Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

Yep, this is my third gluten-free post this week. And why? Because my husband is hungry, that’s why.

His job just got moved to a farther location, and there isn’t much food available for him out there. So I’m trying to be a cute little wife and bake him goodies. Plus, I like a challenge. Not all gluten-free desserts taste like their wheat-filled counterparts. But I promise you that everything I post tastes like I threw flour everywhere.

You can believe me when I say that because my husband won’t eat the desserts that don’t taste like what he remembers food should taste like. He’s picky. But I’m grateful for that, because he picked me!

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

This recipe is nice and easy. The base is a mix, but feel free to make your own gluten-free brownie from scratch. I’ll be posting my favorite recipe that uses oat flour in the near future. For these, I used the King Arthur brownie mix. It’s fudgy and one of the best options out there.

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

Once the brownies are baked and cooled, an easy peanut butter filling is spread on top, followed by an equally simple chocolate topping. Warning: this is not a healthy recipe. It’s just a darn good one!

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

If you don’t tell anyone that this is gluten-free, nobody will know. Nor will they think that the brownies are in any way lacking. It’s a miracle!

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

They do pack a powerful sugar punch, but hey, life needs that extra special something. At least, my life does. Hello, chocolate!

Peanut Butter Surprise Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

Bake these for that special person in your life who can’t have wheat. They’ll love them!


Brownie and Filling:

  • gluten-free brownie mix, prepared according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk



  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter



Preheat the oven to 350. Coat an 8 x 8 square baking pan with cooking spray.

Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions. Set aside and cool completely.

When the brownies are cool, make the peanut butter filling. Beat the butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar and milk together. Spread the filling evenly over the cooled brownies.

In a microwave, heat the chocolate chips and butter together for one minute. Stir until smooth and fully melted, microwaving an additional 20 seconds if needed. Spread the chocolate carefully over the peanut butter layer, taking care not to mix the two layers together.

Chill for 30 minutes. Cut into squares. Store covered in the refrigerator.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    You’re such a nice wife to make your husband some treats to take to work! I’m sure he loves that. And I’m loving your gluten-free recipes, too! I haven’t tested any out yet, but I’ve been compiling a lists of ones that sound delicious. And this one is no exception! These brownies look delicious, Mir! I love the peanut butter in them, and I’m so impressed that these are gluten free. Pinning for the future!
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    1. Mir

      Let me know when you try them out, Gayle! And thanks for the pin! Happy weekend!

  2. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    I bet your husband was happy!! I wish someone would make treats for me. It’s a good thing I make them for myself! These look so chocolatey. The more chocolate the better, I always say!
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    1. Mir

      I do, too. But I always eat the treats I make other people anyway!

  3. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    Peanut Butter always makes for a nice surprise!
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    1. Mir

      My favorite kind!

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