Buckeye Thumbprint Cookies

Whip up a batch of these tender, chocolate thumprint cookies inspred by the famous buckeye peanut butter balls! Congratulations to my blogger gal pal, Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt blog, on the release of her cookie cookbook featuring this incredible recipe!

Baking as therapy could not be more relevant to my life right now. 

If you've been following our blog these last few weeks, you would know our lives have been turned upside down and shaken inside out because of a move we had to make (and now dealing with all of the issues that have come with our new condo). Last week, I whipped up a batch of these buckeye thumbprint cookies at about 4am when I couldn't sleep, and then later that morning, I brought them with me to see a friend and support her at her very first tent at a flea market across town (and don't worry--these cookies charmed all of the customers who came into her tent, and I think a few of her sales were closed because of how good these cookies were if I am being honest!) 

I first baked this cookie recipe when my blogger gal pal Miranda, who writes at Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt blog, told a few of us that she was publishing a new cookbook with this recipe in it! I saw her pictures of the cookies and I knew I simply had to try it, and it is my pleasure today to share with you her full cookie recipe (with her permission, of course) and help get the word out about her cookbook that you can buy on Amazon for your kindle or as a paperback book! 

Buckeye Thumbprint Cookies

Cookie Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces of semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
Filling Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  1. To make the filling, in a small bowl, beat together the peanut butter, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside. 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed or a wooden spoon, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. This will take about 3 minutes if using an electric mixer or 5 to 6 minutes if creaming by hand. Add the egg yolk and vanilla, and beat to combine. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed or by hand until the dough comes together, about 1 minute. 
  4. Using a medium (1 1/2 tablespoon) cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls and drop them 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten the top of the dough balls. Using the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. 
  5. Scoop out 1 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a ball. Press this into the indentation in the center of a dough ball. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
  6. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes, until the edges are firm to the touch. 
  7. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. 
  8. Put the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat on 50 percent powder in 30-seconds intervals, stirring in-between, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. 
  9. Transfer the chocolate to a resealable plastic bag and snip off one corner out of the bag. Once the cookies have cooled completely, drizzle them with the melted chocolate. 

If you love cookies, you will definitely want to check out Miranda's blog and be sure to add her cookie cookbook to your Amazon wishlist! Christmas is coming up, so be sure to keep this book in mind if you like to bake during the holidays (or if you have anyone in mind you need to shop for who loves receiving cookbooks as a present!) 

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Congratulations to my blogger gal pal, Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt blog, on the success of her new book! Please note that this post contains tracking links to her cookbook on Amazon, in hopes of helping her get sales for her new book!


  1. Yum yum yum! I love me some chocolate and peanut butter together! These cookies look so dang good, it is making me want to bake!

  2. These cookies look so divine! I am the worst thumbprint cookie maker ever myself!

  3. Ahhh! Those look so tasty! I usually shy away from thumbprint cookies, but I think I need to get back at it!

  4. I LOVE peanut butter. These look delicious. I cannot wait to try this recipe.

  5. I love buckeyes! They are my favorite cookies! Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven as far as I am concerned.

  6. I have not made these in years. They looks so delicious. I will have to get the ingredient s I need to make some this weekend.

  7. When I was little, my mom made a similar cookie. My sister and I could not get enough of them!

  8. These look like they would be so delicious! I love anything that is chocolate and peanut butter together.

  9. I love this snack idea. You can just walk by and pop them in your mouth!

  10. Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. These look so good and easy to make too.

  11. I always thought these cookies would be a lot harder to make. Your recipe makes them sound delicious and pretty easy to make. - Sarah, Must Have Mom

  12. These look really good! I think I need to prepare for two batches!

  13. These look really good! I think I need to prepare for two batches!

  14. These would totally satisfy my peanut butter and chocolate cravings. The filling must be so good!

  15. These are so pretty and delicious! My son would love to help me bake them!

  16. YUM!! This looks so delicious, my girls would love these!

  17. This looks like a yummy cookie recipe! I would love to try making these for our family sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  18. This looks like a yummy cookie recipe! I would love to try making these for our family sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  19. These cookies not only sound like they would taste amazing, but they look amazing too. I will be adding these to my cookie recipe collection!


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