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.




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



115 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 😛

  4. 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!

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!”

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. Cindy

    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!

  13. linda

    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 =)

  14. sarah

    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!!!

  15. 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.

  16. Lori

    I just have to tell you that I have made these using a GF brownie mix…. DANGEROUS! Your recipes all look soooo good!

  17. Lindy

    MMMmmmmmMMM! I would love to make these for my boys baseball tem. They’re sure to be a hit! Question: does your fudge frosting “harden up” a bit. It looks like it does and that’s what I am going for. Thanks ever so!

  18. Lisa

    These look soooooo good! I can’t wait to try them! If you wanted them to look like the buckeye candies, you could leave a bit of the peanut butter showing at the top.

  19. Beverly

    Hi there, I’ve just stumbled upon your website by accident and you seem to make a lot of lovely things.

    I’d love to be able to make them too, but I really hate using brownie mix (as I like to bake my brownies from scratch as I feel they come out much nicer that way) How would you suggest I adapt the recipe to accommodate this?
    [Recipe components used: Melted chocolate, unsalted butter, sugar, egg, flour, vanilla extract]

    Would love to hear from you

  20. Olivia

    I made these last night and they were a BIG hit. My only issue was that my brownie mixture remained like thick batter. I had to chill it before I shaped it. So LESSON is, use simple batter. Not gheradelli fudge brownie

  21. Soonay

    Hello~ so whether I use ghirardelli’s brownie mix or a different brownie mix, most of them require eggs to be put… does that mean I don’t have to put the extra egg or do I still need it?
    Thanks for this beautiful recipe!

    1. Shelly

      DOn’t make the mix according to directions… only use the recipes that I listed, as long as the dry brownie mix is the correct weight. Ignore the brownie directions on the back of the box all together.

  22. Monica

    These are so good!! I inadvertently added 1/2 c of butter instead of 1/4 c so I’m not sure which way is better 🙂 Either way, amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  23. Summer Paul

    What could you use besides cream cheese? My husband is allergic to any type of cheese and I would hate to have to eat all of them by myself 😉

  24. These look wonderful. Just wondering if you can do this with a cheesecake filling instead of peanut butter? I can follow a recipe but not create one. Any ideas? Thanks and keep creating!

  25. Tiffany M

    Will you post your chocolate frosting recipe? As I am always looking for another…my grandmothers from her mother’s; is a little tough for me…thanks.

  26. SamiJoie

    Thanks for the awesome recipe! My bestie and I loved making it…and we filmed a video of us making it. I’ll be back later with a link to our video. Thank you so much for an awesome recipe! We devoured the cookies in, like, a day…and it was pretty much just the two of us and some family members. Thanks again!

  27. Debbie S

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe, I’m crazy for chocolate and peanut butter…. but in a brownie? Has to be yummy! I love your cell phone story lol! I’m the same way and I probably wouldn’t outrun the walking dead either.

  28. Christina

    I’m making this recipe. We’ll I have the Brownie mix and the egg and the butter and cream cheese in a bowl mixed together but it’s more moist then what u have. I’m trying to make the balls but it won’t make balls it’s just slop should I put more Brownie mix in or what do u recommend ?

  29. pat lahey

    I made them they were delicious made 2 batches some came out very thin they tasted good what am I doing wrong? Also what shelf in the oven you do put it on. I had it on the 2nd shelf.

    1. Shelly

      That’s strange that some came out thin…did you use a different baking sheet for batches? Light colored, or insulated baking sheets sometimes tend to spread a little bit more. Either that or it seems like the batter might not have been mixed thoroughly.

  30. Kristy

    Definitely the most frustrating thing I’ve ever made. So sticky there was no “rolling it into balls”. More of it stuck to my fingers than got on the pan. Used flour on my hands to try to make the stickiness less, didn’t work. Help?

  31. Rebecca

    Oh my goodness your funny walking toward the murderer story made me want to be your friend…and if I’m your friend I will just eat YOUR cookies and I won’t have to bake!

  32. Trey

    So i made these with my favorite fudge brownie mix. It made the batter far too sticky. Although what i was able to make some and it was delicious I need a way to make it less sticky. Any ideas?

  33. Taylor

    I’m looking to make these Thursday afternoon, but was wondering if you thought it would be ok to make the brownie and peanut butter mixtures a day or so ahead of time and put it in the fridge? Trying to save some time come Thursday.

  34. Tina

    Great cookies BUT I used a 19 oz mix and it was way too thin. I would add less butter and def do not melt completely! Next time I am going to try melting chips or a kiss on top instead of frosting, however they are good without it!

  35. Michael

    I made recipe last night but mine didn’t turn out and chocolate colored. They were a bit lighter and almost looked a grayish chocolate. Is that affected by the Brownie mix I used? Is a fudgier boxed brownie better?

  36. Connie J

    I made these Buckeye brownie cookies last night and found I had the same problem as other commenters in that my brownie mix was very wet. After researching other recipes, I come to the conclusion that my country does not carry the right sized box of brownie mix for this recipe. We only have 15.5 oz boxes or 440 g and the recipe calls for a 19 oz box or family sized box. I will need to purchase the appropriate amount of brownie mix from my bulk food store. Then I am confident the recipe will turn out as shown. Otherwise, I managed although it was messy and my husband thought they were delish.

  37. Marie

    Do you think you could put the chocolate brownie dough in a mini muffin tin and then put the peanut butter ball on top to bake?

  38. Cheryl

    Not even close. I was so excited to try these as I have enjoyed many of your recipes. I followed the instructions to the letter and ended up with a brownie “batter”; certainly nothing I could roll. The peanut butter filling? Absolutely could roll, no problem. But I had to use a scooper to put brownie on the sheet.
    I will say, regardless of their looks, they taste good.

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