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. 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.

  2. 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 ?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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 😉

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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 =)

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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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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