Recipe for Buckeye Brownie Cookies
If you’re from the Ohio area, you’re probably already familiar with the candy known as “buckeyes;” however, for those of you outside the midwest, this sweet treat is just peanut butter balls coated in chocolate. It’s sort of like a rolled up, bite sized REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup. If you’ve never experienced a buckeye before I insist that you stop whatever you’re doing and whip up this recipe for buckeye brownie cookies right now. It takes buckeyes to the next level. Seriously, this is something you need to try… and what better time than around the holidays, right? 😉
This recipe for buckeye brownie cookies is like a science experiment gone horribly right. 🙂 It fuses buckeyes (peanut butter and chocolate) with brownies and cookies for a decadent, melt-in-your-mouth experience. Trust me, after the first bite you’ll be asking these buckeye brownie cookies where they’ve been all your life!
In my opinion, these buckeye brownie cookies are perfect for the holiday season for several reasons. One, they’re a little over the top in terms of sweetness but the holidays are the unofficial time of the year to indulge. Diets are for January, right? Two, this recipe for buckeye brownie cookies is pretty simple because you start with a brownie mix base. (Don’t worry, that doesn’t make them any less tasty!) Three, unlike some of my other favorite Christmas recipes (reindeer marshmallow pops, Christmas tree brownie bites, and Oreo ornament cookies) these buckeye brownie cookies don’t require any decorating. Don’t get me wrong, those other recipes are also pretty quick and easy but they do require a little dressing up.
If you’re looking for easy Christmas cookies that the kiddos can help out with then this recipe for buckeye brownie cookies should definitely be on your list. The kids can easily help with making the brownie mix or rolling the peanut butter balls. Of course, they can also serve as your official QA engineer… licking the spoons and tasting the finished product to make sure everything is up to par with these buckeye brownie cookies! 🙂
Side note: If you like a variety of cookies around the holidays, make these buckeye brownie cookies and some:
- Christmas tree peanut butter blossoms – Can you tell I like peanut butter?
- Holiday fudge – Okay, not technically a cookie but I can’t imagine the holidays without it!
- Gluten free chocolate chip cookies – A healthier Christmas cookie option.
- Zucchini chocolate chip cookies – A delicious way to sneak some veggies into your family’s diet.
- Cookies and cream cookies – Something a little out-of-the-box for the holidays.
- M&M quinoa cookies – Another healthier cookie choice, but still yummy!
If you really wanted to get creative with this recipe for buckeye brownie cookies, you could use different types of chocolate (white, milk, dark) but you definitely can just follow the recipe and get a tasty treat. Seriously, put these buckeye brownie cookies out on Christmas eve and Santa is sure to leave you something nice! 😉
One fudge brownie mix
1/4 cup melted butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 oz. Chocolate Candiquik or your favorite chocolate
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, egg, melted butter, and cream cheese.
3. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie dough scooper, scoop out dough and place on baking sheet.
Note: Your buckeye brownie cookie dough should be sticky.
4. Bake for 12 minutes.
5. While cookies are baking, mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
6. Using your hands, roll peanut butter mixture into small balls and set aside on a piece of parchment paper.
7. Remove cookies from the oven, and immediately press a peanut butter ball into the center of each cookie.
8. Let the cookies set for about 10 minutes.
9. Add chocolate to a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on 50% heat for 90 seconds.
10. Stir chocolate and continue heating until chocolate has completely melted, stirring every 15 seconds.
11. Use a teaspoon to scoop melted chocolate onto each cookie (overtop of the peanut butter ball) and let harden for about 30 minutes.
12. Enjoy your buckeye brownie cookies!