Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Making Christmas gifts.......Day 1

Every year my children have always wanted to give their friends something for Christmas. I want to encourage them in this because this is the season of giving and I want to instill in them that it truly is "more blessed to give than to receive." We give because our Heavenly Father gave us the greatest gift of all through His Son, Jesus Christ. Though we could never match what He gave us, we can follow the example He gave us and the principle He taught us of being willing to give and share.
So, as the years go by their list of friends gets longer and longer. We really can't afford to buy something for everyone on their extensive lists, but our family enjoys making crafts of all kinds and our favorites are gifts from our kitchen. This week, we are taking some time every day to make a different kind of goody to include in the gift bag for each of their friends. We will also be giving some treats to their Sunday School teachers, choir leaders, etc. Grab your apron and let's get started!!!!!

Day 1


Having grown up in Ohio, I was regularly greeted with plates full of buckeye candy
at church functions (primarily around Christmas) or in boxes of Christmas goodies from our neighbors. When I moved away from Ohio, I was shocked that this amazing candy was relatively unknown to those in other parts of the country. Not only have they never tasted this delectable treat, they don't even know what a "buckeye" is (and no, it's NOT the eye of a deer, but yes, it is related to the Ohio State Buckeyes of which almost EVERYONE who loves football is well acquainted with!!!).
The "Buckeye" is the state tree of Ohio and produces a nut that looks like this:

You can read more about them here.

Buckeye candy is made to resemble this gorgeous mascot of the great state of Ohio.
Here is the recipe:

3 cups of creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 sticks of butter or margarine
2 lbs (or less) confectioner's sugar
Chocolate candy coating (I use the chocolate almond bark candy coating)

Mix together the peanut butter and margarine until smooth. Gradually mix in the confectioner's sugar until the dough is stiff but not crumbly.

It helps to coat your hands with the confectioner's sugar and knead it like bread dough until soft and smooth. Form the dough into small balls the size of the bouncy rubbers balls for playing jacks.

Place them on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and put them in the refrigerator for a couple minutes to firm up.

Using a toothpick, dip the balls into the melted dipping chocolate until almost covered, leaving the top exposed.

Refrigerate and enjoy!!!

P.S. I doubled this recipe and ended up with over 12 dozen, give-or-take the several my children ate.

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