Food & Cooking:
Food That Looks Real - Buckeye
1½ sticks butter or margarine, softened
box (half of a 2-lb. sack) powdered sugar
semisweet chocolate chips
boiler | stand mixer | toothpicks
Pan or cookie sheet that will fit in a
Kids love to make and eat food that looks like something
else. It nourishes their imaginations! So have fun making these tasty cookies
that look exactly like buckeyes. Those are the nuts that are the symbol of Ohio
State University . . . but the cookies are softer and sweeter!
This recipe makes about four dozen and takes about 2½ hours,
since you have to freeze the dough. If you're in an after-school program and
can't wait two hours, you can make the dough in advance and just involve the
students in the dipping process, which is the most fun anyway.
Mix the first four ingredients in a stand mixer. Line a pan
or cookie sheet with waxed paper. Form the peanut butter dough into small
balls. Freeze for two hours.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Add the shortening;
it will help the chocolate set on the peanut butter dough.
Keep the chocolate on low heat while you are dipping balls,
one at a time. The chocolate needs to be slightly warm, and the peanut butter
balls need to be very cold.
Grasp a ball by the toothpick and dip into the chocolate. You
might need to twirl it, or tip the pan to and fro. Leave a small space at the
top with no chocolate coating. That's what looks like a real buckeye nut!
Set each dipped cookie back on waxed paper to set. It takes
a few minutes. Once it's set, you can pull out the toothpicks and, with a clean
finger, smudge the toothpick hole so that the surface is smooth. Throw away the
Best kept cool, in the refrigerator. Freezes well.