Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Holiday Recipes - Part 2

Sorry for the delay in posting but, with 3 kids, you know how that goes!!
Today I am posting what is probably the easiest holiday candy I make, around here they are called Buckeyes, most of the family calls them peanut butter balls. Make sure to use a quality peanut butter in them and real butter makes the recipe! You will see it calls for wax, this can be found in the canning aisle. It is what helps the chocolate stick to the peanut butter and gives it a good shine, you won't taste any difference.

2 lbs. Peanut butter- room temp
1 pound butter- room temp
3 pounds powdered sugar
1/2 cup Karo Syrup
24 ozs chocolate chips ( We use Ghirardelli Chocolate)
1/2 of one bar of paraffin wax

Take the butters and cream together, combine with powdered sugar. This may take a lil more or a little less on the sugar. You want the balls to stick together and not be sticky on your hands. Roll balls into 1-1.5 inch rounds. I then put mine in the fridge while I am cooking the chocolate.

In the top of a double boiler take the chips and the wax and heat it, stirring occasionally over a double broiler. Some ppl say you can microwave, I don't, I believe it changes the texture of the chocolate too much. If you do not have a double boiler a nice thick metal mixing bowl and a sturdy pan will work. Melt and stir till combined. Working quickly take your balls and dip them in the chocolate, I use a slotted serving spoon, other use toothpicks. You need to dip the balls and then drop them onto wax paper to cool. Some recipes call for just coating 3/4 ball to make them look like real buckeyes, not us, we love the chocolate and dip it all! If your chocolate gets too cool and thickens back up, you can always but it back on the dbl broiler for a few minutes to re-melt it.

Makes around 100 balls. Keep in an airtight container or in the fridge.

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs Karn, she was my 7th grade home economics teacher. We have now made this a staple in our family for over 25 yrs.

This is also good for gifts when put in pretty tins, most of our friends request them!

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