You guys know I love an opportunity to amp up a boxed cake mix, right? How about turning a simple boxed brownie mix into something marvelous? A friend of mine recently linked me to these buckeye brownie cookies, and I knew I couldn’t live another second until I made them and got them in my mouth.
You will need:
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 cup powdered sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips for melting, and some shortening to mix in for smoothness
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Start by beating the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese, and egg. As with all things made with a base of boxed treats, it’s hard to mess this up! Scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet, making about 24 cookies.
In a separate bowl, mix the powdered sugar and the peanut butter until it is completely combined. It won’t look super smoothed, but it will roll well. Form the mixture into about 1 inch balls, making sure to have one ball for each cookie. Set aside.
Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, keeping an eye out to make sure the cookies don’t overcook – you’ll know they’re done when you give the sheet a little jiggle and they don’t move as if they are liquid.
As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press a peanut butter ball lightly into the center of each cookie.
While letting the peanut butter settle, melt your chocolate chips and shortening (if you choose to add it, about a tsp or two!) in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring between. Once melted and smooth, drizzle or dollop melted chocolate over each cookie (base this on how much more chocolate you want) and allow to harden and cool a bit before transferring them anywhere, and devour accordingly!