Here we are in the 9th week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies and also Thanksgiving week! I’m posting one day early as I figure most people will be busy on Thanksgiving spending time with family and friends. And that means that Christmas is a little over one month away! We’ll be wrapping up this series the week before Christmas so you’ll have plenty of time to either make up some extras or sit back and relax if you’ve been baking along with us.
Now on to this week’s cookie selection: Buckeye Delights. Again, this was a selection by my son. I first tried the related candy, Buckeye Balls several years ago. Whew! Are those sweet with all that confectioners sugar in them! I thought these might be a little less sweet since they have more chocolate than peanut butter and I was right! They are more chocolatey with only a hint of the peanut butter taste. But wow, the chocolate topping sure is sweet an these are quite rich! And while not difficult to prepare, they do take some time because of some waiting time (see my notes below). My daughter ended up helping to make these about half way through until the end when she ended up going over to a friend’s house so I had to do the filling and toppings myself. All in all, I’m glad I tried them!
I hope you enjoy them too!
This recipe is from Betty Crocker Kitchens
Prep Time: 1 hour, 5 mins
Total Time 2 hours, 40 mins
Makes 36 cookies
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 tablespoon peanut butter (for topping 2)
Heat oven to 350°F. Line 36 mini muffin cups with mini foil candy cups (about 1 1/4 inch). In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until dough forms. Press about 1 tablespoon dough into each foil cup. Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until puffy and set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Remove from pan.
In small bowl, mix filling ingredients until well blended. Press about 1 teaspoon mixture on top of each cooled cookie.
In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream just to boiling over low heat, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until cooled. Spread about 2 teaspoons chocolate mixture over each cookie cup.
Place remaining 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon peanut butter in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Microwave on High 30 to 60 seconds or until softened; knead to mix. Cut off small tip from one corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle chocolate mixture over each cookie cup. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until set. Store covered in refrigerator.
Makes 36 cookie cups
–As I have said before, pay attention to how long these take. There are two 30 minute waiting periods between steps and that’s something I didn’t notice when I started these in the later afternoon. Thankfully they didn’t interfere with making dinner (like the last time) but I was starting to feel the crunch to just get them done and the kitchen cleaned up.
–Also, I kept forgetting to buy heavy whipping cream and since it only called for a little bit I ended up using skim milk instead. That worked out just fine—good to know!
–I did not have the right size mini cupcake liners so only used them for a dozen and then sprayed the remaining twenty-four cups with cooking spray. The cookies that were not in the foil cups came out a little drier than those that were so if you choose the same method, I’d suggest decreasing the baking time by a minute or two.
–If you use the snipped baggie method for drizzling the second topping on your cookies, make sure you snip a micro amount. I thought I had but nope. So I only got about eight of them done before I ran out of drizzle topping. Next time I’ll break out the pastry bag and one of my extra small decorator tips.
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