One of my co-workers is really into baking… So much so that she made 20 of us huge cookie boxes this past week. I was definitely amazed at the variety of cookies that were in there and the amount of work that went behind them. In that box, my favorite were the peanut butter balls, or buckeyes and I decided that I needed to recreate them, since she only makes them once a year. I know there there will be some happy people in the office tomorrow!
Peanut Butter Balls
1 c peanut butter
3/4 c powdered sugar
1/2 c oats
1 c chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
Beat the peanut butter, oats and powdered sugar together, until crumbly. Use a teaspoon or a small cookie scooper to portion them out and roll into balls. I found that sticking the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes made this much easier.
After rolling them into balls, stick them into the freezer. The one perk of living in Wisconsin in the winter is that I have a huge built in freezer. I just stuck them on the porch, wrapped in foil, for about an hour. Melt the chocolate and butter together, being careful not to burn the chocolate. I did this in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time at 50% power, which took about 2 minutes. Keep the peanut butter balls in the freezer as long as possible, and when ready pull them out and cover them completely in chocolate.
I stuck them back outside for 15 minutes to speed the hardening of the chocolate, which helped because it’s warm in my kitchen.
J is totally enamored. I have definitely found that the easiest way to his heart is through his stomach! Plus, they make a good Xmas gift too, and may win a few more hearts later on.