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Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Buckeyes - Naughty or Nice?

I made these buckeyes for the first time, over our Thanksgiving holiday and they were delish! You know, buckeyes? Peanut butter and chocolate (two of Jack's favorite things) candy-like yumminess!


I had fun making these with the kids, but finding these cupcake toppers at Target, made it even more enjoyable.  I can just see these sitting out at a Christmas party, hopefully everyone grabbing "Nice" ones and leaving the "Naughty" ones to be eaten by ME! ;)

Buckeyes
Recipe from Nestle

2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
3 3/4 cups (16 oz box) powdered sugar
2 cups (12 oz pkg) semi sweet chocolate morsels
2 Tablespoons shortening (optional)



I used my new Kitchen Aid Mixer - LOVED IT!
Directions: 

First comes peanut butter...

  • Beat butter and peanut butter until incorporated
  • Add powdered sugar and beat together until mixture holds together
  • Shape into 1-inch balls
  • Place on wax paper and freeze for 1 hour

Then comes chocolate...

  • Melt morsels in microwave safe bowl for 2 minute, stir, some morsels may not be fully melted
  • Add shortening. I added 1 Tablespoon, instead of two. Some recipes disregard shortening all together, so it's whatever you prefer.
  • Stir
  • Microwave additional 10-15 second intervals stirring just until melted

Then comes the dipping...

  • With a toothpick, dip ball into chocolate leaving top of ball uncovered
  • Shake excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl
  • Return to wax paper
  • Refrigerate until chocolate is set

Store in covered container in refrigerator.

If serving buckeyes at a holiday party, place them on a plate with a container of ice underneath too keep the plate cool. The buckeyes will become too soft at room temperature.

Now, if the buckeyes can only make it to the party without being eaten by the family first!

Happy Holidays - ENJOY!








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  1. My 8 year old celiac girl is making these right now! Thanks for the recipe.

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