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November 15, 2011

Club BAKED: Buckeyes

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This week's Club: BAKED recipe is brought to you by ME.

And am i ever so glad this was an easy recipe to make. You see... for the last two weekends I've been packing for our trip to DISNEY. Two adults, one toddler (who is super-excited) and the baby! What was I thinking? Just looking over everything I have ready is exhausting. We're going away for Thanksgiving -- first time we'll be away from home for the holidays. No turkey or cooking or baking by me this year. We'll be dining with Cinderella on Turkey Day! Picts to come!

Halloween just passed and there was a ton of Reese's leftover. We're still going thru it! I couldn't make this entire recipe so I made a quarter of it and came out with 6 huge homemade peanut butter cups. They taste just like the Reese's. Who knew they were so easy to make (and so much cheaper, too)! We loved these!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 14 individual crackers, not whole sheets)
3 cups confectioners' sugar
10 Tbsp. (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
12 oz. good-quality dark chocolate (60 to 72%), coarsely chopped

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until combined. Add the graham cracker crumbs and beat on medium speed for 10 seconds. Add the confectioners' sugar and butter. Beat at low speed for 20 seconds to prevent the sugar from spilling over, then gradually increase the speed until the mixture is completely combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat again. The mixture will feel slightly dry. Set the peanut butter filling aside while you melt the chocolate.

2. In the top of a double boiler set over hot water, melt the chocolate, stirring frequently until it is completely smooth. Pour the chocolate into a small, deep bowl. Let it cool to tepid (about 100 degrees F, body temperature) while you shape the peanut butter centers.

3. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Scoop out slightly more than 1 Tbsp. worth of filling and use your hands to form it into a ball. (For uniform balls, use a medium-size melon baller or a very small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism.) Place the ball on the prepared sheet pan and repeat the process until all the filling has been shaped. The balls can sit fairly close to each other on the sheet; just make sure they are not touching.

4. One by one, using a fork or large skewer, dip each ball into the chocolate. Roll the ball around from side to side to cover almost the entire peanut butter center, leaving a small part uncovered. Manipulate the buckeye so that the dripping chocolate covers the holes made by the fork. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl and return each chocolate-covered buckeye to the pan. Refrigerate the entire sheet pan for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate before serving. Buckeyes will keep for up to 3 days, tightly covered, in the refrigerator.

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Our next BAKED recipe:  Almond Joy Tart
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November 01, 2011

Club BAKED: Caramel Apple Cake

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This month's Club Baked recipe was selected by Melissa, Lulu the Baker.  I was so excited to make this when it was selected.  I made this three weeks ago.... into cupcakes, which came together rather quickly & easily.  The caramel sauce was superb!!  But I could not get the frosting to work for me at all.

So this past weekend, during our SNOWSTORM, I decided to take another crack at it.  My yummy caramel sauce came together.


My cupcakes were easy and ready to be frosted.


I read the P&Qs section of Club Baked and those who were successful said to keep the mixer churning and the frosting would eventually come together.  I was so ready to try again. 

When I went to turn on the mixer to make the frosting... THE POWER WENT OUT!  Cupcakes and caramel were still fantastic.... will have to try to whip up the frosting another day.

Visit Club: BAKED for more information on joining and to see how others did.
Check out Melissa's blog for the recipe.
Our next BAKED recipe:  Buckeyes
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