If you live in Ohio, you're probably getting excited about the Ohio State bowl game (well, as long as you're over the loss to Michigan State). I'm sure there are other teams that get the same level of fan-demonium as the Buckeyes, but without a professional football home team to cheer for, everyone gets behind the Bucks.
For us, game time is a great time to get things done in town... no traffic, no crowds, no worries! But it is still fun for us to watch with a large group of friends and family with a spread of tasty appetizers and a few cutesy themed desserts!
I'm no stranger to a peanut butter and chocolate dessert... they are definitely some of my favorites! I love the sweet and salty mix, it just heightens the flavors. I remember making buckeyes in my freshman dorm room with only a microwave and my desk (no fancy double boiler, or even a stove top available) for the Ohio State v Michigan game. When you have to have buckeyes for the biggest rivalry in college football, you'll find a way.
So after years and years of making traditional buckeyes, I now try to twist that tradition into other desserts. Buckeye Brownies, Buckeye Bark, Buckeye Mix-Ins... to name a few. Well, my favorite dessert category is definitely cookies... so this year it is Buckeye cookies for game day!
.5 cup butter
.5 cup sugar
.5 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1.25 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
.25 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips, mini chips or roughly chopped
Peanut Butter Center
1 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1. Beat the butter in your mixer, add sugars, and mix until creamed together. Add egg, vanilla, baking soda, and a pinch of salt... continue to mix together, but on a slower speed.
2. Add cocoa powder and flour a little at a time to slowly combine into wet ingredients. Roughly chop the chocolate chips and add to dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
3. Mix butter and peanut butter together until combined. Add powdered sugar slowly until fully combined. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in freezer.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make flat discs out of the chocolate cookie dough, about 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter.
5. Scoop chilled peanut butter on top of each cookie dough disc. Cup cookie dough around peanut butter to look like buckeyes. Bake for 10 minutes. The peanut butter center will remain soft, so don't put your finger in the peanut butter when picking them up! :)