Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

These are, by far, the fudgiest homemade brownies in the world!

2 images of brownies with peanut butter chips
Ladies and gents, I bring you one of the last recipes of 2012. Today, we have peanut butter and chocolate. Would you expect anything less?

We went to a holiday party the other week and I wanted to bring something along with my homemade funfetti cupcakes. A simple dessert that I knew everyone would love. I bookmarked a mouthwatering homemade brownie recipe a few months ago and instantly knew this was the time to test them out.

To the simple gooey brownie recipe, I added peanut butter chips. Obviously. I can never precisely follow a recipe. I have to “Sally” it. 😉

stack of 2 brownies with peanut butter chips

Homemade brownies may be made with unsweetened cocoa powder or melted solid chocolate. If using cocoa powder, you typically will need more fat in the batter because cocoa powder does not contain the cocoa butter that solid chocolate does. I’ve made brownies both ways.

For years and years, I’ve been making one killer homemade brownie recipe– it’s a large batch brownie recipe using flour, eggs, vanilla extract, butter, and sugar. My original homemade brownies call for melted chocolate. Several of you have made this particular brownie, telling me how chewy, fudgy, and intensely chocolatey they are. I completely agree. I LOVE my homemade brownie recipe!

Today’s brownie recipe makes a smaller batch. It uses the same ingredients: flour, eggs, vanilla extract, butter, and sugar. It calls for cocoa powder. And they’re really, really, really fudgy.

brownies with peanut butter chips

To be honest, I truly do not have a preference over cocoa powder or solid chocolate in a brownie recipe – I mean, it’s chocolate (either in powder form or solid form) mixed with butter. And it tastes GOOD.

Today’s recipe, using cocoa powder, calls for more butter than my homemade brownie recipe AND it makes a smaller batch. You can imagine how dense they are!

Besides the cocoa powder & melted solid chocolate difference, both brownie recipes calls for the same things but in different amounts. Let’s dissect today’s recipe a bit further, shall we?

peanut butter chips on a baking sheet

Today’s brownies are dark, rich, moist, and will leave you screaming for a tall glass of milk. They’ll stick to the roof of your mouth, fill you with an urge for another square, and make you think you’re eating chocolate frosting in solid form. Fact.

The recipe is fairly simple. Begin by melting the butter, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, and salt together. Today’s recipe uses the same amount of sugar that my homemade brownie recipe uses – but today’s recipe makes a smaller batch. Are they *too* sweet? Not at all. Since my original brownie recipe calls for semi-sweet melted chocolate, you’re getting an extra dose of sugar. Today’s smaller brownie recipe, using the unsweetened cocoa powder, needs the extra sugar. Get it? Got it. Good.

I melted those four ingredients together in the microwave. I was feeling particularly lazy, so feel free to use your stovetop instead.

stack of 3 brownies with peanut butter chips

Next, add some more usual brownie suspects – vanilla extract and 2 eggs. Whisk whisk whisk with a wooden spoon. Absolutely NO mixer is required for this recipe! And you can mix it all up in 1 bowl. No extra dishes to dirty, no extra time to waste. Hallelujah!

Slowly stir in the flour. The recipe only calls for 1/2 cup of flour. A brownie’s fudginess directly relates to the amount of flour in the recipe. And with only 1/2 cup of flour in the entire recipe, you can imagine why these babies are so darn rich. They’re like biting into a soft and thick dark chocolate bar. It’s the ultimate chocolate experience.

2 images of brownies with peanut butter chips

What on earth could make this insanely rich, thick, and dense brownies even better? Peanut butter. Isn’t that the answer to most of life’s problems? Peanut butter and chocolate to the rescue.

1 cup of peanut butter chips mixed into this brownie batter is the best decision I’ve ever made. I don’t think I have to convince you anymore on that front.

Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes. Mine took about 28 minutes. Bake them the least amount of time as possible. If you want a soft, fudgy, gooey brownie texture, be sure NOT to overbake them. At 25 minutes, test their doneness. Insert a toothpick into the center of the brownies. Some crumbs may stick to the toothpick when you take it out. If it’s still liquidy, bake for another 3-5 minutes. Do not (not not not!!) go over 30 minutes.

