Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Halloween Buckeyes

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween Buckeyes


What do we call people who don't celebrate Halloween around here? Boring. We call them boring. Saw that on Pinterest and thought, yep. Halloween is my JAM! I simply can't be friends with someone who can't at least get into the Halloween spirit even a little bit. Jason and I started browsing the seasonal section in August and walking into the store our conversation went something like this:

Jason: We're just looking. We have enough Halloween stuff already.
Me: Ok :)

$300 later, I've got a bunch of new goodies to put to good use this year. Aside from the decorations, one of my favorite things about Halloween are the fun treats we whip up. I found this awesome Wilton Silicone Mold at Michael's Craft Store and had to add it to my baking stash. If you don't have a Michael's near you, Amazon has some cute molds too, like this Jack O' Lanterns Silicone Treat Mold or this Haunted House Shaped Silicone Mold. (<= affiliate links)


Wilton Halloween Silicone Mold

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to use it. I'm not a huge fan of cake so that was out. We did brownies last year. Then, ta da! I remember how much my family loves peanut butter buckeyes, so a new (ok, not new, but cute) treat was born.

Halloween Buckeyes

Simply fill the cavity with some semi-sweet chocolate, layer on the peanut butter filling, one more layer of chocolate, freeze, then eat!



Ingredients:

1 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can use white chips too for skulls and ghosts)

1 16 ounce package of confectioners sugar
1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (real butter, not margarine or a spread)
2 tbs milk

In a mixing bowl, combine confections sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk until blended. If mixture seems too crumbly, add in a little more milk until you reach a creamy consistency, like that in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Melt the chocolate on top of a double boiler over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Fill 1/3 of the silicone cavities with chocolate. Freeze until set.

Layer peanut butter filling on top of the set chocolate layer, filling another 1/3 of the way full.

Pour melted chocolate into remaining spaces in the cavities, covering the peanut butter layer. Freeze until set. Serve cold or room temperature. Store in an airtight container for 1 week.



Now, there are 2 ways you can layer your peanut butter. You can shape it to fit into the mold without touching the sides so there is a chocolate layer around the whole candy, or you can just smush it into the entire cavity so the peanut butter layer shows through the sides. Whatever floats your Halloween boat is A Okay in my book! You can see the two different looks here:



The candy will sweat sitting at room temperature after it comes out of the freezer, but that's fine. It doesn't affect the texture or flavor one bit and will eventually evaporate the longer it sits out.



 What treats are you whipping up this Halloween? Or, what treats will you be passing out to the little goblins that come knockin' at your door?


31 comments:

  1. These are so cute! I hope you don't mind if I steal one of those molds. ;)

    That said, I'm going to be making spider cookies. Think Cyclops Peanut Butter cookies but with little spider legs. haha

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    1. Those sound like my kind of cookies! Anything with peanut butter gets my seal of approval!

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  2. You know the first think I thought when I say the mold was something with chocolate and butter, not baked :) You can do it with crushed cookies, rum and raisins too... although we do all prefer peanut! Leave the ghost with white chocolate for me :)
    I do so love me Silicone Molds!

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    1. Silicone molds are the best thing to happen to the kitchen and bath crafts! I always have such a hard time with those stupid hard plastic molds that I finally threw them all away. Silicone is where the party is at!
      I'll save you the ghost, but I'm eating all the bats ;)

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  3. Those are neat indeed. lmao never mess with the Halloween Nazi, she'll need new gear every year.

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    1. For real! But in my defense, I did return $30 worth of pillows (only because I forgot I already had some that I bought last year on after-Halloween clearance) lol

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  4. These look so good! I have such a sweet tooth.

    I usually get candy bars for the bigger kids, and Pirate's Booty, or pretzels for the little kids.

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    1. We only get about 20 kids each year, so I just ended up going to Costco and bought a box of full sized candy bars to pass out this year. I like the idea of getting pretzels or popcorn for the smaller kids and will have to run out and grab some of those too.

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  5. I always feel bad for children of the religious nuts who think Halloween is the devil's holiday.

    To be honest, Halloween has more Christian roots (All Saint's Day) than Christmas or Easter. All had pagan origins too but I think it's funny.


    Keep the Thor in Thursday

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    1. I remember we had one girl in school who always had to sit out in the hallway during our holiday celebrations because her parents didn't want her participating (super religious). She rebelled in high school, sneaking jeans and makeup in her backpack to wear to school (they always made her wear ankle length skirts). I always felt so bad for her!

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  6. What fun! They are so cute and creative. :)

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  7. Those cookies are awesome! We decorate to the hilt for Halloween, but I've never tried Halloween themed cookies. Can't wait to give it a shot!

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  8. What great cookies! You really did a fantastic job.

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  9. Anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate is a must in my life. These homemade candies are almost too pretty to eat!

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  10. These are brilliant! They came out so perfectly. I've been trying to think of what to do for my nieces this Halloween and this just may be it.

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  11. I LOVE those molds! I never would have thought to use them as candy molds vs a cake type item. I Have never had a buckeye either!

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  12. Oh this is super clever! They really turn out looking great. The mold worked nicely!

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  13. Oh wow! Not only as these cute and spooky, they look delicious, too! I have to make some of these for the kids!

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  14. These are really amazing! I will make a double batch of these for treats this Halloween! My kids will love these too!

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  15. These looks incredible! I am so going to try this recipe out this weekend! I love holiday theme cookies!

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  16. My family loves peanut butter buckeyes. I love how you used the cake form to make these. I will have to look for one this week. My kids are going to love the shapes.

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  17. Yum these look delicious. I've never had a buckeye before so would love to give them a try. I am still thinking about the treats I'll be doing up this Halloween so I'm not quite sure yet what I'll be whipping up! - Jeanine

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  18. those look like such fun to create and I can't image how delish they are to taste! definitely going to attempt these with my kids! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. I've never used a mold like that and never would have thought of making a cookie like this. Too brilliant!

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  20. These treats look so yummy! I've been making pumpkin shaped peanut butter with chocolate. It's so much fun when the treats are character shaped.

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  21. Yummy! I love making homemade cakes , candies and treats like this. They are always so much fun.

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  22. That looks so adorable and it's definitely something that the kids will love! I think it's awesome that you decided to go with these for the Halloween, it's going to be huge hit!

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  23. That is an awesome mold. How smart to make them into Buckeyes (says the girl born and raised in Ohio) ;)

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  24. all of them are super cute! I have to have the mold!

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  25. Those are super cute. Love how they turned out. I'm with ya girl; Halloween is a great time of year!

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