Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

My Friday just ended up getting better and better – a project deadline was extended, so I was able to leave the office on time, yay! And you know what that means? 6 o’clock hot yoga class with Katie. I’ve been looking forward to a class all week and this session did not disappoint! I was dripping in sweat by the end and I think I scurred a few people on the subway. I was the girl attired in sweaty running shorts + bright red winter coat + cowboy boots. I didn’t quite look homeless, but I certainly didn’t look sane. Ah well, it’s the price I pay for stretched out muscles and core strength…

When I got home, I scrounged around in the kitchen and made a dinner of pantry staples: 2 slices of whole wheat toast topped with peanut butter, a smidge of homemade apple butter, and apple slices. Plus more apple slices and pb on the side. Can you believe all of that apple is from just ONE piece of fruit? I had a jonagold the size of my head and it was very delicious. I love apple season!

apple pb toast

After I ate dinner and showered I was feeling mighty ambitious, so I decided to bake something yummy. I looked at a few cookbooks for inspiration, but in the end I decided to make up my own recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. The combo of salty and sweet is really addictive and I am in a bit of a sugar coma from all of the batter sampling and crumb nibbling. So worth it though!

Melt the butter and chocolate

My Kitchenaid stand mixer was the BEST birthday present ever. Thanks mom!

I love my kitchenaid

I love things that are mini-sized. Especially if they contain chocolate and peanut butter.

TJ's mini peanut butter cups

Brownies warm from the oven:

peanut butter cup brownies

peanut butter cup brownies

Brownies with mini peanut butter cups


  • 3/4 bag bittersweet chocolate chips (I used ghiradelli brand)
  • 12 Tbs unsalted butter (1.5 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • (most of a) container of Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking pan
  • Melt butter and chocolate chips in a pan over low heat
  • Using a mixer, cream together eggs and sugar
  • Combine chocolate mixture with egg/sugar mixture, add in vanilla and applesauce
  • Slowly mix in flour and salt
  • Stir in peanut butter cups
  • Pour batter into baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean
  • Makes about 20 servings. Enjoy!
  • Those brownies sound great! And I’m very jealous of a stand mixer–that’s one thing I’ve always wanted

  • Double yum… I’m no a sugar high from the pictures alone!

  • Those brownies look a-mazing!! I’d love to try the recipe, but know I’d eat every single brownie in one sitting and have a terrible sugar coma/stomachache for days… 🙂

  • love your blog! those brownies look AWESOME

  • those brownies look amazing! those are my favorite dessert hands down!

  • Holy whoa. I’ll eat brownies for any rhyme or reason, but throw in those delicious TJ mini cups and…all self-control becomes a moot point.

    I feel you on the awkward subway attire. I hate toting my yoga mat around, people always squirm and glare due to the amount of space it takes up on a packed subway. Oh, well! As you said, it’s all in the interest of core strength.

  • Oh boy. Those look dangerous! I’m thinking of making your cookies from last week today – it’s a day for baking!
    Yay for hot yoga and being “that girl” on the subway. Too funny!

  • Ellen

    Wow, those brownies look and sound delish! Any tips on how not to eat half the batter before putting it in the oven? Um yeah…always a problem for me…

  • Why didn’t I look at your blog last night? I was trying to figure out what to make, so I baked some ginger molasses cookies”. Sure, they were good, but these brownies look so much better.