Save Recipe

Sign in and save recipe to your profile.

Sign In
Subscribe to my newsletter and get new mouth-watering recipes sent directly to you weekly!

Get ready to meet your new favorite brownie! Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies have a traditional chocolate brownie base, then wow you with a layer of peanut butter, Rice Krispies and even more chocolate! 

Peanut butter crunch brownies on tray with glass of milk and spoon of peanut butter

Watch out everyone, because Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies are here! They start out innocently enough with a delicious brownie base, but do not be fooled, these are no ordinary brownie. There are a lot of flavors and textures going on here, and once you layer the peanut butter and melted chocolate with rice krispie cereal, you won’t be able to contain yourself. We are smitten over these brownies, and you will be too! 

This recipe comes together quicker and easier than you would expect. Brownies are one of those tried and true easy desserts that we all hate to love because you can’t just stop at one. All manners go out the window when making brownies: licking the beaters? Check. We don’t judge. Especially once you spread on the peanut butter and toppings, we go a little nuts over these. Whip up a batch for your next party or get together, and watch them disappear faster than you can say “save me one!”

  • How do I know when the brownies are ready to pull out of the oven?

    All ovens run a bit different. Some are hotter than others, and a strict time limit is not always enough to know when they’re ready. Brownies are done when they are just beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. You can also jiggle the pan a bit: if the brownies jiggle, they’re not ready. Wait until the brownies are set. Lastly, you can use the tried and true test with a toothpick. Stick a toothpick into the middle, if it comes out clean, they’re ready. 

  • What’s the difference between baking chocolate and chocolate chips?

    Baking chocolate is in a bar shape and melts easily. Its sole purpose is to use in baking. Chocolate chips are sometimes used just to eat and sometimes baked with, but are made to keep their shape, and do not melt quite as well as baking chocolate. So long as you’re using semi sweet chocolate chips, the two can be used interchangeably the majority of the time. 

  • Can I use a different nut butter due to allergies? 

    Of course. Our only recommendation is to use a creamy nut butter that you already know and love. 

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious brownie recipes:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Peanut butter crunch brownies on a marble countertop cut into squares.
Peanut butter crunch brownies on tray with glass of milk and spoon of peanut butter
Get ready to meet your new favorite brownie! Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies have a traditional chocolate brownie base, then wow you with a layer of peanut butter, Rice Krispies and even more chocolate! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Ingredients

Brownies

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 3 ounces baking chocolate melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Peanut Butter Crunch Topping

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 cup rice krispie cereal*
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x9 glass pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to mix together melted butter, melted chocolate, and sugar. Add in the eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add in salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until just combined.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread peanut butter on top. Let cool 1 hour.
  • In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt chocolate chips with butter in 15 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in rice krispie cereal.
  • Spread chocolate mixture on top of peanut butter layer. Transfer pan to the fridge and allow to cool completely until set, about 30 minutes.
Notes
*Increase Rice Krispie cereal to 1 1/2 cups total if you like an extra crispy topping.
*After spreading the peanut butter, you can speed up the cooling process by placing your pan directly in the freezer for a few minutes while you make the Rice Krispy topping.

Nutrition

Serving: 1large brownie | Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 523IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

10 Comment threads
4 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Colleen

5 stars
Totally awesome. These turned out amazing. Definitely a keeper!

Alyssa

5 stars
Made these for my coworkers and they loved them!

Michelle

Can you use natural creamy peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter?

Any creamy peanut butter should work.

Michelle

Thank you!

Anna Haaz

Rachel, I like your recipes and have made many of them. But what I love the most is your infectious smile and joyful voice. You draw me in with that beautiful smile and make me want to try your recipes.

My mouth is watering just watching the videos! My dinner is set for tonight along w the brownies. I switched it up tho & instead of Chocolate chips I replaced w White Chocolate chips ( not a big fan of chocolate but can’t get enough of White Chocolate Yummy!! The Fried chicken Breasts ( again switching from thighs to breasts not a big fan of dark meat) brings me back to my childhood when my Mom would always make Fried Chicken for our family of 12 & our kitchen smelling So Good!! Thanks for these 2 Great recipes!! Also I… Read more »

Carolyn

5 stars
I made these for my son and husband. They didn’t last more than 24 hours. Even My husband, who is not A peanut butter fan, couldn’t stop eating them. Next time I’m going to use Nutella instead!

RACHEL, IS THERE ANY WAY I COULD DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THIS RECIPE TO FIT INTO A 9X13 IN PAN, OR EVEN A DEEP COOKIE SHEET, AS I HAVE A BIG FAMILY, CALLED GKID’S, NOT TO MENTION THEIR DAD, THEY LOVE BROWNIES, & THAT LITTLE PAN, WOULDN’T SUFFICE ENOUGH….
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR MAGNIFICENT RECIPES!!!?

If you want to make peanut butter crunch brownies in a 9×13 pan, you’ll want to 1.5x this recipe.

Shar

Is the baking chocolate semi sweet?

Yes.

jim weber

5 stars
i enjoy your receipes very much. The chocolate cake was outstanding

5 stars
These look yummy. I love chocolate and peanut butter together.

Become a Member

Sign up to save recipes in you recipe book, write reviews and more!

Sign up with

By signing up you agree to thestayathomechef.com's terms of use and privacy policy.