Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust

This recipe for Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust is dense, rich and chocolaty! These homemade brownies have a Butterfinger crunch on top that adds a delicious contrast in texture and a light, peanut buttery flavor.

Looking for more Butterfinger dessert ideas? Try this rich Butterfinger Cheesecake or these Butterfinger Cupcakes.

Three brownies stacked with the top brownie missing a bite

Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust

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A bunch of freshly sliced brownies on parchment paper

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A batch of brownies with with Butterfinger crust sliced into pieces

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Side view of three fudgy brownies with Butterfinger crust stacked on top of each other

Back to the brownies!

These are based on a brownie from a place I’m a big fan of. It’s a local, family-owned cafe in Alpharetta, GA (near Atlanta) called Wildflour.

Top view of three fudgy brownies stacked on top of each other

You Can Make These Brownies With Milk Or Dark Chocolate

I think their brownies are actually made with milk chocolate, so this recipe would be great either way, but I used dark chocolate. I tend to think dark chocolate lends a better flavor in baking.

Plus, dark chocolate is supposed to be better for you. If it’s better for me I can have more. Right?

Well, that’s what I tell myself. 🙂

A batch of uncut Butterfinger topped brownies on a cooling rack

Are These Fudgy Brownies Easy To Make?

This recipe is fairly simple and uses melted butter, which tends to result in a fudgier brownie. Plus, you can mix it all up in one bowl with nothing but a whisk if you like. I tend to be lazy though and use my mixer.

The only thing that might take a little more effort is crushing up the Butterfinger bars for the top. But if you’re feeling lazy like I was, a food processor is your best friend – just be careful not to crush them too much. Chopped, not totally crushed.

Three stacked fudgy Brownies with Butterfinger crust

And just a note – I doubled the recipe and made a large batch (9×13 pan) but the recipe below is for an 8×8 pan for fewer brownies.

Truly, these are a cinch to make. And the brownies are a wonderful chocolate and peanut buttery reward.

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Recipe

Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: About 9-12 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This recipe for Fudgy Brownies with Crunchy Butterfinger Crust is dense, rich and chocolaty! It’s a great combination of peanut butter and chocolate, with a little crunch!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 10 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped Butterfinger pieces (from about 8 fun-sized bars)

Instructions

1. Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa in a large bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between increments until the butter is fully melted. It will be gritty. Allow it to cool for a few minutes so that it isn’t too hot. You don’t want to cook the eggs when you add them in a couple steps.
2. Stir in the vanilla extract.
3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
4. Add flour and mix until fully combined. Do not over mix.
5. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. It’s best to have some hanging over the sides to help you lift the brownies out when they’re done.
6. Pour batter into pan.
7. Chop butterfinger bars (either by hand or with a food processor) and sprinkle them evenly on top of the brownie batter.
8. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
9. Cool in pan until they can easily be lifted out without falling apart. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Notes

I doubled the recipe and used a 9×13 pan for about 20-24 brownies, depending on size.

Keywords: homemade brownies recipe, recipe for homemade brownies, peanut butter brownies, fudgy brownies recipe, easy homemade brownies, chewy homemade brownies, how to make fudgy brownies

Recipe modified from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Enjoy!

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61 Comments
  1. Ingrid

    I made these last night and they are INCREDIBLE. The brownie is perfect and fudgy. The Butterfinger top is crunchy. My only change was I added more like a cup of Butterfingers. Amazing!

  2. Mary in Roswell GA

    OMG!  It’s Fat Tuesday night and I just finished one of these brownies from Wildflour!   I immediately hit the web in search of the recipe and found your post citing them. So kind of you to give them a shout out.   I need to wait ‘til after Lent now to make these but if your inspiration for this recipe is Wildflour’s brownie, then I am confident they will be the replica I am after.  Thank you, Lindsay, for this post!

  3. Jordan @Read. Eat. Repeat.

    These are soooo good. I love eating the ‘middle pieces’ of desserts because I don’t like crunchy edges but with this recipe every piece is soft and fudgy and magical. My new go-to brownie recipe!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Great question. I didn’t make a note of it. My guess is it’s close to the time listed for the square pan. Maybe a little bit longer.

  4. Darla Adams

    Hey, love the total concept of these brownies! But, was wondering, could you use chopped up Chick-O-Stick for the topping instead of the butterfingers?? I get those really long Chick-O-Sticks for 99 cents each. I think it would work, but your the professional! Love your posts!
    Thanks,
    Darla

  5. Mary Manello

    Good morning, Lindsey! You are my go-to-baking Queen, whenever I need an important recipe! For Father’s Day, my hubby wants FUDGY Brownies. He does not, however, care for Butterfingers. Would topping the batter with walnuts (instead of the chopped candy bars) work? Or do you suggest a different one of your recipes? Many thanks and GOD BLESS YOU!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m sorry I wasn’t able to respond sooner. I hope the brownies worked out. The walnuts sound like a great idea!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      You don’t have to use it. You could grease the pan or use aluminum foil. Saran wrap would probably melt.

  6. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze

    These look wonderful and I love the use of the special dark chocolate! I do see that the recipe says to use an 8×8 pan, while your photos show an oblong pan? Is it a 9×13 or a 7×11? Thanks!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      It is actually an 8×8 square pan. I doubled the recipe in the photos. I’m sorry – I can see how that’d be confusing.

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  8. Maya

    The recipe looks great!!! I’d love to make it but I have no clue how can I replace the butterfingers? (we don’t have it in Israel 🙁 )

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m not really familiar with what candy you have, but any crispy peanut butter candy should work.

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  13. Wendy

    Butterfingers are the perfect crunchy, peanut buttery topping for these dark fudgy brownies! Dark chocolate makes such a difference in chocolate flavor intensity. Thanks! We will be trying these asap. 🙂

  14. Erin @ Table for 7

    These look amazing!! Love crust..great idea! Thank you for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays..enjoy your weekend 🙂

  15. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Whoa …. I don’t think I’d want to share! I love the idea of the Butterfinger crust – genius idea 🙂 Pinning and sharing on Facebook! Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends this week – have a great holiday weekend!

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  18. Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less

    Oh, these look and sound absolutely delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

  19. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    I would have never thought to put butterfinger on a brownie! I would love to see more too, your recipes are amazing!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Dorothy! I’d love too 😉 Could you image two sweet lovers in one house? Dangerous!

  20. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    How smart to run a survey, and I am not really that surprised of the results. You’re doing a great job! I love the look of these brownies. They look dangerous!

  21. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    I love reading personal stories from bloggers. That’s what makes a post interesting. While I love drooling over the delicious food (seriously – these brownies are ridiculously good! Especially with that butterfinger crust – ohmahgawd!), I love getting a glimpse into the thoughts and life of the blogger that I’m visiting.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Thanks Nancy! It’s funny – I love the stories too – but sometimes think my life is too boring to be interesting, lol. 🙂

  22. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    This is my favorite brownie recipe! They are so fudgy AND easy to make – bonus! I love the butterfingers on top. So creative!

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