Buckeye Cookies – Sugar Spun Run

For those who love buckeye sweet, then you want to attempt my buckeye cookies! Similar to the sweet, these chewy chocolate cookies are made with a creamy peanut butter filling and wealthy chocolate coating. Recipe features a how-to video!

Buckeye cookie consisting of a chocolate cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate.

Peanut Butter Buckeye Cookies

These buckeye cookies are the candy and chewy embodiment of basic buckeye sweet! Just like my buckeye brownies, these cookies characteristic a wealthy, chocolatey, (however not too candy) cookie topped off with a thick layer of peanut butter filling and decadent chocolate ganache. The ganache layer is further thick too; it’s the identical topping you’ll discover on my MIllionaire’s shortbread.

You can also make these into HUGE connoisseur cookies (nice in case you personal a bakery or promote cookies) or make them into smaller, regular sized cookies. Those photographed listed here are the big model, however I usually persist with the standard-size since they’re so indulgent. Directions and measurements for each are included under, so take your choose!

What You Want

There are fairly just a few components on this recipe, however don’t let that intimidate you! I promise these buckeye cookies are simple sufficient for newbie bakers.

Overhead view of ingredients including brown sugar, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and more.
  • Butter. No, your eyes will not be fooling you–there are three sticks of butter within the picture above! Two will likely be melted and mixed with our cocoa powder within the cookies, and the remaining stick will likely be used for the filling. Who mentioned these buckeye cookies have been speculated to be wholesome? Not me!
  • Cocoa powder. I like to recommend utilizing pure cocoa powder right here. Dutch course of cocoa works with too, however the chocolate taste is stronger and extra intense in a method that truly doesn’t play as properly as I’d like with the peanut butter filling. 
  • Peanut butter. Use a creamy peanut butter to imitate the graceful, creamy filling in buckeyes. I haven’t examined this recipe with pure peanut butter, so I can’t say for certain how that might work right here.
  • Brown sugar. Utilizing some brown sugar alongside common granulated sugar makes for flavorful and chewy buckeye cookies. Keep on with mild brown sugar right here; darkish brown will make issues a bit too candy and wealthy.
  • Heavy cream. We’ll warmth this up on the range earlier than pouring it over our semisweet chocolate chips or couverture chocolate to create chocolate ganache. Double cream or whipping cream will work too.

SAM’S TIP: I do know chilling cookie dough can check your persistence, but it surely’s a obligatory evil right here. Chilling helps make the buckeye cookies thicker so we have now a pleasant thick/sturdy base for all of the heavy toppings we’re including. Don’t skip it!

Keep in mind, that is simply an summary of the components I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the put up!

Learn how to Make Buckeye Cookies

Prep the Cookie Dough

Collage of four photos showing chocolate cookie dough being prepared.
  1. Stir collectively the nice and cozy melted butter and cocoa powder till mixed.
  2. Add the sugars, eggs, and vanilla and stir properly.
  3. Mix the dry components in a separate bowl.
  4. Progressively add the dry components to the moist components till the dough is cohesive. Cowl the bowl with plastic wrap and place within the fridge to relax for half-hour.


Two photos showing chocolate cookie dough being rolled, baked, and flattened with a glass.
  1. Roll the chilled dough between your palms utilizing both ¼ cup sized (massive cookies) or 2 tablespoon sized (regular cookies) scoops. Place 2″ aside on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350F for both 10-12 minutes (massive cookies) or 9-10 minutes (regular cookies). Flatten the tops of the cookies with the underside of a ingesting glass inside 1 minute of eradicating from the oven. Let cool for five minutes earlier than eradicating to a cooling rack.

Make the Peanut Butter Layer

Four photos showing peanut butter filling being prepared and flattened over chocolate cookies.
  1. Beat the butter and peanut butter along with an electrical mixer till clean and creamy, then stir within the vanilla and salt.
  2. Progressively add the powdered sugar till the combination is cohesive. It is going to be stiff.
  3. Scoop the filling in both 2 ½ tablespoon parts (massive cookies) or 1 ½ tablespoon parts (regular cookies) and roll right into a clean ball.
  4. Flatten the balls into discs and press on high of the cooled cookies.

Chocolate Topping

Two photos showing chocolate ganache being stirred together and poured over peanut butter topped chocolate cookies.
  1. Warmth the cream till steaming, then pour over the chocolate. Cowl with foil and let sit for five minutes earlier than stirring collectively.
  2. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies and let it set till agency earlier than having fun with. You may place the cookies within the fridge to hurry this up!

SAM’S TIP: Let the nice and cozy cream and chocolate sit collectively underneath the foil for a couple of minutes earlier than whisking to mix. If the chocolate nonetheless isn’t melting after this, you possibly can microwave the combination in 10-second increments till melted, stirring in between. Don’t overheat your chocolate, or you can make it seize.

Overhead view of a cooling rack of buckeye cookies.

