Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Buckeye Brownies

Buckeye Brownies 1

Even though my husbands family is from Ohio, I had never heard of buckeyes until I worked with a girl who was originally from Ohio (who later married the defensive coach of the New England Patriots and left the company. I just had to add that in) introduced me to them.

The buckeyes I first had were peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. So good. Called buckeyes because the resemble the buckeye nut, which I'm guessing must grow on some kind of tree in Ohio. I really don't know about that. I do know they are a favorite of the Ohio State Buckeye fans and that's good enough for me cause my father-in-law is a fan of Ohio State.

I must state for the record, that I'm not really into peanut butter the way some folks are. I work with a few people who go crazy for anything made with peanut butter. Me, not so much. I don't dislike it, but I'm not ga-ga over it ya know?

I really do like the buckeyes though. I've had them with the smooth peanut butter filling, and with rice crispies added in. Either way, they were good.

My youngest is one of those peanut butter freaks so when I came across this recipe, I knew he would love these.

The bottom layer is just your regular ole' brownie, but the top layers are fluffy peanut butter and then a layer of chocolate.

Like smearing a buckeye ball all over a brownie. Yum.


Buckeye Brownies
Source: Almost Homemade Cookbook

19-1/2 oz. pkg. brownie mix (prepared according to package directions)

For the peanut butter filling:
1 stick butter
2 cups powdered sugar
8oz creamy peanut butter

For the chocolate topping:
6 T. butter, softened
6oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Prepare and bake brownie mix in a greased 13"x9" baking pan according to package directions. Let cool.

Peanut butter filling: Mix powdered sugar, butter and peanut butter until smooth. Spread over cooled brownies. Chill for one hour.

Chocolate Topping: Melt together chocolate chips and remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally or in the microwave. Spread over brownies. Pop back in the fridge to chill again. Cut into squares and enjoy!
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