Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Butterfinger Eyeballs

Butterfinger EyeballsButterfinger Eyeballs (Adapted from Nestle)

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 Butterfinger candy bars, finely chopped (about 4 ounces total)
3 cups white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons trans-fat free shortening (I use Spectrum Organic)
Reese's pieces candy and red decorating gel to embellish the peanut butter balls

In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and butter until thoroughly combined. Add confectioners' sugar and mix until combined - it will be a bit dry at first, but it will come together. Stir in chopped Butterfingers. Shape the dough into 1" round balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets. Place in the freezer to chill for at least 1 hour.

Place white chocolate and shortening in a small heat-proof bowl - set over a small pot of simmering water and stir often. Remove the pot and bowl from the heat when the chocolate is almost smooth, then gently keep stirring until the chocolate finishes melting.

Working with just a few peanut butter balls at a time, place a toothpick in the center of each ball and dip into the melted chocolate - shake off excess and place back on a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press 1 Reese's pieces candy on top to create a pupil. Repeat procedure with remaining peanut butter balls. Place in the refrigerator and chill until set. Use the red decorating gel to create the bloodshot markings.

Makes about 50 balls.

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  1. I made these last night, and they are so cute! I weighed my powdered sugar (120 grams per cup = 360) and the mixture did seem a bit dry. Next time I'll try 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) of it and I might add a dash of salt.

  2. LLT - Thanks!

    Jennifer - I'm sure I used the same weight, but it wasn't dry for us. What type of peanut butter did you use?

  3. Joe, it was walmart's brand of creamy peanut butter. I think it might be a little less creamy than other (name-brand) kinds of peanut butter, so that could be the issue.

    Oh, and while the mixture seemed a bit dry, once we coated them and refrigerated them overnight they tasted just fine!

  4. Jennifer - Hmm, that might have caused it. I've never used that brand though, so I don't know! Glad they still tasted good!