Buckeye Brownie Cookies


The end all be all of Buckeye Brownie Cookies recipes, this post gives you the run down on all my favorite tips and tricks. Buckeye Brownie Cookies — or Buckeyes as they are called — are the best snack you can make. Two recipes in one? Yes, because I do not want to be in the kitchen any longer than I have to.

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

These Buckeye Brownie Cookies combine the best of both worlds…brownies and buckeyes! If you love buckeyes, but don’t like taking the time to dip them in chocolate, you’ll love this easy cookie recipe!


These Buckeye Brownie Cookies combine the best of both worlds…brownies and buckeyes! If you love buckeyes, but don’t like taking the time to dip them in chocolate, you’ll love this easy cookie recipe!

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

As you can see, we’re both still obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate. Let me tell you, I will never be done loving that perfect duo, so you can always be watching for a new recipe.

I’m sure a lot of you share this same love- I wouldn’t be surprised. Many people who claim to not like peanut butter and chocolate will find themselves eating one of these amazing cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Who here loves buckeyes, brownies, and cookies? I know I do. The fudgy-chocolate flavor of brownies is one of my favorite desserts.

Well, I have a lot of favorites. But I really, really, really like brownies. So to make it into a big, rich, gooey cookie with peanut butter surprises inside is over the top for me. Buckeye Brownie Cookies. What more could I ask for?

Now your only question is: How do I do it? I want one now!


Brownie Mix Cookies

 The simple brownie batter is made using a boxed brownie mix, melted butter, egg, and softened cream cheese. I love that it uses a boxed brownie mix! So easy!

You’ll want to make sure the butter is very soft, if not a little melty so that it easily mixes into the brownie batter. The batter will be very thick!

How Long to Bake Cookies

When you’re baking the cookies, watch to make sure you don’t overcook them or under cook them. We baked ours a full 12 minutes and it was perfect. All ovens are different, so yours might take longer or shorter to cook.

My suggestion? Set it at maybe 11 minutes, and watch it until it gets all the way done. Usually I like my brownies really gooey, but the bottom of the cookie needs to be cooked fully for it to hold the weight of the peanut butter.

Trust me, it’s really still gooey. It’s brownies! How can it not be gooey and delicious?


Chocolate Topped Cookies

We love to use either chocolate chips or Candiquik chocolate for dipping, drizzling, and dunking. Candiquik is the easiest! We simply popped the chocolate in the microwave, took it out, gave it a little stir, and spooned it on the peanut butter part of the cookie.

The Candiquik melts so quickly in the microwave. It just melts in your mouth, too. Use any type of chocolate you prefer…chocolate chips work just as well.

You get the same classic taste of buckeyes without having to dip anything. Genius, right?!

Brownie Cookie Recipes

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

These Buckeye Brownie Cookies combine the best of both worlds…brownies and buckeyes! If you love buckeyes, but don’t like taking the time to dip them in chocolate, you’ll love this easy cookie recipe!


PREP TIME30 minutes

COOK TIME12 minutes

TOTAL TIME42 minute


  • 1 box fudge brownie mix (19.5 ounce or family size)
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese, and egg. The dough will be a little sticky. Scoop the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, making about 24 cookies. Smooth the edges of each to form a round cookie.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the powdered sugar and the peanut butter until it is completely combined. Form the mixture into about 1 inch balls. Make sure you have one ball for each cookie. Set aside.
  • Bake for the cookie dough 12 minutes, keeping an eye out to make sure the cookies doesn’t overcook or undercook.
  • As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press a peanut butter ball lightly into the center of each cookie. The peanut butter mixture will soften slightly, but that is OK. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Melt the 4 ounces of chocolate in a microwavable bowl for 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate and melt for additional 15 seconds or until the chocolate is completely melted. Spoon about ½ a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie so it covers the peanut butter ball. Let the chocolate set. Store in an airtight container.


These Crumbl Buckeye brownie cookies are made with a thick brownie cookie base then topped with a peanut butter buckeye topping and a generous amount of melted semi-sweet chocolate on top. The ultimate peanut butter chocolate treats.

Last wee, Crumbl released their insane buckeye brownie cookies. Think a thick brownie cookie topped with the Buckeye peanut butter mixture, and coated with melted semi-sweet chocolate goodness. Drooling yet?!

The combination of the thick chocolate cookies and the smooth peanut butter topping is absolutely to die for, so don’t blame yourself if you drooled all over reading this or looking at the photos!

Raise your hands if you love buckeyes! Now, raise your hands if you love cookies! Better yet, raise your hands if you love chocolate brownie cookies with buckeye topping.

If you did all three, or just the last one, this copycat cookies recipe is the only one you’ll ever need! I promise! Seriously that good.


  • It’s the best recipe for chocolate peanut butter lovers
  • These cookies are perfect for Christmas and the holiday season.
  • It’s easy to make.
  • They taste just like the Crumbl version.
  • Thanks to these you can have your favorite cookies year round!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this peanut butter buckeye brownie cookie. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed ingredient measurements.

  • Butter– You can use either salted or unsalted butter for this recipe.
  • Brown sugar– The brown sugar is the main sweetening agent that will keep the cookies extra soft and chewy.
  • Granulated sugar- The granulated sugar is what makes the cookie edges a little crispy.
  • Egg– The egg is the binding agent for these cookies, the yolk also adds extra fat for mositure.
  • Vanilla extract– The vanilla extract helps bring out the chocolate flavor even more.
  • Flour– You will need all purpose flour for this cookie recipe.
  • Dutch processed cocoa powder– The dutch processed cocoa powder will give a nice chocolatey flavor.
  • Baking soda– The baking soda will give you extra height to your cookies.
  • Salt– The salt will balance out the sweetness of the cookies.
  • Chocolate chips– Make sure to use good quality chocolate chips for these cookies.
  • Peanut butter– I use creamy Skippy peanut butter for thi spart.
  • Powdered sugar– The powdered sugar will be mixed with the peanut butter to create the Buckeye topping.


