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.

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?


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 ;)