Allowing brownies to cool before cutting into squares is a true test to my patience. I stuck them in the refrigerator to cool quicker – let’s be honest, I have NO patience. I had a party to bring them to and little time to spare. One quick taste test before boxing them up to bring along, I knew I had one brownie winner. It was love at first bite.

stack of brownies with peanut butter chips

I can’t believe how easy these are to make! Easier than any boxed brownie mix I’ve ever tried. I would say that I think these are the *best* brownies I’ve ever had, but I cannot pick favorites. My original homemade version using pure melted chocolate is stellar – the brownies are rich, decadent, dense, and the perfect base for things like peanut butter frosting or crunchy peanuts.

Today’s brownies are… shocker… also rich, decadent, and dense. It’s a smaller batch recipe and each square could easily be mistaken for actual fudge. They’re for the true chocolate lover. I’m happy to say they completely disappeared before my eyes at the holiday party.

And I’m even happier to say that I made them again the next day. For obvious reasons…

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stack of brownies with peanut butter chips

Ultimate Fudge Brownies with Peanut Butter Chips

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These are, by far, the fudgiest homemade brownies in the world!


  • 10 Tablespoons (145g) unsalted butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (74g) unsweetened cocoa powder, I used Hershey’s Special Dark
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (62g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 cup (180g) peanut butter chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished brownies out.
  2. Melt the butter, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl in the microwave. Melt in 30 second increments and stir after each time until the butter is completely melted. The mixture will look gritty. Set aside for a few minutes as you get the other ingredients ready. You don’t want the mixture to be piping hot.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition. The batter will be thick and look shiny. Add the flour, beating with a whisk until fully combined. Try not to overmix the batter at this point. Gently fold in the peanut butter chips, leaving a few to sprinkle on top. Pour into prepared baking pan and sprinkle with remaining peanut butter chips.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes and check the brownies for doneness. Insert a toothpick inserted in the center. If it comes out with only a few crumbs, the brownies are done. Bake for 3-5 minutes if the brownies look too liquidy. Do not bake over 30 minutes.
  5. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares. Brownies remain soft and fresh stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days. They won’t last that long, trust me!


  1. Brownie batter is adapted from Alice Medrich.

Keywords: peanut butter chip brownies, fudge brownies


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  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

    Holy Moly!! These brownies look amazing!! I love that you added the peanut butter chips. I discovered then this year and I love them in my cookies and now I”m going to try them in brownies! Wonderful recipe!!

    1. peanut butter chips mixed with chocolate – I can’t think of anything better. I love putting them into cookies too. 🙂 Thanks Jennifer, as always!

  2. Becky @ olives n wine says:

    Chocolate + PB = BEST combination EVER!! I love that this is your last recipe of the year 🙂 One last indulgent brownie recipe for me before my New Year’s resolutions start! Have a great NYE!

  3. These look fabulous! I personally can’t stand brownies that are airy, like cake (probably because I don’t really like cake! 😉 ), so fudge/solid-frosting ones are PERFECT!! Great pictures…I love the little curled tops of the peanut butter chips. Have fun at the party!

    1. Exactly Caley! If I want a cakey brownie, I’ll eat a piece of chocolate cake! Hope you have a Happy New Year! Thanks for everything 🙂

      1. Sally,
        I made them yesterday and substituted dark chocolate chips and walnuts ( we are not a huge fan of peanut butter!!) but they came out beautiful, oh so rich looking and so delicious to eat. Thank you for an excellent recipe.

      2. I love these brownies too. Thank you so much for reporting back, Indoo!

  4. Loretta A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Looks killer, Sally! Way to end the year with a bang! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next year.

    Have a happy new year!

    1. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year too, Loretta! I knew the right way to end 2012 was with peanut butter (my love!) and chocolate!!

  5. Joy @ Baking-Joy says:

    These look fabulous Sally…I’ve recently joined a UK baking bloggers coop in order to get my hands on ingredients like peanut butter chips…I can’t wait!

