Love PB & Chocolate? Try These Amazing HUGE Buckeye Cookies!

As strange as it might sound, in the area I live in Southern California, Friday nights are all about football right now. Every Friday night we show up to our local sports park that is packed with hundreds of young flag football players, and you can smell the irresistible smell of tailgate-type foods like brats and burgers; you see players and families all decked out in their team’s colors and the whoops and cheers for their teams. Now something I might not rather admit about these strange Southern Californians (I may or may not be included in this ;) ) is that when the sun goes down and temperatures drop to 55, you will see people huddled together for warmth, bundled in their finest winter gear ha! People looking and acting as though they might not make it through the night lol. All the while we are surrounded by gorgeous palm trees lining the entire park--it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, or look right to onlookers from other states.

This year my son is on the Ohio State Buckeyes team, and this gets me excited for two reasons--neither of which are because I like the Ohio State Buckeyes team though. I am an Iowa Hawkeyes fan, so of course I’m not naturally a big Buckeyes fan :) First, I do have to give their marching band great credit where credit is due. They are absolutely incredible, so when my son found out he was on this team, I had to be excited about something about this rival team, so we pulled up cool videos of their marching band halftime shows. They really are incredible and they always have themes of particular movie scores or artists like Michael Jackson, etc. They will march around together and form shapes of animals, people or words, and even have them look like they are walking, all while playing impeccable music. It is something to behold, for sure!

Second of all, I am just about the world’s biggest fan of peanut butter and chocolate, I think, so naturally buckeyes candies are pretty much perfection in my world! Any excuse to think about making something with peanut butter and chocolate and I am there! Thankfully for me, I get the excuse to make something “buckeye” related to celebrate every game each Friday for the next few weeks, so I am quite thrilled about that!

In case you are not familiar with “buckeyes”, a buckeye is actually a nut that grows natively around the Ohio area and therefore it is their school’s mascot. There is a candie version of a buckeye that looks just the real buckeye nut. It is a base of peanut butter fudge, dipped in chocolate covered all of it but a small circle on the top so you can still see a little bit of peanut butter, which results in looking just like a real buckeye, pictured just below.

Our local Crumbl cookie happened to have the “buckeye” flavored cookie one week and I think that is my favorite flavor there I have ever tried! I couldn’t wait to go home and try and recreate this cookie and make a big batch for my family that I could store in the freezer for a fraction of the price! Here is a recipe I found from that really nails the perfect Crumbl cookie knockoff. The batter for the cookie dough is similar to a giant brownie, then after those have cooked and cooled, you add a layer of a peanut butter fudge, and top it with as much melted semi-sweet chocolate as your heart desires.

Feel free to look up recipes for original buckeye candies, or even buckeye brownies or pie. There are so many ways to get your fix! These cookies are my favorite way though! You can’t go wrong with a giant brownie type PB cookie!

Crumbl Buckeye Brownie Cookie

These Crumbl Buckeye cookies are made with a thick brownie cookie base then topped with peanut butter fudge and drizzled with melted chocolate. Recipe Type: American Total Time: 32 mins

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Serving size: 7
Calories per serving: 263

1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 cup brown sugar packed
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon butter softened, unsalted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips melted

Preheat the oven to 350F then line a baking sheet with parchement paper and set aside.

Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and creamy. Mix in the egg and the vanilla extract until combined.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until the flour mixture disappears. Scoop out 7 equally sized cookie dough balls with a large cookie scooper (about 1/4 cup), and place those cookies on a baking sheet leaving about 2 inches of space between each one.

Gently press down on the cookies to about 1 inch in thickness, and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Once the cookies are baked, let them cool down on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Peanut butter buckeye topping

In a medium bowl, whisk the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until a thick paste forms.

Divide the peanut butter mixture into 7 little balls, top each cooled-down cookie with a peanut butter ball, and press down gently to flatten.

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips, and top each cookie with it. Spread the melted chocolate and serve.


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    Mary Richardson
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