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Buckeye Cookies

The famous candy gets a cookie makeover with this Buckeye Cookies recipe! Peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache on top of a chewy cocoa cookie base.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Buckeye Cookies, Buckeye Cookies Recipe, How Do I Make Buckeye Cookies, How To Make Buckeye Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 315kcal
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:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. 
  • Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture.
  • Scoop out the dough, using a medium cookie scoop, filling it with a slightly rounded amount of dough, and drop onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 10-12 minutes or until cookie centers just lose there wet appearance. Do not overbake. Allow cookies to cool completely.

Make the Peanut Butter Frosting:

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

Make the Chocolate Topping:

  • 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)


  • 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.


Serving: 24cookies | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg