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When I was a child, my grandmother made a point to start teaching me how to cook whenever I would visit. And during the holidays, she had a lot to teach me. We tried all kinds of recipes from traditional Christmas cookies, to nut balls, but my favorite was always helping make delicious, chocolate and peanut butter buckeyes. They were such a treat!
How to make buckeyes with your kids
When I was really little, I didn’t have the dexterity needed for precision decorating or using sharp tools, so buckeyes were perfect for my small hands to learn how to do. And they are perfect for your kids too. All your kids need to be able to do to make a buckeye is to be able to roll a ball in their hands. It’s up to you if you want to let them dip the chocolate peanut butter balls in the chocolate, or if you’d prefer to do that yourself. But rolling the balls is easy enough for many children to be able to do.
Even though they are easy, they can be messy, so you want to prepare the area and have a few damp towels handy to wipe messy fingers so they don’t have an opportunity to smear peanut butter anywhere.
Made using Real California Milk
This year, you can teach your kids how to make buckeyes while also teaching them a lesson about giving back. When I cook, I like to use Real California Milk products as I know that they are wholesome. Being a Californian, it feels good to support local farms too. But this year, there’s a little something special I’m proud to share with you.
Hurricane and Wildfire relief with the Great American Milk Drive
I like to share opportunities for social good with the children in our family, so we have fun participating in social media projects that support a great cause. This year, there’s been so much devastation with hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and wildfires in California. It’s really hit close to home because last year, we experienced the Sand Fire in our local community. And Real California Milk has created a campaign that’s really special called the Great American Milk Drive.
Earlier this fall, I shared my recipe for how to make pumpkin spice spread as part of the Great American Milk Drive. At the time, the campaign was supporting families in need of relief after the hurricanes. Now, Real California Milk will also support families affected by the wildfires in California too.
How to participate
If you remember how to participate from my pumpkin spice spread recipe post, you do the same thing again. In your kitchen, or the next time you’re at the grocery store, find a dairy product made from Real California Milk. To find it, look for the Real California Milk Seal on the package. You can see in this photo how the seal looks.
The rules to participate are simple. What you do is take a quick photo, and then share it to your social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) using the hashtag #SealsForGood. When you do that, Real California Milk will donate $5.00. You have until December 31, 2017 to share the seal. For every submission, Real California Milk will donate $5 to the Great American Milk Drive (up to $10k in CA and $20k to TX/FL) to help families affected by wildfires in CA and hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida. No purchase necessary. Isn’t that awesome?
Be sure to share the Seal on your social media and please share it with your friends who love helping others too. It feels good to give back.
Now, let’s make some buckeyes!
Easy to Make Buckeyes recipe
Buckeyes are so easy to make. You’ll need a few kitchen tools, and if your kids are helping you’ll want to decide if they are able to do things like use a mixer. If you want your more experienced kids to make these chocolate peanut butter balls from start to finish, that’s great. Or it’s okay to do some of the work yourself and let the kids roll the balls in their hands.
You will need these tools:
- a stand or hand mixer
- a rubber spatula
- wax or parchment paper
- a cookie sheet or two
- a mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- a tablespoon or a small scoop
- a microwave safe bowl that’s deep enough for dipping. (I like a four cup glass measuring cup for this as it’s deep but narrow enough that it doesn’t go to waste.)
The recipe for buckeyes, aka chocolate peanut butter balls
Let’s make some buckeyes!
Buckeyes, aka Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup salted butter made from Real California Milk 1 stick, softened
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 15 ounces of dark chocolate melting wafers
- Mix peanut butter and butter in your mixing bowl using either a stand mixer or hand mixer. A stand mixer is easier. Mix until the peanut butter and butter are smooth.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Gradually mix in your powdered sugar a little at a time, until the powdered sugar is thoroughly mixed with the peanut butter mixture.
- Using a tablespoon or small scoop, scoop the peanut butter mixture into small balls and roll them between the palms of your hands until they are smooth and round.
- Place each ball on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Then freeze the sheet for about 20 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave according to the package instructions. You'll want to do this immediately before removing the peanut butter balls from the freezer. Stir until smooth.
- Using a toothpick, pick up each peanut butter ball one at a time and dip it in the melted chocolate. Leave a round space exposing the peanut butter at the top to form the buckeye. Place on wax paper and smooth over the toothpick holes with your finger tip.
- Let the buckeyes harden on the wax paper.
- Buckeyes are best stored in the refrigerator to keep their shape.
In my family, Buckeyes are a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition. If it’s winter time, we like to have some buckeyes around. They are such a satisfying treat. And a little goes a long way. They aren’t on Santa’s nice list calories wise, so it’s great that eating only one is incredibly satisfying.
I like to store my buckeyes in the refrigerator so that they hold their shape well. When layering your buckeyes in your container, be sure to put a sheet of wax paper in between the layers to keep them from sticking together.
If I have unexpected holiday guests, it’s the perfect treat to have ready that’s popular. If your kids helped you make them, be sure to let your guests know your kids made these holiday goodies. You may even want to ask your kids to serve the buckeyes to your guests.
Sharing is Caring!
Remember to take your photo with the Real California Milk to support the Great American Milk Drive and share it on Facebook, Instagram, and / or Twitter using the hashtag, #SealsForGood! I can’t wait to see your photos.
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