I’m sorry for doing this to you.

I really am.

But see, last Friday while I was on a 10-hour road trip heading for vacation, I received this recipe from a reader named Liz.

Liz, I love you. That’s all I have to say.

I was tortured by this recipe for a full 8 days before I could make it. I wanted to make it while I was on vacation, but couldn’t drag myself up off the couch to do so.

So it was the first thing I made when I returned home.

Better-Than-Crack Brownies I howsweeteats.com

These are an absolute sin.

I really don’t have any words, other than you must try them. They will change your life.

They may also change your waistline too.

But that’s okay.

It’s all in the name of chocolate.

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Better-Than-Crack Brownies

1 batch brownies (boxed mix or oooey gooey brownies)

1/2 cup salted peanuts (if don’t have salted, add sea salt)

1 cup chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups

1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 tablespoon butter

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

Mix brownies according to directions, and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Remove and top with peanuts and peanut butter cups, and bake for 4-6 minutes more.

While they are finishing baking, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Stir in cereal. Remove brownies from oven and evenly pour chocolate mixture over top.

Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.



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Mr. How Sweet says these are healthy since they have peanuts for protein and good fat, and since the back of the Rice Krispie box says the cereal is a “healthy snack.”

I love the way this man thinks.

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512 Responses to “Better-Than-Crack Brownies.”

  1. #
    Ari — December 3, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    Okay, I’ve had more then a couple people ask me for this recipe, so; here it is!If you need to use an alternate name for the fam or younger children, my mom calls it “Drizzle Cake” in polite company. :) Feel free to tag anyone else you know who might want this.

    What You Need:

    German Chocolate Cake Mix

    1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

    1 jar Caramel Ice Cream Topping

    1 bag Heath bits (can be found with the chocolate chips in any store)

    1 large tub of Extra Creamy Cool Whip

    What To Do:

    Grease a 13×9 pan and set it aside. (Trust me, use 13×9. Anything smaller won’t be able to hold all the toppings and will overflow into a HUGE mess.)Preheat your oven as directed on the cake box, and follow prep instructions for the cake.

    After you remove the cake from the oven, put the pan in the on the stove top or a baking rack to cool. Wait approx. 15 minutes and then, with the end of a mixing spoon, poke sporadic holes in the cake about 1/4 inch apart.

    While the cake is still warm, drizzle the whole can of sweetened condensed milk, and the whole jar of caramel over the cake; filling the holes and leaving a layer on top of the cake. Then sprinkle about half the bag of heath bits onto the cake.

    Let the cake cool for AT LEAST an hour. Then put the cool whip on like frosting. Just use half the tub at first, just in case the cake hasn’t cooled enough and the cool whip ends up melting into it. (I like to put half on while the cake is luke warm, and then let it sit overnight and put the rest of the cool whip on in the morning. It gives everything tie to soak in and makes it THAT much better.)

    After you apply the second half of the cool whip, top the cake with your remaining heath bits. (I usually don’t use the entire bag, use your own personal judgement.)

    Finally, ENJOY!!!


    • mattison — April 5th, 2012 @ 11:32 am

      I made these last night and they are amazing!! I can’t stop eating them!!


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    Lori — December 4, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    Shockingly, I wasn’t crazy about these…they were actually too sweet and tasted more like a candy bar than a brownie. I felt like I was eating a giant Reese’s Peanut Butter cup. I think I might try them again but use a double amount of brownie mix, skip the peanuts and use 1/2 the amount of peanut butter, chocolate and rice krispy topping (like a thin layer on top).


    • Kevin — March 27th, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

      Just double the brownie mix and skip the peanuts and use coco krispies instead. They are so good….


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    Andy — December 4, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    I used cocoa crispies and double fudge brownies. Made it at work and they disappeared in ten minutes!


    • Charmaine — January 9th, 2012 @ 3:10 am

      @Andy I like the way you think!! Going to try the cocoa crispys great addition.


  4. #
    texas food and travel — December 7, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    wow these look great! thanks for sharing


  5. #
    Kirsten — December 8, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    Oh my! These look amazing!


