Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are wonderfully tender and fudgy with melty chocolate chunks and marbled peanut butter swirled on top.

This is the perfect Dessert Recipe for any chocolate and peanut butter lovers. It takes our classic Homemade Brownie Recipe and adds delicious, creamy, salty peanut butter to the chocolate base. 

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies sliced on parchment


Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are a guaranteed hit. They are perfect for bringing to a party, bake sale, or serving for family dessert night. The gooey brownie recipe uses the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter to make a crowd-pleasing, sweet and salty dessert in under an hour.

When it comes to dessert combos, peanut butter and chocolate are always favorite flavors. That’s why we have so many recipes. From Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark to Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Ball, to these Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies, we just can’t get enough of the creamy peanut butter and chocolate flavors!

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies collage of prep steps

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are perfect for when you are craving something sweet and chocolatey but don’t have a lot of time or patience for baking. The gooey brownie batter is super simple, and for the peanut butter topping, all you have to do is microwave creamy peanut butter until it’s slightly melted. Then just pop the Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies in the oven. When they’re done you will have amazing brownies that you can top off with Vanilla Ice Cream for the ultimate brownie decadence. 

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies softened peanut butter drizzled on top of batter


Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies batter with peanut butter before baking


  • Prep time: Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and prepping your baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. If you don’t have cooking spray, you can also line the dish with parchment paper to stop the brownies from sticking. 
  • Chocolate brownie batter: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once it’s boiling turn off the heat, and add the butter and cocoa powder. Whisk until the butter is melted and the chocolate mixture is well blended. Then pour it into a large mixing bowl. Add the granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and mix until creamy. Next, add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the brownie mixture. Stir until just combined, being careful not to over-mix the ingredients. Finish by stirring in the chocolate chunks, then spoon chocolate batter into the prepared pan. 
  • Peanut butter: Add the smooth peanut butter to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power to soften the peanut butter. Then stir. If the peanut butter is still thick, you can microwave again to loosen it. You don’t want to do much more than 1 minute of total microwave time. Scoop spoonfuls of softened peanut butter from the medium bowl onto the brownie batter. Use a butter knife to swirl the peanut butter so it marbles on top. 
  • Bake time: Bake for 35-40 minutes. To check if they’re done, you can stick a toothpick in the center of the brownies. If it comes out with moist crumbs, then the bake time is done. Let the Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Cool completely before slicing into squares. 

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies sliced in pan with knife


  • Sweeteners: If you don’t want to use regular white sugar in your baking, you can use a sugar substitute like coconut sugar, honey, or Stevia. 
  • Gluten-free: To make gluten-free brownies, just replace the white flour with almond flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour, or your favorite gluten-free substitute. You shouldn’t need to change anything else, since most store-bought peanut butter is gluten-free. 
  • Crunchy peanut butter swirl brownies: If you want some extra texture in your brownies, you can replace the creamy peanut butter with crunchy peanut butter. You could also mix chopped peanuts into the peanut butter. 
  • Reese’s brownies: For fun peanut butter and chocolate add-ins, you can mix peanut butter cups into the brownie batter. Either use mini peanut butter cups or cut regular-sized ones into fourths. 
  • Espresso coffee powder: To enhance the chocolate flavor and make the brownies even richer, you can mix 1-2 teaspoons espresso powder into the batter. 
  • Salted brownies: Add flaked sea salt over the top of the brownies before serving. The coarse sea salt will add a beautiful sparkling touch to the brownies, and play up the sweet and salty contrast in the recipe. 

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies sliced on parchment with hand



  • Serve: If you have any leftover Peanut Butter Brownies, cover them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and they will stay good for 3 days at room temperature. 
  • Store: You can also seal and refrigerate the brownies. They’ll keep well with 1 week of refrigeration time. 
  • Freeze: For long-term storage, put the brownies in a freezer bag or another airtight container with the layers separated by parchment paper. They will stay good for 6 months. 

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies sliced and stacked on cutting board

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies are wonderfully tender and fudgy with melty chocolate chunks and marbled peanut butter swirled on top.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray.
  • To a saucepan bring water to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat, add in the butter and cocoa powder.
  • Whisk until completely blended.
  • Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until creamy.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chunks.
  • Pour into baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Add peanut butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds on half power.
  • Stir well.
  • Drop spoonfuls of peanut butter over the batter.
  • Swirl with a knife.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3mg

Fudgy Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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