    1. I had no idea peanut butter chips were not available in the UK. That stinks. 🙁 Well, reguar chocolate chips or even a peanut butter swirl would work in these too Joy! Happy New Year!

  6. These look like they’re probably illegal.

  7. Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur says:

    Your photos are beautiful, and these brownies sound so delicious! I’m a great fan of Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder myself, it makes everything taste better! I wish I could just pull the brownies right out of the screen!

    1. Hi Jodye! Thanks SO much for the compliment on my photos today! That means a lot to me. These brownies were so DARK, they were hard to take pictures of. So I appreciate that. I made these a couple weeks ago and now I want more looking at all the pictures. Have a very Happy New Year!

  8. This is why I have a love hate relationship with your blog… I see your posts in the morning and I have to convince myself Not to have these for breakfast haha. You’re great! Keep it up lady.

    1. Well I’m glad you still visit despite the love/hate relationship Robin!! 🙂 Thanks so much.

  9. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    These do look dense and fudgy! I made brownies with melted chocolate and cocoa powder and like you I have no preference. Both ways you can get some seriously decadent treat. Love the addition of peanut butter! I say you finished the year of with a spectacular recipe, Sally! Have a wonderful NYE and a Happy New Year!!! xoxo

    1. Yes! I can honestly NEVER tell the difference between a brownie made with cocoa powder or one made with melted chocolate. When it’s baked, I can’t even tell. Figured I’d end the year with a peanut butter/chocolate BANG! Haha! Thanks so much Anna! Happy New Year!

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    Well I prefer brownies made with cocoa powder because we don’t have chocolate chips here and I hate chopping chocolate. Anyone in Germany want to be my dish washer / chocolate chopper? I’d pay you in sweets.

    Anyway, these look perfect for tomorrow! Or anything. Or anyone. And love their texture. And yay… peanut butter and chocolate! 😀

    1. Knew you’d LOVE the peanut butter/chocolate combo Erin! We are so much alike. Chopping chocolate is never fun. I always make such a mess all over the counter with chocolate shavings and pieces!

      1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

        I think my husband now hates me because I have a large cutting board out with a big knife. It stays out all the time. I clean it every now and then, but then it just goes right back out. Half is covered in white chocolate shavings… the other half with semi-sweet. And then the area around the cutting board is covered in shavings. Oh and I leave this board on his “salad making station.” 😀

      2. A little chocolate shaving piece in your salad never hurt anybody… right?!

  11. YUM! These look to DIE for, Sally! I love me some chocolate, so I will definitely be trying these out soon 🙂

    1. HA! I knew you would love these! You should load them with chopped york peppermint patties! Yum. 🙂

  12. Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    These look so decadent and yummy! I totally agree – chocolate in any form plus butter = GOOD! 🙂

  13. [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Oh Sally your posts just make me so happy looking at them! I can be tired and grumpy and then I stop by here and I am just lifted and made happy by all the bright colors and the oh so I want to gobble it all up goodness of your treats! Thank you so much for being YOU!

    1. You are the sweetest ever, Chandra. Thank you so so much for your thoughtful comments. I’m glad my website is a happy place for friends and readers. I do love a lot of color. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  14. Great! Let me know how they turn out for you. Happy New Year!

  15. Mama's Gotta Bake says:

    My favorite combination in the world is chocolate and peanut butter. These look quite delicious. Love the photos too!

    1. Well we have one very important thing in common – peanut butter & chocolate. Love the two together! Thanks for the photography compliment too!

  16. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    These look SO fudgy. I heart a fudgy brownie! And well. PB chips? Rock on! Happy New Year Sally!

  17. I cannot believe how gooey these brownies look and how great that you can whip them up without a mixer!

    1. Thank you Mercedes! I hope you have a wonderful and happy new year. Congrats on a marvelous 2012 for Satisfy my Sweet Tooth!

