Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Day 7: Maple Buckeyes
I wanted to ever so slightly tweak this family favorite with my new obsession, Mighty Maple Peanut Butter. The foundation flavors of peanut butter are present when you bite into it but the finishing note is a light maple and when you can use the word finish or finishing note, they get upped to "gourmet" status. Fact. (In my world)
I would also like to note that using a stand mixer saves a lot of elbow grease if you have one. I didn't discover this until last year and I wanted to beat my head against a wall because I always dreaded making them because my arm would be worn out. If you don't have one, no problem, just strap on a heart rate monitor and see how many calories you burn. Let's roll!
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, softened
1/2 cup Peanut Butter & Co All Natural Mighty Maple Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Planters Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
3 1/2-3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
6 oz Toll House semi sweet chocolate chips
In your bowl, add the peanut butters and butter and mix until combined and smooth.
Add the vanilla and sift in the powdered sugar. Mix until it's firm. Try not to scoop it out of the bowl, slather it on your skin and lick it off like a cat. Oh...did I type that?
Get a little cookie scoop then roll into little balls and put them in the freezer for 15 minutes or an hour in the fridge.
Time for the chocolate!
Here's where you want to blast Prince's Controversy.
Break out your bag of chocolate chips and...paraffin wax. Yep, the kind you use in canning. You do about 5-8 shaves with a veggie peeler off the side to add to the chocolate so it adheres to the peanut butter balls. Oil or shortening will not allow them to sit out at room temperature as nice and they have kind of a melty texture without it. Do what you want but I've probably eaten a pillar candles worth in my life and I'm still kickin'!
In a double boiler (or a metal mixing bowl over a saucepan of water like I did), melt the chocolate over medium heat, stir until smooth, knock the heat down to low, add the wax and stir until it's incorporated.
Pull the balls out of their chilly home and insert a toothpick, dip into the chocolate rocking back and forth but leaving the top open. Place on wax paper and repeat. When you're done, get your finger wet with water and rub the peanut butter around the toothpick hole until it's smooth and hidden.
Addiction on a plate. Loved ones and co-workers will love you for them!
Nutritional Information per buckeye: Calories 127 Total Fat 7g Sat Fat 3g Poly Fat 1g Mono Fat 2g Cholesterol 10mg Sodium 46mg Potassium 1mg Total Carbs 15g Sugars 14g Protein 1g Vitamin A 2% Iron 1%
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Labels: Twelve Days of Treats Recipe