BUCKEYE BROWNIE COOKIES

Introduction:

Craving a decadent treat that combines the best of both worlds—fudgy brownies and creamy peanut butter buckeyes? Look no further than Buckeye Brownie Cookies! These delightful confections take the classic flavors of buckeye candies and brownies and marry them into one irresistible cookie. Perfectly chewy, rich, and packed with peanut butter goodness, these cookies are sure to become a favorite for dessert lovers everywhere. Let’s dive into the recipe and unlock the secrets to creating these heavenly treats in your own kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box fudge brownie mix 19.5 ounce or family size
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 oz. 1/2 block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 blocks about 4 ounces chocolate Candiquik or your favorite chocolate

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese, and egg. The dough will be a little sticky. Scoop the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet, making about 24 cookies. Smooth the edges of each to form a round cookie.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the powdered sugar and the peanut butter until it is completely combined. Form the mixture into about 1 inch balls. Make sure you have one ball for each cookie. Set aside.
  3. Bake for the cookie dough 12 minutes, keeping an eye out to make sure the cookies doesnt overcook or undercook.
  4. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press a peanut butter ball lightly into the center of each cookie. The peanut butter mixture will soften slightly, but that is OK. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Melt the 4 blocks of chocolate in a microwavable bowl for 45 seconds. Stir the chocolate and melt for additional 15 seconds or until the chocolate is completely melted. Candiquik comes in 16 ounce packages. When you open it, there are 16 blocks. Cut off 4 of these blocks for this recipe. Spoon about 1/2 a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie so it covers the peanut butter ball. Let the chocolate set. Store in an airtight container.

Serving:

  1. Freshly Baked Enjoyment: Buckeye Brownie Cookies are best enjoyed freshly baked, when they are still warm from the oven and the chocolate drizzle is slightly gooey. The combination of warm, fudgy brownie cookies and creamy peanut butter filling is simply irresistible.
  2. Presentation: Arrange the cookies on a decorative platter or serving tray for an appealing presentation. You can also sprinkle them with a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder for an extra touch of elegance before serving.
  3. Accompaniments: Serve the cookies with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent dessert experience. The creamy texture of the ice cream or whipped cream complements the rich flavors of the cookies beautifully.

Storage:

  1. Room Temperature: Store leftover Buckeye Brownie Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. Make sure the container is tightly sealed to prevent the cookies from drying out.
  2. Refrigeration: If you prefer to store the cookies for a longer period, you can refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving for the best texture and flavor.
  3. Freezing: Buckeye Brownie Cookies can also be frozen for extended storage. Place the cooled cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Once frozen, transfer the cookies to a freezer-safe bag or container, separating them with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.
  4. Thawing: When ready to enjoy frozen cookies, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours. You can also reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds to restore their soft and chewy texture.
  5. Reheating: If desired, you can reheat room temperature or refrigerated cookies in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up slightly before serving. This can help revive the gooey texture of the chocolate drizzle and make the cookies taste freshly baked.

FAQs:

1. Can I use natural peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter for the filling?

  • While natural peanut butter can be used, keep in mind that it may affect the texture of the filling. Natural peanut butter tends to be thinner and may not hold its shape as well as creamy peanut butter. You may need to adjust the amount of powdered sugar to achieve the desired consistency.

2. Can I make Buckeye Brownie Cookies gluten-free?

  • Yes, you can easily make gluten-free Buckeye Brownie Cookies by using gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose flour. Just be sure to check that all other ingredients, such as cocoa powder and chocolate chips, are also gluten-free to accommodate dietary restrictions.

3. Can I skip the chocolate drizzle on top of the cookies?

  • While the chocolate drizzle adds extra flavor and visual appeal to the cookies, you can certainly omit it if desired. The cookies will still be delicious with just the fudgy brownie base and creamy peanut butter filling.

4. How should I store leftover cookies to keep them fresh?

  • To keep Buckeye Brownie Cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. If storing for longer periods, refrigerate them for up to 1 week or freeze them for up to 2-3 months.

5. Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it for later use?

  • Yes, you can prepare the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it for later use. Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until firm, then transfer the dough balls to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to bake, thaw the dough balls in the refrigerator overnight and proceed with the recipe as directed.

Conclusion:

Buckeye Brownie Cookies are a divine fusion of brownies, buckeyes, and cookies that elevate the concept of indulgence to new heights. With their rich chocolatey base, creamy peanut butter filling, and decadent chocolate drizzle, these cookies are a true delight for the senses. Whether shared with loved ones or savored in quiet moments of self-indulgence, Buckeye Brownie Cookies are a treat worth savoring. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and embark on a journey of bliss with these heavenly cookies that are sure to leave you craving more.