Fudgy brownies topped with a crackly layer of crispy rice cereal coated in melted chocolate and crunchy peanut butter--with a surprise peanut butter cup center.TipHero

Crackle Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Crackle Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Prep: 10 Mins | Total: 3Hrs
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients
Brownie Mix (plus ingredients called for on the package)
36 Mini Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
¾ Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
½ Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
1¼ Cup Crisped Rice Cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
Directions
Prepare the brownie mix following the package instructions. Line a 9-inch x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.
Arrange the mini peanut butter cups on top of the batter in 6 rows of 6 peanut butter cups.
Bake according to the time and temperature suggestions on the package for a 9-inch x 9-inch baking dish. (The brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.)
In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave until they're melted. Stir until they're completely mixed.
Add the crisped rice cereal and stir until it's just combined.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the brownies. Spread it evenly over the top and allow it to cool to room temperature. Place brownies in the refrigerator and cool completely before serving.

These triple-chocolate treats tower over the brownie competition with three incredible layers: crispy rice cereal coated in melted chocolate and crunchy peanut butter, stacked on top of mini chocolate peanut butter cups, stacked on top of rich, fudgy brownies.

This a recipe for death by chocolate peanut butter, and the combo of textures is to die for; one way or another, these brownies are gonna getcha. Simply adding peanut butter cups to brownie batter is enough to make most of us swoon, but these truly went above and beyond when we topped them off with crispy rice cereal coated in not just melted chocolate, but melted chocolate with a big old swirl of–you guessed it–crunchy peanut butter.

Fudgy brownies topped with a crackly layer of crispy rice cereal coated in melted chocolate and crunchy peanut butter--with a surprise peanut butter cup center.TipHero

The airy top layer will definitely remind you of those crackly mini chocolate bars you used to get when you went trick-or-treating. You can use your favorite store-bought brownie mix for the brownie layer, or whip up some brownie batter from scratch if you have the time. Then slice ’em up and delight everyone when you reveal a secret surprise layer of mini PB cups.

Fudgy brownies topped with a crackly layer of crispy rice cereal coated in melted chocolate and crunchy peanut butter--with a surprise peanut butter cup center.TipHero

We think you’ll find multiple excuses to lick the bowl while you’re making these. And if these aren’t brownie perfection, they’re at least very very special brownies.

Fudgy brownies topped with a crackly layer of crispy rice cereal coated in melted chocolate and crunchy peanut butter--with a surprise peanut butter cup center.TipHero