Reese’s Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies

An easy recipe for ultra-decadent brownies (made with brown butter) that have a surprise inside: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yeah, the big ones. I’m not messing around. 

Reese's Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies from The Food Charlatan

So today I was literally running around like a crazy person. Long to-do list, you ask? Errands to run? Um, no. More like the barefoot, dodging legos, literal kind of running. In my house.

I’ve been terrible lately about keeping any sort of exercise routine. There’s always some excuse right? No time, I already showered, I just ate 3 Banana Churros and now I’m too full. << Yeah, I know. Balance is not my forte, okay?

Reese's Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies from The Food Charlatan

But last week I decided I had had enough. No excuses, I just needed to move, and I knew that if I conceptualized that thought for too long my resolve would fizzle. I needed to surprise attack my own body.

So I started jogging from room to room. Why not, right? At least that’s what I thought for my first few laps. This isn’t so bad. Who needs a treadmill anyway? Waste of space, if you ask me. On a treadmill you don’t even get to hurdle tiny (but deadly) Elsa barbie shoes. (Clearing the halls for running would have qualified as a stalling tactic for I Can’t Commit Karen, hence the toy land mines.)

Pretty soon the kids were both sitting on the bean bag, doing nothing but watching me as I huffed and puffed by every 10 seconds. I thought they were about to bust out the popcorn.

Reese's Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies from The Food Charlatan

Welcome to this chocolate-peanut-butter coma. You might want to start running around your house this very instant in preparation for this mad decadence. The concept is simple: take the richest, fudgiest, chocolate-iest brownie you could ever imagine, and shove a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup inside. I don’t really feel like I need to go on, but let me just tell you the secret–it’s the brown butter. It doesn’t taste like brown butter, just gives it a really deep flavor.

Source: From my favorite Browned Butter Brownies, originally from Something Swanky

I ate one too many, okay?

This is my go-to Brown Butter Brownies recipe that I make ALL the time…plus Reese’s. If you’re not feeling the peanut butter, just mix in 1 cup of dark or semi-sweet chocolate. Any way you jazz up these brownies, you will get people hunting you down for this recipe. Also, if you are getting together to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, I can’t think of a better way to top off chili and appetizers than these babies.

Reese's Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies from The Food Charlatan

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Reese’s Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies


  • 2 and 1/2 sticks of salted butter (1 and 1/4 cup)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with parchment paper or foil and then spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Or just spray the pan.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally. The butter will foam up, then back down and start forming brown-colored milk solids or “bits”. When it is a nice light brown and it starts to smell like you could drink it straight, that’s when you know it’s done.
  4. While your butter is browning, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl or stand mixer.
  5. Once the butter is nice and brown, immediately pour the butter into the bowl with the sugar and cocoa (so that it stops cooking. You don’t want it to burn). Beat the mixture until it is smooth, almost creamy.
  6. Add the water and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition.
  7. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. Batter will be about the consistency of cement. Have a taste. It’s awesome.
  8. Use a sturdy rubber spatula to spread batter into the prepared pan.
  9. Unwrap 12 (or 11...) large Reeses PB cups and press them into the brownie batter. Swirl the top with a spatula, so that the PB Cups are covered.
  10. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out batter-free. The center of the pan should be mostly set.

Source: From my favorite Browned Butter Brownies, originally from Something Swanky

Reese's Stuffed Brown Butter Brownies from The Food Charlatan

More PB and Chocolate:

Buried Reese’s Cookies:

Buried Reeses Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars:

Peanut Butter S'mores Bars

Nutella-Swirled Ice Cream with Reese’s Chunks:

Nutella-Swirled Vanilla Ice Cream with Reese's-Style Chunks from

 Snickers Brownie Bars:

Snickers Brownie Bars from The Food Charlatan

Even more chocolate and peanut butter from friends:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecakes from Mom on Timeout
Chocolate PB Cup Cookie Dough Truffles from Inside BruCrew Life
Peanut Butter Fudge Pie from Taste and Tell





  1. says

    Giiirrrrllll these sound amazing!!! Also, the image of you running from room to room in your house is hilarious .. and kind of a genius idea! I like to run outside, but it’s been way too cold lately. I’ve also started doing my cardio in the morning, but there’s no way I’m going to run around outside at 6am in the DARK and when it’s 14 degrees outside. No thanks. So I’ve been using things like Daily Burn (have you tried that out?) … so like this morning I did a hip hop dance workout. At 6am. That’s weird, right? haha … anyway …. gotta go stalk your site now, bye!
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    • says

      Yes! So cold! Although you are about to hate me, because I live in CA and “cold” here doesn’t really qualify. I’ll have to look up the Daily Burn! Thanks for commenting Sara! PS hip hop dance workouts are never weird, only awesome.

    • says

      I know, a brownie is great on it’s own, but once you know you’ve missed out on having a Reeses layer it kind of loses the magic. I probably fed it to Charlotte, actually. I don’t have time to waste on unmagical brownies.

  2. says

    Would it be wrong for me to steal my husband’s peanut butter cups from Christmas to make these brownies? Would it? Surely not if I’m going to turn them into delicious brownies for him? Right? Right?! :D

    Who am I kidding? I’d eat half the pan before he even knew what was happening… I’ve been craving chocolate cake with pb frosting, but this might be even better!!!
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  3. says

    I’m totally picturing Charlotte watching you run… And somehow, I think she’d probably ask you to read a book or play Barbies or something. Anything to undermine your exercise plans! ;) And these brownies? Fudgy, browned butter, AND the big Reese’s? Please tell me you save one or two in your freezer. Because I’d drive over THIS VERY SECOND to eat one. Pinned!
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  4. says

    We had a treadmill at my parents house when we grew up. And I think I ran on it…4 times? Who wants to jog in place while staring at a wall? Boring! I like your idea of just jogging thru the house. But I’m sure I would trip on a dog in less than a minute, ha! These brownies are too good! Peanut butter and chocolate all the way!
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    • says

      I KNOW! I was super embarrassed when I realized I had eaten too many and everyone would see that I’m a glutton even while preparing over the top candy stuffed brownies. Haha! Thanks Julia!!

  5. Brandi says

    Made these with my husband, but he got the small reeses (smh), but they turned out delicious…preggers and craving sweets :-)

    • says

      If you add enough of the small ones, it’s the same as eating the big ones right Brandi?? :) I totally get the pregnant cravings! Sometimes you gotta just give in. Thanks for coming back to comment!

  6. says

    Hi! just made these beauties for Easter! I used organic sugar cane and whole wheat organic flour and freshly ground honey roasted peanut butter and they were AMAZING!! My kids wouldn’t stay away from the batter! I always worry that changing these ingredients will alter the taste too much, but I don’t think these could be any better! Thank you so much!

  7. says

    Thanks for sharing these with the world! I made them last weekend and gosh, they were amazing! They were such a big hit with my friends and I’m excited to try out the extras I froze for later. I didn’t even notice you used salted butter and used my standard unsalted, but it turned out totally fine.

    I loved them so much, I blogged about them today – you can see it here.
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