This is the traditional, not-so-healthy, Ohio recipe for buckeyes. If you're not familiar with them, they are a candy consisting of a peanut butter center dipped in chocolate. Buckeyes are made to look like the inedible nut of our state tree, a member or the horse chestnut family. They're also the mascot of our local college team, The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
1 pound peanut butter (2 cups) *
1/2 pound margarine (1 cup)*
1-1/2 pounds powdered sugar (4 cups)
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or chips
1-2 ounces paraffin*
Using your SideSwipe beater on your stand mixer, mix peanut butter and margarine until combined. Add powdered sugar in small batches until combined and a soft dough forms. Roll into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate or freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.
Melt chips and paraffin in a double boiler. Using a toothpick (square works best), dip the peanut butter ball into the chocolate, rolling to form a rounded center where the peanut butter shows through. Put on wax paper to cool. Smooth toothpick hole. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Low-fat margarine and butter don't work well in this recipe, as they make the balls too soft at room temperature. You can use non-hydrogenated versions of PB and margarine or butter if you prefer. Just keep them refrigerated until right before you serve them.
If you don't have paraffin, you can omit it. The wax just makes the chocolate coating a little more finger friendly!
Who doesn't love an easy dip for a party? Use your mixer to make dips that should be creamy, not chunky: spinach artichoke, crab dip, cheese dip, even guacamole.
You may know about this one, but it bears repeating. Any cooked meat can easily be shredded in your mixer. Leave some chunks for texture.
These are great for the holidays, for entertaining or on grilled meats or corn! Just add savory or sweet ingredients to room temperature butter and mix. You can store in small glass containers or roll into a log and chill. Keeps 3-4 days. Also makes a great hostess gift. Watch our blog for some favorite recipes.
MEATBALLS OR MEATLOAF
The mixer keeps your hands clean when mixing heavy meats. Mix just until combined so they don't get too tough.
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I prefer really lumpy potatoes, but if you like yours light and fluffy, try using your mixer. Using white or sweet potatoes, add your other ingredients and mix until your desired texture is achieved.
LOTIONS AND CREAMS
Who says everything you make in your mixer needs to be edible? Use it to mix up ingredients for hand made cosmetics, like lotions and creams. Just be sure you use only non-toxic ingredients - and clean your mixer and beater thoroughly afterward. We'll feature a lovely peppermint lotion recipe around the holidays.
These combinations of a creamy cheese and other ingredients, like this one from Kraft, may not be pretty, but they're delicious. A mixer makes quick work of room temperature ingredients. Form into a ball and chill for several hours or overnight and roll in your favorite chopped nuts.