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Giant Buckeye Cookie

I’m from Ohio, and we love our buckeye candy! Buckeyes are a delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate, which is exactly what this cookie is. All you need is a box of cake mix, a few common pantry ingredients, and voila—you have a tasty dessert ready for family and friends in under an hour. You can customize it, too, by substituting other mix-ins for the chocolate chips. We serve it warm with ice cream or whipped cream. —Arianna Harding, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Optional: Hot fudge ice cream topping, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and melted creamy peanut butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs and oil until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Press half the dough into a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Combine peanut butter and confectioners' sugar; spread over dough in skillet. Press remaining dough between sheets of parchment into a 10-in. circle; place over filling.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs, 20-25 minutes. Serve warm, with optional ingredients as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 443 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 372mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • mrkcook
    Sep 15, 2020

    F A N T A S T I C!!! I preferred it after it cooled and set. It was not overly sweet, as one would expect. I only had mini semi-sweet chocolate chips on hand and they worked fine. It was easy to prepare. I did not serve with ice cream or whipped topping. Enjoyed it just the way it was! Will DEFINATELY make this again and again!!

  • kkparsons13
    Sep 9, 2020

    Wow! My whole family loves Buckeyes so we had to try this. My kids helped me make it as a Labor Day treat and it did not disappoint. It is good both warm out of the oven and left over. Definitely a keeper!

  • lvarner
    Jul 2, 2020

    I'm from Ohio too and yes, buckeye candy is very popular there (as is anything with that wonderful chocolate and peanut butter flavor combo!). This recipe is very easy to make. I love how quickly it comes together, and that it calls for ingredients that I usually have on hand. The end result was a great tasting dessert. The only change I made was to use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy, since I love the extra texture from that style of peanut butter. While all the toppings would be good, I recommend making sure to top the end product with at least vanilla ice cream - oh so good!

  • Grammy Debbie
    May 19, 2020

    Delicious and so very easy to make! I will definitely be making this again!

  • curlylis85
    Apr 26, 2020

    It was a perfect dessert for our family game night. Don't skip the ice cream!

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Apr 25, 2020

    I made this for my son's birthday. Everyone loved it - very rich and decadent! It is surprisingly easy to make.

  • Erica
    Mar 30, 2020

    Turned out great! I used chunky PB because that's all I had. I just wish I'd had some vanilla ice cream.

  • muenchk27
    Feb 12, 2020

    Love how it was so easy and it turned out delicious!

  • Dawn
    Feb 10, 2020

    I'd added about 1/2 cup total of buttermilk to the cake batter as it was too thick. I used 2 Tbsp. of milk for peanut butter filling to spread more easily. I spread 1/2 the batter over bottom and sides of greased and floured 10" skillet. This recipe is a great one!

  • aug2295
    Feb 9, 2020

    So good and so easy to make!