Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

17 oz package XO Baking Co. Fudge Brownie Mix

6 Peanut Butter Cups, Chopped

1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

¾ cup peanut butter

½  tablespoon unsalted butter

¾ cup gluten free rice cereal

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch salt

Prepare brownie mix according to directions on box. A toothpick, when inserted into the brownies, should come out with some wet crumbs. Take pan out of oven and sprinkle the top with chopped peanut butter cups. Gently push peanut butter cups into the brownie. Put brownie pan back into the oven for 5 minutes more.  Let brownies cool for 20 minutes, then start to prepare the topping.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter, until creamy and smooth.  Add vanilla and pinch of salt, then stir in rice cereal.  Using a knife or spatula, spread mixture over the top of the entire brownie.  Refrigerate for a couple hours before slicing.