These gluten free buckeye brownies are everything a peanut butter and chocolate lover needs. The best chewy yet fudgy gluten free brownies covered in a rich but light peanut buttercream frosting and then topped with a chocolate ganache.
Buckeyes are kind of a big deal around here. Technically I am only a hop skip and a jump away from the Buckeye state so naturally I grew up eating buckeye's every holiday season.
And just in case you aren't familiar with what a buckeye candy is, it is a sugary peanut butter treat that has a creamy peanut butter filling and a chocolate coating on the outside. They are made to look just like a buckeye...hence the name.
But to be honest, making buckeye candy seems way too involved to me. I am a simple desserts kind of girl, and if it is too much to type out to explain to you guys, then it's way too complicated of a recipe in my opinion.
But because I never want you to miss out on this amazing gluten free peanut butter chocolatey goodness of a dessert, I made it for you in brownie form.
It honestly can't be beat. The brownies are perfect in my opinion. And if you don't like chewy brownies then your opinion doesn't matter. Just kidding.
The chewy brownies are fudgy, not cakey. And there is a middle layer of a super smooth, sweet and not too rich peanut butter buttercream. And to top it all off you get a layer of chocolate ganache.
One would think this would be over kill in a dessert.
But it is not overkill my friends. It is pure bliss.
Ingredients and substitutions
So you don't think I am crazy for having a recipe with a ton of ingredients I am going to break this down into layers. To make these gluten free buckeye brownies you will need:
Gluten free brownie layer
- semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks
- cocoa powder
- gluten free 1-1 flour (I used this gluten free flour)
- peanut butter
- powdered sugar
- milk (dairy or non dairy)
- semi sweet chocolate chunks or chips
- high fat milk or cream or coconut milk from a can (regular or dairy free)
I normally like to offer substitutions for my recipes. But for this recipe I am just not gonna do it.
Here's the deal. Gluten free brownies (in my opinion) are really freaking hard to get perfect. If you sub ANYTHING in them, its going to change the way these were meant to be.
So if you decide to sub something in, you need to know it was not by my recommendation. Said in my most sweetest voice ever.
Expert tips and how to store
A few tips to make this recipe easy breazy:
- use parchment paper to line the pan for the brownies. It will make your life so much easier.
- use room temperature ingredients for everything in the recipe
- be sure not to skip the step where you place the brownies with the buttercream layer in the fridge before pouring the ganache on top. Otherwise you risk the buttercream mixing with the ganache
If you are not eating the brownies all in one day, it's best to store these in the fridge in a sealed container. They do freeze well after being baked. Just set them out at room temperature to thaw.
You can serve these room temperature or cold. I loved both.
Let's go make some buckeye brownies!Print
Need more peanut butter in your life? Try these Gluten Free Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies or these Flourless Gluten Free White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies