We have had a few social events over the past few weeks due to the holidays, so I decided to try making a new desert that would be safe for the boys to eat. We recently discovered Sunbutter, a peanut butter substitute. We like the taste a lot, and most people think it tastes the same as peanut butter, therefore I decided to use it to make buckeyes, a common holiday treat.
Melt 1 cup of butter in a pot on low heat.
Add 1 cup of Sunbutter, and mix thoroughly.
Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time until it makes the right consistency, but not more than 3 cups.
Chill the entire batch in the refrigerator, approximately 30 minutes. When cool and stiff enough to handle, form into 1″ size balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer until frozen solid, approximately 30 minutes.
Melt 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips (make sure they are peanut free and that there are no possibilities of cross-contamination) and 2 tbl. of shortening in the microwave.
Use toothpicks to dip frozen Sunbutter balls into the chocolate leaving the very tip to show so it will resemble the buckeye. Place the tray into the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened, then remove toothpicks and place the buckeyes into a serving bowl.