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Holiday traditions -- Making buckeyes

December 20, 2005|by RACHAEL HALL

It's that time of the year again! The smell of holiday sweets fills your home. The best holiday sweets are the ones that have been handed down for generation to generation. It's that one recipe that has become a family tradition.

My favorite holiday sweets are buckeyes. They are a peanut butter mixture covered in chocolate. Mmmm. Making these is my family tradition that started with my great-grandmother and now my mother is teaching me and my brother how to make them. They can take awhile to make, but it gives us the time to sit and talk about the upcoming holidays and more.

I hope you and your family enjoy the time making (and, of course, eating) the buckeyes as much as my family and I do.




Buckeyes



(recipe distributed by Cindy's Sweets, Williamsport)

For the peanut butter center:

1 18-ounce jar of JIF peanut butter

1 stick of butter (not margarine)

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1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 to 1 pound of confectioners sugar

For the coating:

3 pounds of milk chocolate coating pieces, sold at candy supply shops

Melt butter and peanut butter together on stove. Add vanilla. Slowly add the confectioners sugar until mixture is able to hold together when rolled into a 1-inch ball. Put on a tray with wax paper and set aside. Depending on how big your peanut butter balls are, you will have seven or eight dozen.

Melt your coating in a double boiler. It is very important to follow melting instructions properly. Put water in bottom pan, but leave air and space between the water and the top pan.

Remove the top pan of coating and heat water to just about a boil but not a rolling boil. Remove water from stove. Put top pan with coating (chocolate) on bottom pan. Stir the coating occasionally until melted.

Now you can take your peanut butter balls using a candy dipper (I prefer using a toothpick) and start dipping them in the melted chocolate. After you dip each one, place it on a clean sheet of wax paper for the chocolate to harden.

If you dip the centers with a toothpick, you will need to pinch the hole shut after the coating has hardened.

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