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    Kate — December 8, 2011 @ 3:09 pm



    • Sarah — January 17th, 2012 @ 12:21 am



      • Elisha — January 18th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm


        • steven — January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:27 am


          • Andrew — January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:39 pm


            • Mara — March 28th, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

              sixth, and seventh, and eighth…

              and ninth…

  7. #
    matt — December 14, 2011 @ 3:28 am

    you obviously never had crack


    • dee — December 14th, 2011 @ 7:06 am

      lol..i agree:)


    • Kelly — March 8th, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

      Aw come on…nothing is better than crack. :)


  8. #
    Mellisa — December 18, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Oh dear god these sound good!


  9. #
    Jenn @therebelchick — December 19, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    I think I gained 5 lbs just reading this blog post! I definitely have to try making these!


  10. #
    Danuta — December 21, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    very well said, grammie2maddie.


  11. #
    AshAsh — December 24, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    I highly doubt these brownies are better than crack no matter how you slice it. They do look amazing though.


  12. #
    dena — December 25, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Omgg! Made these brownies for christmas today and EVERYYONEE loved them. They’re delishh<3


  13. #
    Briana — December 28, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    These brownies were the best! Me and all my friends love them :)


  14. #
    Diana — December 29, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Well I just gained 5 lbs by looking at it !LOL


  15. #
    kelly — January 1, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    Just made these crack brownies! They look dangerous! I will be sharing them with a group of friends tonight….cause I would not eat these alone!!! I could but I won’t!!


  16. #
    Rick — January 3, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    so what happens if you actually put crack in them? better than heroin brownies?


    • Gryphonisle — January 6th, 2012 @ 2:38 am

      You’d have to smoke them. Can’t say they’d taste good that way, but if you used enough crack you might get that momentary mind blowing buzz.


    • Casey — January 12th, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

      What kind of people are reading food blogs nowadays!?! oh my goodness, lol


      • Allison — February 5th, 2012 @ 1:02 am


      • Sarah — April 27th, 2012 @ 9:00 am

        I agree with…what is with all the crack comments??

        • Jaynie — May 31st, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

          Because they are called… “Better-than-crack-brownies”

  17. #
    cookthegood — January 4, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Well the graduated illustration you gave is marvelous, that really made your recipe easy to prepare.


  18. #
    Gryphonisle — January 6, 2012 @ 2:34 am

    Of course they’re good, several corporations invested most of the effort and chemical mixes to ensure they would be. Now let’s come up with a version of the recipe without all the food products, and instead rely on actual food. Cooking from packages, combining brand name food products is more Science than Cooking, how it tastes is irrelevant. If you can waste time making this, you can make it better using food and dumping the food products.


    • Sue — January 18th, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      YES!! Preach on!!!


    • donutqueen — January 19th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

      who said they wanted food? We are talking about brownies


  19. #
    sedated — January 7, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    The dish looks so yummy that i can’t control myself


  20. #
    Kelly — January 9, 2012 @ 2:55 am

    My boyfriend and I made these and he brought them into his work; that night, while on a date, he got a text from his boss saying that she couldn’t stop thinking about the brownies and when would he bring in more? Everyone I’ve made them for has raved about them. I’ve even heard from several people that these brownies were the best thing they’ve ever tasted. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


  21. #
    Linda — January 11, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Will these brownies be just as good if I make them the day before?


  22. #
    Elisha — January 18, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    Do everything else the same. Just use a mixture of white, dark, and milk chocolate chips….YUM.


  23. #
    Alexandra — January 21, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    You obviously never had crack…JK JK these r amazing i loved them! :)


  24. #
    Julie — January 22, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Tried these last night and they are to die for! I would actually increase the peanuts and Reese’s cup layer in the middle though, it seemed drowned out between the brownie and top layer! Peanuts with sea salt really gave it a good contrast within all the sweet!


  25. #
    Ally — January 24, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    when do you put in the reeses?


  26. #
    Maggie — January 31, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    My boyfriend says these are the BEST thing that I bake him. haha. Nothing else has beaten it!!


  27. #
    Jennifer — January 31, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Wonder is crushed pretzels in with the peanut layer would add another dimension… oh my yum…


    • Michelle — June 7th, 2012 @ 12:57 am

      Now pretzels is a great idea!!!


