Buckeye Brownie Cookies


Well, let me tell you guys, I am lucky to be alive right now.

Yes, of course that is a dramatic statement.


But let me tell you the story…

So the other night I was home alone minding my own business…the husband took my little guys to their respective sporting activities…

Anyway, I was busy baking cookies and suddenly I heard an unfamiliar cell phone ringing.



So yeah, I got scared, convinced that an intruder had broken in and was hiding out, just waiting until my husband left to murder me…

But his cell phone gave him away.

I started panicking, grabbed my phone and a kitchen knife and started walking…wait for it…




Turns out that the noise was my kid’s iPod “ringing” because he friend was face-timing him.

Luckily I didn’t stab my dog or my foot in the meantime…


Anyhow, the realization that I am the stupid girl who gets killed first in horror movies, is not an easy pill to swallow.

I wouldn’t stand a chance against a murderer person.


Luckily, though, I didn’t get killed and am here today to share these cookies with you.

Theeeeesssse Buckeye Brownie Cookies.

They are brownie cookies stuffed with a peanut butter ball and topped with chocolate frosting.

So yeah.  They are quite good.


Here’s what you do…

Mix up a box of brownie mix with some cream cheese, melted butter and an egg…
 photo IMG_8483_zps60b47605.jpgIt’ll be sticky and thick. I actually used my hands to mix it together.
Then mix up some peanut butter and powdered sugar…
 photo IMG_8493_zps342132b6.jpgIt’ll come together like this…
 photo IMG_8494_zpsb64db830.jpgForm the brownie dough into balls and make an indentation in the top.
Then roll the peanut butter into balls also and press those into the brownie dough…
 photo PicMonkeyCollage-19_zps12c80b7b.jpgPress them down slightly.
And bake them just like that…
They will look kinda the same before and after baking. The cookie won’t spread too much and the peanut butter ball pretty much stays intact.
 photo PicMonkeyCollage2-4_zpsa3dc3876.jpgOnce they’re cooled, I spread some chocolate frosting on top.  Here’s my recipe for Easy Fudge Frosting.
 photo IMG_8505_zpsd1cf9f0e.jpgThat’s it.

I even sprinkled a bit of flaked seas salt on top, but you don’t have to.
They look pretty unassuming at first glance.


But the inside is kind of magic…

IMG_8512You need to make these.


Buckeye Brownie Cookies
makes 24 cookies
  • 1 box (18-19 oz) Brownie mix
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup chocolate frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl combine brownie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg. Stir until dough comes together, it will be very thick and sticky. I used my hands.
  4. Form rounded tablespoons sized portions of dough into balls, placing on baking sheet about 2 inches apart, making an indentation with your thumb in the center of each.
  5. In another bowl stir together peanut butter and powdered sugar. Form peanut butter into teaspoon sized balls and press into the indentations in the brownie cookies.
  6. Press peanut butter down slightly because the peanut butter won't spread and you don't want the cookies to be too tall.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are set.
  8. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  9. When cooled top each cookie with about a tablespoon of chocolate frosting.
I used my recipe for chocolate frosting, but you could also use canned frosting.

Adapted from Pillsbury


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82 Comments on "Buckeye Brownie Cookies"


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Colleen @ What

You’ve done it again! Holy cow do these look superbly amazing.

Brian @ A Thought For Food
March 28, 2013 8:39 am

Well I’m so glad you’re safe. HA! These cookies look absolutely marvelous!

March 28, 2013 8:45 am

Glad your safe and still coming up with amazing recipes!!

March 28, 2013 9:14 am

Being from Ohio Buckeye’s are our favorite! Stuffing them inside brownies though? That’s just genius!

March 28, 2013 9:36 am

Just saw your post on Facebook with the link to this recipe. Sounds so yummy and now I’m having a 9:30 am dessert craving!

March 28, 2013 9:36 am

These look waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too good to be true!

Deborah Pucci
March 28, 2013 10:01 am

Glad your here to tell us your story and to share these fabulous cookies!

March 28, 2013 10:06 am

Magic, indeed. I love these!

March 28, 2013 10:11 am

These look amazing but can I ask why the bowl needs to be microwave safe? Did my reading comprehension skills fail me again and I missed a step where the mixture needs to be nuked? Or is it just because you used the bowl to melt the butter before adding the other ingredients? That thought just occurred to me and I’m tempted not to post, but I’m still curious!

Oy, this feels like Monday. haha

March 28, 2013 10:37 am

this looks so over the top sweet I got a tooth ache just reading the recipe…no thanks…too much goo…

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
March 28, 2013 11:05 am

Whoa. This is full of so much goodness!! Yum!

March 28, 2013 11:39 am

Yum! As a native of Ohio I love anything that tastes like a buckeye!

March 28, 2013 12:16 pm

These look so yummy. Do you think I could use my homemade brownie recipe and just add the cream cheese to it. Your comments please.

March 28, 2013 12:30 pm

LOL! Well, alternatively it would have been embarrassing if you’d fled the house & called the cops, & they came to arrest an i-pod. 😛

March 28, 2013 12:48 pm

These look so yummy!! My sister went to OSU so these are right up her alley! I am actually on my way to Ohio today. 🙂

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
March 28, 2013 2:00 pm

Hilarious but I’m glad it wasn’t an intruder 😉 And man, I’d love one of these cookies!

Colette from JFF!
March 28, 2013 2:05 pm

You are such a crack-up!

