Buckeye Brownies


This recipe for Buckeye Brownies is the most amazing brownie you will ever taste: loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, and layers of deliciousness.

This recipe for Buckeye Brownies is the most amazing brownie you will ever taste: loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, and layers of deliciousness.

These Buckeye Brownies are definitely a gold medal dessert.  I posted them on my Instagram page and they went crazy so I figured I would share them here!

OK, so maybe I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics lately.  I’ve mostly been watching the swimming, synchronized diving, and women’s gymnastics.  The gymnastics uneven bars and floor routines have always been my favorite events, by far!  I remember way back in 1996 watching the Magnificent 7, specifically my favorite girl -Dominique Moceanu, and getting so in to it.  I remember going to school very tired those couple of weeks because I would stay up late with my mom and watch (the only reason I was ever allowed to stay up past my bed time) :).  The only gymnastics event that I have a really hard time watching are the balance beam routines – I get so nervous for them!  I seriously couldn’t even walk across that thing without busting my face.  My sense of balance is horrendous – you should see me attempt yoga.

I knew my waistline wouldn’t thank me once I made these beauties…but that didn’t stop me.  When does that ever stop me?  I don’t know what it is about the peanut butter and chocolate combination, but it has always just worked for me.  Buckeyes are one of my favorites goodies around the holidays and I was intrigued by this non-traditional way of preparing them when I saw the idea floating around.

If you love peanut butter, and you love brownies you will love these.  Pure delight!

Buckeye Brownies made with Brownie Mix

Buckeye Brownies
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
This recipe for Buckeye Brownies is the most amazing brownie you will ever taste: loaded with peanut butter, gooey chocolate, and layers of deliciousness.
  • 1 box mix brownies, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar (start with 2, add more as needed)
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, as needed
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Prepare the brownies according to recipe or make brownies from a box mix. Allow brownies to cool completely.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and 2 cups of powdered sugar until well combined and smooth. Add more powdered sugar as needed to get the consistency you prefer. The mixture should be thick, but add a tablespoon or two of milk if needed, so that you are able to spread the mixture easily on the brownies.
  3. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips in a bowl. Whisk until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then pour over the peanut butter and brownies. Smooth with a spatula and then place the brownies in the fridge to set for at least 1 hour.

Recipe source:  adapted from bunsinmyoven.com

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

37 Responses to “Buckeye Brownies”

  1. August 6, 2012 at 4:52 AM #

    I LOVE brownies and peanut butter, so these are totally right up my alley! They look great! 🙂

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM #

      Thanks for the comment, Natasha!

  2. August 6, 2012 at 8:34 AM #

    Ooooh yes. i love peanut butter. I love brownies. I’m from Ohio. Yes…I love these.

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM #

      haha thanks for the comment!

  3. Roma
    August 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM #

    Yum! The brownie layer looks thin….was it baked in a larger pan than the box suggested?

    • August 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM #

      Hi Roma! I baked the brownies in a 13×9 pan…the box said you can use a smaller pan for thicker brownies but I went with the thin option since I knew I was going to be layering them. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  4. Diane
    August 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM #

    OMGness Ashley Buckeye Balls are a must make for me at the holidays or my boys would have my head, just wait til i pull this one out of the hat for them!!!!! Thanks for all your deliciousness!

    • August 6, 2012 at 8:42 PM #

      Diane, I really appreciate your nice comment. Thank you! I hope your boys love these 🙂

  5. August 7, 2012 at 10:08 PM #

    Oh my goodness…these have my name all over them!!! 😀

  6. Sarah
    August 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM #

    oh yum! i make buckeyes during the Christmas season… like you know by the hundreds, but this is a great way to get those great flavors without having to devote so much time to the task! I will certainly be trying out this recipe! thanks!

  7. August 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM #

    Man these look sooooo rich and sweet! My hubbie would eat the lot. 🙂

    • August 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM #

      They are VERY rich! So so good 🙂

      • Dennis
        July 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM #

        I bet ya can’t eat just one….

        • July 20, 2013 at 1:35 AM #

          You definitely can NOT! 🙂

  8. August 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

    I am making these this weekend! Looks delicious!

    • August 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM #

      Thanks, Kara! Love your blog so much!

  9. August 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM #

    Wow! These look so great. I love brownies and peanut butter. Going to have to make these soon.

    • August 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM #

      I think you’ll like them!

  10. August 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    Oh man! These look simply mouth watering! I love the layering.

  11. September 2, 2012 at 7:16 AM #

    Oh my goodness — these look insanely delicious!

    • September 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

      Aww thanks, Amy!

  12. September 9, 2012 at 9:56 PM #

    Oh my peanut butter! I love buckeyes, and MUST try this recipe STAT!

    • September 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM #

      Thanks for your comment! I love buckeyes, too 🙂

  13. September 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM #

    I’m in love with peanut butter so I have to try these 🙂

    • September 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM #

      Ditto! Thanks for commenting, Gosia 🙂

  14. September 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM #

    YUM! These look sooo good! Nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate!

    • September 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM #

      I agree! There’s just something about it 🙂

  15. Lauren
    October 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM #

    Ashley, I am making these this weekend to bring to my in-laws! I pinned the site to my Pinterest board and never realized this was your blog until now! I will be visiting more often 🙂

    • October 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM #

      Awww thanks, Lauren! Hope you like the brownies!

  16. Moya
    September 9, 2013 at 12:42 AM #

    I lived in the US for a while (Pennsylvania). I loved the chocolate/peanut butter combination you guys have lots of over there. We don’t have it so much here (Australia) except for the stuff we import from the US like Peanut Butter cups etc. I tend not to think about that combination in my baking, but the thought of making these makes my mouth water. I will be making them soon! I’ve never heard the expression “Buckeye” before, though. Where does this originate? Is it commonly used in the States? Thanks.

  17. Monica
    June 17, 2015 at 8:02 PM #

    I just made these (in a 9×9 metal pan) and they turned out fabulous. They were a little on the thick side, but I prefer them that way so the brownies don’t dry out. This was definitely a winner! Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

    • June 17, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

      Thanks Monica! So glad you liked them!


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