I’m sorry for doing this to you. These brownies though.
I really am. But better than crack brownies? Had to happen.
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 eight 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.
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.
Which is totally worth it, if you ask me. And… everyone else. Probably. I hope so.
Better Than Crack Brownies
- 1 batch boxed brownie mix
- 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 the brownies according to their instructions - and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Remove and top with peanuts and peanut butter cups, and bake for 4 to 6 minutes more.
- While they are finishing baking, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. I do this in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Stir in the cereal. Remove the brownies from oven and evenly pour chocolate mixture over top.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Slice into squares!
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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.
[photos by sarah fennel]
581 Comments on “Better-Than-Crack Brownies.”
I think I gained 5 lbs just reading this blog post! I definitely have to try making these!
very well said, grammie2maddie.
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I highly doubt these brownies are better than crack no matter how you slice it. They do look amazing though.
Omgg! Made these brownies for christmas today and EVERYYONEE loved them. They’re delishh<3
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These brownies were the best! Me and all my friends love them :)
Well I just gained 5 lbs by looking at it !LOL
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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!!
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so what happens if you actually put crack in them? better than heroin brownies?
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.
What kind of people are reading food blogs nowadays!?! oh my goodness, lol
I agree with…what is with all the crack comments??
Because they are called… “Better-than-crack-brownies”
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Well the graduated illustration you gave is marvelous, that really made your recipe easy to prepare.
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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.
YES!! Preach on!!!
who said they wanted food? We are talking about brownies
The dish looks so yummy that i can’t control myself
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.
Will these brownies be just as good if I make them the day before?
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Do everything else the same. Just use a mixture of white, dark, and milk chocolate chips….YUM.
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You obviously never had crack…JK JK these r amazing i loved them! :)
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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!
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when do you put in the reeses?
My boyfriend says these are the BEST thing that I bake him. haha. Nothing else has beaten it!!
Wonder is crushed pretzels in with the peanut layer would add another dimension… oh my yum…
Now pretzels is a great idea!!!
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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.
Too late to make these tonight, but tomorrow…. I’ll be eating these!!!!!
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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!
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I absolutely love the humor in the recipe
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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 :)
Just made these crack brownies! They look dangerous! I will be sharing them with a group of friends tonight
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.
These were honestly the best brownies I’ve ever had in my life….. too goood!!!
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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.
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hi i liked your site barbecue goes great with brownies and chocolate.