In a twist on the famous candy, Buckeye cookies use the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate in 3 layers of chocolate and peanut butter perfection!

Buckeye Cookies on a baking paper

With Buckeye Cookies, we take the classic candy and create a delicious cookie version. With this recipe for Buckeye Cookies easy is the name of the game. You get all of the great Buckeye flavors without having to make individual candies. No tempering of chocolate or endless dipping! With a luscious and fluffy peanut butter frosting and chocolate topping, these Buckeye cookies are the best of both worlds.

The cookie base is moist, chewy, and chocolaty and makes the perfect foundation for the decadent peanut butter frosting. The final layer of velvety chocolate topping finishes it off perfectly! Alternative versions make frozen peanut butter centers as the Buckeye Cookies Delish makes. While their cookies indeed look really good, our brownie-like cookie, divine peanut butter frosting, and rich chocolate ganache topping are off the charts delicious! This just may be, hands down, the Best Buckeye Recipe! If you’re looking for a simpler cookie to whip up, but still need a serious chocolate fix,  try our classic Brownie Cookie Recipe.


  • The tender chewy chocolate cookie base
  • The peanut butter frosting is soooo amazing!
  • The Chocolate Ganache is velvety perfection
  • Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven!!




Buckeye Cookies on a baking paper, top shot

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Buckeye Cookies

To make this Buckeye Cookie Recipe, you’ll need flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa powder. You’ll need granulated, brown, and powder sugar. Chocolate chips, shortening, and of course, peanut butter to round out the list!

How Do You Make Buckeye Cookies?

You’ll start by creaming together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and bake the cookies. Assemble the peanut butter frosting by combining all of the ingredients in a mixer. Melt together the shortening and chocolate chips to make the chocolate frosting. Once the cookies have cooled, frost each cookie with a layer of peanut butter and chocolate frosting.

Spreading peanut butter on top of Buckeye Cookies


Buckeye Cookies on a baking paper
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Buckeye Cookies

In a twist on the famous candy, Buckeye cookies use the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate in 3 layers of chocolate and peanut butter perfection!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 315 kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar Packed
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs Large

Peanut Butter Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter Softened

Chocolate Topping:

  • 2 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Teaspoons Vegetable Shortening


Make The Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. 

  4. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture.

  5. Scoop out the dough, using a medium cookie scoop, filling it with a slightly rounded amount of dough, and drop onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  6. Bake in preheated oven 10-12 minutes or until cookie centers just loses there wet appearance. Do not overbake. Allow cookies to cool completely.

Make the Peanut Butter Frosting:

  1. In a small bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

Make the Chocolate Topping:

  1. Add chocolate chips and vegetable shortening to a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 30-second intervals, stirring vigorously after each interval. (You may only need one interval)


  1. Spread each cookie with about 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter frosting then spoon tops with melted chocolate topping. Allow chocolate to set then serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Buckeye Cookies
Amount Per Serving (24 cookies)
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 179mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 22g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes For Buckeye Cookies:

Overbaking- as with any cookie recipe-do not overbake, or the wonderful moist texture of this yummy cookie will end up being dry. The key to a chewy cookie is to keep it as moist as possible!

Melting Chocolate- Make sure that you don’t exceed 30 seconds per interval when melting the chocolate chips. Keep a close eye on them as they melt. When they start to look shiny, give them a stir and put them back in for short bursts until smooth. It’s better to go several short rounds than end up with burnt chocolate (is there anything more tragic??) 

Quick Version- Buckeye Cookies with brownie mix are a nice shortcut for the cookie base, though they do require different ingredients than what is listed below.

Buckeye Cookies on a baking paper

Can You Make Buckeye Cookies Ahead Of Time?

Storing frosted cookies can be a bit of a mess sometimes and result in a less than pretty cookie. It’s best to frost the day of serving and keep them in a single layer on a baking rack, in a cool spot in your kitchen, as the chocolate ganache sets.  If you have store leftovers or must frost ahead of time, never stack the cookies. Your best bet for keeping them pretty is to store them in a single layer and use a container with a good seal rather than cling wrap. They’ll keep well for about three days.

Bit out Buckeye Cookies

How Do You Freeze Buckeye Cookies?

The frosting and chocolate topping come together so easily, I suggest freezing without frosting. You’ll have better consistency with fresh frosting, and storage is so much easier without it. Make the cookies and allow them to cool completely. Store them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready for them, make the frosting and chocolate topping. Assemble and serve!

The cookies in this Buckeye Cookie recipe are moist and delicious, but our Brownie Cookies are every bit as decadent! They are the perfect blend of brownie and cookie and are off the charts chocolatey!! A wonderful simple cookie that’s perfect for a quick homemade chocolate fix!

Buckeye Brownies (recipe coming soon) take Buckeye Cookies to a whole new level! Rich and delicious, these bars have the same great flavors without the need to make individual cookies!

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