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.


AND I made a short little video to show you how I made them!

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
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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119 Responses
  1. 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!”

  2. megan

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…!

  6. 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!

  7. Julie

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

  8. Dale

    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.

    1. shelly

      Well, I’m not sure, I would omit any liquid going into your brownie mix, so they don’t spread so much…but I bet it would work! Let me know if you try it out!

  9. Maria

    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

    1. Tina

      Can you xplain how you made this…my brownie batter was room loose to make into balls….what’s the deal about a microwave bowl and melting the butter first…help I want to make these for friends for thanksgiving….they love regular buckeyex

      1. Shelly

        If your batter was not thick enough, maybe you didn’t use the right size Brownie Mix? The batter should be very thick. Also, you just melt the butter first in the microwave before adding it in to the dry brownie mix.

      2. April Whaley

        I’m trying to make these now and I’m having the same problem, the box of brownies is 18.4 , I can make a ball at all so what I’m doing now is a quick chill to hopefully thicken it a little but unsure how it’ll bake

      3. Emilie

        Make sure you aren’t preparing the brownies according to the box’s directions – you just add the cream cheese, butter, and egg to the brownie powder. Just made these and they’re great! Very rich.

          1. Shelly

            This is the website, and the full list of ingredients/instructions is in the recipe written at the bottom of the post above. It’s also printable, so you can print it for easy use!

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