A chewy, fudgy gluten-free brownie gets topped by a creamy peanut butter layer, then glazed with a smooth layer of dark chocolate for an amazing dessert. Gluten-free buckeye brownies taste like a brownie and a Reese’s peanut butter cup together!
If you love those little treats called Buckeyes that so many people make at Christmas, you are going to love these gluten-free buckeye brownies!
When I saw these buckeye brownies over at the blog Brown Eyed Baker, I knew I had to make this Buckeye Brownie recipe gluten-free. I noticed right away that she uses an adapted version of the yummy America’s Test Kitchen brownies, just like I do for my gluten-free Chewy Brownies. That made this super easy as I could just use my gluten-free brownie recipe as the base, since I’ve already perfected it.
I’ve made these multiple times now and believe these are the best Buckeye Brownies!
I followed Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe for the filling, except that I opted for half & half to bump up the richness.
Ingredients for Gluten-free Buckeye Brownies:
- Peanut Butter: Use a creamy peanut butter. I almost always use Jif Natural Creamy.
- Gluten-free Flour Blend: While most of the time I make these with gfJules flour blend, I have also tested this recipe with Gluten Free Mama’s All-purpose Almond Blend Flour and with King Arthur Measure for Measure blend and they always turn out perfect!
- For the chocolate-peanut butter glaze, I choose to go with a darker chocolate by using semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you’d prefer, you can use milk chocolate chips.
How to make gluten-free Buckeye Brownies:
There are three layers to these Buckeye brownies. You’ll need to allow time for baking and cooling, then adding two layers and chilling before cutting. So make these early in the day you need them, or the day before.
First you’ll make the gluten-free brownie layer:
Next you bake that brownie layer and let it cool for one hour.
Then you’ll make the peanut butter layer and spread on top of the baked brownies.
The peanut butter layer is made by beating together peanut butter, unsalted butter, and salt and then adding powdered sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract.
Finally, you’ll make the peanut butter and chocolate glaze that goes on top.
This glaze is made by simply melting chocolate chips and peanut butter together in the microwave and stirring until smooth.
After you spread the peanut butter chocolate glaze on the brownies, I recommend placing the pan of finished gluten-free buckeye brownies in a refrigerator so they can set up before cutting.
These are great at room temperature but are even more fudgy when chilled.
They cut very nicely too once they’re chilled.
I’m starting to think I might just need to add a whole page category on here just for all of my recipes that use chocolate and peanut butter. I just can’t get enough of that combo. I hope you all like that flavor combo as much as me! If you do, be sure to check out my gluten-free peanut butter pie recipe too!
Also try these gluten-free peanut butter butterscotch cookies are so good if you love peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate.
If you make these and love them, please come back and give this recipe a 5 star rating in the recipe card! Feel free to comment with tips or to share any successful substitutions you made.
Gluten-free Buckeye Brownie Recipe:
A chewy, fudgy gluten-free brownie gets topped by a creamy peanut butter layer, then glazed with a smooth layer of dark chocolate to make these gluten-free buckeye brownies. As always, be sure to double-check your ingredients for gluten. If the gluten-free flour blend you use already has xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Gluten-free Buckeye Brownies
Peanut Butter Layer:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Glaze:
*Feel free to try this with your preferred gluten-free flour blend, but I only guarantee a delicious, non-gritty result if you use one of the flours I recommend.
A chewy, fudgy gluten-free brownie gets topped by a creamy peanut butter layer, then glazed with a smooth layer of dark chocolate to make these gluten-free buckeye brownies.
As always, be sure to double-check your ingredients for gluten.
If the gluten-free flour blend you use already has xanthan gum or guar gum in it, then omit the xanthan gum called for in this recipe.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Old photo from May 2013 when I first posted this recipe:
I hope you and your family enjoy these gluten-free brownies with peanut butter and chocolate as much as my family does!
Monday 23rd of May 2022
Would this work with almond butter instead of peanut butter?
Sunday 19th of December 2021
Can you recommend a gluten free cooking spray to spray on the foil? Some of the sprays have wheat in them. Thank you.
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Saturday 7th of March 2020
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Wednesday 29th of January 2020
I have come across several variety of brownies and have tried quite a number of them. I haven't seen a recipe that has peanut butter in it. This must taste amazing.
This is really a beauty. What other variety of brownies do you have up your sleeve?
Saturday 4th of January 2020
Just made these for my son-in-law for his birthday and he said they were even better than his Aunt's peanut butter balls which apparently taste just like Reeses peanut butter cups. He just loved them. I did use a gluten free brownie mix (as one reviewer suggested) but followed your recipe other than that. These are dense and rich. This will be his birthday treat from now on. Thanks so much for the recipe :) These were a hit with everyone!