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…
Top view of thick brownie batter in a mixing bowlIt’ll be sticky and thick. I actually used my hands to mix it together.
Then mix up some peanut butter and powdered sugar…
Peanut butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowlIt’ll come together like this…
A ball of peanut butter dough in a mixing bowlForm 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…
A collage of brownie dough balls on a baking sheet and peanut butter-filled brownie dough balls on a baking sheetPress 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.
A collage of two baking sheets with peanut butter-filled chocolate cookiesOnce they’re cooled, I spread some chocolate frosting on top.  Here’s my recipe for Easy Fudge Frosting.
Chocolate frosting being spread over a peanut butter-filled chocolate cookieThat’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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Mary ann
September 30, 2021 9:34 am

I made these. I had to bake them twice as long as the recipe called for and then they got too hard. If I baked them less they were still raw! I even made them a little bit smaller. I think the filling would be better not baked on them like I have seen in every other recipe. The filling was too sticky to roll in my hands. The dough was to sticky to roll them in your hand. I followed the recipe exactly.

November 18, 2018 9:29 pm

My first batch would not firm up until I way over baked them and then the cookies were rock hard and the peanut butter dried out. They worked out much better when I baked the cookies and topped them with peanut butter balls as soon as they came out. I think the fat from the peanut butter melted into the cookie and with that much fat, they just wouldn’t bake.

September 23, 2018 12:32 pm

I’m not a fan of cream cheese, but these look look so good. Does it have much of a taste in this recipe or is it more of a binding agent?

September 6, 2017 4:38 pm

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.

April 7, 2017 11:39 pm

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?

March 20, 2017 10:13 pm

I have made these and they are delicious

Connie J
February 19, 2017 6:36 am

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.… Read more »

Lydia gray
February 8, 2017 4:15 pm

I’d love to try these, they look awsome

February 4, 2017 5:02 pm

Made these twice, sooooo good. Now in with favorites.

January 1, 2017 9:17 am

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?

December 31, 2016 12:21 am

These suck. They are hard to make dont bake in the time stated and a waste of ingreients. I will never try them again.

December 19, 2016 8:37 pm

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!

December 14, 2016 9:44 pm

Could these be pressed into a pan and made into bars?

December 14, 2016 1:56 pm

Can these be frozen?

December 12, 2016 3:05 pm

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.

Shelly 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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