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Peanut Butter Brownies

About 75% of the time when I ask My Cowboy what sounds good for dessert, he asks for Peanut Butter Brownies. A lot of the time I don’t even ask, because I know what his response will be. In preparation for this post, I asked him to verbalize how they rank on his list of favorite desserts. As no surprise to me, he says these are tied for first with a skookie (recipe coming soon)!

Peanut Butter Brownies are an important part of our life. My obsession with chocolate and peanut butter really began with this recipe. Reese’s had long been my favorite candy, and I always really liked the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but these really kicked my adoration for the two into gear. 

It all started on a Sunday afternoon, six years ago this spring. Is it weird that I remember that? Mostly I just remember it was shortly before I graduated high school. Plus this recipe is that memorable. A family friend from my hometown brought these Peanut Butter Brownies to share with the ladies in her Sunday class. That was where my mom and older sister tested them. Her daughter was my age and a good friend of mine. After church, she passed me in the hall with her Mom, who was carrying the leftovers. She shared one of these luscious, moist, peanut butter-y, delicious, fantastic, extraordinary brownies with me.

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That same afternoon, once I got home, my Mom and sister informed me their lives had been changed just as much as mine by these brownies. Not only that, but we needed the recipe. We didn’t just want it, we absolutely, positively needed Peanut Butter Brownies. I called up my friend (the one whose mom made this batch of divinity) and asked for the recipe. She shared it and I made my first batch that afternoon.

Peanut Butter Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Peanut Butter Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

In the months that followed, before I left for college, between my mom, my sister, and myself, we must have made Peanut Butter Brownies at least ten times. Fortunately, we all trained for a 5k that summer, or else these bad boys might have reconstructed our thighs.

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Let’s talk a second about boxed brownie mixes. I like them, but prefer they have frosting, ice cream, or some mix-ins. I use them a lot in recipes like this, even though I won’t deny homemade are the best. For some reason though, I just like Peanut Butter Brownies best with a brownie mix. I don’t know why, I just do. So there. Use what you like!

Peanut Butter Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Peanut Butter Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

In the last three or four years, these brownies have flooded the internet. There are many recipes out there and the most common title seems to be Buckeye Brownies, but I just can’t call them that. They have always been Peanut Butter Brownies to me and they always will be. 

Happy Friday! Go and make these quick 🙂

Peanut Butter Brownies
A moist brownie lathered with peanut butter frosting and topped off with a layer of chocolate!
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5441 calories
542 g
527 g
357 g
58 g
169 g
1026 g
1715 g
275 g
9 g
161 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1026g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5441
Calories from Fat 3120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 357g
550%
Saturated Fat 169g
844%
Trans Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 50g
Monounsaturated Fat 111g
Cholesterol 527mg
176%
Sodium 1715mg
71%
Total Carbohydrates 542g
181%
Dietary Fiber 16g
64%
Sugars 275g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A
121%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
49%
Iron
70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. -1 box brownie mix and the ingredients on the package, or your favorite brownie recipe
  2. -1/2 cup butter, soft
  3. -1 cup peanut butter
  4. -3 cups powdered sugar
  5. -1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. -milk, for consistency
  7. -12 oz milk chocolate chips
  8. -1-2 tablespoons Crisco
Instructions
  1. 1. Make box brownie mix according to directions on the back of the package for a 9x13 pan. Cool completely.
  2. 2. For the peanut butter frosting: Mix butter and peanut butter until smooth and well combined. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and combine. Add milk, as needed for consistency. I usually use about 1/4 cup. Spread on top of cooled brownies
  3. 3. Melt chocolate chips, with the Crisco, on top of the stove or in the microwave. If using the microwave, reduce the power to sixty percent, and melt in thirty second increments. Stir in between each thirty seconds. Carefully spread on top of the peanut butter frosting. Let sit until chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy!
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Brownies and Bars, No-Bake

Peanut Butter Bars

There are a million different recipes out there for “Lunch Lady” Peanut Butter Bars. Well, these are the Peanut Butter Bars MY lunch lady made me from the time I was in third grade all the way up to my senior year of high school. Not only were these my absolute FAVORITE treat the school cooks made, but they were always served with my most loved main dish the school made as well-meatballs on steamed rice, dinner roll, and green beans! 

As if I wasn’t satisfied enough after the meal itself, I got to top it all off with these bars! Another thing about my school cooks- they were so generous. If they knew they were serving you your favorite meal, by-golly, they made sure to serve you up a good pile of it! Once you reached high school age, any dessert leftovers were free game after everybody had made it through the lunch line. My meatballs on rice was always accompanied by at least two, sometimes three or more, of these Peanut Butter Bars. I often went up for seconds or thirds! What a gluttonous teenager I was. Even now, it is hard for me to contain and ration myself if a pan of these babies are near.

 

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Another great thing about these bars is they are no-bake. We are coming up on summer where the days are too hot to want to turn on the oven. A lot of Peanut Butter Bars are of the baked variety. Until I was about eleven or twelve, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as a baked Peanut Butter Bar. It was a bitter disappointment to me the first time I thought I was getting a Peanut Butter Bar just like the ones at my school, to see the hot pan being pulled out of the oven!

I have totally warmed up to baked Peanut Butter Bars, but when I think of a traditional Peanut Butter Bar, these are still the exact ones that I think of, crave, desire, and need-or whatever you wanna call it. Need probably fits the description best.

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The peanut butter filling in these bars- oh how I love it! My school topped these off with a homemade chocolate frosting, but I will use melted chocolate for the topping as well. 

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Peanut Butter Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

 

I promise these will make your school year. They sure always made mine.

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Peanut Butter Bars
A creamy no-bake Peanut Butter Bar that will satisfy your sweet tooth every time.
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7426 calories
810 g
493 g
446 g
134 g
158 g
1514 g
2580 g
693 g
7 g
247 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1514g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7426
Calories from Fat 3812
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 446g
686%
Saturated Fat 158g
792%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 79g
Monounsaturated Fat 168g
Cholesterol 493mg
164%
Sodium 2580mg
107%
Total Carbohydrates 810g
270%
Dietary Fiber 49g
196%
Sugars 693g
Protein 134g
Vitamin A
116%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
40%
Iron
123%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups peanut butter
  2. 3 cups powdered sugar
  3. 2 cups Rice Krispie's Cereal
  4. 1/2 cup butter, soft
*Chocolate Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter, soft
  2. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  3. 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 cup milk, for consistency
Instructions
  1. Mix peanut butter and butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until fully incorporated. Combine well. Fold in Rice Krispie's. Press into a greased 9x13 pan.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Beat butter and cocoa powder until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Add milk and beat until smooth and creamy, you may use more or less than the listed 1/4 cup. I like to beat my frosting at least 2-3 minutes after every ingredient is added, until it is very smooth, creamy, and slightly whipped. Spread over top of peanut butter layer.
  2. You probably won't need all of the frosting. Generally I like desserts pretty heavily frosted, but it really doesn't take much to make these great! Refrigerate any unused frosting. It's always good to have a little extra frosting on hand 🙂
Notes
  1. *I prefer the chocolate frosting, but you can also melt 2 cups of chocolate chips with a little shortening and use that as the topping instead of the chocolate buttercream. They taste great either way!
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Brownies and Bars

Breakup Brownies

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

These brownies. Where do I begin? Breakup Brownies are an outrageous mixture of two of my most favorite things in this world- chocolate and peanut butter. Wait, wait, wait! Breakup Brownies have FOUR of my most favorite things in this world- chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo’s, and Reese’s. You will literally want to eat these ’til the cows come home!

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

These bad boys have become one of my most loved brownie recipes. On top of that, they are pretty simple. In between layers, there is some required cooling, but like I said, they are simple. 

There are various recipes for these bars and a lot of recipes entitle them “Crack Brownies”. I’ve got no beef with that name, but I have my reasons for liking the other. Some may scoff that when I married My Cowboy, I literally married one of the first guys I met when I went off to college, but I never had the heartbreak of a bad breakup. Score! Seriously though, I think if I were going through a breakup, my recovery would call for these. Therefore, I still dub them, “Breakup Brownies”.

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

We begin with a boxed brownie mix. Sure you can be fancy and use the real thing, your own homemade recipe. However, if you add a few simple ingredients to a brownie mix you can end up with something practically like the real, homemade deal. 

Next, we add a full covering of Reese’s and Oreo’s.

To top it off, we melt milk chocolate chips and peanut butter, mixed with Rice Krispy’s and Oreo’s for a generous layer of deliciousness.

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

So tasty. Let me repeat- SO TASTY!

Breakup Brownies from butterloveandcowboys.com

Get a load of that!

Another note is that I have made these in both a 8×8 inch pan and a 9×13 inch pan. If you use the former, be ready for a SUPER thick brownie, like the ones in these photos. If you use the latter, they are a pretty standard brownie size.  I don’t know that I liked either way better so I guess it would just depend how many people I was trying to stretch the brownies for.

