3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Brownies

3-ingredient brownies (Photos: Nathan Davison)
Photos: Nathan Davison

When there’s a blizzard brewing outside, there’s nothing better than baking up a storm. The oven can warm up your kitchen, your whole apartment is filled with the most heavenly scent and you get to enjoy a treat. (Plus, you need those carbs to fuel your future snowman-building and snowball-fight-rabble-rousing, right?)

This recipe is the perfect pick, too: With just three ingredients — okay, four, if you spring for semisweet chocolate chips, like we did — it’s unbelievably easy to make, and you can grab everything in your mad dash at the grocery store to stock up on bad-weather survival goods. Who knows, you may already have all three on hand. Plus, it only dirties one bowl and one pan, so cleanup’s a breeze too. And you never reach that point, mid-recipe, when you’re staring at half an hour’s worth of dishes and wondering if the dessert could ever be worth the effort. This is a low effort, high reward sort of deal, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Photo: Nathan Davison
Photo: Nathan Davison

The Hershey’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread makes these brownies taste like a fudgy-centered-yet-cakey-edged Reese’s Cup. There’s peanut butter flavor, but it doesn’t overpower the chocolatey, gooey essence that makes a brownie a brownie.

We can’t promise that these brownies will keep you from going stir-crazy indoors, but they will pass the time in the sweetest way possible.

3-ingredient brownies (Photos: Nathan Davison)

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Brownies
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This one-bowl dish couldn't be any easier to make.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 jar Hershey's Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread (or Jif's version)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional Mix-In: 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. As it heats, mix the Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread, flour and eggs in a bowl, stirring just enough to combine and get rid of any big flour lumps. (Any more than that, and the cakier the brownies will get.)
  2. Lightly grease the bottom of an 8"x8" or 9"x9" pan -- a round cake tin works too -- and pour the batter in. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the edges of the brownies start to pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out mostly clean.


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