Friday, November 30, 2007

Good Food Friday: Christmas Cookie Edition

I decided to post a recipe that my grandma is famed for and it's a great Christmastime recipe. Buckeyes, aka Peanut Butter Balls, aka DEE-LICIOUS! My family calls them Buckeyes because we're from the Buckeye State (OHIO) and they look like buckeyes. Anywho, I love to cook and I like to think I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to cooking but...baking is another story. I don't seem to have as much success in that area. But, these Buckeyes; even I can make them and they turn out great every time. My husband likes them better than I do but, that's because he's a chocolate-peanut butter fanatic and I, unlike the rest of America, am not. I like it, just not that much. OK. Enough of that. On with the recipe.

Buckeyes
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar
1 pkg. chocolate chips or melting wafers* (12oz.)
Mix softened butter, peanut butter, and vanilla in bowl.
Stir in powdered sugar until smooth and doughlike.
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Refrigerate until solid.
Melt chocolate chips or melting wafers*
(if using chocolate chips add 1 Tbsp. shortening)
Dip balls 3/4 of the way into the chocolate.
Put on wax paper to harden.
Makes about 120. *Melting wafers are little round disks used to make chocolates and are available in most larger grocery stores.
I hope you enjoy these. Obviously they are not for those watching their calorie intake but hey, it's the Holiday, right?

2 comments:

Sarah said...

These were my favorites growing up. We called them buckeyes too - whenever I call them that to anyone out here, they look at me really funny and have no idea what I'm talking about :) I didn't have a recipe, but now I will definitely make some this year.(I am another peanut butter/chocolate fan. That whole salty/sweet combo is my favorite)
Thanks for the recipe!!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I think my mom just made a variation of these for Daniel's birthday - he WILL be sharing those with me! I can hardly wait! Moderation is the key... except I'm not all that good at it ;)

-Andrea