Buckeye Brownie Bars

I have another delicious peanut butter and chocolate recipe for you today.  How can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate???

I saw this idea over on Monster Mama.  Oh yum.  I wanted to make more of a ganache topping so I searched Pinterest (my favorite go to for everything) and found this recipe.  They have the same amazing peanut butter filling layer (which is to die for).  But the chocolate ganache layer is a little different.

Buckeye Brownie Bars
Brownie Layer
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 2 cups sugar
* 3 eggs
* 3 tsp. vanilla
* 2/3 cup cocoa powder
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Peanut Butter Filling Layer
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
* 2 cups powdered sugar
* 2 Tbsp. milk
Ganache Layer
* 2 cups chocolate chips
* 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
* 1/4 cup butter
* 1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper (with the ends hanging over the edges so you can lift the brownies out.)
For the brownies, melt the butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat, add the sugar and stir to combine. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add cocoa, baking powder and salt and combine. Add flour last and stir until combined. Spread into pan and bake 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
For peanut butter layer, combine the ingredients and beat until smooth. Add more or less milk to get it to the right consistency.  You want it spreadable.
For the ganache layer, combine the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Melt together and whisk until smooth.
Once the brownies are cool, spread the peanut butter layer on top. Place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes until the frosting sets up a bit. Pour the ganache over the top and spread gently. Return to the fridge until set.
I have a confession to make.  I made one and a half recipes of the peanut butter layer and one and a half of the ganache layer because I wanted them thick and rich and amazing!  So if you follow the recipe as it is, these two layers won’t be quite as thick as they are with ours.
Pure peanut butter and chocolate bliss!

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  1. Ohh it looks so rich and delicious! I love peanut butter + chocolate so this combination is just perfection to me. You can hardly tell that the peanut butter layer is in fact peanut butter because of the creamy butter, milk and powdered sugar added into the mix. I love it!
    I like how there’s peanut butter in the ganache layer as well! Thanks for sharing this most decadent recipe!

  2. These sound amazing. I have made something similar before. But this recipe looks so much easier and tastier. My husband loves chocolate and peanut butter together. Anytime I make something with those two, he goes crazy. I can’t wait to make these. I am printing and pining the recipe. I hope to make it soon. Thank you for another awesome recipe!

  3. oh my goodness I want one – but Im on a diet -but want one. Thanks so much for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy!

  4. You know I love chocolate and peanut butter. These look so much easier than the 4 dozen double frosted PB cookies I made last week (but they were good)!

  5. these look so good!! buckeyes are a traditional Christmas food in my family and I always thought they were just an Ohio tradition. The Internet seems to be changing that. I may have to try this recipe sometime just for something different. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. I saw this yesterday here and printed right away. I really want to get the stuff I need and make these. Also want to share it with my oldest daughter…she would fall in love with this recipe.

  7. This looks amazing! I would serve this without cutting it.. like a giant cake/brownie! Looking forward to more chocolate recipes!

  8. When I make these I am going to make them like you did. I am going to make 1 & 1/2 of both the peanut butter layer and the ganache layer. Because I also want them thick and rich and Amazing! Thanks for the super recipe!!

  9. Peanut butter and chocolate, my favorite combination! Looks yummy!!

  10. Oh man. This sounds so good. Too bad we have peanut and milk allergies in our house. I could probably eat this entire thing.

  11. Chocolate and Peanut butter just can’t be wrong when put together these ssound delicious.. even this early in the day.

  12. Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination, if I make these I will probably make myself sick with them. But you know….I’m gonna make em anyway. 😉

  13. These look amazing, but being from Michigan can we call them Wolverine’s lol. Thanks for the recipe

  14. Hi! You were the link before me at the Think Pink link party! These look so good! Thank you so much for sharing!

    It’s Always Ruetten

  15. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. For us chocolate lovers there is nothing better than a new recipe that features our favorite flavors. Thank you!

  17. My oh my I would have to hid these – from me !
    they look and sound so good and rich tasting. Thanks for the recipe. I just might have to make them anyhow .

  18. I love buckeyes! These look fabulous!! Good idea to make extra so you could have thick, creamy, delicious brownies!! Thanks for sharing!
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

  19. These are wonderful. I’d love to have you share this recipe at What to do weekends. Nice recipe for the weekend. 🙂 Linda Following on Pinterest. Do you have Facebook or Twitter?


  20. I love Reeces peanut butter cups so I know I’d love these. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. These sound yummy. I would have to call it something different though. I grew up in Detroit, MI and we don’t like Buckeyes!

  22. These look divine! I love peanut butter and chocolate…thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂


  23. So I need someone to make these and send them to me please? They look so delicious…

  24. I am printing up this recipe as I think it is just what we are looking to make for an upcoming event.

  25. YUM! These look delish ~ love chocolate!
    I’m visiting you today from Wow Me Wednesday. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Burlap Ruffle Wreath

  26. These look really good! I will definitely consider making them when I have time to do a baking project. I love that they look so rich and creamy and that they do NOT contain cream cheese. I might be odd, but I can not stand cream cheese, and it seems like most recipes that look good and creamy at first site like this one has it as an ingredient, which is a huge turnoff to me.

  27. I think I just died and went to heaven! 😛 I’m afraid if I made them that I’d eat them all!!

  28. Yummy, these look so creamy and rich!
    Thank you so much for sharing at Much Ado About Monday, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next week! 🙂


  29. I love Peanut Butter Buckeyes – I’ve never heard of the made as a brownie, though! Sounds interesting!

  30. I was just telling myself how I really should loose a few pounds, but then I saw these Buckeye Brownie Bars and suddenly my diet went out the window! I had to pin this, it looks so very yummy!! Thanks for sharing? lol

  31. Oh my goodness this looks delicious and will have to make it sometime!

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