Saturday, October 12, 2013

Peanut Butter Eyeballs

There are better looking eyeball recipes out there, but these
are just as tasty, if not tastier and very easy to make.

For the record I don’t eat cardboard, but if I did, I suspect it would taste a lot like graham crackers, it just wouldn’t get as soggy in milk. I’ve tried quite a few different brands and haven’t found any that really taste good, but there’s enough sugar and peanut butter in this recipe to gloss over their shortcomings if you choose to use them. On the other hand, BelVita Golden Oat Breakfast Biscuits taste the way I imagine graham crackers wished they could taste. That is if they actually enjoy being eaten. Maybe resembling cardboard is just part of the graham cracker's natural defense against predators. 

Peanut Butter Eyeball Recipe

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter room temp
2 - 1.76oz packages of crushed BelVita Golden Oat Breakfast biscuits (can substitute 3/4 cup of crushed graham crackers)
2 cups powdered sugar
12 oz. white chocolate
20 red candy melts

Cream peanut butter and butter together and then mix in the crushed crackers. Finally mix in the powdered sugar, a half cup at a time. 

Refrigerate until its firm enough to work with and then scoop out the mixture using a small (2 tsp.) cookie scoop and roll into balls. I like to make an indent in the center of each ball so the M&M iris will sit a little lower. Refrigerate again, or if you want to work on them fairly soon pop them in the freezer for a few minutes.  

Microwave 6 oz. white chocolate for one minute in glass bowl. Let stand for a minute, then stir until smooth or microwave in additional 15 second increments if needed. Stir until slightly cooled and then coat half the balls. Place the coated balls indent side up on parchment or wax paper. Repeat with the remaining 6 oz. of white chocolate for the other half. 

Put the candy melts in the corner of a small plastic freezer bag. Freezer bags can take the heat and won't split a seam when you squeeze them. Microwave for 30 seconds, knead the candy melts to mix. Microwave another 30 seconds, and knead again until smooth, microwave an additional 15 seconds if necessary. 

Snip a tiny bit off the corner of the bag. Drizzle the candy melts every which way over the eyeballs. Not the veiniest veins that you will ever see on an edible eyeball, but it takes seconds to finish which is about a half second longer that it takes for these to disappear.  Once you have enough veins, squeeze a little red into each depression to glue on the M&M’s.  

Makes about 46.

I make these in advance and freeze them.  They do sweat a little right out of the freezer, but seriously they get eaten up so fast I don't think anyone cares. 

Here's a few labels I've used in the past so people know what they'll be biting into. The zombie font is Ghoulish by Sinister Fonts and the peanut butter font is Noises in the Attic by KC Fonts


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