Each year, my office has a charity auction where we all donate stuff, buy other stuff, and give the money to buy Christmas presents for kids in foster care in our county. Everyone rallies behind it and it’s a really great way to finish up the year. Last year, I made buckeyes for the very first time to donate to the auction. After an intense online search, I decided to use the recipe from Nestle’s Very Best Baking site, and they turned out great! Seriously, they got rave reviews, and I am SO NOT A COOK, as I may have mentioned a few thousand times.
It is EASY, but just make sure you give yourself plenty of time for the freezing and everything (I was up very, very late the first time I made these!).
So, without further ado, here’s the recipe:
Preparation – 10 min | Cooling Time – 1 hrs freezing | Yields – 72 candies (6 dozen total)
2 cups creamy peanut butter, (not all-natural)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
3 3/4 cups (16-oz. box) powdered sugar
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÃ‰Â® TOLL HOUSEÂ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
LINE baking sheets with wax paper.
BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.
MELT morsels and shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.
DIP peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in refrigerator.
One final tip that I learned from my BFF Jess, who is quite the Martha Stewart – use one of these little contraptions to make perfectly-sized buckeyes!
An easy, fool-proof recipe on what is sure to be a crowd-pleaser – that works for me! For more WFMW tips, click on Rocks in my Dryer!