Peanut Butter Brookies

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 6, 2013

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A chocolate brownie layer topped with peanut butter cookie and Reese’s peanut butter cups! That’s how you make Peanut Butter Brookies!

Peanut Butter Brookies: brownie base topped with peanut butter cookie and Reese's, a perfect treat! #reeses #brownies

Brookies are one of my favorite desserts. It’s what I make when I can’t decide if I want brownies or cookies.

Normally I make brookies using chocolate chip cookie dough.

But today, I had this incredible craving for peanut butter and chocolate. Anyone else ever get this craving?

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The cure for this craving was to make an over the top dessert combining my favorite brownie recipe with my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. And throwing in some Reese’s PB cups, of course!

Peanut Butter Brookies: brownie base topped with peanut butter cookie and Reese's, a perfect treat! #reeses #brownies

The dark rich chocolate brownies on the bottom of the Brookies is the first step to creating this ultimate dessert. I love using this brownie base on it’s own or topped with butterscotch and KitKatsIt’s fudgy and rich and just perfect in every way a brownie should be!

I topped this brownie base with peanut butter cookie dough. Soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. On top of a brownie.

With Reese’s mini peanut butter cups.

Peanut Butter Brookies: brownie base topped with peanut butter cookie and Reese's, a perfect treat! #reeses #brownies

Must I repeat myself? These are amazing.

I refrigerated the cooked and cooled Brookies before cutting. It helps you get perfectly square cookie bars, with beautiful lines. And that’s important. Because a cold Peanut Butter Brookie tastes just as delicious as a room temperature one, you decide how you like to eat yours!!

Peanut Butter Brookies: brownie base topped with peanut butter cookie and Reese's, a perfect treat! #reeses #brownies

Just don’t forget to have a cup of milk nearby. It completes the meal.

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Peanut Butter Brookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

    For the Brownie layer:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • For the Cookie layer:
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter morsels
  • 8oz bag Reese's mini peanut butter cups

Instructions

  1. For the brownie layer, melt chocolate chips with butter for 1 1/2 minutes in microwave safe glass bowl. Stir until smooth. Add sugar, flour and eggs and combine completely.
  2. Pour into a 13x9 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  3. For the cookie dough, beet crisco with butter. Beat in milk, vanilla, sugars, peanut butter and egg. Add flour salt and baking powder. Fold in peanut butter morsels and Reese's mini PB cups.
  4. Drop cookie dough onto brownie batter layer. Smooth evenly.
  5. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Remove and cool completely. Refrigerate and cut into bars.
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Craving peanut butter and chocolate? How about some Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge?

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Maybe a batch of these SKINNY Chocolate Peanut Butter NO BAKE Cookies are the answer to your cravings?

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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip: a treat on a spoon, and the perfect hostess gift!

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These Reese’s topped Fluffernutter Rice Krispie treats are a delicious solution to your cravings too!

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More delicious Peanut Butter and Chocolate Recipes from Blogs….

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I only get that craving alllll the time!!!

These look ohhh so good! Rich and chewy and nomnomnom!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Ha! I know the feeling. These bars are the cure for ya!
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Be still my heart! These are perfection and I need them NOW. That gooey, sliiiiightly underbaked patch in the peanut butter cookies is my siren song. Oh, and the fact that a peanut butter cookie is baked on top of a freakin’ brownie. Genius!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thanks girl, glad you like drooling over them with me :)
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marcie@flavor the moments July 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Just saw these on Foodgawker and stopped dead in my tracks. These look SO amazing. I just love layered cookie bars like this…especially when it’s chocolate and peanut butter!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Foodgawker got them up there quick yesterday! Thanks for clicking over :)
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Renee @ Awesome on $20 July 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Peanut butter and chocolate is pretty much heaven. I love that there are peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. I think I need to eat a hundred of these.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Thanks!! I lthink a lot of people feel the same about chocolate and peanut butter!!
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen July 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Oh Aimee I want to devour that whole pan right now! Great Brookie and I am pinning you!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Thanks for pinning Chandra!!
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Ash- foodfashionparty July 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Wowie, these attracted me on google. My little boy was beside me when I saw, and he was drooling over these. Looks delicious.

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Glad you both enjoyed them. I hope you give the recipe a try!!
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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker July 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING!!! I love peanut butter anything and I so need this in my life. Pinning! :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thanks for pinning Anne!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Awesome, as usual. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Dorothy. Peanut butter and chocolate are two things that always work!
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Mimi @ Culinary Couture July 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Oh myyyy, these look phenomenal! Favorite flavor combo EVER.
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Eva @ Eva Bakes July 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

These look great, and I am not even a peanut butter fan!
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Bryn July 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

These look amazing. I’ve made your brownie base before and they are fantastic…but don’t they have cocoa? Is this base different?

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

This base is a little different. Instead of cocoa I melted chocolate morsels. You could use either version :)

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Becca from ItsYummi.com July 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

Oh my GOSH… When it comes to treats, there really isn’t a better combo than chocolate and peanut butter. Your brookies look AMAZING and I can’t wait to try them!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Thanks Becca! Let me know if you give them a try, they are delish!!
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Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life July 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

Never herd of a brookie, but I think I want one! Love your photos too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Thanks Sheila!!
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Nessa July 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Drool! These look super yummy :)

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Shiloh Barkley July 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Yes! Drooling.
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Prettygreentea July 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Oh wow, these look yummy.
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

My craving for peanut butter and chocolate is never ending!! What an absolutely drool worthy bar! I could put a serious dent in that pan of goodness!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Love that you shared a Reese’s recipe today too :) We could put a dent in the pan together!!
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Sallyann July 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Wow! I will be trying these, but converting to Aussie ingredients! My kids will think they’ve died and gone to heaven, the little peanut butter junkies!

