Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

A couple months ago, I visited a place very foreign to me.

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Walking in, I found myself in a room of chattering men and women, some talking to their friends, some talking to the people behind the counter.  I could make out nothing anyone said as it all ran together, accompanied by a subtle, but very present instrumental piece playing in the background.  It wasn’t the masses of people or the music that threw me off.  It was the people behind the counter.  One could assume they were translators of some sort as they repeated orders or reworded things when people pointed at the wall of words behind them.  It would remind one of a teacher’s chalkboard, with all those names and numbers.  It was as if English, math, and language decided to throw a party at …

A coffee shop.

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Yes, I seriously had a very real nervousness about Starbucks.  It was a foreign world.  The only coffee I knew was the black kind that we made in our coffee maker every single morning.  There are three kinds: The Mary Frances (aka black) the Dad (aka a little sugar) and The Mom (chocolate powder, milk, and sugar)

My first time there I ordered the exact same thing as my friend.  I probably freaked her out a little, asking her again and again what was there.  She ordered for me too :)  I just learned last night the difference between a cappuchino and a frappuchino.  I still don’t know if iced coffee comes plain or with flavoring and if you can order any drink there iced, frap style, or with whip.  If you are one of my friends, you always order the black or the skinny.  That’s just how she is and I will admit, it makes things easy.  I personally would expand my horizons if I had half an hour to study … and $6 to burn on sugar.

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

Honestly, take me for a walk.  Coffee dates are great, don’t get me wrong, but I’d really rather do something else 😉

And that has nothing  to do with these brownies.  There is no coffee flavor, only a 1/3 cup of coffee to make these the most fudgy and chocolatey brownies ever.  That 1/3 cup coffee was supposed to The Mom, but it was brewed too strong, so it became The Mary Frances.  (I knew I had a link!)

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

These brownies are a spin off of my all time favorite fast fix brownies.  I’m over the shame of using store bought ingredients this week, so here you go.

Store bought sugar cookie dough.

Store bought brownie mix.

Store bough peanut butter chips.

BUT homemade coffee :)  You could go to Starbucks and get a cup for this if you really want to go all store bought on me.  After this post, you can believe I have absolutely no room to judge.

It irks me everytime, but these brownies turn out better than my homemade ones every time.  The brownies always turn out incredibly fudgy, but not fall apart in your hand fudgy.  The best kind of firm fudgy.

If I had had time, I would’ve tried them with this vegan cookie dough, these better than box paleo brownies (doubled), and these healthy peanut butter chips.  That is my next project, but for you, I give you the best brownies I make here at La Barista Nada.  I hope you try them, they are always a hit!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies
Serves: 24
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  • 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (19 oz) bag Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup oil (I used melted coconut)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  1. Lightly greased 9x13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Press sugar cookie dough into pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat, eggs, coffee, and oil. Stir in brownie mix until mixture is thick and smooth.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour over cookie dough.
  5. Sprinkle peanut butter chips on top.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until top is crackly and no longer bubbly.





  1. says

    I prefer to eat my sugar in a decadent dessert, not drink it in a coffee drink. I used to love the syrupy coffee drinks, but now I’m all about the coffee flavor with no sweetener! :) HOWEVER, I will take coffee in a decadent dessert like this, because it makes everything taste better in my opinion. Delicious! Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary Frances!
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  2. says

    Coffee shops can seem like a foreign language, so I don’t blame you one bit for feeling like that! I do visit Starbucks occasionally, but when people start ordering drinks with double shot of this, that and the other, I get totally thrown off! I usually stick to my regular chai latte.

    These brownies look amazing! All of my favorite flavors, smashed into one. I’ve never made brownies with coffee before, so I’ll definitely have to try that out! And there’s nothing wrong with a boxed mix brownie either, sometimes they’re even better than home-made, and these definitely look like it!
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  3. says

    Dear Mary Frances, I know how you feel using a box base for baking. However, sometimes it works and this is one of those times. I am a coffee lover too and this is a perfect match to go with the coffee.

    I still cannot understand the prices at these coffee shops either. It is mind boggling the prices and I will not pay them either. I think my little coffee maker makes the best coffee anyway…lol.

