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! And 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:
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.
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.
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!