Buckeye Cookie Bites


These little cookies start with a cookie mix and then are filled with creamy peanut butter.  Perfect little buckeye bites! lemonsforlulu.com

When I say the word “buckeye” what comes to mind?  Did you wear your scarlet and gray this weekend?   When you think of buckeyes, do you think of Brutus and the Shoe?  Do you think of script Ohio and the Skull Sessions?  Or perhaps you bleed blue and maize.  The Wolverine in you thinks of Big Ten rivalry and the “Ten-Year War”.   Yes my friends, tis the season for tailgating and watching college football!!!   My father in law and my husband will be M.I.A.

But that’s not what little ole me thinks of when I hear the word buckeye.  I think of Christmas cookies!  I think of how I really, really love buckeye candies, but HATE all the rolling and dipping.   I have to make double or triple batches each year because we never seem to have enough!   Honestly, all my candies start out perfectly shaped and dipped to look perfectly smooth.  By the end of each batch I have golf ball sized chocolates that are lumpy and smudged and misshapen.

As we were watching the Bucks beat Miami this weekend, I was dreaming of simpler ways to make my favorite Christmas treat.  Picture a little light bulb atop my head as it occurred to me that I could make chocolate sugar cookie cups and fill them with the same peanut butter filling I use for buckeyes!!!  Holy crap I am a genius!!!  So, I hopped up and set to work!

The cookies are easy, as I use a sugar cookie mix for a base and add cocoa powder.  The filling is almost exactly what I use for my candy, but I added more milk to make it creamier.  I think these buckeye cookie bites are a pretty decent substitute for our Christmas tray staple!   No flavor is sacrificed!  Each bite is packed with loads of peanut butter and chocolate!  If you love buckeyes but don’t have the time or the energy, then buckeye cookie bites are totally for you!  You don’t have to like Ohio State or even watch college ball to appreciate these little gems!

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I made these cookies too:

Chocolate Chunk Mocha Cookies

White Chocolate Key Lime Cookies with Coconut

Love the buckeye recipes I found on Pinterest!

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Buckeye Cookie Bites
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Your favorite buckeye ball candy as a cookie cup!
Recipe type: dessert, cookies
Serves: 24
  • For the cookie
  • 1 pouch sugar cookie mix ( 1 lb, 1.5oz)
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 T water
  • 1 egg
  • For the filling
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 5 T milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350. Grease two mini muffin tins with cooking spray. In a medium-sized bowl, combine sugar cookie mix, cocoa, butter, water and egg until dough forms.
  2. Shape dough into 48 small balls. Spread dough up the sides of each muffin tin to form a cup. Bake in oven for 8 minutes. Remove and using a small teaspoon, reinforce cup shape for each cookie. Return to oven and bake another 3 minutes. Remove. Cool on wire racks for 30 minutes. Fill with peanut butter filling
  3. Filling:
  4. In a large bowl, mix butter and peanut butter until creamy. Add pinch of salt and vanilla. Slowly mix in powdered sugar. Stir in milk until filling is smooth and creamy. Using a pastry bag, pipe filling into each cookie cup.


cookie recipe adapted from Betty Crocker


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58 Responses

  1. Yum! I’ll have to make these for the hubby.

    • Please let me know if you do! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’m not at all familiar with buckeye cookies. I think their spread ends somewhere along the Michigan-Ohio border and, being raised to the north of that line, a cookie so named doesn’t stand a chance of being baked. Living now in Illinois, I could bake these delicious sounding cookies without fear of being shunned by all who hear of them — I think. 😉

    • You have to add buckeyes to your Christmas baking or I’ll have to mail some to you!

  3. Haha I’m silly, and now, whenever I hear “buckeye”, I simply think of pb+choc together! Not even football *sigh* But NOW, whenever I hear “buckeye” I think I’ll be thinking of these treats because HOW CUTE are they?! So easy yet so adorable, and you used a pouch of sugar cookie mix–be still, my heart! Love these Tanya!

    • Yes, now you know all about the other “buckeye’s. But really who cares, all that matters is the chocolate and PB kind!

    • Thank you! I need to invent a simpler way to roll stuff!

  4. Oh my goodness. Peanut butter and chocolate are a near perfect combination. Buckeyes do make me think of the candy more than the college because I am an SEC fan.

    • Really, the buckeye candy is all that matters! I can skip college football, I CANNOT skip buckeye candy! Thanks for coming by Micha!

  5. They look pretty darn delicious! YUM!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!

    • Thanks so much for checking them out!

  6. Yep, definitely trying these soon. I’ve never heard of buckeye cookies either, but if it’s chocolate and pb I’m there!

    • Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter ever! Let me know if you try these! Thanks for visiting!

  7. I’ve never had “buckeye” anything, but chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations! Thanks for sharing on Foodtastic Fridays!!

    • Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever invented!

      • I hope you do! Thanks for checking them out!

  8. When I think of buckeye… my first thought is peanut butter and chocolate… I haven’t seen a baked buckeye. My recipe is for unbaked… Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday, please be sure to ‘link’ your recipe to us and come back on Sunday to vote.


    • I love the no bake buckeye but I wanted a quick alternative! Thanks for vivsiting!

  9. You are brilliant! They look darling. I make a similar cookie using a brownie mix base, but will try them in mini muffin pans next time.

    • Brownie base wold bw wonderful! Thanks for checking them out!

  10. I’m definitely going to have to try making these, they look so good! I am a follower of your blog on Facebook and would love if you could pop over to my new blog http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/ and share the blog love!

    • Thanks for following! I did the same. Let me know if you try them!

  11. I LOOOVE Buckeyes, but I have never attempted them for the VERY reason you stated! This sounds like the perfect alternative.
    Thanks for sharing with Weekend Potluck, have a great weekend!

    • True buckeyes ate the best, but sometimes you want something quick! Thanks for visiting!

    • Absolutely!!! Thank you for the invite and for stopping over!

  12. These look so good! Your treats always look incredibly delicious :)

    • Nicole, I think your recipes are fabulous as well!

  13. I LOVE buckeyes, cant wait to try this!

    • I Love buckeyes so much too! I can’t wait to make them at Christmas. But I literally need a year to recover from all the work!

    • Thank you so much for the feature!!! So exciting!

  14. You’re just so darn funny! You know I started my blog 2 years ago around football season because we only had one tv. Thanks for sharing these xmas cookies with us. They look great! Nice brainstorming!

    • A girl can only watch so much football!!! Thank you so much for visiting!

    • Yeah!!! Thank you so much for the feature!!!! Wahoo!

  15. Thank you so much for linking up last week at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new link party is now up and I’d love it if you joined us again. Have a great week!

    • Thanks for stopping over! Love the recipe sharing party!

    • Thank you! Would love to link up, thanks for the invite!

  16. These look just wonderful!

  17. I honestly never thing football when I hear buckeyes….that is a peanut butter and chocolate bite:-) I am ok with not having to roll and dip a bunch of cookies this coming Christmas!!!

    • Yeah for no rolling!!! Thanks for checking out the cookies Jocelyn!

    • I adore buckeyes! Thanks for the party, I linked up today!

  18. You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing last week! Hope to see you again this weekend! :)
    Mackenzie :)

    • Thanks Mackenzie!!! That is such an honor!!!

  19. Anytime a recipe contains a cup of peanut butter, I’m happy! If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon!

    • Thanks! I can’t wait to check out yumgoggle!

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