This is how you can make these buckeye cookies. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed instructions!

  1. Cream the butter, and both sugars until fluffy.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix until the flour mixture disappears.
  4. Scoop out your cookie dough balls, place them on a baking sheet and gently press down to about 1 inch in thickness.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven, let them cool down on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.


  • Mix the peanut butter, butter, sugar, and vanilla together until a thick paste forms.
  • Divide the peanut butter mixture into 7 equally sized balls.
  • Top each cooled down cookie with the peanut butter mixture, and press to flatten.
  • Top with the melted semi sweet chocolate and enjoy


Now hear me out, you don’t have to top your cookies with as much melted chocolate as I did, but you definitely can. It makes them that much more fun and drool-worthy.

You can enjoy these cookies with the chocolate melted or you can chill them and enjoy them with the chocolate solidified like the OG buckeye balls!



Technically a buckeye is a dark brown nut, but since we’re talking treats, it’s a confection made out of peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter then dipped in chocolate.

It’s pretty much a peanut butter fudge ball that is coated in chocolate to look like a buckeye nut.


These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.

You can also store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Depending on if you like them cold or room temp, you might have to pull them out of the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for a little bit.

These cookies can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Once you’re ready to enjoy them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight.

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

A classic homemade candy gets a fresh take in these Buckeye Brownie Cookies! This recipe is made easy with fudgy chocolate brownie mix cookies baked around rich peanut butter fudge centers.

Two Buckeye Brownie Cookies on a wooden patter, with one cut in half to reveal the peanut butter center.

Easy Buckeye Cookies Made with Brownie Mix!

It’s hardly a secret around here that I’m a little obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter. Name a better sweet-salty-creamy combination! Oh wait, you can’t. 

Recently I had a craving of epic proportions for something chocolatey and delicious. So I did what any reasonable peanut butter and chocolate addict would do.

These easy brownie cookies (“brookies”) are stuffed with a peanut butter ball and topped with chocolate frosting. They might look a bit unassuming at first glance. But on the inside, they’re pretty magical!

What Are Buckeye Cookies?

In case you’ve never had buckeyes before, they’re a classic no-bake treat made with balls of sugary peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate (a bit like Peanut Butter Balls!). A circle of peanut butter is left uncovered, which makes buckeyes look a bit like the nuts from an Ohio buckeye tree, named after the eye of a deer!

So, Buckeye Cookies are the baked best of both worlds: a rich chocolatey cookie wrapped around a sugary peanut butter center! I top mine with a layer of chocolate frosting, too, since I can never pass up an opportunity for buttercream.

Chocolate-frosted buckeye brownie cookies on a black wire rack.

Recipe Ingredients

Less than 10 ingredients is all you need for these delicious buckeye brownie cookies!

  • Brownie Mix: Your preferred boxed brownie mix. You can use any type of chocolate brownie you’d like!
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted, and melted.
  • Cream Cheese: Let your cream cheese come to room temperature before you start. It’s much easier to mix in this way!
  • Peanut Butter: I recommend using a good quality, shelf-stable creamy peanut butter, and not the natural kind (more on this below).
  • Egg
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Chocolate Frosting: I used my favorite recipe for homemade chocolate frosting, but you could also use canned frosting for convenience.

What Kind of Peanut Butter is Best?

For best results with these cookies, I suggest using your favorite brand of creamy or smooth peanut butter. Brands like Jif or Skippy are my go-tos. Avoid natural peanut butters as these tend to have more oil and don’t bake up well.

I’ve never made these cookies with crunchy peanut butter, but I’d imagine they just wouldn’t be the same without that fudgy smooth filling! So definitely stick to classic smooth peanut butter, if you can.

How to Make Buckeye Brownie Cookies

This cookie recipe is so easy to make. Here’s what you do:

Make the Brownie Dough: Mix up a box of brownie mix with the cream cheese, melted butter, and an egg. The texture will be sticky and thick – I actually used my hands to mix it together.

Roll the Dough: Form the brownie dough into balls and place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use your thumb to make an indentation in the top of each dough ball.

Make the Peanut Butter Balls: Next, mix the peanut butter and powdered sugar. Roll the peanut butter mixture into small balls and press those into the indents in the brownie dough.

A collage of brownie dough balls on a baking sheet and peanut butter-filled brownie dough balls on a baking sheet

Bake: Bake the buckeye cookies in a 350ºF oven until the edges are set. These cookies don’t spread very much at all, so they’ll look about the same before and after baking. 

Chocolate frosting being spread over a peanut butter-filled chocolate cookie

Frost: Move the baked cookies to a wire rack. Once they’re cool, I like to spread some chocolate frosting on top and give them a sprinkle with flaked sea salt.

A collage of two baking sheets with peanut butter-filled chocolate cookies

Tips for Success

  • Don’t Overbake: These cookies will look almost the same coming out of the oven as they did going in! So be mindful to not leave them in too long, even if they don’t seem especially done. Overbaking will lead to crunchy, crumbly cookies.
  • If Your Peanut Butter Filling is Thin: If your peanut butter fudge filling seems a little on the thin and sticky side, add a bit more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.

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