Once upon a time, a beautiful baby girl was born in December. The baby’s name was Eden.
When news of her birth reached us, we were at my daughter’s Christmas piano recital party. We dashed home and piled a plate with the treats that we made for the piano recital and then rushed off to meet my new niece. Buckeye brownies! That would be perfect!
And so, the brownies were received and demolished and a new tradition was born. Although no one knew it was a tradition then.
Years later, as we rushed to the hospital to see a new cousin, the first question was, “Where are the brownies?”
And somehow these brownies have been here for every birth since. As I am typing this post, I am getting ready to make them again!! My little sister is in the hospital and we are waiting to hear.
But especially a weight on this guy! He should be big enough to eat a brownie today!
Edited: And here is my new nephew! He is so cute I can hardly stand it!
So now, for the brownie recipe! This is really easy.
One 9×13 pan of brownies (I usually make the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge brownie mix. Follow package directions. You can also use store bought brownies or a homemade recipe of your choice.)
For the buckeye topping (peanut butter candy layer)
2 c. powdered sugar / 1 c. creamy peanut butter / 1 stick of butter, at room temperature
Combine the ingredients above and spread over cooled brownies.
For the chocolate topping
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips / 6 Tbsp. butter
Heat chips and butter together in a small saucepan over low to medium low heat, stirring, until melted. Remove from heat and spread/pour over peanut butter layer.
Let cool and then cut into squares.
If you love to bake like I do, and have some extra time on your hands, this is a terrific recipe from Brown Eyed Baker. I tried using this recipe and I loved it! The pictures above are her brownies and peanut butter, but my recipe for the chocolate glaze.
The brownie mix results in a sweeter buckeye brownie. The alternate recipe, linked above, is a slightly less sweet but deep chocolate buckeye brownie. You really can’t go wrong with either recipe.