One classic candy that everyone, including myself, loves is the Buckeye candy. Its equal parts chocolatey and peanut buttery...but also delicious. Throughout time, it has taken on many different forms, one of the most popular being a buckeye brownie.

The concept of a Buckeye candy comes from a very unlikely place, a tree nut. The tree the nut comes from is called Aesculus glabra, but it is better known in Ohio as the Ohio Buckeye. The tree was discovered by Captain Daniel Davis who claimed that any tree west of the Ohio River is a "Buckeye" tree. The nut of the tree was used then to tan leather or when dried out, made into a necklace.

Buckeye is also a widely known nickname for those from the state of Ohio.  In 1950, Ohio State University began officially using the nickname Buckeye's, which influenced the Buckeye candy to be born. The Buckeye candy was created to look like the nut from the Buckeye tree.

My Buckeye Brownie cookies are a spin on the classic candy or even the popular brownie. Its a brownie cookie topped with the filling of regular Buckeye candy, which as we know is a peanut butter mixture. This variation is so rich and has a perfect balance of salty and sweet.

Do you like Buckeye candy or brownies better? Did you know Buckeye candy was created to look like a tree nut? Tell me your thoughts in the comment below!

Best Ever Buckeye Brownie Cookies


  • 1 box of fudge brownies
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 4oz. of cream cheese
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl mix the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg. Roll into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on a lined baking sheet.
  2. Bake for 12 mins.
  3. While the cookies bake, mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Make small balls and set them aside on parchment paper.
  4. Remove the cookies and immediately press the peanut butter ball into the top of each cookie. Melt the chocolate chips for 90 seconds. Then use a tbsp. to spread a little of the chocolate over each cookie. You want the peanut butter covered. Let the chocolate harden for 30 mins. Tasty!