Breakup Brownies
An outrageous combination of chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo's, and Reese's- all in one delicious brownie!
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6603 calories
578 g
764 g
455 g
104 g
207 g
1478 g
3207 g
266 g
8 g
216 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1478g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6603
Calories from Fat 4001
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 455g
700%
Saturated Fat 207g
1034%
Trans Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 65g
Monounsaturated Fat 151g
Cholesterol 764mg
255%
Sodium 3207mg
134%
Total Carbohydrates 578g
193%
Dietary Fiber 28g
111%
Sugars 266g
Protein 104g
Vitamin A
142%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
104%
Iron
138%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Brownies
  1. -1 box brownie mix
  2. -1/4 cup milk
  3. -2 eggs
  4. -1/2 cup butter, melted
For the second layer
  1. -12 Reese's peanut butter cups, cut into quarters.
  2. -10 Oreo's, in chunks
For the topping
  1. -2 cups milk chocolate chips
  2. -1 cup peanut butter
  3. -1 tablespoon butter
  4. -1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. -1 cup Rice Krispie's Cereal
  6. -3/4 cup Oreo's, in small chunks
For the brownies
  1. *1. Preheat oven at 325 F. Grease an 8x8 inch pan. Combine the brownie mix, milk, eggs, and butter. Pour into greased pan. Bake for 50-52 minutes.
For the second layer
  1. 2. When you pull the brownies out of the oven, immediately place the Reese's peanut butter cups and the 10 chunked up Oreo's on top of the brownies. After 3-5 minutes, spread the melted Reese's and Oreo's with a knife. Let brownies cool completely.
For the topping
  1. 1. Place chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave using increments of thirty seconds. Stir between each thirty seconds. Continue until melted and smooth. Add vanilla and combine.
  2. **2.Add Rice Krispie's and Oreo's to the chocolate chip and peanut butter mixture.
  3. 3. Spread topping over cooled brownies and let set up completely. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *You can make this same recipe in either a 9x13 inch or 8x8 inch pan. The 8x8 inch pan will yield a very thick brownie like in these photos. Just make sure you adjust the baking temperature and time in correlation with the size of pan you use, according to the instructions on whichever brownie mix you have.
  2. **You can skip the 3/4 cup of Oreo's and just use 1 3/4 cup of Rice Krispies instead. Using the Oreo's makes for a pretty rich brownie but they are so good!
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Brownies and Bars

Seven Layer Bars

I have been searching the internet high and low for all sorts of variations on Seven Layer Bars. They are so versatile! The unique combinations and spin-offs of these original bars are endless! Now, before I move onto some of those more unique combinations, let me focus on the original.  Even the original bars can be adapted to suit anyone’s taste.
 
Seven Layer Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com
Seven Layer Bars are a simple, tried-and-true kind of treat. They are super quick and easy to throw together. Most recipes tell you to let the bars cool completely before digging in. Well I will tell you, in the words of ‘Mater, ” to not to.” We only wait as long as is absolutely necessary before serving these up. If you are too impatient, which is the category I tend to fall into, you may serve up a gooey mess. That, in my opinion, isn’t all bad, BUT, for the sake of easy-serve, give them fifteen minutes to cool off.

Seven Layer Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

Seven Layer Bars from butterloveandcowboys.com

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7 Layer Bars
Yields 9
A deliciously gooey and easy, classic dessert recipe that is ready to throw in the oven in minutes.
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570 calories
55 g
35 g
35 g
13 g
16 g
122 g
244 g
48 g
0 g
17 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
122g
Yields
9
Amount Per Serving
Calories 570
Calories from Fat 302
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
54%
Saturated Fat 16g
82%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 35mg
12%
Sodium 244mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 55g
18%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 48g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
29%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
20%
Iron
31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4.5 full graham cracker sheets, crushed
  2. 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  3. 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. *1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  5. 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  6. 1 cup peanut butter chips
  7. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  8. 1/2 cup toffee bits
  9. 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  10. 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place crushed graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter into a greased 8x8 pan. Combine well, mixing by hand, and press into the pan to form the crust.
  2. 2. Next, layer all of the chips, in the order listed. Layer the toffee bits, then the coconut.
  3. 3. Evenly spread sweetened condensed milk over bars. Bake 25-28 minutes.
  4. 4. Let cool 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. *I'm not a big fan of butterscotch so I usually replace these with peanut butter chips.
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fat
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protein
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carbs
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