Buttermilk Buckeye Bars #chocolateparty


This months Chocolate party is all about buttermilk.  I kind of had to think hard on this one.

I started off making this zebra cake with buttermilk. The ingredients called for baking soda and I used baking powder. What I ended up with was a big zebra biscuit. I will make that recipe,  the right way in another post.

I then thought about perhaps a brownie with buttermilk. Then I thought about the buckeye candy. With the chocolate on the outside and creamy peanut butter in the middle.  I should make that into a bar. So I decided to make a brownie using buttermilk and add the buckeye filling and swirl it around.

There is an expression about the best laid plans.  Yeah, in the real world that almost never happens.


Anyway, the batter for the brownies was a bit thin so when I added the peanut butter mixture it sort of sunk to the bottom.  I put half of the peanut butter mixture in my brownies and the rest went in the fridge.

I put my brownies in the oven and waited patiently (well as patiently as I could)  to see how they came out.  When I pulled them out of the oven, the peanut butter did sink to the bottom.  So, I waited for them to cool and put the rest of the peanut butter on the top as a rustic frosting of sorts.

So that is how my Buttermilk Buckeye bars were born.

They ain’t pretty, but they sure do taste good!



Buttermilk Buckeye Bars


1/2 cup softened butter

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

1 cup butter

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl combine butter, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Grease two 9 x 9 inch pan or one 13 x 9 inch pan.

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.

In a medium saucepan combine the water, butter and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Add the hot mixture to the flour mixture and combine. Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Continue beating another minute or so, until everything is incorporated.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Drop by spoonfuls half of the peanut butter mixture into the chocolate batter. Swirl with a toothpick. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool completely before frosting with the remaining peanut butter mixture.

Chocolate party is a monthly event hosted by Roxana’s Home Baking.  Together with some wonderful bloggers. Each month we pick an ingredient and pair it with chocolate. We blog about it by the end of the month.

I hope you’ll join our party and bake along with us. Also, if you’d like to know what are we up to and what ingredients we pick for the next parties, join our Facebook group.

All submitted posts will be pinned to the Chocolate party Pinterest board and will be promoted on other social media platform using the #chocolateparty hashtag.

Our recipes will be shared on the first Monday of each month and you can submit your own recipes until the end of the month. You can submit up to 3 recipes each month.



How to participate (the rules)

1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.

2.) Include a link back to this post or the Chocolate party page.  Optional, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.

3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.


Peace be with you,