  28. #
    Maddie — February 2, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    You know that episode of Sex in the City, where Miranda for the life of her can’t stop eating that chocolate cake so she ends up throwing it in the trash? Then she ends up pouring soap all over it because she ends up eating it anyway? Yeah that just happened.


  29. #
    meg — February 2, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    Too late to make these tonight, but tomorrow…. I’ll be eating these!!!!!


  30. #
    paula — February 5, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Another way to make these brownies is to make the brownies, then put cream cheese icing on top of the brownies (leaving off the peanuts and pb cups), then adding the chocolate, pb, krispy mix on top. They are fantastic!


  31. #
    Kelli — February 10, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    I absolutely love the humor in the recipe


  32. #
    Madelyn — February 13, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    Made these for a school play and they got RAVE reviews, one from the school director himself! :)
    The only downside is they take quite a bit of time to assemble, but if youre a huge fan of chocolate and you’re trying to impress someone who is also a huge fan, then these are the brownies for you :)


  33. #
    Kathy — February 15, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Just made these crack brownies! They look dangerous! I will be sharing them with a group of friends tonight


  34. #
    Meghann — February 16, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Love this recipe – have made it a couple of times now and always a hit. In honor of Girl Scout Cookie time – I swapped out the reeses for crushed up tagalongs or whatever the peanut butter sandwich cookie is. Still added the peanuts – but since the cookies were not as sweet as the reeses it balanced them a bit more. Now, I am thinking about what other salty sweet options I can get in there.


  35. #
    Savvy — February 16, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    These were honestly the best brownies I’ve ever had in my life….. too goood!!!


  36. #
    ATasteOfMadness — February 27, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    I made these brownies, and I’ve got to say that they were one of the best things I have ever made, bar none. I even gave a plateful to my boyfriend (reluctantly though I would have felt far too guilty eating them all. Don’t get me wrong, I could definitely do it) and he loved it. “This is the last one I’m eating today” only stops when all the brownies are gone.


  37. #
    alan — March 3, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    hi i liked your site barbecue goes great with brownies and chocolate.

    best wishes


  38. #
    umer — March 14, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    This is certainly something I would make and enjoy! thanks for sharing …


  39. #
    Lena — March 15, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I’ve made a cake that’s called “better then sex cake”. It’s the exact same recipe… and it looks nothing like these pictures. There is no way the pictures on here, is the same as this recipe. I would however like to know what the recipe is, for whatever those pictures are of. I see nuts in that picture and what looks like nestle crunch bar on top… so.. what is it?


  40. #
    Lena — March 15, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I dont know if my last post is on here or not.. but Now the recipe is right. Is pinterest messed up or my computer? sorry.. Its all good now.


  41. #
    Denver Realtor — March 27, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    I just made these, they are absolutely INCREDIBLE! Scared to think of the calories, haha! Oh well!


  42. #
    nat — March 30, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    did you use a boxed mix for yours? or the home made ones?

    have you made them w/ double the brownie mix as suggested by some posters? (and do you have a preference?)


  43. #
    Wodnik — April 4, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Wow, it looks so lovely! :)


  44. #
    Samantha Wian — April 15, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    I make these for every occasion that I have to bring a dish. The recipe I use has white cake frosting on top of the brownies instead…we do call them crack brownies!


  45. #
    Cindy Coniglio — April 23, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    i cant even look at these, im salivating.


  46. #
    Henry — July 3, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Oh yes … this is what i like! What a great recipe! Thank you!


  47. #
    Stephanie — July 5, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    I made these for a BBQ and they were a huge hit! I like to make things from scratch so I used the ooey gooey brownie recipe rather than from a box. I couldn’t believe it said to use a pound of butter! I’ve never heard of a brownie recipe needing that much. I used 2 sticks of butter rather than 4 and they turned out great! I also used 3 eggs instead of 4. They’re fattening enough, might as well leave out less ingredients if possible!


  48. #
    ole — July 14, 2012 @ 12:00 am
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    Joey Babin — July 15, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    Just made these for 70 hungry campers! Gone in seconds!


  50. #
    Bryce — July 17, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Is it even fair to call these brownies?



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