Reese’s peanut butter chocolate brownies

Scrumptious peanut butter chocolate brownies packed with Reese’s cups and topped with a rich ganache to satisfy your peanut butter and chocolate cravings.
Scrumptious peanut butter chocolate brownies packed with Reese's cups and topped with a rich ganache to satisfy your peanut butter and chocolate cravings.

Every special occasion needs a special treat and if your sweetheart is anything like my husband, than these Reese’s peanut butter chocolate brownies are the way to impress this Valentine’s day. They turned out to be one of the most decadent brownies I’ve made in a while. They are rich, fudgy packed with peanut butter goodness and chopped peanut butter cups. The ganache is a mixture of melted chocolate and creamy peanut butter. To give them a festive look, the brownies are topped with a Reese’s peanut butter chocolate heart.

Reese's peanut butter chocolate browniesI’ve made these brownies twice and each time I made them slightly different.

If you’re more of a chocolate lover (like me) or prefer to add other candy to the brownies (hello york peppermint patty) you could replace the 1/2 cup of peanut butter used in the recipe with 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted.

The first time I made them only with melted chocolate and they turned out super rich, chewy and gooey, making it a little hard to cut them nicely.

Now, these second bath, I substituted 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter. Added more Reese’s peanut butter cups and topped them with a simple ganache.

The second batch turned out to be the uber peanut butter and chocolate brownies of all times! They held their shape better, they were still rich and gooey with a strong peanut butter flavor.

Reese's peanut butter chocolate brownies recipeThe second batch was tested using Reese’s creamy peanut butter. Although I think you may use other brands of peanut butter, I would not recommend using all natural peanut butter in these brownies. Since all natural peanut butter is more oily, I’m afraid your brownies might not come together. You may try, just don’t blame me if they don’t turn out.

Of course, you can top the brownies with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups or Reese’s pieces instead of the peanut butter heart. I’m thinking of trying the white chocolate peanut butter cups next time.

Reese’s peanut butter chocolate brownies recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 37 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: 15-20 bars (one 11X7" baking pan)

Reese’s peanut butter chocolate brownies recipe

Scrumptious peanut butter chocolate brownies packed with Reese’s cups and topped with a rich ganache to satisfy your peanut butter and chocolate cravings.

Ingredients

    Brownies
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup creamy Reese's peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
  • Ganache
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy Reese's peanut butter
  • 15-20 Reese's peanut butter hearts/cups

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line an 11X7" baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place 2 cups chocolate chips and butter in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until melted.
  3. And the melted chocolate to a mixing bowl and started whisking on low speed for 5 minutes, to cool it down.
  4. Remove the whisk from the mixer and replace it with the paddle attachment.
  5. Add the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Gently fold in the salt and all purpose flour. Stir until just incorporated.
  8. With a spatula, fold in the chopped Reese's peanut butter cups.
  9. Pour the brownie batter in the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 35-37 minutes.
  10. Do not over bake or the brownies will dry out.
  11. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan.
  12. To make the ganache, in a small saucepan add the chocolate chips and peanut butter and over low heat cook until the chocolate is melted, smooth and combined.
  13. Pour over the brownies. Let sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature and top with the Reese's peanut butter hearts or chopped cups.
  14. Let the ganache set before cutting into bars.
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Roxana

 

 

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Comments

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says

    Roxana….will you be my Valentine?

    BECAUSE OMG these brownies!!! I love the chocolatey goodness, and the pb cups, and ahhhh GANACHE!

      • says

        Hi Nicke,
        If you do not have a 11X7″ pan you could use a 13X9″ baking pan but bake them for a shorter time or in a 9X9″ pan and bake them a little longer.
        How many minutes longer or shorter I can not tell you since I haven’t tested it.

  2. says

    I have a weakness for brownies … that’s why I hardly ever make them! I soooooooooo want to whip up a batch of these right now! And do go in search of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs for that matter. I have never seen those before. I will say though, it was mildly disturbing to be reading a list of yummy chocolatey, peanut-buttery ingredients and then “Make a Creamy Broccoli Casserole.” My taste buds shriveled up like I had just licked a lemon lol. I love broccoli, just not with my chocolate and peanut butter. ;) [#PinItThurs]

  3. says

    I love these brownies, especially with creamy Reese’s peanut butter and chopped peanut butter cups. They have it all…chocolate and Reese’s, two of my favorites. They look so good, I would love to bite into one right now with a nice cold glass of milk. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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