Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites Recipe

by Alice Currah on January 12, 2010. Updated March 20, 2012

I have a small confession to make.  I have a secret stash of Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups on the top shelf of my pantry.  I usually access it nightly after the kids have gone to bed.  But today I had this thought.. wouldn’t these little peanut butter cups be so cute and so good inside a mini brownie?  It would be just enough brownie to suspend the mini peanut butter cup just perfectly.  Next thing I knew I was baking up a batch and popping them in my mouth.  Heavenly.

The nice part about this recipe is that the baking time is only about 15 minutes and the batter can be prepared in a mixing bowl.  No special mixer required.  If you don’t have a mini cupcake pan, these can be made in a 9×13 baking dish too.  Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites


Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
Mini brownie bites with a peanut butter cup center.
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 40 mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped from the brown paper
  • mini muffin tin paper liners
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray non-stick spray into a paper towel and wipe the top of a mini cupcake pan. Line the tins with a paper liner.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix melted butter, sugars and vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Gradually add flour, cocoa, and salt and mix until combined.
  4. Fill each mini cupcake tin slightly more than halfway but not more than ⅔ full. Place a peanut butter cup in each slot pressing it down until it is almost level with the batter. Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until done. Allow the brownie bites to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cupcake tin. Enjoy!
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Jordan Landi August 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

An extremely exciting blog entry. I simply am bewildered at the title Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites | Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Recipe | Savory Sweet Life – Easy Recipes from an Everyday Home Cook. How wonderful!


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Maria September 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I love SAVORY SWEET LIFE! Thanks for all the great recipes :)


Sharon September 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I originally found this recipe through Tasty Kitchen. I made these delicious treats and posted a review that wasn’t totally favorable. I followed your directions and had such difficulty removing the cookies from the pan. They broke apart something terribly. I patched them together as best I could and sent them on their merry way with my daughter and her boyfriend to enjoy on their camping trip. I found them very good but not too attractive. Yesterday Nathan gave me feedback. He said they were the BEST cookie he has ever had. It is his absolute favorite. I just wanted to share this with you. I tried to make a 2nd post on Tasty Kitchen to share with the others but it wouldn’t let me. I just wanted you to know, they are indeed delicious. Thank you. I will make them again.


jayelle October 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I saw a similar recipe some years ago and have been meaning to try it. Now I think I’ll try these and substitute Splenda for the sugars and use the sugar-free peanut butter cups for the diabetics in my family.


Hampers October 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

Tried making some – tasted nice, but I didnt have the tray to make them that small so they just collapsed – ended up with goooey mess :)


buttercups cupcakes November 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm

What is so special about Reese’s peanut butter cups? Is it the way it melts in your mouth without sticking to the roof of your mouth? Is it the sweetness and the saltiness combination that you taste? Is it the tiny little pieces of peanut that you feel in your mouth? Or is it all of the above?
buttercups cupcakes


Melanie December 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Would it be okay to use the mini cupcake pan liners or is it important that this recipe not have them? Thanks!


norniea January 6, 2011 at 2:36 am

Hi Ladies!
I seldom use cupcake liners and I love to use my mini pan. Thank goodness for “Pam” or any cooking spray! Even my mini’s pop right out. Give it a try and you’ll have better luck. Best invention ever!
Thanks Alice, I enjoy your blog’s.


Nicole February 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

This is the most genius thing I’ve seen! I need to make these.


tay March 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I was looking for some sweet treat to make for my boyfriend’s 25th b-day and he LOVES Reeses! This will be a perfect recipe!


tay March 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I have a question, what would be the baking time is I had to use regular sized cupcake tins? Thanks! :)


Send Cheap Flowers August 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

Wow these look sooooo good!!!


Kat November 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Amazing!!! However my muffin tin is holding my brownies hostage… would it help if I floured the pan? Any tricks for getting them out?!


hampers December 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

Chocolates are again in the limelight. Take note Christmas season is just around the corner. These goodies would make a delightful gift for the sweet lovers.


Rina March 29, 2014 at 2:40 am

Is it possible to substitute the all purpose flour with gluten free flour?


Alice Currah April 1, 2014 at 2:03 am

Hi Rina,
As long as it is cup for cup, yes. Hope this helps.


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