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Haha, I’ve got a set of peanut butter junkies myself!! ENJOY!
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Liz July 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

These are the perfect solution to my chocolate and peanut butter cravings! :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

You’re welcome then :)
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Sarah July 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

A tall glass of milk please, because this takes me right back to primary school – awesome!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes July 8, 2013 at 1:26 am

Peanut butter and chocolate is my weakness!! Yes, a tall glass of milk is absolutely necessary :)
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Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

Clearly I’ve never thought of doing this! Wow! Reese’s have always been my favorite candy so this is a no-brainer!
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Kathy July 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

I get the chocolate and peanut butter craving a lot! These look so delicious!
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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner July 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Oh my gosh I’m in love! Where has this brookie been all my life? ;) I have been craving Reese’s Peanut Butter cups for like the past month and my husband is getting tired of my chocolate/pb creations. Lol. This famous duo never gets old to me. Definitely going to make these!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 9, 2013 at 7:58 am

My husband was a little tired of all the lemon and citrus, so these were right up his alley!!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

These are the perfect cure to a peanut butter and chocolate craving! These brookies look amazing!
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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic July 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

These look out of this world!
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Des @ Life's Ambrosia July 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

How decadent! They look fantastic!
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life July 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

You have no idea what your pictures just did to me. Fudgy brownies, Reeses, and peanut butter cookie dough = I can’t even. Drooling and can’t stop! Oh, and a chocolate and peanut butter craving hits me about every half hour . . . maybe more when I visit your site:)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

Awww, you’re too sweet! Thanks for visiting…and drooling all over ;)
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Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven July 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Brownies combined with cookies AND PB cups?? These look downright dangerous, Aimee! ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

They are very dangerous. Especially if left alone in a room with a plate of them :)
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Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl July 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Wowzers, I think I could eat the whole batch of these myself. These look so good!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

Thanks Ashley, they were quite good!
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carrian July 9, 2013 at 1:05 am

“I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!” is the song stuck in your head now? ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 9, 2013 at 7:48 am

It’s stuck in my head now, thankyouverymuch!!
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar July 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter perfection! They look amazing!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Oh yeah! Bring it!!!!!!
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork July 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

WHAT??!! You might be the smartest person in the world. I think these Brookies would solve all of the world’s problems. :) (They would in my house!!)
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Aya B. July 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

Yum Yum Yum…

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Veronica July 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Wow, these look so rich and absolutely divine! I definitely get the peanut butter/chocolate craving – it’s one of the best combos! This recipe is awesomeeeee!

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Rebecca July 18, 2013 at 4:06 am

Yummy! These look gorgeous! Thanks for the recipe!

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dee July 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Wait – I’m confused! Did you make these with the brownie recipe and peanut butter cookie recipe you said you used, and linked to? Or is the pictured bar made with the recipe further down the page? They don’t match. I’d like to make them so they look like the ones pictured.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Dee, great question! I actually used the recipe in the recipe box, I made a few alterations to get the consistency and texture I wanted. ENJOY!!!
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dee July 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Ok – I see . . . I think. The recipe in the recipe box is the altered version to get the ones pictured. Thanks for your quick response! I can’t wait to make these next week.

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Nutmeg Nanny July 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Oh my gosh! These look amazing, super indulgent ;) I love it!
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kristen July 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I noticed you use a lot of crisco in your recipes. Crisco isn’t something I normally use, could I use butter instead?

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

You can definitely substitute unsalted butter for the Crisco. I occasionally use Crisco when I’m looking for a certain texture! ENJOY!

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Carrie This Home July 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Oh my goodness….anything with peanut butter and chocolate makes me drool! This looks amazing! I’m stopping by from Tatertots & Jello (#79 Budget Bathroom Makeover) Have a great weekend!
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Maria July 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Oh my goodness…. these look divine!!!!!!! What a great idea!!!! They sound absolutely delicious!!!
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Anna September 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I thought you’d like to know that I found these on a facebook link that wasn’t yours. I went back to look for them, couldn’t find it, googled you and arrived here. They had tweaked the recipe, but were using your photo.
I just pulled my batch out of the oven, and it smells awesome.

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Rachel @thedessertchronicles October 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

These look so good! Just like my monkey bars! I will have to try them

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Tara October 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm

These are out of this world!!!

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aimee @ shugarysweets October 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Yay! Glad you enjoyed them!

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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Wow! I want one of this pronto! So yummy!
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Julia January 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

These look amazing! I don’t get peanut butter morsels here in Germany, do you have an idea how I can replace it?

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Emily Magnuson March 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I made this recipe and it was wonderful! All of my co-workers loved them! Sinfully delish! I baked them for 35 minutes and the top got a little brown, but they still tasted great. I would just keep a closer eye on them and bake them for a shorter period of time.
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Karen April 21, 2014 at 1:05 am

Hi would love to make these, can you tell me what butter flavoured crisco is? I’m in Australia and haven’t seen this before. Thanks

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aimee @ shugarysweets April 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Crisco is shortening. Here in US they have butter flavored.

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