Bethany, Bekah and Abigail helped me mix, shape and decorate buckeyes Wednesday morning. The ladies in our family are hosting a cookie exchange this Saturday. I babysat the girls while Carmen kept a doctor appointment, and it seemed the perfect opportunity to play with colored sprinkles while preparing for the party this weekend. The chocolate-covered, peanut butter candies aren't technically cookies, but I figured that they would cause our guests' mouths to water before they could complain.
The girls measured and stirred ingredients for the peanut butter centers of the candies. Then we rolled them into balls. Bethany finished a page of math while the peanut butter balls cooled in the freezer. Then I dipped them into melted chocolate, and the girls adorned them with colored sprinkles and edible gold balls. While the chocolate hardened, Bethany copied and illustrated the recipe and Bekah dictated the story of making buckeyes.
|Bekah holding her story of the Buckeyes|
|Bethany's illustrated recipe|
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar
4-6 cups chocolate chips
Combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. The mixture will be dry. Roll mixture into small balls. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. One at a time dip peanut butter balls in the chocolate. Return candies to wax paper lined cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles.
|Abigail helped lick the utensils|
(Any ladies in our area are invited to bring three dozen cookies and attend the cookie exchange at 1 p.m. at our house this Saturday. No fair to bring buckeyes, unless you decorate them with a different type of sprinkles!)