Stephanie is quite the baker, you can find her over at The Spotted Cake as well, and she loves the sweet treat themes. She asked for Halloween Treats so we are getting tricky with it today! Everyone say "THANKS STEPH!"
Now, for some fun Halloween made up stuff to make it sound cool facts. Did you know that all ZOMBIES have bloodshot eyes? Did you know their eyes are made from peanut butter? It's true. I'll show you!
Peanut Butter Zombie Eyeballs
2 sticks softened butter
2 cups peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 lbs Confectioner's Powdered Sugar
1/2 bar Baker's Paraffin wax
2 bags Milk Chocolate Chips (Semi-sweet may be substituted)
1 bag White Chocolate Chips
handful of mini chocolate chips
red, blue and green food coloring pens
In a large mixing bowl, or counter top mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together butter, peanut butter and vanilla. Slowly add confectioner's sugar. You may not need all of the 2lb bag. I typically use about 3/4 of a bag. However, in the summer when it's really humid I tend to use more. Mix until the batter is thick and pulls away from the attachment with ease and is not sticky.
Roll into 1" balls and place on a sheet tray lined with wax paper. Refrigerate rolled balls for an hour.
Over low heat, in a medium sauce pan melt the wax. Once all the wax is melted stir in the milk chocolate chips one bag at a time until smooth and shiny.
Using a toothpick, dip the chilled peanut butter in the chocolate and allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the pot.
Work quickly. Soft peanut butter balls will fall off of the toothpick when dipped in the warm chocolate.
Return the dipped balls to the refrigerator and allow to cool completely.
In a microwave safe bowl melt the white chocolate. First for 30 seconds, stir. Then 15 seconds, stir. Repeat until white chips are completely melted and stirred smooth. The consistency will resemble frosting.
Dip the completely set chocolate covered peanut butter balls into the white chocolate about 1/3 of the way. Remove quickly, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl.
In the middle of the white chocolate place a mini chocolate chip for the pupil. Return the refrigerator to cool and set the white chocolate.
Now the fun part. Color a blue or green iris around the mini chocolate chip and add some bloodshot squiggles with a fin tip red food coloring pen.
Voila! Zombie Peanut Butter Eyeballs. They are fun and creepy and the kids love coloring the eyes.
(These look awesome in a black cauldron with gummy worms tossed in.)
If you are not into the creepy eyes, these look beautiful without the pen details. Especially for a black and white dinner.
Cook's NOTE: I have tried all the recipes for PB balls out there. Graham cracker in the mix. Coconut in the mix. Lots of fillers. This recipe yields roughly 60 1" balls. Those recipes will get you more. My recipe gives you a very creamy peanut butter center.
Have a Happy Halloween Smackers! Remember, cook with your kids!
The Smack Talker
I'm a fast talkin', smack talkin', food lovin', recipe writin', ADHD sufferin', joke tellin', wit swappin', SNARKTASTIC mommy of five. I married Prince Charming who just so happens to be a Star Wars geek, and we are living happily ever after. I tend to over share, lose my cool and make rash generalizations. I'm teaching my kids to love everyone and appreciate all things. Did I mention I love FOOD?