The kitchen has been a busy place these last couple of weeks; with the baking of cookies and making of candies. There have been several nights I think that I was sleeping before my head hit the pillow. It is a lot of work and I may be tired, but I love this time of year. I love the traditions that we carry on and now that we have a grandchild there is another generation that I hope will love the traditions as much as I do.
As a child I remember the cookies and the candies that my mom made for our family. My siblings and I looked forward to those treats year after year. And now as an adult I hope our kids look forward to the cookies and candies as much as I did. We have our first granddaughter this year, she is too young to be eating cookies at this time in her life, but I look forward to next year when she gets to sample some of her first Christmas cookies.
The candy recipe I am sharing isn't one that my mom made for our family when I was a kid, it actually started with my older sister when she got married and she made these for her family. Then when I met Mike I found out that my mother-in-law made them also. Not everyone in our family likes the chocolate and peanut butter combination, but some of our kids plus my son-in-law adore these candies. I as well love the peanut butter and chocolate combination, plus I love that they are simple to make.
I also want to wish everyone Happy Holidays, may they bring you peace and happiness.
Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeye Balls)
2 cups powder sugar (you may need to add a little more to make a stiff enough filling)
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
6 tablespoons butter
1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
With an electric mixer beat the first 3 ingredients until well blended. Roll into balls into desired size. Melt the chocolate chips with the shortening and mix until well blended. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate and coat entire ball. Place on butter cookie sheet and set in refrigerator until chocolate is dry and hardened. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!!