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These Fudgy Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are SO delicious, you might cry. They’re a rich and decadent brownie recipe topped with a gooey peanut butter. Once baked they’re so fudgy and peanut buttery you’ll have to eat more than one.

stacked black and yellow swirl brownies

BEST Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

I mean…peanut butter. And brownies. Is there anything better? Peanut butter brownies are epic!

This is my standard brownie recipe that I’ve been using for about a year now. You can make them in a 9×13″ pan for a thinner brownie, or in a 9×9″ pan for a thicker and extra super fudgy brownie.

stacked black and yellow swirl brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies Ingredients

  • The recipe includes three kinds of chocolate: melted unsweetened and semi-sweet, and cocoa powder. You can use regular cocoa powder, or you can use Dark Cocoa Powder. If you’ve never used Dark – DO IT. It gives it such a rich and fudgy flavor, seriously you’ll cry.
  • Lots of butter keeps them moist and rich.
  • Eggs give brownies that fudgy gooey texture.
  • Peanut Butter – the peanut butter mixture is swirled on top the brownies. Be sure to use a no-stir (not natural) peanut butter.

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How to make Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

  • First you’ll make the brownies by mixing all the ingredients in a large bowl. Place the batter into the pan.
  • The peanut butter topping is simple to make. It’s made with powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. The peanut butter mixture by itself tastes like a peanut butter cup.
  • Swirl the peanut butter on top and then bake the brownies in a preheated oven.
stacked black and yellow swirl brownies

This is such a great all-purpose brownie recipe – without the peanut butter you can frost them with orange frosting, or coconut frosting. You can stuff them with Oreos or make them into truffles. This is the BEST brownie recipe!

stacked brownies with peanut butter on top.

Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe

4.26 from 27 votes
Rich and fudgy brownies with a peanut butter swirl! These are some serious brownies!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 16 brownies
Serving Size 1 serving


For the Brownies

  • 4 ounces (113g) unsweetened baking chocolate coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) Dutch-process cocoa powder (or regular unsweetened)
  • 1 cup (124g) all-purpose flour

For the peanut butter swirl:

  • ½ cup 133g) peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter melted
  • cup (38g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×9-inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place baking chocolate and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well. Add flour and stir carefully. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  • Stir together peanut butter, melted butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Drop spoonfuls on top of the brownies then swirl with a butter knife or the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Bake about 28-35 minutes, until the center seems set. Let cool before cutting.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use Dutch-process or regular unsweetened cocoa powder
  • This recipe has only been tested with shelf stable (not natural) peanut butter.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or you can freeze them.
  • I recommend baking in metal pans.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 362IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Brownie Recipes

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Making these right now, super fun to make. I didn’t have any baking chocolate so I just used a substitute of cocoa powder and shortening. Turned out amazing. Will make again

  2. So good. I baked 15 mins longer and that texture is perfect for me. Used the dark Cocoa. These are perfect and a true keeper recipe for me.

  3. I found these brownies extremely sweet. I will only use 1 cup of sugar in the brownie next time and 1 tbsp of powdered sugar in the peanut butter next time. Even my kids said they were too sweet, which never happens.