Buckeye Brownies

These Buckeye Brownies have 3 layers of goodness with a brownie base, a peanut butter fudge center and chocolate top. They’re the perfect dessert for the chocolate and peanut butter lover.

If you’re familiar with buckeye balls, you’ll have to try this brownie version! They’re chocked full of pb+chocolate goodness, just like our reese’s brownies and layered like our bomb brownies.

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Deliciousness

Do you like brownies? It’s one of our “go-to” recipes if we’re looking for a quick and yummy treat. I always have the ingredients on hand, plus some ice cream, so we have an instant delicious dessert—which is nice since we’ve been trying to invite more people over for dinner and/or dessert.

I thought it would be fun to change things up from our typical plain brownies. If you’re a fan of brownies, and especially chocolate and peanut butter, these Buckeye Brownies are ones to try.

With a brownie base, peanut butter fudge center and chocolate top, they’re hard not to love! So, why are they called “Buckeye” Brownies?

Buckeyes are a treat made from a peanut butter fudge partially dipped in chocolate. This is a brownie version because it uses the same kind of peanut butter fudge in the middle and is also topped with chocolate.

Adding the layer of brownie on the bottom make them even more irresistible!!

Buckeye Brownie recipe

The Three Layers

BROWNIE. Good news: This is the easy part! I just use a box mix for the brownie base! Follow the directions on the box and bake in a 9×13 pan.

If you do want to go the “entirely-from-scratch” route, you could use this brownie recipe (minus the frosting of course), but double it for a 9×13 pan.

PEANUT BUTTER. My favorite layer 😉 All you have to do is mix the pb and powdered sugar until it’s well mixed and feels a little like play dough. Then use your fingers to spread it and pat it down on top of the *completely cooled* brownies.

CHOCOLATE TOPPING. Melt remaining butter and chocolate chips over low heat, then pour over the top of the peanut butter layer. Let it cool again before slicing and serving.

Milk chocolate chips or semi sweet? You can use either for the chocolate topping! If you prefer a sweet and creamy chocolate topping, go with the milk chocolate chips. If you want something slightly more bitter and rich, then use semi sweet.

Optional Toppings: Although this would be straying from the “traditional” buckeye, you’re welcome to add something extra. Feel free to add crushed peanuts, chocolate sprinkles, and/or chocolate chips to the brownie mix or to the top. 

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To freeze: Once the brownies have cooled completely, cut them into squares. Flash freeze them by placing the individual brownies on a cookie sheet in freezer for 1-2 hours or until they have hardened. Once hardened, wrap each square tightly in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Place them in an airtight freezer bag or container for up to 3 months.

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Buckeye Brownie Recipe

4.75 from 12 votes
These Buckeye Brownies have 3 layers of goodness with a brownie base, a peanut butter fudge center and chocolate top. They're the perfect dessert for the chocolate and peanut butter lover.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 468 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 box 9x13 pan brownie mix plus ingredients on box
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 6 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


  • In a 9x13 pan, make and bake brownie mix according to box directions. Let cool.
  • In a bowl add your powdered sugar, ½ cup butter and peanut butter. Mix well. Spread with fingers over the brownies and pat down (it has a consistency similar to playdough).
  • Melt together chocolate chips and remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Spread over brownies 2nd layer. Let cool and ENJOY!


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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy!! They taste pretty amazing too. I’ve always LIKED brownies, but this recipe may have converted this like to LOVE. 😉

  1. I know these would be a big hit in our house! Just pinned them! Visiting from the Link Party Palooza!

  2. LOVE these! I have them on my “must make” list. Thanks for hosting the party as well – I shared my Roasted Chicken with Clementines.
    Thanks, Donya

  3. “when your hour is just about up” – What does this mean? I want to make sure I have the recipe right 😀

    1. No need to wait an hour… that was a typo. You can make the frosting to put on the second layer as soon as you put it on. 😉

  4. YUM! These all look so good. I don’t crave brownies very often, but when I do I want to eat the whole pan. You may have inspired that craving again ;o) pinned.

