Home for the holidays!

Happy Friday before Christmas!  Are you ready?  Have you gotten everything done?

I’m one of those people who gets everything done and then when I have a bit of time to relax, I start second guessing all of the gifts I bought.  Did I buy enough?  Did I get something they really want?  Should I go get something else?  Should I exchange so and so’s for another person?  It’s maddening!

nervous breakdownThis year I’m trying to pull off perfection because after a  long almost 14 months, THE KID IS COMING HOME!  That’s right, at 12:22AM he’ll be landing at the airport and I’ll be there to pick him up.

He’s pretty important at his job so they’re only letting him off on Christmas Day which means that he has to fly back that afternoon but no matter, I get three days with him and I’m so excited.

When I spoke to him earlier in the week I told him that I had gotten together with friends and baked cookies and he asked if I made the peanut butter bon bons.  I said no and I could tell he was disappointed.

My Mamaw used to make the peanut butter bon bons every year at Christmas and she gave me the recipe when the kid was little.  When he was five we started making them together and it became a tradition.  He wasn’t able to come home last year so I didn’t make them.  Guess what I’m doing today?

Bon BonsWhy, I’m surprising the kid of course!  Shhhh, don’t tell.

Tell me about one tradition that you do with your family every year?

 

The recipe for the dessert that will change your life!

I think I promised y’all a recipe today. Typically I don’t share recipes because, well let’s face it, I don’t really cook. This recipe however is my Grandmothers and it’s for the best Christmas treat EVER. Hands. Down.

peanut butter bon bons
This will be your favorite thing from this point forward, trust me.
Side Note: I’m giving you the recipe for a double batch because otherwise you will have a shit ton of chocolate left over and no one in their right mind would throw away a shit ton of chocolate, am I right?

So, for the actual bon bons, here’s what you’ll need:

ingredients
2 Cups (16oz) of Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Cups (16oz) of Confectioners Sugar
2 Tablespoons of softened butter
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together

mix ingredients

mixingAll mixed
Roll the mixture into balls between 1 to 1 ½ inches round

roll into balls
Chill them in the fridge for an hour

For the coating, you’ll need the following:

ingredients for coating
A Double Broiler
¼ lb of Paraffin
6oz of Milk Chocolate Morsels
6oz of Butterscotch Morsels
(You can also use dark chocolate, white chocolate or any combination you choose. Just be sure to add 12 total oz of morsels.)
Put water in the bottom of your double broiler and bring it to a boil.

Put the top of your double broiler on and melt the paraffin first.

Melt the Paraffin
Next add the Chocolate and the butterscotch morsels.

Adding Morselsadding chocolate morselsPouring in with the paraffin
Stir the mixture until all the morsels are completely melted. Be sure to turn your double broiler down to simmer at this point.

StirringAll is melted
Now you’re ready to coat the bon bons.

After many years of making these, I’ve found the best way to coat the bon bons is with a fancy little culinary tool I call…a corn pick.

Corn Pick
Coat the bon bons and then place them on wax paper.

Dipping the bon bondry them on wax paper
I use a little fan to help them dry quicker but it’s not really necessary.

Once you’ve coated all the bon bons, you’ll want to go back and fill in the hole from the corn pick. Just quickly dip the other side and then place them back on the wax paper.

dip other sideperfectfinished product
Let the coating thoroughly dry and then place them in a tin for the best gift ever!

Are you going to make my peanut butter bon bons? If so, let me know how they turned out! Please.