Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bring 'Em some Buckeyes


I love to bake cookies during the holiday season. I love to roll out the dough, check the oven to ensure that the edges of the cookies have turned the perfect golden brown, and to decorate snowmen, bells, stars, angels, and reindeer using sprinkles and dozens of loaded pastry bags of colored frosting.

I love to fill cookie tins with wax paper and an assortment of handmade goodies. To me, this is a true gift from the heart. I sing hymns and carols while I make cookies and I deliberately try to inject each batch of sweet, buttery dough with merriment.

Last week, I made buckeyes, which are technically a candy and not a cookie. But if you've already made batches of divine fudge (like my pal Maggie Sefton) and still want something chocolate-flavored and bite-sized to round out your cookie tins, then look no further than these chocolate and peanut butter bits of bliss.

This recipe makes a ton, so you'll have plenty to pass around. (My family likes to eat theirs right from the freezer.) The trick is to keep your buckeyes small (marble-sized). Enjoy!

Blissful Buckeyes

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into balls the size of a marble (or buckeye nut) and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
Chill in freezer until firm, about 45 minutes. Don't take them out until you're ready to use them.
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. (You can also use the microwave). Stir frequently until smooth.
Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate using a toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on wax paper and refrigerate or freeze until serving.
I bet Perry Mason adored a buckeye!

12 comments:

Laineshots said...

Buckeyes! These are a wild favorite around my house. People start clamoring for them around--oh, January. They're fun to make with kids, too, aren't they? I do modify some of them: I turn them into hedgehogs.

Anonymous said...

Yum! Those sound delicious. Peanut butter and chocolate are such a great combination. I'm going to try them for my Christmas tins! Thanks for sharing.

signlady217 said...

I don't need these!! They sound too yummy! I love Reese's, so I already know I'll love these.

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

Mmm. Buckeyes and pecan tassies are my absolute FAVORITE holiday treats! Thanks for posting your recipe (I love the smidge of vanilla - what a great idea!).

Mare F said...

Copied the recipe and now want to know how many you eat while making?

NoraA said...

I've saved the recipe to my computer and sent a copy to my youngest daughter who makes all our cookies and candies. She will probably replace the butter with stick margarine which is non-dairy and allows us to serve it at any occassion no matter what the meal was.

Ellery Adams said...

Mare,

I eat at least 12 before they ever get dipped in chocolate!

Candis Lurding said...

For any who as bad luck melting chocolate, here is a tip a learned a few years ago that works better than anything I have ever tried.
Take a large pot and place a heating pad on the inside so it fits across bottom and up the sides and turn on high. Now place a smaller pot in the heating pad and poor in chocolate to melt. It takes about 1/2 hour to melt but after it melts you back the temperature down to medium and the chocolate will stay melted all day with out drying out.

Linda McDonald said...

The Buckeyes look so good! I will make them! Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe and enjoy your baking! Happy Holidays.

Heather Webber said...

Yum!!!

Sheila Connolly said...

Those are so pretty! But how many did you manage to smudge or leave fingerprints on before you got so many perfect ones for the picture? (And how many of those did you eat?)

Aurian said...

Wow, they look just like chestnuts! You almost make me wanting to bake myself with this recipe and picture.