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Jan 9, 2012

Buckeyes (Think PB truffles)

Today was my first day back! My classes went well, and it doesn't seem like they will be killer classes. I gathered all my books, although I have to see if I still need to buy an online access code for my online class. I was so tired last night that I couldn't even function that well. I was making up sentences that were just... special... Tomorrow I have Environmental Sociology, which I hope is as interesting as it sounds. I have that class in the morning and then have the rest of the day to do work for my other classes. I am slowly getting used to this new laptop, but I LOVE the sound that this computer has. It's like they built really nice speakers in. So awesome. :) I got to eat dinner with my friends, but that was just sheer dumb luck. I had to go and pick up my books, but it was around dinner time. So, I went into the Union and I see my friends sitting at the table eating. It was awesome to see them again! I also returned the jeans that were stored in my closet over break. One of my friends moved out (she's going to student teach somewhere else) and her roomie moved out as well (she is going to Italy! So jealous!), but her roomie found my friends' pants in a drawer, accidentally left behind. I was asked to store them in my room after break and then return them today, which I did. It was nice to chat with her before she heads off on her teaching adventure. Even though it's weird to be at school, I know I will survive and that I can make it to the finish line!

The recipe for today is Buckeyes. Perhaps the people in Ohio are the only ones who call them that, but if you dip them correctly, they truly look like buckeyes. My sister and our neighbor absolutely adore these! Since we had leftover chocolate, we melted some PB, swirled it in with the chocolate, spread the chocolate out medium-thickness on wax paper and let it cool. So yummy! I hope you all give these a chance!

Buckeyes (recipe adjusted from this Allrecipes recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup of butter, softened and at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 - 6 cups confectioners sugar/powdered sugar (start with 4 and add more if needed)
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (have some extra on hand just in case!)
Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the butter, PB, vanilla and confectioners sugar. This mixture is your dough. 
  2. Prepare a strip of wax paper on a cutting board/cookie sheet that will fit in the freezer.
  3. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on the wax paper-lined surface. They will seem shiny and almost like thick cookie dough. 
  4. Chill in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. (after they are firm, you can store them all in a gallon plastic bag if you want to dip them later)
  5. Melt chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl for 1 minute. Then go to 30 second intervals, stirring after every heating. When the chocolate looks glossy/fully melted (after stirring it), it is ready. 
  6. Dip the frozen PB balls into the chocolate with a fork. If you want to make buckeyes, leave a little PB peeking out at the top. If not, just cover it all with chocolate. 
  7. Put on wax paper to cool.
  8. Transfer to an air tight bin and store in the refrigerator until serving.
  9. Enjoy!
This no-bake dessert is easy to make and doesn't take very long, especially with some help! I hope you all try it out!

Love it? Hate it? Want to make it? Let me know what you think with a comment below!

As always...
Bon app├ętit!

2 comments:

  1. Made this twice. 1st time the dough was all liquid battery like. I thought I must've screwed it up. Dumped it and did it again except with less butter. So right now I'm starring at a cookie dough consistency. The dough isn't looking dry. There's no way I can roll lil balls outta this. Totally bumbed :(

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    1. Aww. I am sorry these didn't turn out as planned. :( It sounds like your butter might have been too soft the first time or that you didn't have enough powdered sugar. I added a note in there that 4 cups is the starting point. Sometimes you might need more depending on humidity, weather, etc.

      I hope you will give this recipe another chance to shine. Feel free to leave any questions if you have any. :)

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