    Blessings dear. Catherine

  4. says

    Hahaha! I love that you name your family’s different kind of coffee. Me? I’m a Sarah all the way. Just hand me a little creamer for my coffee and I’m set. (can’t stand hot sweet coffee–ugh!) And these brownies?! To put it simply: THEY ROCK. Oh my gosh, cookie dough, pb, fudge, AND brownies?! I’ll take that tall stack, please and thank you.
    Gorgeous photos too, girlfriend! 😀 Pinned.
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  5. says

    Haha I too am intimidated by Starbucks! I prefer the drive through every time I’m craving a frappuccino…
    But these sound and LOOK amazing. This seriously sounds like a dessert that was designed just for me, I love it!

  6. says

    There is nothing wrong with using a few things in packets from time to time, Mary Frances, especially when the results end up as good as this!
    I had to smile at your coffee thoughts. When I first came over here to Australia I had no idea what kind of coffee to ask for because all the names are different to what they have in either Greece or the UK. Now I’ve figured out that I have to ask for a ‘long black’ with hot milk. Works every time!
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  7. says

    You know, Starbucks is evil. They have all this kid-centric stuff and I fell for it, so even my 2 year-old will yell from the car, “Stop, Mommy! It’s Starbucks!”
    But I really like their green tea.
    To be clear, though, I love these bars even more. Right up my alley, sister! Share, please. Right now, if not sooner.
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  8. says

    Love your story about Starbucks. I’ve had similar experiences, and it always embarrasses me if I order something and the clerk looks at me funny. Haha. But, I’m glad to know that other food bloggers take shortcuts occasionally too! Making everything from scratch can take forever! btw, These amazing with all that chocolately, fudgeyness!
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    • maryfrances says

      Good deal Davida, I will take your word for it! I have a feeling that me and any favorite food will equal a skinny wallet 😉 Home brew is pretty awesome though!

  9. says

    Haha, frist time in any coffee shop can be intimidating. There are so many choices and most people seem to know exactly what to order and in some crazy complicated way.
    These brownies look so decadent! Love love fudgy brownies 😀
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  10. says

    You are cracking me up with the Starbucks talk! I love it! Try a triple grande iced caramel macciato! They are my favorite! If my husband is ever in the doghouse he comes home with one, that is how I know he is really sorry! 😉
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    • maryfrances says

      Oh that is so sweet! I will have to give that one a try next time. Don’t know what a macciato is, but gosh, it sounds amazing! Thank you Annie!

  11. says

    HOLY HECK SISTA!! These look amazing. Is it weird that my face is stuck to the screen…YUM.

    I was stalking your Facebook page and you’ve got some great recipes but this one dreeeeew me in. :) Question for you… is your Facebook page a “fan page” or did you make it as a business?
    Thanks Lady!
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    • maryfrances says

      Hi Diana! Aw thank you! Haha, no, not all, I find my face stuck to computer screens quite frequently 😉

      Hey, I’m all about stalking food – I made it as a business page after reading someone’s tips on starting a FB page for a food blog. I don’t know the difference between that and a fan page, but I do know mine is business. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a great Wednesday!

  12. says

    Oh my goodness!! I am the exact same way about Starbucks. I’m not much of a coffee drinker and have recently discovered that I like their caramel fraps and I’m always worried (and intimidated) that I make no sense when I order a grande lite caramel frap. I mean, I don’t even know if that’s the right order to say those things or not. HA! Anyhoo – these brownies look incredible. Of course, you can never go wrong with PB & chocolate…..and cookie dough. Mmmmmm.
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  13. says

    I’m lost at Starbucks too! I don’t like their coffee but I do like the chai lattes. Very easy to order and very yummy. But I’d much rather have one of your brownies! Or two. Three of my favorites all wrapped up into one! You can’t go wrong.
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  14. says

    I am not much of a coffee drinker so Starbucks can definitely feel a little bit overwhelming sometimes to me still. Now these brownies on the other hand would totally cure any nerves I had. They look beyond amazing – love the cookie dough and peanut butter chips in here!

  15. says

    Omg!! Whenever I see a recipe that I intensely love, I find it so difficult to comment – simply because I don’t know how to convey my admiration for the photography + food in the post! I had to force myself here…this looks WAY too good for words. Pinned!! Starbucks is….meh. It will do. But there are so many choices which are too tempting but end up giving you a sugar headache and often a stomach ache (I have no idea why!) Home made = quality and cost efficient.
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    • maryfrances says

      Aw thank you so much Tash! You are so sweet! I really appreciate the compliments and pin – that means so much.
      Yes, Starbucks does tend to just pump their drinks full of sugar. Homemade is usually best! (except when you burn the coffee … don’t ask 😉 )

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