Buckeye Brownies

Buckeye Brownies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Today marks one of my favorite days of the year…the kickoff to the college football season! I’m more excited than ever for this season. The Buckeyes are coming off a 12-0 season, ranked No.2 in preseason polls and widely expected to contend for the national championship! It’s going to be a good season! 😀

Buckeye Brownies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Andrew and I were born and raised in Columbus, Ohio so needless to say, we both bleed scarlet and grey. With Andrew being an Ohio State alumni and attending Ohio State University for Medical School we never miss a game. Saturdays are dedicated to football. We’ve been counting down to college football season since last November and I am so excited that it is finally here! Since we live in Peoria, Illinois we can’t make it back to Columbus to see the Buckeyes play as much as we wish. But every football Saturday we fly our Buckeye flag, wear our jerseys and buckeye beads and watch the Buckeyes pull off a win.

Buckeye Brownies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

To kickoff the college football season and my first Football Bite of the season, I made these decadent buckeye brownies. These brownies are absolutely incredible-fudgy in the middle and chewy on the outside with a shiny, crackly top. And let’s not forget about that peanut butter swirl! So rich, so chocolatey, so irresistible!

Buckeye Brownies {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

If you’re planning some tailgating parties this college football season, check out my Football Bites recipes each week. The past two seasons I featured a football bite for each week of the college football season. Just in case you missed them, here are my Football Bites from the last two seasons:

2011 Football Bites

2012 Football Bites


Buckeye Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies


For the Brownies:
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1 1/2teaspoons instant espresso (optional)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (17 1/2 ounces) sugar
1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon table salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

For the Peanut Butter Layer:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk)
1/2 cup peanut butter


Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a large bowl, whisk cocoa, espresso powder, and boiling water together in large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. Add eggs, yolks, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and homogeneous. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix with rubber spatula until combined. Fold bittersweet chocolate and peanuts.
Spread half of brownie batter into the prepared baking dish.
In a medium bowl combine peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk with whisk. Pour mixture over brownie batter.
Drop the remaining brownie batter in 8 dollops over peanut butter layer in the pan. Swirl in with a knife or spatula.
Bake until toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool 1½ hours.
Using parchment overhang, lift brownies from pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.

Source: adapted from Cookies & Cups

Buckeye Brownies that are easy to make, rich, chewy and simply amazing!

One Year Ago: College Football Bites Roundup 

Go Bucks!
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Three Years Ago: Southeast Asian Fried Rice

19 Responses to “Buckeye Brownies”

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    Faye — August 31, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Those look absolutely amazing!

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    Jenn — August 31, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Holy cow, these look amazing!

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    Louis — August 31, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    Born and raised in Ohio, and part of the Christmas Cookie Classics are Buckeye. They are a bit time consuming, and this recipe will be a new spin on them, and a Whole Lot Easier! Thanks!

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    Christie — August 31, 2013 @ 5:31 pm


    These look YUMMY and I’m sure I”ll be making them soon.

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    Bev Hoffman-Rush — September 1, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    I too was born and raised a Buckeye in Toledo. I bleed scarlet and Grey! I love buckeyes and sometimes would like to find a different way to make them. These brownies sound and look perfect. I am going to make them.

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — September 1, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    I’m not into football, and since my husband is English, we’re actually not allowed to even talk about American Football. I will, however, take any excuse to eat buckeye anything. Particularly brownies. These look amazing!

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    Kristi — September 1, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    I want one of the brownies, like right now!

  8. #
    Rachel — September 2, 2013 @ 2:23 am

    O – H !

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 3, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    YESSS love these brownies, go bucks!!

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    Kathryn — September 3, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. Your baby is adorable.

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    Christina (sisters running the kitchen) — September 3, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    WOW. these look FANTASTIC! this summer my favorite homemade icecream parlor made a delicious buckeye flavor and ive been hooked on that flavor ever since. I bet these would be so good! ill have to make them and will definitely report back :)

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    Jenny Snelgrove — September 5, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Thanks from my kitchen in New Zealand for sharing this recipe – it is divine!

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    Lisa — September 6, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    I – O! That’s for Rachel. My family is huge Buckeye fans and I can’t wait to try these brownies. Here’s to a great season!

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    Megan — September 9, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    My husband and I were born and raised in Cleveland. Now we are in San Diego. It’s his bday this week and I was trying to decide what dessert to bring into his office. This is the winner!! It looks amazing and it will remind him of home. Perfect! Thanks!!!

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    April — May 14, 2015 @ 10:02 pm

    Wow! I made these today and can’t believe how good they are! I really doubted that middle layer would set w/o a binder but it totally did! I used a box mix b/c it was so much easier. They were GREAT! Came together really well, were very affordable to make, delicious and impressive! Would make a great gift for a new mom or neighbor!

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