March 28, 2013 2:08 pm

That WOULD be scary! Kind of like when your kids toys suddenly start playing in the middle of the night? Seriously scary! Buckeye’s are my absolute favorite thing to eat, but they take so long! Love this is easy, quick version!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
March 28, 2013 2:12 pm

These are freaking amazing. Perfect for March madness!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
March 28, 2013 2:24 pm

Sounds so scary!! I would have been crouched with the knife, crying in my closet until someone came home…and told me how ridiculous I am. 😉 Glad you’re still alive. I’d need a cookie too after that!

Heidi @foodiecrush
March 28, 2013 2:44 pm

Nothing like a facetime to bring out the fear in a home alone mom. Kids these days…

March 28, 2013 2:53 pm

Now that’s a way to eat a brownie! My only issue would be saving the pnut butter mixture for the brownies, LOVE ME SOME PNUT BUTTER!

I just followed you on bloglovin, so I guess I’m an official stalker…!

March 28, 2013 3:02 pm

Has anyone told you that not only are your creations sinful and delicious, but they’re bad for diets?

March 28, 2013 4:43 pm

I doubled the recipe and first batch just went into the oven! Cannot wait to try em!

March 28, 2013 4:43 pm

Mmmmmmm. Looks delish and you’ve combined some of my faves. Chocolate, PB, and salt.

Erin @ Making Memories
March 28, 2013 5:44 pm

Oh Lordy! Look at those. They look amazing! Of course I pinned them. Thanks

March 28, 2013 6:28 pm

Ohhh lord have mercy….I would have died. After the trauma, I would have then eaten all the cookies….GREAT.

March 28, 2013 6:58 pm

Oh my I would have panicked. I am often home alone at night and would not like that at all. Just a quick question do you use a macro lens for your nice pictures? I would be interested in knowing. I like what you do.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
March 28, 2013 7:19 pm

Why yes, I DO need to make these. I love buckeyes!

Gloria @ Simply Gloria
March 28, 2013 7:56 pm

I would have been like you and went towards the sound…but at least you didn’t already call 911! These cookies look so decadent! Giving them some PIN action onto my cookie board. (=

Rosie @ Sweetapolita
March 28, 2013 8:29 pm

Magic, for certain! These look amazing, Shelly!

March 28, 2013 8:59 pm

I still jump like that whenever my ipad makes any kind of sound. And I’ve had it a year now…don’t think I”m ever going to get used to it!

Peanut butter and chocolate = my kind of cookie.

March 28, 2013 9:01 pm

Hi! I just made these with your frosting and they are soooooooo delicious! ! The best parts of a brownie and a buckeye and made into one awesome cookie!! Thank you for posting this recipe!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
March 28, 2013 9:26 pm

Oh man, these look amazing! All that dark chocolate plus pb? Crazy awesome!

PS, Glad you didn’t die 🙂

March 28, 2013 9:43 pm

Ridiculously amazing looking as usual! I wonder what would happen if you offered some of these to the murderer. 😉 “Kill me if you must, but please try some of this chocolate & peanut butter happiness first!”

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
March 28, 2013 9:57 pm

Oh my gosh, that story is too funny!!!! I probably would have done the same thing. Or actually, I take that back. I’d run and get my neighbors and made them check!

These cookies look amazing!!

luv what you do
March 28, 2013 10:40 pm

Ohhh I love buckeyes! These look incredible!

March 29, 2013 7:24 am

Okay, I giggled hysterically at this story. So funny. Yummy cookies too!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
March 29, 2013 11:23 am

Get outttttt. Why do you do such things to me?!

Annie @ Annie
March 29, 2013 11:46 am

Welp, obviously I’m making these this weekend. I sometimes think there isn’t any possible peanut butter and chocolate recipes I haven’t discovered and then the internet proves me wrong.

March 29, 2013 3:15 pm

Okay…I don’t know much, but if you’ve ever ever ever taken any advice from me, take this. NEVER EVER EVER walk toward the noise. Make your husband do it, LOL! These look wonderful!

March 29, 2013 6:45 pm

I’m glad you lived through the attack of the ipod so you could give us this recipe. It’s the perfect recipe for my husband and I. He loves peanut butter and I love chocolate. And it’s got just enough of the peanut butter to keep me from eating all of them.

March 30, 2013 11:25 am

As a native Buckeye, I am going to make these as I watch my team win their final FOUR game tonight AND onto the championship!!!! (keeping my fingers crossed)

I’m right there with you — I would either go toward to noise and be killed or form a puddle as I melt with fear, and be killed. Either way, unless my kids were in danger, I wouldn’t be much help. Glad you can laugh about it now (after your knees stop shaking.) LOVE your recipes and blog!

March 30, 2013 10:45 pm

OMGosh these sound so wonderful ……I love your recipes ….and I use them with my seniors all the time and they Love it Thanks for giving me great resources and make the seniors I work with have good recipes to still share with their daughters. Linda @ Activity Directors Sharing Ideas on Facebook ……see the wonderful stuff we have been doing with your recipes =)

March 31, 2013 12:29 am

i started making 1 batch & it didn’t seem like enough, so i grabbed another box of brownie mix to make a 2nd batch, but the 2nd batch was even gooey-er than the 1st… i thought i had done something wrong, turns out 1st batch was basic brownie mix, 2nd batch was ‘fudge’ brownie mix – oy!!!

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

Oh, now this is just evil.

April 2, 2013 3:16 pm

Brilliant. I definitely will try these and share with my friend from Ohio who makes Buckeyes every Christmas. Great idea!

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
April 3, 2013 9:38 am

I cannot pass up anything “buckeye”, ever. Awesome cookies!

April 4, 2013 3:53 pm

Oh how I laughed at the image of you stalking the intruder. I need these. Now. I am a peanut butter ball lover (uh, not buckeyes here, but I shall forgive you your transgressions), and brownie cookies call my name. I guess I know what I’m doing with the peanut butter I just bought last weekend now.