Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's beginning to taste a lot like Christmas

Buckeyes are a Christmas tradition in my family, one that Brian readily adopted upon marrying me.  As a kid, we always knew they would be at holiday parties, because all of my relatives made them.  Brian and I decorated Christmas sugar cookies last week, but they are really good and I’m pretty sure they are not going to last until Christmas.  So today I promised Brian I would make buckeyes.

So…. I didn’t have enough powdered sugar, and our store is out.  It’s the holidays, and everyone who was smart bought it up in advance.  But never fear – there is a resourceful missionary cook in this kitchen.  Did you know you can make your own powdered sugar?  You’re going to wonder why you never tried it yourself when I tell you how easy it is.  (Actually, you probably won’t ever make your own because powdered sugar is one of those things that is cheap and readily available in the States, but that’s a whole different story.)

Ok, here is the secret:  You take regular sugar, and whirl it in the blender until it becomes a fine powder.  Easy!

Here is my dough with the homemade powdered sugar (the sugar didn’t get completely powdered, but hey, close enough for Papua New Guinea…)

And the final product.  Somewhat misshapen and not completely coated, but the best I could do with my helper (see below) at my side insiting that he was going to die or worse if he didn’t get some more of that sugary dough!  

And here is the recipe, if you want to try this at home:


1/3 c. butter
3 ½ c. powdered sugar
2 c. crunchy peanut butter
3 c. Rice Krispies

Mix ingredients together and form 1-inch balls.

Melt in a double boiler over simmering water:
12 oz. chocolate chips or other chocolate

Coat peanut butter balls in melted chocolate and let cool on wax paper.

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