We don’t really live in a “neighborhood”, per se. We live on a street off a busy road that dead-ends into the lake. There are only a handful of houses on our street and only one neighbor has made an attempt to welcome us to the neighborhood. I’m pretty okay with this. Plus, no offense to them, but Mr. Prevention and I may be a bit more lively than our more “senior” neighbors. Except for this past Saturday. Watching Miracle in bed by 9:30pm? Don’t mind if I do.
On Sunday, I had just completed my holiday cookie tins and I made one up for our cute little neighbors that make attempts to be friendly. I snagged Mr. Prevention and we walked over there together to deliver the goodies. We chatted them up for just a few and headed back home. As we were approaching our house I could see a couple standing on our porch. Low and behold, it was another (elderly) neighbor couple bringing us holiday treats…welcoming us to the neighborhood! Crap. I didn’t make them a tin.
“Oh, were you checking out the lake?” they asked. I quickly responded with a white lie and we started to chat them up. As we fly an Illinois flag proudly, they naturally asked if we were Illini fans. As if Mr. Prevention’s Illini pull-over wasn’t a dead giveaway. They shared that they were from Indiana and they had met at Indiana University. The gentlemen went on to joke that we “don’t have to speak” during the college basketball season and of course I had to get in my go-to line, “…as long as you’re not a buckeye fan, we’re all good!” Too true. Too true.
When it comes to sports, I despise the buckeyes. Passionately. When it comes to the peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes, I love buckeyes. Passionately.
I recruited Mr. Prevention to help make a double batch of these babies last weekend. They’re a serious effort with all of the freezer rotations to get them looking half-way decent and not all stuck to your hands, but they’re soooo worth it! These have become a staple at our holiday goodie spread and I will forever remain my father-in-law’s favorite (and only) daughter-in-law so long as I continue making them each year!
Buckeyes from our friends Tiffany and Josh
6 cups powdered sugar
3 sticks + 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups all-natural creamy peanut butter
3 packages (36 oz) semisweet chocolate morsels*
3/4 block paraffin wax
Mix powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter together in a stand mixer. Chill in the freezer until solid enough to form into balls (about 30 minutes). If the balls are not smooth, place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for 15-20 minutes. Re-roll them to be smooth.
Melt chocolate and paraffin wax in a double boiler or glass bowl over a pot of soft boiling water until blended. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate, using a toothpick, leaving a round eclipse at the top. Let dry on wax paper (I re-inserted them in the freezer on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet). Remove the toothpick and smooth peanut butter to cover the hole. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
Yield: ~115 buckeyes. *Note: You will only use about 24 ounces of chocolate, but need the 36 ounces for dipping.
Nutrition Information (per buckeye): 116 calories; 7.9 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 31 mg. sodium; 11.1 g. carbohydrate; 0.83 g. fiber; 1.9 g. protein
Result: A+++…and so unhealthy. That’s all I can say about buckeyes!
I sit for my Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management today…wish me luck!!