Ceaselessly Requested Questions

Do buckeye cookies have to be refrigerated?

Nope! These cookies will likely be positive at room temperature. Simply ensure that to retailer them in an hermetic container and luxuriate in inside 5 days of constructing. Buckeye cookies additionally freeze properly–comply with the directions within the recipe notes under in case you’d like to do that.

How did buckeye cookies get their title?

My buckeye cookies are modeled after peanut butter buckeyes, a chocolate lined peanut butter sweet. Buckeye candy gets its name from the Ohio state tree, which grows toxic nuts that resemble the eyes of a deer (or a buck!), therefore the title.

Can I make buckeye cookies upfront?

Sure! You can also make the cookies themselves and the peanut butter layer upfront. Retailer each in an hermetic container as much as 3 days upfront. You’ll have to stir the peanut butter filling and ensure it’s clean earlier than utilizing, if it’s too thick simply stir in a splash of milk or cream. Don’t make the ganache topping upfront.

Two halves of a buckeye cookie stacked on top of each other to show layers of chocolate cookie, peanut butter, and chocolate.

For those who love larger-than-life cookies, attempt my blueberry muffin cookies or strawberry cheesecake cookies subsequent!

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! For those who do this recipe, make sure you tag me on Instagram, and you can even discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Buckeye cookie consisting of a chocolate cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate.

Buckeye Cookies

For those who love peanut butter buckeyes, then you definately merely should attempt these buckeye cookies! Similar to the sweet, these chewy chocolate cookies are made with a creamy peanut butter filling and wealthy chocolate coating. Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cookie, Cookies, Dessert, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 5 minutes

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Complete Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 12 massive or 24 small cookies

Energy: 920kcal

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  • Mix melted butter and cocoa powder in a big mixing bowl and stir till well-combined.

    ½ cup (50 g) pure cocoa powder, 1 cup (226 g) unsalted butter

  • Add sugars, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir properly.

    1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar, ¾ cup (150 g) mild brown sugar, 1 massive egg + 1 massive egg yolk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    2 ¼ cups (280 g) all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Progressively add dry components to moist, stirring till utterly mixed.

  • Cowl dough and chill within the fridge for half-hour. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350F (175C).

  • As soon as oven is preheated and dough is chilled, scoop dough into ¼ cup-sized balls (for LARGE cookies) or 2 Tablespoon-sized balls (for smaller/classic-sized cookies). Roll between your palms to type a clean spherical ball. Area cookies a minimum of 2” aside on baking sheet.

  • Switch to heart rack of 350F (175C) oven and bake for 10-12 minutes (for giant cookies) or 9-10 minutes (for smaller cookies). Inside 1 minute of eradicating from the oven, use the clear, flat backside of a 1-cup measuring cup (or glass, and many others.) to softly flatten the floor of the cookie (you desire a clean flat floor for including the peanut butter). Permit cookies to chill on baking sheet for a minimum of 5 minutes earlier than eradicating to cooling rack to chill utterly earlier than adorning.

Peanut Butter Layer

  • Mix peanut butter and butter in a medium-large mixing bowl. Use an electrical mixer to beat till clean and creamy.

    2 cups (475 g) creamy peanut butter, ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter

  • Stir in vanilla extract and salt till properly mixed.

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Progressively add powdered sugar till utterly mixed and you’ve got a clean however stiff combination.

    2 ¼ cups (285 g) powdered sugar

  • Scoop dough by 2 ½ Tablespoon parts (for giant cookies) or 1 ½ Tablespoon parts (for normal cookies) and roll right into a clean ball (see notice). Use your palms to flatten the combination right into a disk and press gently onto the floor of a cookie (if it’s too sticky, simply unfold it on the cookie gently with an icing spatula). Repeat till all cookies have been lined.

Chocolate Topping

  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour cream right into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low warmth till steaming. Pour evenly over the chocolate, cowl with foil, and let sit for five minutes. Take away foil and whisk till clean. If chocolate hasn’t utterly melted, you possibly can warmth within the microwave in 10-second intervals till clean.

    1 ½ cups (250 g) semisweet chocolate chips or couverture chocolate, 6 Tablespoons heavy cream

  • Drizzle chocolate over cookies. Permit chocolate to harden earlier than having fun with (you possibly can pace this up by popping them within the fridge, however cookies style finest at room temp).


Cocoa powder

I like to recommend and like pure cocoa powder, however Dutch course of will work in a pinch.

Peanut butter layer

If combination is just too sticky to deal with, cowl and chill within the fridge for 15-20 minutes after which attempt rolling once more). If the peanut butter filling remains to be too sticky after chilling, simply stir in extra powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time, till manageable.


Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 5 days. These cookie additionally freeze properly, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for as much as 3 months.


Serving: 1massive cookie | Energy: 920kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 15g | Fats: 57g | Saturated Fats: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 7g | Monounsaturated Fats: 21g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 852IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg

Dietary info relies on third-party calculations and ought to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.