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Best Buckeye Brownies

Triple-layer peanut butter chocolate brownies? YES PLEASE!!
A stack of buckeye brownies.

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Love the flavor of Buckeye Candy? Want it in a brownie?? Try this recipe for the BEST Buckeye Brownie recipe. If you love chocolate peanut butter brownies this recipe is for you!

Buckeye Brownies are an amazing combination of a decadent brownie recipe and the peanut butter fudge filling in regular buckeyes topped with chocolate. BUT all wrapped up in one delectable easy-to-serve chocolate peanut butter brownie!

A stack of buckeye brownies.

The BEST Buckeye Brownies

My Buckeye Brownies are three full layers. The first layer is the baked brownie layer. Next up we have the delectable peanut butter layer that is added AFTER the brownie is baked. That get’s chilled and then it’s topped off with melted chocolate! You can’t go wrong with these.

A stack of buckeye brownies.

What are Buckeyes?

A real “buckeye” is a nut from a tree and it’s closely related to the horse chestnut if you’re familiar with what those look like. Basically a large round brown nut with a lighter brown spot on one side. But they are not TRUE chestnuts. They are not edible and should not be consumed.

But what I’m referring to is the buckeye candy from the ’60s that is surprisingly still popular after all these years! They’re named after the buckeye chestnut because they look almost just like them.

Buckeye Brownie layers with other brownies laying around it and a knife with peanut butter on it.

It’s a basic peanut butter truffle, for lack of a better word. Rolled and chilled and then dipped 3/4 of the way in melted chocolate to make it look like a buckeye. A regular peanut butter truffle or ball is fully enveloped in melted chocolate.

Ingredients for peanut butter brownies or buckeye brownies.

What do I need to make Buckeyes?

  • butter, both melted and softened
  • sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • cocoa powder
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • chocolate chips

You don’t need any special equipment to make Buckeye Brownies either! An 8×8 pan, bowls, measuring spoons, spatulas and so on. The biggest thing you will need is parchment OR foil to lift the brownies up and out of the pan for slicing. Other than that nothing special. So easy!

Buckeye Brownies before they're baked in an 8x8 baking pan.

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A stack of buckeye brownies.

Buckeye Brownies

5 from 41 votes
Triple-layer peanut butter chocolate brownies? YES PLEASE!!
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 16 Brownies
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Laura
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Peanut Butter Topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt

Chocolate Topping

  • 6 ounces semi sweet or dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • preheat the oven to 350°
  • line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, and leave two sides up higher than the sides of the pan, set aside
  • whisk the sugar, eggs, and vanilla together
  • then whisk in the melted butter
  • combine the dry ingredients for the brownies in a separate bowl
  • then stir into the wet ingredients just until combined
  • pour into the prepared pan
  • bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes
  • remove from the oven and cool completely on a baking rack
  • once cool beat the filling ingredients together until smooth and creamy
  • spread over the completely cooled brownies
  • chill while you make the top layer
  • melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave in 10 seconds intervals until the chocolate is melted
  • pour over the chilled brownies and spread evenly before it sets up
  • chill again until the chocolate is set up
  • cut into 16 brownies and keep refrigerated until ready to serve


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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