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Fudgy Brownies with Reese’s Chunks are perfect for happy occasions or gathering with friends to mourn the loss of a childhood friend. Good food brings comfort!

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Fudgy Brownies with Reese’s Chunks

You may have read about the death of a childhood friend in May. To deal with my grief, I headed to the kitchen. I knew I’d be gathering with some of my dearest, oldest friends to mourn our loss at a memorial service. One of my classmates planned to fill a cooler with booze for a private gathering at our hotel, and I knew we’d need a few treats to as well. I think I should have made a few sandwiches, too, seeing the aftermath of empties at the end of the night. These Fudgy Brownies with Reese’s Chunks were one of the goodies I brought for my friends.

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Reese’s Brownies

One of these friends used to make layered chocolate peanut butter fudge in college, so I knew a brownie studded with Reese’s miniatures would be one of sweets I’d bake up for her. I took a favorite fudgy brownie from Martha Stewart and sprinkled the batter with halved peanut butter cups before baking. You could easily make these Reese’s brownies with a boxed mix, too, if you’re pressed for time.

We snacked, sipped, hugged, laughed, and looked over old photos and junior high yearbooks. It was 4:30 AM before the night ended…our hearts still heavy, but tears dried by friendship. I’ve already shared the other bar cookies I made: Fudge and Toffee Filled Chocolate Chip Bars.

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The Recipe: Fudgy Brownies with Reese's Chunks

Fudgy Brownies studded with Reese's peanut butter cups

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 16 brownies


  • 1 stick butter
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 cup miniature Reese's peanut butter cups (cut in half)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with non-stick foil. Set aside.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave gently until butter and chocolate are melted (30 seconds x 3, stirring in between sessions). Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir sugar into chocolate till combined. Whisk in eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Fold in flour and salt.
  4. Sprinkle with Reese's and gently press into batter.
  5. Bake until cake tester comes out of center with just a few moist crumbs, 40-45 min. Cool completely on rack. Remove brownies from pan using foil. Cut into 2 inch squares.


Brownie recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook


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51 comments on “Fudgy Brownies with Reese’s Chunks”

  1. I’m so sorry about your loss. These brownies look delicious. Going to have to give these a try on my net baking adventure.

    Mel’s Corner

  2. During hard times, to feel the love of friends is so necessary. Glad you could share these with them, they´re just awesome Liz!

  3. The brownies look great and something fun to keep in mind for leftover Halloween candy:@)

  4. It’s still startling when someone your age, that you have known your entire life – passes away. So sorry for your loss. On the plus side, those Reese’s brownies look fantastic!

  5. Sorry about your loss .. These brownies look super. I love how fudgy they are and that you can get a nice clean cut.

  6. Great pics & love your descriptive way of writing

  7. Awww. Your life seems to have been blessed with good hearted friends and family, Liz. (Naturally, they reflect your beautiful heart.) Your mini Reese studded brownies look like they are perfect for a gathering of dear ones.

  8. These brownies looks amazing! It’s a great comfort to have good friends around.

  9. So sorry for your loss. I’m glad you could find comfort in the kitchen with these amazing brownies.

  10. Food is always so comforting and meant to be shared. This looks like a perfect treat and I am glad you were all able to celebrate the life of your friend

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