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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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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. 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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Great pics & love your descriptive way of writing

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

  7. 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!

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

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

  10. 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

  11. I do hope the pain has eased a bit over these last few months, Liz. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a close friend. Yes, I think the brownies were a perfect way to celebrate your friend’s life and mourn her death. As far as absorbing alcohol, nice theory. 🙂

  12. I’m so sorry for your loss Liz. These brownies sound fantastic and glad you were able to share these with dear loved ones.

  13. Beautiful pan of brownies Liz….I’m a big fan of your brownies 😉
    I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, so sad. I think you’ve shared something very special with your friends and I’m sure they were well appreciated 😉

  14. I love everything about Reese’s. What a treat for your friends. I remember when I was growing up when there was a death in the community. The family would be bombarded with homemade meals and desserts. I am sure these were a comfort to you all.

  15. You can never have too many brownie recipes! This looks so yummy 🙂

  16. I think these brownies were just right for the occasion, super comforting. Super delicious. <3

  17. I’d love to dig into these delicious brownies, Liz! They look irresistible!

  18. Really sorry for your loss…These brownies sure helped in easing of the pain..they look delicious.

  19. These look delicious! A nice comforting classic.

  20. I’m so sorry for your loss Liz. I’m glad you can find comfort in your kitchen and in these amazing brownies to share with among good friends.

  21. You sound like a great friend, Liz. And I know those brownies would comfort me, too. Bottles and brownies. Hotel rooms and friends. That’s one way to get through the tough times. Take care.

  22. It’s always to comforting to talk through grief with those who know and love you, isn’t it? So nice of you to make these – I’ll bet everyone enjoyed them. I sure would – anything with Reeses anything in it has my number!

  23. Sorry about your lost. Yeah, I think the kitchen is a good place to forget about the world for a while. I think baking is quite therapeutic, at least for me.

    On a lighter note, these Fudgy Brownies with Reese’s Chunks are decadent. The perfect comfort food, in my opinion. 🙂

  24. Yes please to brownies studded with Reese’s! I always head to the kitchen when I need to work through stress or grief too – baking is the ultimate comfort!

  25. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    May I have a cigarette now, please?

  26. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your childhood friend. I do find that baking is very comforting also.
    Your brownies look amazing.

  27. These brownies would make my day. I need to find a recipe that makes two brownies or I’d eat the whole pan.

  28. Brownies are definitely meant to be shared among friends and the families. These look fudgy and delectable, Liz.

  29. In less than 1/2 hour it will be Brownies at Brunch Month! I know how I’m celebrating!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

  30. I always wonder how you come up with such beautiful brownie recipes.

  31. So sorry to hear about your loss. I love how food can bring people together in honoring, celebrating, and coming together

  32. Sorry to hear about your loss, and my condolences if I haven’t given them already. Your friend will be missed.

  33. I’m so sorry for your loss Liz, what a wonderful tight group of friends you have to help each other through the hard times. The brownies look and sound incredible.
    Mary x

  34. Baking is healing in so many ways. I’m so sorry you lost a dear friend (and your FIL:(. These brownies are decadent and delightful, Lizzie. send you hugs! xx

  35. Chocolates & peanut butter make good friends, don’t they? Such a pretty presentation!

  36. Sorry to hear about your loss, ~e-hugs~. Let me just take a minute and swoon at these pictures. PERFECT! So much yum I can’t even handle it!

  37. Once again your bars look scrumptious and PERFECT. You get the award LIzzie!

  38. So sorry for the loss of your friend Liz. The evening you spent together sounds like the perfect way to remember your friends loss and I bet they loved these brownies.

  39. Food is always the ultimate comfort, bringing everyone together. These look delicious!

  40. It would take major self control to not eat that entire pan of brownies… I am just drooling thinking about them. 🙂

  41. Such a wonderful gesture to remember your friend …. Baking is quiet therapeutic er during winter months since summertime in our kitchen is not so wonderful , too hot 😉 Will borrow your idea re adding Reese’s to brownies the next time I’ll try another brownie recipe .

  42. Lizzy,
    I remember the losses you had this year and I hope you’re doing better. You’re brownies always look fabulous. I don’t know how you didn’t eat the whole batch before sharing them.

  43. I am so sorry to read about the death of your childhood friend.I think it is wonderful that you are in contact with a group of friends you have known all your life and that you can support one another and share memories ! I am a big believer in sharing the love you bake! These brownie would warm anyone’s heart!

  44. OMG Liz I can’t keep up with your posts. How did I miss all of these. You’re a busy lady.

    I love fudge brownies, in fact besides these fudge holds a close second.

    I’m so sorry about your friend. I remember reading about it a while back. It’s so hard losing friends, I’ve lost my fair share. It’s hard to get over. Hope you’re coping well.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  45. I’m so sorry for your loss! These brownies are most definitely the perfect comfort food.

  46. Gathering friends to share wonderful memories and good food is a sweet way to celebrate the life of your friend. These chocolate brownies are a definite food hug!

  47. Sorry to hear about your loss, hope you are coping well…what a cool idea to insert peanut butter cups into a brownie, adds a whole new flavour. Liz you are a baking inspiration 🙂

  48. So sorry for your loss, Liz. Brownies are always comforting and delicious! And these ones are downright perfect!

  49. Liz, I remember hearing the news back in May and thinking to myself, when will the heartache end for my dear friend? You’ve dealt with far too many losses this year. An evening with old friends, booze and delicious treats like these Reese’s studded brownies is the perfect way to mourn together, but also to celebrate the friendship you had with the dearly departed.

  50. Being the kitchen always brings me some peace. These look super rich and delicious. I am sure they along with your presence brought much comfort.

  51. Great combo–it’s a winner I am sure. It is so good to have friends to help us thru the rough spots in life.

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