason the brownie base doesn’t take too much longer is because you’ll use a boxed mix. Three ingredients and a brownie mix and you’re already halfway to one of the BEST chocolate + peanut butter desserts.

When the toddler and I finished making these he had a hard time parting with half the batch to give to some friends for a get-together. We’re still working on the whole sharing thing. That, and convincing him that no matter how good a treat is, eating the whole batch is not going to make him feel great. He really thinks I’m lying about that one. ?

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Buckeye Brownies

5 from 4 votes
Easy and delicious buckeye brownies. A brownie base with a thick creamy peanut butter filling and a soft chocolate fudge topping layer.
DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIES
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Buckeye Brownies

DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIES
5 from 4 votes
Easy and delicious buckeye brownies. A brownie base with a thick creamy peanut butter filling and a soft chocolate fudge topping layer.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Buckeye Brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 (9 x 13) pan
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1 package (18.4 ounces) Family-Size Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
  • + ingredients called for Eggs, Oil, Water

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 2 cups (220g) graham cracker crumbs about 15-16 graham crackers
  • 1 cup (225g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups (236g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (371g) milk chocolate chips
  • 5 tablespoons (76g) creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper or foil and set aside.
  • Prepare the brownies according to package directions.
  • Bake according to package directions. Remove and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling.
  • Pulse or blend in a food processor or blender the graham crackers.
  • Pour into a bowl and add in the peanut butter, butter (completely melted), powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • Press the mixture evenly over the brownies.
  • In another bowl add the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
  • Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring in between each burst for 10-15 seconds until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour and spread the mixture over the peanut butter layer until it is even.
  • Allow the bars to sit until firm (place in the fridge covered.)
  • Once the chocolate is firm, use an extremely sharp knife to cut into squares.
  • Enjoy!

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21 Comments

    1. I haven’t! I’m not a huge fan of crunchy peanut butter with desserts, but I suppose it could work okay ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I haven’t tried freezing them, but I have frozen other things similar to this and they were still delicious!

  1. 5 stars
    My friend used to make these years ago and I could never find the right recipe. These are perfection. They taste exactly like I remember and this is by far the easiest of the recipes I have tried. I can whip them up in a jiffy. It will definitely be one of my “go to” recipes. Thank you.

    1. Yay!! I’m so glad to hear this! And nope! You should be just fine switching out the chocolates! It’s totally just about preference! ๐Ÿ™‚

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