Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gingerbread Buckeyes

Gingerbread Buckeyes combine traditional creamy buckeye filling with crunchy gingerbread cookies for an irresistibly delicious holiday treat!

Only 15 days until Christmas.....one of the most wonderful days of the year!! Are you excited? Are you anxious? Are you ready?? I've been making a concerted effort this year NOT to freak out about Christmas prep or Christmas shopping or what I am or am not doing to make the most of the season (am I being creative enough? thoughtful enough? making it feel special enough for the kids?) Instead, I am trying to focus on doing the little things we always do at this time of year - decorating the tree, putting up the stockings, welcoming Cubby the elf, making Christmas treats, decorating sugar cookies, looking at Christmas lights, reading Christmas stories, snuggling on the couch under a warm blanket.....

....because, in the long run, I don't think my kids are going to remember how creative I was at Christmas time. Or how many cute little projects I came up with for them to do. I don't think those things are going to matter! What I do think they'll remember is Cubby. And Candy Cane Lane. The Polar Express. And snowy white breakfasts. And I think they'll remember cookie making with Grandma Betty and Christmas Eve with Grandma Dina. And that Christmas is about spending time with family. I think they'll remember the traditions!

I was thinking about traditions when I got together to make Christmas treats with friends this past weekend (one of my very favorite traditions!) We were talking about how much people love traditional recipes, especially around the holidays. There is something that is just so comforting about them! Which is why I love to take traditional recipes and tweak them....like these Gingerbread Buckeyes! Just different enough from the original to make them new and exciting, but not so different that you lose the comfort factor. Because comfort = tradition! And tradition is everything....especially at Christmas time.

Gingerbread Buckeyes
1 c. peanut butter
2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 c. crushed gingersnaps (leave some pieces for crunch)
16 oz. white chocolate candy coating (I used Vanilla Candiquik)
additional gingersnap crumbs for topping

1. Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and softened butter in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
2. Stir in gingersnaps.
3. Roll mixture into balls and set on wax paper. Chill 30 minutes.
4. Melt white chocolate over low heat. Use a fork to dip peanut butter balls into chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with gingersnap crumbs.
5. Cool until hardened. Store at room temperature.


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  1. Cathy,

    These truffles look amazing. Great pictures! I truly love gingersnaps.

    Blessings and have a great day!
    Diane Roark
    www.recipesforourdailybread.com PINNING THIS ONE!

  2. These buckeyes are yummy! I love me some gingerbread flavor and have eaten a couple...need-to-give-cookies-away-soon!

  3. Oh wow I have had chocolate and gingerbread together (which was delicious) but not peanut butter. Has to be good.

  4. MMmmmmmm AND that seems easy to do too! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Yes! So true! It's all about family and spending time together. Making these cookies would be a great task to enjoy with loved ones. And what a sweet reward when you're done with it all!

  6. Yes!!! I'm making Lemon Tree Dwelling cookie/candy platters this holiday season! These look so good!

  7. Agreed, it's all about family. We have so many little traditions that I know our kids will remember forever. I love them! I'm all for these Gingerbread Buckeye's! Fabulous idea Cathy!

  8. I've never made or tried a buckeye before! I think it's time this changed. These look so moist and rich. I have to make these!

  9. Stoppeb by from Marvelous monday linky party .
    Buck eye looks super attractive .. love all ur pics..

  10. These look great! Approximately how many does the recipe make?

  11. Dear Cathy, These look delicious and so pretty. I know my family would love them. Have a blessed holiday, Catherine

  12. These are so cute! And I love this holiday take on the classic Buckeye candy. :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned!


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