Buckeye Brownie Cookies combine all the flavors of brownies and buckeye candy into one fabulous treat. This cookie is rich and delicious.

Buckeye Brownie Cookies on a platter.
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If you love Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls or Buckeye Balls, this easy cookie recipe has all the same flavors in a fabulous cookie! It is a dream for Chocolate Peanut Butter lovers. It’s delicious and just as easy at Buckeye Bars.

What Are Buckeye Cookies?

It is a simple but tasty cookie recipe with all the flavors of buckeye candy. This cookie recipe is a fun twist on the classic treat. Everyone loves peanut butter and chocolate.

The name, Buckeye, originated in Ohio due to how closely it looks like a buckeye nut. The buckeye tree is Ohio’s state tree.

Now, you can enjoy this tasty combination in a cookie. The chocolate cookie starts with a brownie mix and it is topped with a peanut butter ball.

This bakes into an amazing cookie no one can resist. Peanut Butter Buckeye cookies will be a family favorite. Now that we have the history covered, let’s start baking.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Buckeye Brownie Cookies.
  • Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Egg 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Creamy Peanut Butter 
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 

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Variations

  • Brownies. Feel free to use any type of brownie mix you like. You can use your favorite brand of boxed brownie mix.
  • Sea Salt. You can sprinkle sea salt on top of the cookies if desired.

How to make Buckeye Brownie Cookies

  • Preheat the oven. Set the oven to 350.
Brownie mixture in a mixing bowl.

Step 1. Combine the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg in a medium bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until combined and fluffy. 

Brownie batter formed into balls on cookie sheet.

Step 2. Scoop the chocolate brownie mixture into 1-inch balls. Then make an indentation with your thumb in the center of each cookie for the topping.

Bowl of peanut butter balls mixture ready to combine.

Step 3. Mix the peanut butter ball ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.

Peanut butter dough in a bowl.

Step 4. From this peanut butter mixture into balls.

Peanut Butter balls pressed into each cookie.

Step 5. Carefully press the peanut butter ball lightly into the indentations on the cookie dough. Don’t press too hard but make sure they are not raised higher than the cookie. 

Cookies baked and on cookie sheet.

Step 6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are set. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate in bowl ready to melt.

Step 7. Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 20 second intervals. Make sure to stir after each interval until the chocolate is completely melted. 

Cookies topped with melted chocolate to cover the peanut butter.

Step 8. Cover the peanut butter portion with the melted chocolate. Allow to set so that the chocolate re-hardens.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store?

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.  

However, if you live in a warm climate or your house is very warm, store in the fridge. Otherwise, the chocolate topping and peanut butter filling will start to melt and soften.

You can use wax paper in between the layers of cookies to prevent them from sticking.

These cookies taste best at room temperature. If refrigerated, allow to sit on the counter a few minutes before eating. This will allow the cookie to soften.

Can you freeze Brownie Buckeye Cookies?

Absolutely. This recipe is easy to freeze and a great way to meal prep for a dessert to enjoy later.

Allow the cookies to cool completely for several minutes then transfer. Then place in a freezer bag or container.

Put layers of wax paper in between the cookies. It can be frozen up to 2 months.

How to frost the cookies?

After melting the chocolate, simply spoon it over the peanut butter portion of the cookie.

Once covered, you should not see any of the peanut butter. It will set and look smooth once dry.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies tips:

  • Natural peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe. It changes the texture and is not as creamy. The oil in this type of peanut butter makes it difficult for the cookie to set.
  • Don’t undercook the cookies or the bottom will not be firm enough to support the weight of the peanut butter.
  • Also, don’t overbake the cookies. They will crumble and lose their gooey texutre.
  • Use a cookie scoop to form both the cookies and the peanut butter balls. This will ensure each one is uniform and they bake evenly.
  • Line the baking sheets with parchment paper for easy clean up.
Buckeye Brownie Cookies stacked together.

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Buckeye Brownie Cookies

4.67 from 9 votes
Buckeye Brownie Cookies combine all the flavors of brownies and buckeye candy into one fabulous treat. This cookie is rich and delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Cool 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 221

Ingredients

  • 1 box Fudge Brownie Mix 19 oz box
  • 1/4 cup Butter melted and cooled
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil or Vegetable Oil
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Beat together the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg with a hand held mixer until combined and fluffy.
  • Place tablespoons of the dough onto a baking sheet using a cookie scoop.  Make an indentation with your thumb in the center of each cookie.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the peanut butter and powdered sugar until well combined.  Form this mixture into approximately 1 tsp size balls and gently press them into the indentations on the cookies and press them down slightly so that they are not raised higher than the cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are set and the cookies are crackly around the tops of the cookies.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.  Then move the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Then place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and oil of your choice in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Spoon approximately 2 tsp of the melted chocolate on top of each cookie on the peanut butter portion of the cookie and let set so that the chocolate re-hardens.
  • Then the cookies are ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 221kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 4g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 17mg, Sodium 133mg, Potassium 76mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 17g, Vitamin A 134IU, Calcium 12mg, Iron 1mg

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