Friday, December 12, 2008

Chocolate Chip Ball Surprise

If you don't like recipes that combine peanut butter and chocolate, read no further. Also, you might want to have your head examined. I think that as God created Adam and Eve, He also created the peanut and the cacao bean to become one. And, while I'm very familiar with the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup advertisement that supposedly chronicles the union of the two aforementioned ingredients, I really do wonder about the REAL truth regarding the union of these two decadent flavors.

I've made Buckeye candies for years, that little ball of chocolate and peanut butter goodness not only satisfying my sweet tooth, but also signifying a tribute to the state that I will always call home... OHIO. The addition of the Rice Krispies in this recipe is really the only thing that truly separates this from the original Buckeye recipe, but O...OH...OHI....OHIO .. what a difference that snap, crackle, and pop does make.

This recipe is from the 2007 Food Network's Cookie Challenge, invented by Theresa Cannavo. I've modified it only by adding the paraffin wax.

Chocolate Chip Ball Surprise

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
3 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup semisweet mini chocolate morsels
2 (12-ounce) packages semisweet chocolate morsels, plus 1/3 block paraffin

In a large mixing bowl, using your hand, combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, rice cereal and mini chocolate morsels. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place onto a parchment lined sheet pan in the freezer. In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt semisweet morsels and paraffin. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. With a fork, dip the frozen balls in melted chocolate. Place on a cool cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in freezer for 5 to10 minutes until the chocolate has set. Store the balls in an airtight container at room temperature.

1 comment:

Nanan said...

OK - call me a sheltered catholic cajun girl who grew up in the marsh south of the intra-coastal canal - but until I read your blog - I had never heard of a Buckeye candy... I also thought everyone in the world was catholic until I was in 5th grade - Artie Dufrene was Baptist and didn't have to stay after at public school for chatechism.... oh my