New Recipes for the New Year


Another Christmas has come and gone! This weekend Andrew, the kids, and I got our tree and decorations all packed up just in time to ring in the New Year with my parents and little sister. We had two weeks of cold, dreary, and wet weather that kept us indoors much more than we would have liked. So, what’s a girl to do over the holidays when stuck inside? Experiment in the kitchen of coarse! 

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Every year we try to do an assortment of cookies and sweets for our family gatherings as well as a few plates for friends who may need a little holiday cheer. Our usual spread includes chocolate chip cookies, chocolate fudge, sugar cookies, pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, and the occasional pie or cake. This year, I wanted to try something a little different.  

Andrew and the kids LOVE peanut butter. I myself, not so much! However seeing as it is the season for giving, I decided to try a new recipe for Buckeye’s just for them. Andrew spent some time with me in the kitchen for this one, just waiting for a bowl or spoon to lick I think… but he asked a very good question. “What is the difference in a Buckeye and Peanut Butter Balls?” Hhmm. Well I am not sure how these actually came about, but here is my theory. Some time ago, a newlywed tried to make Peanut Butter Balls for her love. After many failed attempts to completely cover her peanut ball with chocolate her husband arrives home and asks what she is making. Embarrassed that her Peanut Butter Balls were not perfectly coated, the new bride thought quickly as her eyes wondered out the window and landed on a buckeye tree. “They’re Buckeye’s!” She exclaims. And they lived happily ever after. So whither you decide to call them Buckeye’s and leave an un-coated spot, or fully coat your balls in chocolate and call them Peanut Butter Balls, here you go! 

Buckeye Balls

½ cup butter, melted
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ cups peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 squares chocolate almond bark 

Combine butter, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla in mixing bowl and mix well. Refrigerate at least one hour, or until firm. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on waxed paper.  

Suzanne Cox
1/7/2013 6:37:34 PM

Come on over Dave! We have several "adopted" family members that we feed, what's one more? :) Both sides of our family enjoy cooking, and it's a good thing since there are so many kids and big fella's always around! My Dad went on that same diet many years ago after celebrating his 40th birthday in the hospital with a heart attack. We try to eat healthy during the year, but Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are the exception! Oh we still do all sorts of veggies and lean farm-raised meats. But whats a major holiday without chocolate and pie? Hope you enjoyed your holidays, come on over and eat with us if you're ever in TN!

1/5/2013 8:59:42 PM

Suzanne, Oh, my gosh. How do you become part of your family? Ah, well, maybe that wouldn't be such a good idea. I already packed on a few too many pounds and there's a lot of winter left. I'm thinking I need to go on the lean and mean diet. What is that you might ask. It it tastes good spit it out. :0) Have a great New Year day.

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