I have been trying to come up with a delicious cookie to make for Christmas and these Brownie Buckeye Cookies are perfect. I always make a ton of Christmas Cookies but this year I wanted something different. I know many people make buckeyes but they seemed like a lot of work to me. I think I just don’t like the part where you have to coat things in chocolate.

I have made cookies out of cake mixes in the past, so I thought why not try it with a brownie. It has more of a chocolate flavor and is the perfect base for this cookie. I mean you can’t really go wrong when you combine chocolate and peanut butter.

This is actually something bad about this recipe – it only makes about 26 cookies – so you are going to want to make a few batches!


(Printable Recipe)

Brownie Buckeye Cookies


  • 1 box family sized box, fudge brownie mix (9×13 size)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 oz.  cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip


Preheat your oven to 350* degrees. In a stand up mixer, beat the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese, and egg. (You can do this by hand but it’s a workout!) The dough will be a thick.

Scoop the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for the cookies for about 11 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so pay attention.

While the cookies are baking, make the peanut butter mixture. Mix the powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until it is completely combined. (A stand up mixer is better for this too but you can handle it by hand!) Form the mixture into about 1 inch balls, flatten it and set aside.
When the cookies come out of the oven, press a peanut butter ball lightly into the center of each cookie. Let the cookies cool for about 3 minutes. Transfer them to a cooling rack or I also like to use paper towels.



In a bowl microwave 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Heat for 45 seconds on 50% power and stir the chocolate. Re heat in 30 second increments at 50% power and stir it until the chocolate is completely melted.


Spoon a dollop of melted chocolate on top of each cookie so it covers the peanut butter ball. Let the chocolate set and enjoy

This is a really easy way to get the taste of a buckeye without getting chocolate everywhere!

What’s your favorite Christmas Cookie?

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