This recipe for a rich chocolate brownie with pecans and peanut butter is my go to dessert when time is short and the family is hungry for something sweet. Using a boxed brownie mix with some tasty add ins takes this dessert to a whole new level when it comes to taste and texture.
I love home made brownies as much as the next person, but they can be time consuming to make. There are some days when I don’t have anything ready for dessert and a boxed brownie mix is beckoning me from my pantry, saying “I’ll make it easy for you!”
Adding your favorite treats to a boxed dessert mix is such a help to a busy cook. It gives extra flavor and texture to the boxed mix, gives your family their wanted sweet treat, but saves you a whole lot of time when the last thing you want to do is make dessert from scratch.
For another fun idea, check out these brownie cookies, also known as bookies. They are super easy and so tasty!
Making this rich chocolate brownie recipe
There are lots of different ways to make boxed brownies better. Check out my Heath Bar brownies for another semi homemade dessert.
The sky is the limit for add ins to a boxed brownie mix. Since I love the taste of chocolate and peanut butter, I am using peanut butter morsels to give the brownie batter a Reese’s type of feeling and chopped pecans to add some extra crunch and texture.
Making these brownies is as simple as opening the brownie mix and adding it to a stand mixer with the extra ingredients printed on the box. Today, I used a Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix and added water, oil and eggs. Just a quick mix and then in go the extra peanut butter chips and pecans and the mix is ready to bake! It took me all of 3 minutes!
Be sure to check out my M & M brownie add in recipe here. It’s another really quick dessert.
The extra additions to the brownie mix added just a few minutes to the cooking time. I cooked mine for about 28 minutes in a 9 x 11″ pan lined with parchment paper. This paper makes it very easy to remove and cut the brownies after baking and there is no need for greasing the pan which saves more time and calories.
These rich fudge brownies have a deep, dark color. I can’t wait to take a bite to see how they taste with the add-ins!
Allow the brownies to cool completely before you cut them into squares. The addition of the peanut butter chips makes them extra moist, so you’ll want them to cool to cut them firmly.
I cut these brownies into 18 portions, each with 298 calories. They are very satisfying and quite addictive. I guarantee the plate will be clean when you take it back to the kitchen!
Time for a taste test of these semi home made brownies!
These dark chocolate brownies have a rich and gooey texture. The addition of the peanut butter gives the brownie a lovely creamy taste and the chopped pecans add some much needed texture to the recipe. You end up with a gourmet brownies experience with very little effort on your part!
Ever had a day when your child comes home and tells you there is a bake sale tomorrow? √ Need to take something to a pot luck dinner on short notice? √√ Looking for a dessert to wow the family with just a half hour to spare? √√√ This recipe checks all the boxes and tastes amazing to boot!
If you have more time to cook, check out my made from scratch version of this fudge brownie (without the peanut butter.)
Admin Note: This post first appeared on the site in November of 2013. I have updated the post with a tutorial and new photos as well as adding the nutritional information.
- 1 18.3 oz Box of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
- 3 tablespoons of water
- ½ cup of canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of peanut butter morsels
- 1 cup of chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9 x 11 pan with parchment paper.
- Combine the boxed brownie mix with the water, oil and eggs in the bowl of a stand mixer until the batter is smooth and creamy
- Gently mix in the peanut butter morsels and chopped pecans. The batter will be much thicker now.
- Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan and cook in the preheated oven for 25-28 minutes.
- Allow the bars to cool completely and then cut into 18 squares.