These Buckeye Bites are perfect for a crowd! Sweet chocolate cookie cups filled with a peanut butter mixture and topped with chocolate ganache – so good!
You guys have heard of Buckeyes right? They’re an easy to make candy with a creamy peanut butter filling and chocolate coating. They’re basically my Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crunch Balls – minus the crunch 🙂 I love making them and they are always such a big hit with friends and family. This past week I wanted to make something that had the buckeye flavor but with a little more flair. These easy and crazy delicious Buckeye Bites totally hit the spot.
Today I’ve got a decadent little treat that is perfect for the holidays and all year long – particularly if you’re a peanut butter and chocolate fan like I am.
After baking, I scooped a peanut butter mixture into the center and then topped with a chocolate ganache and peanut butter-chocolate drizzle.
I know. Wow.
Not only are these Buckeye Bites insanely delicious, they’re also super cute too – great for parties!
Oster® Appliances was kind enough to send me one of their awesome toaster ovens to try out just in time for the busy holiday baking season. I have always been a big fan of toaster ovens and keep one on my back patio all summer long so I can bake during the summer without heating up the house.
I was super impressed with the capacity of this Oster® Digital French Door Oven. You guys, it’s HUGE inside! I had absolutely no problem fitting in 9×13 baking pans, pizzas, you name it! And it’s so easy to use and heats up at least twice as fast as my conventional oven.
I was making my Ginger Cookies and Almond Joy Cookies for holiday cookie trays and was able to whip them out super fast using the Turbo Convection setting. I also made an apple pie in my new toaster oven on Christmas day which was awesome since my main oven was loaded with other items. Love, love LOVE!
Tips for Making Buckeye Bites
- Spoon and level the flour for the most accurate measurement.
- I prefer the cookies made with coffee but water works just as well so use that if you want.
- Since these Buckeye Bites are brown on brown (boring!) use a fun pattern or bright color for your liners to add some pop and pizazz.
- The instructions look long and complicated – they’re not. Just get everything set out and go step by step and you’ll be fine.
How To Make Buckeye Bites
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 tbsp water OR coffee
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a mini muffin tin with liners and set aside.
- Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Cream sugars, butter and peanut butter together until light and fluffy.
- Add in egg, vanilla and water and beat until well blended.
- Gradually stir in dry ingredients.
- Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop cookie dough into muffin tin liners. Use a small measuring spoon (teaspoon or smaller) to create an indention in the center of each cookie dough ball.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes or until they are set. Do not over bake.
- Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.
- When cool, use the same measuring spoon to make an indention in the top of each cookie cup.
- Combine the filing ingredients in a small bowl and mix together until smooth.
- Scoop out one teaspoon of the mixture onto the top of each cooled cookie.
- Place chocolate chips in a small, heat proof bowl.
- Heat heavy whipping cream just to a boil and pour over the chocolate chips.
- Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Stir until smooth.
- Let rest for another 5 minutes or until thickened.
- Spoon over the top of each cookie cup. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Combine chocolate chips and peanut butter together in a small, microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals on high heat, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
- Transfer to a ziploc bag and cut a small tip from a corner.
- Drizzle over the top of the cooled cookie cups.
- Refrigerate for another 30 minutes or until set.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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