Making Christmas Candy

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Buckeyes!

Naked Balls of Peanut Buttery Goodness

Then they take a bath in chocolate!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
    Or 1 1/2 cups Smucker’s® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening

DIRECTIONS:

  1. COMBINE peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on LOW until blended. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Beat in additional powdered sugar until mixture, when shaped into a ball, will stay on a toothpick. Shape into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate.
  2. PLACE chocolate chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Reheat as needed while coating peanut butter balls.
  3. INSERT toothpick in peanut butter ball. Dip 3/4 of ball into chocolate, leaving top uncovered to resemble a buckeye. Remove excess. Place on wax paper-lined tray. Remove toothpick. Smooth over holes. Refrigerate until firm.
  4. Variation
  5. SPICY BUCKEYES: ADD 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper with peanut butter mixture in step 1. Continue recipe as directed.

Candy Cane Almond Bark

White almond bark
Red & white candy canes
Place candy canes (broken into pieces) into blender or food processor to coarsely grind. Carefully melt almond bark in microwave just until smooth (don’t overheat.) Add crushed candy canes, until mixture is medium pink in color.Pour into greased cookie sheets and cool completely. Cut into squares and store in airtight container.

Random Christmas Gif

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