I hope that you all get to enjoy some ghostly festivities today, be that trick-or-treating, handing out candy, going to a costume party, carving pumpkins, or simply enjoying some spooky treats! Mikey and I carved pumpkins with our friends last weekend, and I think they turned out pretty stinkin’ awesome. Mine is the Little Mermaid in the back! (Yes, I posted this image on Twitter, shhh.)
Judging from the Hoot Owl Spookies I posted last week, and the Spider Cookies I posted a couple years ago, it should pretty obvious that I’m a sucker for ridiculously silly Halloween goodies. These buckeyes make to look like sinister eyeballs are no exception. These are pretty standard buckeyes, but with some M&M pupils, and dipped in the chocolate to look like eyelids. I did jazz the recipe up a bit by using a combination of regular peanut butter, and a white chocolate peanut butter (the same one I use in these brownies, actually).
I had some warm chocolate left over after dipping the buckeyes, so I coated some Halloween Oreos and topped them with some scary sprinkles before they dried—super cute, and super easy! Plus, now I have two scary snacks to send to work with Mikey!
The Monster Eyes are super creamy, and not overly sweet. They’re, also, alarmingly easy to pop in your mouth in just one bite. They’re easy and quick enough that you could make some up now for any Halloween-y gathering you may be hosting or attending tonight!
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream together the butter peanut butters vanilla, salt, and sugar until combined.
Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or waxed paper. Roll the peanut butter mixture into teaspoon-sized balls and place them on the baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up the balls.
Meanwhile, put the chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for a minutes. Remove and stir. Return to the microwave for 15 second increments, stirring well afterwards, unto chocolate is melted.
Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer. Stick a toothpick into the center of one and dip into the chocolate leaving an opening of peanut butter for the cornea. Place the dipped buckeye back onto the baking sheet (cornea-side up), remove the toothpick, and press a mini M&M into the center of the “cornea.” Working quickly, repeat with remaining buckeyes. You may have to return the baking sheet to the fridge or freezer if the peanut butter balls warm up too much.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving; serve chilled.