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Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peanut butter buckeyes are an Ohio classic. My mom grew up there, so my summers were spent eating Ohioan treats and hunting for buckeyes, the tree “nut”, after which this confection gets their name. These sweet treats are perfect for the peanut butter lover in your life!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes: Makes 15-20

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

2 tbsp butter of choice (I used plant butter for this batch), softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips of choice (I used a blend of dark chocolate and vegan semi-sweet)

  1. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together your peanut butter, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Stir in your powdered sugar to make a smooth dough.
  3. Chill the peanut butter mixture for 15-20 minutes before scooping.
  4. Roll into balls using a tablespoon or 1 oz scoop. You can roll them in between your palms to smooth out the dough.
  5. Chill your peanut butter balls again for 25-30 minutes, or until firm.
  6. Melt your chocolate chips with a double boiler or in a microwave safe dish the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring each time until melted. 
  7. Once the peanut butter mixture is cold, use a toothpick or your fingers to carefully dip each one into the melted chocolate ¾ of the way. (I like to have a spoon nearby for the occasional buckeye search and rescue in the melted chocolate, especially if you’re making these with your kiddos.)
  8. Place onto a plate or sheet pan lined with wax paper, and allow to cool completely in the refridgerator.
  9. Enjoy! I like mine with a little cold milk, but they’re good anyhow you like!

If you have any leftover melted chocolate, consider making some chocolate bark with some roasted nuts or granola you might have hanging around in the pantry. Just spread the melted chocolate onto some parchment paper and sprinkle your toppings on top! Allow to chill in the fridge until solid, then break into whatever size pieces you desire!

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Mustache Hot Cocoa

My kiddo B’s favorite part of winter is all of the hot cocoa! He loves to show off his cocoa mustache and wanted to share our cocoa recipe with you!

Mustache Hot Cocoa: Makes 2 Cups

2 cups milk of choice (we use almond milk)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp cornstarch

3 tbsp baking cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

1 pinch of cinnamon (optional)

1/4 cup chocolate chips of choice (we use dark chocolate chips)

  1. In a small saucepan, add sugar and most of your milk, leaving about 1/2 cup in your measuring receptacle. Put over a medium low heat.
  2. Add your cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon (if using), and cocoa powder to the remaining milk, and stir until thoroughly combined. It’ll look like the cocoa powder doesn’t want to mix, but be patient.
  3. Once your pot begins to simmer lightly, add your remaining milk mixture, and let simmer for about a minute.
  4. Add in your chocolate chips and turn off the heat leaving the pan on the burner. Stir constantly until your chips have completely melted.
  5. Pour into your favorite mug and top with your favorite cocoa toppings! We love marshmallows and candy canes on our cocoa here.
  6. Enjoy! B enjoys it all the time but mostly after coming in from playing in the snow.