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Buckeye Brownies

These Buckeye Brownies are amazing! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.

These Buckeye Brownies are amazing! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.

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It’s funny how you can view circumstances quite differently than other people. Or even different than you imagined.

It’s no secret that my son is off at Marine boot camp right now. We’re finishing up week four of him being gone! And surprisingly, I’m doing better than I imagined (I’m hoping he can say the same, haha)!!

This year I have spent a lot of time “reflecting.” Savoring those moments and memories that have brought my family to this point. This stage in life.

I thought sending my son off to boot camp would be unbearable. As much as people say it’s like sending them to college, having not sent one to college, I can only imagine it’s a little different. There is no way to talk to him. To visit him. To send him a quick text. It became apparent to me that life was going to be different when he handed me his cell phone and boarded the shuttle to the airport. My lifeline to him was in my hands. I had no way to keep in touch.

Even to the point of writing letters was out of my control. I couldn’t write until he wrote first. I had no address, no idea what platoon he would be assigned.

But this is where I realized, I’m stronger than I thought. It’s him, you guys. My son is the one who gives ME strength. My child who is living his dream. I’m reminded daily that THIS is the life he chose. He wasn’t drafted. He CHOSE this path for himself. He knew what to expect. And it’s that choice that has given me comfort for the past 3 1/2 weeks. My son is following the path he chose and he’s succeeding!

I know there are many moms out there who have kids in boot camp right now. I know there are many moms struggling and missing their kids. I know this because there are many facebook support groups for us moms. But, if your child signed up for this path, take comfort in that decision. This is what we want for our children. To make decisions as adults and succeed in those choices. That is where I draw my comfort from.

These Buckeye Brownies are amazing! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.

And brownies. They help too. Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade buckeye filling and covered with smooth chocolate ganache. Yep. That’s a definite help in the comfort department!!

I know my son will come home begging for some treats…and this one is on the list of goodies to make for him! It’s like a buckeye (you know what those are right??). But it’s a brownie. #MINDBLOWN

Anyway, for those of you who are raising children, enjoy each day. Don’t rush to get to the next phase (I know how eager we are to get to the potty training, or walking, or school aged phase). Take each day as a gift. And live it.

What is a Buckeye?

Imagine making your own Reese’s peanut butter cup recipe. Smooth and creamy peanut butter dipped in rich chocolate.

A buckeye brownie is that same flavor on top of a fudgy chocolate brownie. Perfection.

How to make Buckeye Brownies

Start by making a batch of brownies in a 13×9 baking dish. You can use a boxed mix or try your hand at homemade. For today’s recipe, a quick batch of boxed brownies is the way I chose to go.

Make sure you line your baking dish with parchment paper before baking. This will allow you to easily lift them out of the pan and slice for serving.

While your brownies are baking, make your peanut butter filling. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Beat until combined into a soft “dough.”

Remove brownies from oven and gently drop peanut butter mixture onto top of warm brownies. Use your finger tips to make sure the brownies are completely covered.

For the ganache, in a small microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream. Heat for one minute and stir until smooth. Pour over peanut butter layer and spread evenly. 

Cool completely by refrigerating brownies for 2 hours (or more). Cut into bars while chilled and enjoy!

These Buckeye Brownies are amazing! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.

If you LOVE Buckeyes you will also love these Buckeye Bars. Much like the original, except there is no dunking each individual piece in chocolate. SO easy and delicious.

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, here are a few of my favorites:

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 Chocolate Peanut Butter Grahams: these easy dipped grahams are a fun treat!

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 Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti: cookies for breakfast is always a win in my book!

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Peanut Butter Mousse Pie: one of my favorite peanut butter and chocolate desserts on the blog!

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Yield: 24 brownies

Buckeye Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

These Buckeye Brownies are amazing! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.

Ingredients

For the brownies:

  • 1 box brownie mix, with ingredients according to package (13x9 size)

For the peanut butter filling:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cup powdered sugar

For the ganache:

  • 1 package (10 oz) dark chocolate chips (bittersweet morsels, 60%)
  • 6 Tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Prepare brownies according to package directions for a 13x9. Make sure to line your baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. While brownies are baking, make peanut butter filling. In a mixing bowl, combined melted butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
  3. Remove brownies from oven when done baking. Gently drop peanut butter filling onto top of warm brownies, using fingertips to make sure brownies are completely covered.
  4. For the ganache, in a small microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream. Heat for one minute. Stir until smooth. Pour over peanut butter layer and spread until evenly distributed.
  5. Refrigerate brownies for 2 hours (or more). Cut into bars while chilled. Serve and enjoy!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g

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These Buckeye Brownies are amazing! Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache.

Recipe originally published on August 6, 2015

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Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Comments & Reviews

  1. I have made this 3 times and is a hit with all who have had will definitely be in my Christmas trays! Thank you so much for sharing you wonderful recipes. Billie

    1. I live here in Ohio & also a huge Buckeye fan. I’m getting ready to make the buckeye brownies for tomorrows game opener against Nebraska. These look so yummy & is perfect for this game. Go Bucks !!

  2. Hi there! Just finished making these for our Sunday family dinner tomorrow! I seen them on your Instagram page today. I read your post with it as I don’t always do when it comes to recipes online, I know you wrote that a few years ago but I sure hope you had your son home this Christmas! I can relate a tiny bit but I have had lots of communication with my 17 yr old son who went to the mission field in Belize last July with a family from our local church. Miss him like crazy but support him and proud of the choices he has made! Can’t wait to dig into this dessert tomorrow!! Thanks for the recipe! 

  3. Do you recommend a certain type of peanut butter? I usually use Teddy’s, but I am not sure how that type would do in a recipe like this as it can be a little oily. Thoughts? Also, I only have salted butter. Will that negatively impact the recipe?

  4. Okay, so this is coming in about 3-4 years late, but I hope your son is home now or at least somewhere that postal delivery can drop him off one of your sweet-treat packages. Thank him for his amazing sacrifice, bravery, and service. It is people like him whom I look up to and whom inspire me in a bleak world; it is people like you whom I wish I could say, “yeah, I know the feeling,” but I can’t say that. I will just have to admire you and your family from afar for hearing the calling to serve. Not many do.

    1. What a sweet message, thank you! He is still currently serving and deployed, so your comment is quite timely for this momma’s heart during the holiday. I’m in awe every day of our men and women who bravely serve our country.

  5. It is late and I don’t have any heavy cream. What do u suggest I use ?
    Thank you so very much. Want to try this recipe .

  6. Hi, these look delicious!! Can’t wait to try them! As I am allergic to dairy, heavy cream is off my list. Can I melt the chocolate with coconut oil instead?

  7. Made these and they’re fantastic! I didn’t have bittersweet chocolate, so I used semisweet and only 4 tbsp of cream. Worked like a charm! Thanks for a great recipe! I’ll definitely be making these again

  8. Thank you for this recipe – it is my new favorite!! Do you think they freeze well? I’d like to bring them to a baby shower this weekend and wasn’t sure if they would stay fresh for six days.

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