If you love chocolate and peanut butter together, you’ll love these gluten-free Reese’s brownies! These gluten-free brownies with peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips are best enjoyed with a glass of cold milk.
It is no secret that I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I probably have 20-30 recipes that use this combination of yummy ingredients. A favorite recipe that pairs chocolate and peanut butter together are these gluten-free brownies with Reese’s. Each bite of these chewy gluten-free brownies with Reese’s is full of fudgy chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
I made these yummy Reese’s Brownies back in my gluten-eating days, and was so glad to find out I could easily adapt them to be gluten-free. Just a swap to using a good quality gluten-free flour blend and verifying all my other ingredients were gluten-free, and this gluten-free brownie recipe turned out amazing!
Are Reese’s peanut butter cups gluten-free?
According to the Hershey’s gluten-free list, all Reese’s peanut butter cups are gluten-free EXCEPT the seasonal shapes. So don’t pick up those cute heart-shaped, egg-shaped, tree-shaped, etc. peanut butter cups. As I clicked to view all products that are gluten-free, and selected Reese’s, it currently shows 243 Reese’s gluten free products! Even ones with holiday wrappers are. It just appears still that it is the ones that are holiday shapes that are not – apparently from cross contamination wherever those shaped ones are made. So to clarify, are Reeses’s cups gluten-free? Yes. Are Reese’s shapes gluten-free? Apparently not.
I noticed that much of the Reese’s packaging has been updated to show that products are gluten-free. Here’s a peek at the back of the snack size peanut butter cups package I got – you can clearly see the words gluten free on the back (just above the code).
When bags of Reese’s peanut butter cups are on sale, I like to pick some up to make these gluten-free Reese’s brownies.
The Reese’s peanut butter baking chips are also gluten-free per the list and also say gluten free on the packaging! A big GF right on the front as you can see in my pic below!
Now let’s talk about the other ingredients for these Reese’s brownies.
Notes on ingredients for these gluten-free Reese’s Brownies:
- Gluten-free flour: I have tested this recipe with several of my go-to flour blends: gfJules, King Arthur Measure for Measure, and Gluten-free Mama with great results with all. You can buy gfJules gluten-free flour blend directly or from Amazon. You can buy King Arthur Measure for Measure here on Amazon.
- Cocoa Powder: I like to use Saco cocoa powder or Hershey’s cocoa.
- Butter: The butter is melted for these. Not just softened, melt all the way. You can do this in microwave or stovetop. Be sure to cover in microwave so the butter doesn’t splatter everywhere.
- Peanut butter cups: Reese’s peanut butter cups come in various sizes. I used snack size Reese’s peanut butter cups this time, and it took about 14 of them to yield the 1 1/2 cups chopped. Depending on the size you buy, you will need more of less.
- Peanut butter baking chips: Reese’s peanut butter chips (baking chips) amp up the peanut butter flavor in these, but if you don’t have them, you could use more peanut butter cups or use some milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips.
Your self-control is going to be tested when you get to this part of making these Reese’s brownies. I know I couldn’t resist a taste after I got everything stirred together too!
After these come out of the oven, place on a cooling rack to cool completely before cutting. I like to use a plastic knife for clean cutting these. This is the Bakeware Buddy plastic knife I use and have pictured here.
If you’re wanting to wow with presentation, you can sprinkle with additional peanut butter cups on top of the brownies before serving, as I did for these photos here. I put them on after cutting so I wouldn’t have smeared melted chocolate everywhere, but you can do whatever you prefer.
You can also serve additional peanut butter cups on the side. This works great too if you’re offering brownie sundaes, as these brownies plus ice cream plus additional chopped peanut butter cups would be amazing!
If you want to make ice cream sundaes, you can start with this no churn vanilla ice cream recipe. My peanut butter ice cream topping would also be amazing served over brownie sundaes made with these brownies. Or maybe some homemade hot fudge topping to really top these off! So sweet but so good!
If you make these and love them, please come back and give this recipe a 5 star rating in the recipe card! Feel free to comment with tips or to share any successful substitutions you made.
I hope you and your family enjoy these as much as mine did!
Gluten-free Peanut Butter Cup Brownies:
If you love chocolate and peanut butter together, you'll love these gluten-free Reese's brownies! These gluten-free brownies with peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips are best enjoyed with a glass of cold milk or in a brownie sundae! If using a gluten-free flour that has xanthan gum already in it, then omit the xanthan gum listed in this recipe. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Gluten-free Reese's Brownies
Please see blog post for tips and ingredient info and substitutions.
If you love chocolate and peanut butter together, you'll love these gluten-free Reese's brownies! These gluten-free brownies with peanut butter cups and peanut butter chips are best enjoyed with a glass of cold milk or in a brownie sundae!
If using a gluten-free flour that has xanthan gum already in it, then omit the xanthan gum listed in this recipe.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Post updated with new photos, and clarified instructions in March 2022.
Old photos from original post in Feb 2013:
Thursday 21st of November 2019
This is my third recipe in a row from your page and I can’t say enough with how happy I am. My husband is GF and I simply love cooking and each one I’ve tried has come out perfectly. Today I told I wanted to bake after getting home from work and he suggested brownies, and I found this and he’s also a big fan of Reese’s cups! I can’t wait to try another one of your recipes soon! We all love the brownies and this was actually my first time using Cocoa powder!
Thursday 30th of April 2015
I live in Melbourne, Australi. Is "all purpose" flour SR or "plain". Can I substitute with ordinary 'crunchy' peanut butter? We don't have the one you suggested. Thanks
Aysegul - Ice
Monday 10th of March 2014
Wow.. These look amazing. I am new to the gluten-free world and this blog has so much good information. I cannot wait to try these.. Cheers! Ice
Thursday 13th of February 2014
If I was to cut back on the coco powder some would I have to put extra anything on it? Say I cut to 1/2 cup coco powder would I need to add more....flour.
Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen
Thursday 13th of February 2014
Mykel, I'm not sure why you would want to cut the amount of cocoa. If you just don't have enough baking cocoa on hand, I'd suggest cutting the entire recipe in half and baking it in an 8x8" pan instead. If you are wanting to make this less chocolatey (heaven forbid!), then I would think you could safely cut it back to 3/4 cup without much effect on overall texture. I can't guarantee though since I haven't tried that!
sally @ sallys baking addiction
Wednesday 20th of February 2013
my GF coworker would love these so much! I'm sending her the recipe. I love the reese's inside and the peanut butter chips. :) Can you really go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?
Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen.com
Thursday 21st of March 2013
Sally, I missed this reply somehow, so I just saw it tonight. Sorry for the lack of response. I appreciate your comment and you sending the recipe to your coworker! You rock!