Brownie Peanut Butter Cups

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When I first saw this recipe, I decided these brownies had to be made now. Unfortunately, it was close to 100 degrees in LA this past week, and there was no way in hell I was Brownie Peanut Butter Cupsabout to turn my oven on. So, I had to wait for the temps to cool down.

Fortunately for me (and my coworkers), the weather this week has been much more bearable, thus allowing me to turn on my oven to make these brownies. Which by the way, are good. Very good. Looking at them one might think SUGAR RUSH!!!, but they’re not terribly sweet, and the saltiness from the peanut butter center (oh yes, they have peanut butter inside) is a really nice contrast. I love sweet and salty together.

I think next time I make these, I will use mini muffin tins and make them bite size. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing. Except perhaps eat them while they’re still hot with a nice scoop of ice cream. Mmmm.

Photos of the process here.

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut butter chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, butter, and water. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until butter is melted. Stir in 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips until melted. Stir in egg and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda, stirring until blended. Allow to cool to room temperature. Then, stir in 1/2 cup each peanut butter chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spoon batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out slightly wet. Place pan on wire rack. Centers of brownies will fall upon cooling. If not, tap centers with the back of a teaspoon to make a hole.
  4. Place peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, then stir. While brownies are still hot, spoon about a tablespoon of peanut butter into the center of each brownie. Top with semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Cool completely in pan.

Recipe from Bake or Break.


16 Responses to “Brownie Peanut Butter Cups”

    Cecilia on 1 May 21st, 2008 11:48 am

    I thought I was the only one who refused to bake when the weather was warm! These brownie cups look awesome. Oklahoma is experiencing some warm weather of its own, but your pictures of the treats are so sweet looking that I might be persuaded to preheat my oven.

    giz on 2 May 21st, 2008 3:03 pm

    Even at 200 degrees, it’s worth making these. You should enter them to Peanut Butter Boy’s Great Peanut Butter Exhibition for breakfast :)…ooooo yaaaa

    Tracey on 3 May 21st, 2008 3:44 pm

    I just made these a few days ago! Aren’t they phenomenal? I love that they came together so easily and quickly.

    jami on 4 May 21st, 2008 3:44 pm

    Those look dangerous! Yum!

    Polvitos on 5 May 21st, 2008 5:40 pm

    These will be mine next weekend! Muuuahahahahaha!

    Amy on 6 May 22nd, 2008 7:18 am

    Mmmm.. yes.. ice cream would have been awesome with these! Yum!

    Cheryl on 7 May 25th, 2008 9:03 am

    These look delicious. I will definitely try the recipe. I love my KitchenAid, too!!! You have some tasty looking pics on this blog.

    Abigail on 8 May 27th, 2008 6:32 am

    I am so adding these to my “To Do” list. Thanks for the great recipe, I love your blog.

    RecipeGirl on 9 May 28th, 2008 6:17 am

    I’ve made this sort of recipe before… and it was a big hit! Delicious looking pic!

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    Victoria on 11 May 29th, 2008 6:24 am

    I adore your blog sooo damn much!!! And I really want no, NEED to bake those peanut butter brownie cup thingies. I saw them on Bake or Break and now I see them here. It’s a sign!!! =)

    Marni on 12 May 29th, 2008 2:53 pm

    these look so good i would even make them in 100 degree weather! no wait, make that 120 degree weather!

    Nicole on 13 June 11th, 2008 9:53 pm

    Oh my deliciousness! Those are Heaven in my eyes. Chocolate/Peanut Butter – the only thing I truly need to sustain life. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Trish on 14 June 27th, 2008 12:59 am

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    Jules on 16 July 25th, 2012 1:54 pm

    I made these last night and brought them to work this morning: huge hit!!! They are delicious and were so easy to make. They are pretty rich, so I think making them in a mini-muffin tin as you suggested might be a good idea. I will definitely be making these again.