  18. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    OHMAGAWD these brownies look and sound SO delicious and chewy and fudgy and chocolatey to the max!! And pb chips make everything better 😉

  19. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Ok you’re the only one I know who could get 20 squares out of an 8×8. I slice all my 8×8’s into NINE pieces. Clearly you’re better with moderation than me 🙂 I mean, may as well just go for it is my thinking. haha!

    They are soooo rich and fudgy looking and if you hadnt said it, I would have never believed it was cocoa powder rather than melted choc. My brownie recipe is melted choc, and 1.5 sticks better, 2 c sugar, 1 c flour, 3 eggs in a 9×9, hand-mixed. The flour is just enough to hold them, based on the 3 eggs and the melted choc and the melted butter. And you’re so right that not over-flouring brownies is just the key! As well as not overbaking!

    I love this recipe b/c it seems so…fudgy!!!

    1. Thanks Averie!! I cut the brownies small because they are so darn rich! Practically like fudge. And with all the other desserts at the party, I wanted people to take a small square of my brownies AND a funfetti cupcake (also made those for the party too!) I truly don’t mind if a brownie has cocoa powder or melted chocolate – I couldn’t even tell with these!

  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Oh my goodness – you brought these to a party and didn’t invite me? I’m shocked!

    No but really, if you have any leftovers, you can totally send them my way. I can devour every last one of these before 1/1! 🙂

    1. Thanks Chung-Ah! And I’m sorry I didn’t share…!! Hope you have a happy new year, I’m sure it will be delicious!

  21. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    Just when you thought brownies couldn’t get an better, you invent these! Awww peanut butter and fudge is simply magical.

  22. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant says:

    I rarely make brownies from scratch, but these look really easy (and worth the effort). Can’t wait to try them!

  23. Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    i have such a problem letting brownies cool too…that part always feels like it is taking forever! i had no idea about cocoa powder vs. solid chocolate…that helps me understand the 10 tablespoons of butter…anytime I use over a stick I always wonder if that is really right…not that 2 Tbls is that much more … I am going to make these for our football party tomorrow…have to have something super sweet with all the dips & apps 🙂

    1. Let me know how they turn out Angela!! Have fun at the football party today! You’ll be bringing the sweetest dessert 🙂

  24. Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I loooove PB chips. I love the sound of these brownies, Sally! Happy new year!

    1. happy new year Cassie!!

  25. Amy (Savory Moments) says:

    Ohhh – these do look so decadent and like fudge. I bet they were really delicious! Happy New Year!

  26. I love that you Sally-fied these by adding peanut butter chips! They look SO rich and chocolately…it’s making my mouth water. And that picture of the brownies stacked is awesome. Santa brought me the Plate to Pixel book you recommended, so I’m going to study every single detail in there! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and new years. 🙂

    1. You’re going to LOVE Plate to Pixel Elaine!! I’m so excited for your new Xmas present! Happy New Year!

  27. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Brownies that taste like frosting in solid form…why yes, I do want to have some of that! And of course you had to put the peanut butter chip Sally spin on it…I love that!!!!

  28. Sally! Are you for real? You are the brownie queen, hands-down. Those brownies look so incredibly dark and luscious–my favorite brownie pics ever! Ugh. Can’t even handle the peanut butter…too much goodness. These remind me of some flourless, butterless cookies I made for a cookie swap…sounds awesomely healthy in theory, but in reality all of the fat comes from tons of melted chocolate instead! But they made for some super rich and brownie-like cookies 🙂 Good to know you don’t have a strong preference for cocoa powder-based brownies vs. melted chocolate brownies–I’ve always wondered whether one is better than the other!

  29. angela @ anotherbiteplease says:

    i had to tell you Sally I made these…they were a hit! the guys could not stop eating them!

    1. that’s great to hear Angela! Thank you for reporting back – when I brought these to a party, people went NUTS!

  30. I used this receive as a base and used a combo of different mix-ins for it. Absolutely LOVE it! Ever since I found your web page about a month ago, it has become my go to for all my sweets! Thanks for the recipes!

    1. Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for reporting back! I’m glad you like these brownies – I made them again with white chocolate chips and candy bars chopped up inside. SO good. I’m glad that you are finding lots of baking ideas here. 🙂

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