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Best Brownies Ever

Brownie + Fudge + Peanut Butter = Heaven

I was recently at the grocery store and a new Betty Crocker brownie mix caught my eye – Fudge Molten Lava. It sounded pretty amazing so I bought a box to try and it didn’t disappoint!!! However, I didn’t love the packet of chocolate fudge that came with it – it was difficult to get all of the chocolate out of the packet and it didn’t spread evenly or easily. And maybe I would have liked even more fudge…. But I loved this concept of molten lava brownies and figured there had be a better way to do something similar, and maybe make it taste even better (think peanut butter). So I played around with this just a little bit and on the second try – NAILED it! The entire plate of brownies disappeared in about 90 seconds.(And it can’t get much easier than this either!)

All you need is:

  • a box of Betty Brocker Fudge brownie mix (even the classic Milk Chocolate will work fine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 jar Smucker’s Hot Fudge Topping (11.75 oz)
  • 1 bag Reese’s Peanut Butter baking chips
  1. Grease the bottom and sides of 8 x 8 inch baking pan (I love the Baker’s Joy spray). Preheat oven to 350º F. Adjust rack to middle of the oven.
  2. Combine brownie mix, eggs, oil and water and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined and batter is smooth.
  3. Pour half the batter into the baking pan, so that the bottom of the pan is just covered.

4. Scoop about 1/3 jar of the hot fudge topping into  plastic sandwich bag. Cut off one of the corners of the sandwich bag – just small enough to allow a thin line of fudge to squeeze out.


5. Squeeze the fudge out in lines running both horizontal and diagonal as shown below.

6. Sprinkle as many peanut butter chips on top of the fudge as you would like. (Just omit this step if any peanut allergies, or if for some reason you don’t love peanut butter).

7. Pour the remaining brownie batter over the fudge and peanut butter chips.

8. Bake on the middle rack for about 35-40 minutes. Baking time will vary by oven. The edges of the brownie should crisp up and slightly pull in from the edge of the pan. The middle should be firm if you shake the pan, but a toothpick inserted will still come out with fudge on it.

9. Let rest for 2 hours, cut with a plastic knife and enjoy!

These are seriously the BEST brownies I’ve ever had in my LIFE – and I’ve had my share of brownies!!! Go ahead and try these – I would love to know what you think!!


** Note – I did try making these with actual peanut butter the first time around, rather than the peanut butter baking chips. It was good, but the baking chips are better.

Boxed Brownie Mix “Hack”

I LOVE brownies. My husband loves them. And most importantly my kids love them. But we don’t all agree on how we like them. My husband will only eat them crispy on the outside and cakey on the inside. For the kids and me, the fudgier (is that a word?) the better! With this recipe they are crunchy around the edges, gooier toward the middle, and everyone is happy 🙂

It’s always fun to make them from scratch and try new recipes, but 99% of the time I’m either in a huge rush to get somewhere or the kids are melting down so making them from scratch is not an option. With a couple minor tweaks, brownies from a box can taste SOOOO much better!

Start with the ingredients listed on the box, but add in an additional 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Prepare an 8″ x 8″ metal pan (glass just doesn’t work the same for me) by spraying it with Baker’s Joy and preheat the oven to 325º F.


Combine the brownie mix, water, oil and eggs. DO NOT over mix!!

Using a rubber spatula mix in approximately 3/4 cups chocolate chips (if you like chocolate the way I do, add even more!). I prefer Ghiradelli semi or bittersweet chips. Pour the batter into the baking pan.

You can put them in the oven just like this, or you can step it up a notch by sprinkling some Reese’s Peanut Butter chips or Reese’s Mini Pieces Peanut Butter Candy (shown here) all over the top. NOW it’s ready to go into the oven! Aside from a perfectly chilled glass of Savignon Blanc, is there anything better than chocolate and peanut butter???

This part may vary by oven, but I bake my brownies about 5 minutes less than the suggested time on the box. Anytime I follow the guidelines on the box, they come out dry and overcooked. My husband may be okay with it, but the rest of us are not!

** The most important step (and this probably goes against some rule of baking!!) is once you take the brownies out of the oven, immediately put them on a hot pad in the refrigerator. When they come out of the oven they are so hot and continue to bake until they are overcooked. Leave them in the fridge until completely cooled and then bring them out to cut and serve.