So, let me first start off by warning you all that these may go down as one of the most addicting brownies ever. If you love chocolate peanut butter, these may end up being your favorite sweet treat ever! I made these last weekend with the help of my six year old son. The brownie itself stayed moist and fudgey while the chocolate peanut butter layer was soft and crunchy! Even just thinking about these brownies makes me want to walk into my kitchen and make another batch right now, at 7 am, ha-ha!!
1 box brownie mix (enough to make an 8×8)
1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped
12 chocolate peanut butter cups, chopped
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
Mix and bake brownies according to directions on package. Make the brownies in a foil lined 8×8 or 9×9 pan. While the brownies are cooking, chop up the peanuts and peanut butter cups. About 5 minutes before the brownies are fully cooked, pull out of the oven and sprinkle the peanuts and peanut butter cups on top. Place brownies back into oven for last 5 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven immediately and spread melted peanuts/peanut butter cups on top evenly. Allow to cool completely. Next, in a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Be sure to not cook chocolate chips too long as they will easily burn. Cook in 30 second increments. Once smooth, add in the cereal, vanilla, and salt. Pour mixture on top of cooled brownies. Place in fridge and allow to chill until set, about 2 hours. Remove from fridge and cut into desired size pieces. Enjoy!