‘Tis the season for Christmas parties! | Holiday 2017

Today is my last day of work until January 2nd aka hello Christmas break!

Between pajama day with the kiddos, a holiday party at school with my team, and an ugly sweater party tonight with friends, kicking off Christmas break could not get any more Christmas-y, and I could not be any more full of copious amounts of sugar.

When packing up all of my gifts and goodies today to bring into work for my team and my kiddos, I realized just how much my mom and I have been baking this year. This could be thanks to a lack of hockey, as my brother is now away at college, or just an extra burst of energy, but holy cow, my bag this morning felt like it weighed 20 pounds with just treats alone.

The other day, I posted an easy, no bake recipe for you out there, like me, that are crunched on time and quite frankly don’t have the patience to bake for hours on end. Today, you’re in for another treat, because I have another no-bake recipe for you folks to whip up this weekend before Christmas is suddenly upon us. So, without further ado, here is a recipe for Christmas Buckeye Balls!

Christmas Buckeye Balls

Ingredients

  • 3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 16 ounces of chocolate chips or candy melts [any variety of your choice – I used milk chocolate]
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • Holiday sprinkles

*** DISCLAIMER: I doubled this recipe! So if you don’t want to make as large of an amount, simply cut it in half!

Directions

  1. Place the peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar into a large bowl. Mix until the ingredients are incorporated, then knead with your hands until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Shape the dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on a sheet pan that’s been lined with parchment paper.
  3. Refrigerate the peanut butter balls for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a medium bowl. If using two types of chocolate, place 4 ounces of each chocolate with 1 tablespoon shortening into two bowls.
  5. Microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals or until melted. Stir until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  6. Remove the buckeye balls from the fridge. Use a toothpick to pick up each ball and dip it into the melted chocolate. Quickly roll the ball in sprinkles. Repeat with each ball. Use your finger to smooth over the top of each ball to remove the mark from the toothpick.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set, then serve.

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