Saturday, October 16, 2010

My Magra's Buckeyes

Although these are not cupcakes, I had to share them. After all they have one cupcake characteristic...they are displayed in mini cupcake liners! My Magra made these buckeyes for big family gatherings, mainly Christmas. Buckeyes are wonderful little peanut butter balls that are dipped in chocolate!

As a kid I would always browse this one 3-tiered serving platter she had for a buckeye, or five. They were always mixed in with other chocolate treats. After scouting the platter and finding one, eating it was like heaven!

I know this recipe is on many sites, but I think they all miss one key ingredient, rice crispy cereal. Checkout buckeye's "Magra style" below. Make them a part of your family holiday traditions, with mini-cupcake liners to match, of course!

Magra's Buckeyes with pumpkin mini-cupcake liners
  • 18oz of creamy peanut butter (Peter Pan brand works well)
  • 16oz of powdered sugar
  • 1 stick of soft margarine
  • 3 cups of rice crispies
  • chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients, except the chocolate, in a bowl. You can use a Kitchen Aid or a hand mixer to blend it all together. Once mixture is complete cover bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about an hour. It makes the balls easier to assemble.

Lay out parchment paper, or get a pan to line the balls up on. For consistent sizes, use a med-lg melon baller to scoop the peanut butter mix out. Roll into a ball and place on the parchment paper. Once all balls are formed, recipe makes about 55 balls, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave.

Dip the tip of the buckeye into the chocolate and place it in a mini-cupcake liner. Repeat until all have been dipped. For quick setup, place tray of buckeyes in a deep freezer for about 10-15 min. Then serve.

Buckeyes will stay fresh for a few days, refrigerated, in a parchment lined Tupperware container.

Happy Baking,

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