No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cookies

Get ready for the most decadent cookie you will ever meet. These no-bake chocolate peanut butter horse chestnut cookies are amazing (and easy)!

It was about time the humble no-bake cookie rose to new heights of glory.

This horse chestnut version (basically just two extra layers of peanut butter and chocolate) is so rich and so delicious!

No Bake Cookie with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache on parchment paper square.

No Bake Cookies

Classic no-bake cookies are a staple of my childhood. And they form the base of these layered horse chestnut biscuits.

To make my version of no-bake cookies, bring the following ingredients to a boil:

  • butter
  • granulated sugar + brown sugar
  • milk
  • cocoa powder
  • Salt

After the mixture has simmered for a minute or two, stir in:

  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • Rolled oats (don’t use old-fashioned or steel-cut oats)
Do not bake cookies in the pot.

I guess this delicious no-bake cookie dough will give some of you great nostalgia.

Don't bake cookie dough in a pot.

shape cookies

Scoop about three tablespoons of no-bake cookie dough for each cookie onto parchment-lined baking sheets and press the cookies into a round shape.

Then, using the back of a spoon or other implement of your choice, make a small indentation in the center of each mound so the cookies resemble cute little chocolate nests.

No baking cookies on parchment paper;  No bake cookie with a dip in the middle.

Peanut Butter Frosting

While the cookies are rising and cooling, prepare the peanut butter frosting/filling.

It’s ULTRA easy. butter, peanut butter, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla.

And it’s ethereally creamy and fluffy. If you’re me, channel this advice: try not to give away even the tiniest flavor or you won’t be able to stop and the overall crowd could be compromised.

Glass bowl of creamy peanut butter frosting.

Whip the ganache by pouring cooked cream over chocolate chips, letting stand until melted, then stirring until glossy and smooth. Allow this mixture to cool to room temperature.

Place a spoonful of peanut butter frosting in the center of each cookie.

No Bake Cookie with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Top with a dollop of ganache.

Spread it out nice and swirly or leave it rustic and stippled. Your decision. 🙂

Chill the cookies until the ganache is set. I mean, don’t judge from that corner if you dig into one right away, but be aware that they’re also very tasty chilled.

Lots of no-bake chocolate peanut butter horse cookies on white parchment paper.

The pinnacle of these no-bake chocolate peanut butter horse chestnut cookies are not for the faint of heart.

They are sturdy and decadent. But the intense chocolate peanut butter flavors are incredibly delicious.

My kids LOVE these cookies, and with all that peanut butter, we’re basically at the point of justifying them as a protein shake and getting on with our lives. 😂

A fun new take on no-bake cookies, these cookies are a chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream!

No Bake Cookie with Peanut Butter Frosting and Ganache with the bite out.

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No Bake Cookie with Peanut Butter Frosting and Ganache with the bite out.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cookies

No-Bake Cookies:

  • ½ Cup (113 G) (8 tablespoons) butter (I use salted)
  • Cup (318 G) granulated sugar
  • ½ Cup milk
  • Cup (28 G) natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ Cup (53 G) packaged light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ Cup (191 G) creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups (300 G) Oatmeal (see note)

Peanut Butter Frosting:

  • ¼ Cup (57 G) (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • ½ Cup (128 G) creamy peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups (143 G) powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt

Chocolate Ganache:

  • ¾ cups (128 G) Chocolate chips, semisweet or bittersweet
  • Cup heavy cream
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • For the cookies In a medium saucepan, add butter, granulated sugar, milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and salt.

  • Place the pan over medium-low heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring gently (not vigorously) to make sure it’s not sticking. After boiling, stop stirring and cook for 60-90 seconds.

  • Remove from heat and add vanilla and peanut butter, stirring slowly until smooth. Add the oatmeal and stir until combined.

  • Scoop about 3 tablespoons of batter into mounds onto the baking sheets. Allow to cool for a few minutes and pound into round balls/circles. Make an indentation in the center of each mound to make it look like a cute little chocolate nest.

  • For the peanut butter frosting In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer (or in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), cream together the butter, peanut butter and vanilla until creamy and smooth.

  • Add powdered sugar and salt and mix until combined and creamy, 1-2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, continuing to mix if the glaze is too thick.

  • For the chocolate ganache Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat the cream and pour over the chocolate chips. Leave to rest for 2-3 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula until shiny and smooth. Leave to cool to room temperature.

  • Dollop peanut butter frosting (about 1 tablespoon) in the center of each no-bake cookie. (The icing can be smoothed out with slightly damp fingertips.)

  • Spread a spoonful of the cooled chocolate ganache on top of the peanut butter frosting.

  • Refrigerate cookies until ready to serve (up to 24 hours in advance). Serve the cookies chilled or at room temperature.

Oats: Quick oats work best in this recipe. Old-fashioned rolled oats or steel-cut oats won’t work in this recipe (the texture becomes too chunky and lumpy).
No-Bake Cookies: Sometimes no-bake cookies can become grainy and/or gritty. To prevent this, don’t stir once the mixture is boiling. Stir gently (not vigorously) as you add the peanut butter and oatmeal, and don’t scrape the sides of the pan.

Portion: 1 cookie, Calories: 196kcal, Carbohydrates: 24G, Protein: 3G, Fat: 11G, Saturated Fatty Acids: 5G, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 88mg, Fiber: 1G, Sugar: 17G

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