  5. Hey there! I just made these tonight – a double batch in my big lasagna pan. Oooooooh my. Quite honestly the best dessert I have made in forever! There are going to be some very happy people at our after-church luncheon tomorrow! I used Reynolds Non-Stick foil and Pam and removed the whole slab of brownies from the pan after they cooled completely and then added the peanut butter buttercream and chocolate layers so that I would be able to cut the brownies into smaller squares than, I’m sure, the kids at the luncheon would have! :o) A little of these goes a long way – very, very good! Thanks for an amazing recipe!

    1. Oh, Jen… comments like yours totally make my day!!I’m so glad you liked them. I hope everyone at the luncheon did too. 😉

  6. Could you use semi sweet chocolate chips or does it need to be milk chocolate? These look amazing!

  7. Wondering.. the list of ingred. lists 1/2 cup butter..
    then it reads : add the 1/2 cup butter to p-sugar & so on.
    then : add ‘remaining’ butter to melted choc chips..

    was there a typo ???

  8. These are so amazing!! I made them for a family get together and they were devoured in minutes. Making them now for my husband fantasy football draft party 🙂 thanks for the recipe.

  9. Made 10 different brownies for a party. These were the favorite! They were also able to stand the heat during a summer graduation party. No melting. Perfect for picnics!

  10. These are great, I added walnuts, raisins, and cho chips to the brownie mix, now they are to die for, I even crushed up walnuts and sprinkled them over the top of the brownies when they were done, thanks for a great receipe

  11. These brownies were amazing. My family loved them. Big hit I know I willbe making alot of these. Thank you. Dina Houston Tx

  12. I change the fillings…add cream de menth,cherry, or orange flavoring…only I make scratch brownies with a can of Hershey’s …the bomb.

  13. Yummmm! These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them and see the smiles on my kiddos faces when they munch them up! PINNED!

  14. I have made these for my family twice (so far..) and they are fantastic! My question is, has anyone ever tried freezing them? My sons and their families are coming for several days over thanksgiving and I’m trying to do as much in advance as possible, and these brownies are a MUST HAVE! And thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  15. Any tips on cutting them once they are done? Do you stick them in fridge to keep brownie layer more adhered to top? I’m not getting the crisp pretty cute like your photo. 🙂

    1. Hmmm, I always cut my brownies with a plastic knife because it doesn’t gunk up on the knife and make it messy. Did you try that?

  16. Oh my so will be making buckeye brownies found u from a friend on fb where can I sign up to make sure I see your great recipes?

  17. I really thought this wasa real recipe. Sad to see it’s another boxed “creation”. I’m sure it’s good, but rather make from scratch.

  18. 5 stars
    I have made these brownies twice. I decided to alter the recipe a little. I only used 1 and1/2:cup of powered sugar. I also used more peanut butter I used 1 and 3/4 of peanut butter. For the chocolate topping I used the.whole package of chocolate chips. I was very happy with the results.

  19. I don’t do mixes, but will try this with homemade brownies. We prefer dark chocolate, so will use semi-sweet chips. I am sure it will be tasty!

  20. I made these tonight for an after church get-together- can’t wait to try!!! Do they need to be refrigerated? Thank you!!!

    1. These were a huge hit thank you! Mine turned out more fudge-like than brownie. I did cut the powdered sugar to 1.5 cups instead of 2 which did make it a little more work to spread but worth it- and cut down the butter by 3-4 T all together (a little from the Peanut butter mix and a little from the topping). I would describe this as delicious but extremely rich- next time will cut into smaller pieces. Thank you! Will definitely be making again!!!

  21. My husband loves homemade brownies but our daughter brought 2 huge little Debbie boxes if brownie and I am wondering If you have any idea how to turn it in to a tasty treat

    1. Haha..that’s a good question! They already have a little frosting & candies on them. I’d get through those, then make some homemade brownies 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    Headed to a family picnic. We bring a dish And a DESERT to share. Some wanted choc. Some wanted buckeye balls so because of your recipe they GET both in one. Win win thanks for sharing

  23. 5 stars

  24. 3 stars
    The author initially said to mix the powdered sugar and peanut butter, although the recipe states to mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar and the butter. The recipe states to use 1/2 cup of butter, whereas it probably should be 1/4 cup of butter. Using 1/2 cup of butter produces a mix far more wet than the consistency of “playdough”.
    Please be cautious with this recipe.

    1. Thank you for sharing this info with me. I will definitely try changing the amount of butter in the recipe next time I make these and see how they turn out. Thanks so much for your suggestion!