I waited too long this year to make these. I usually start in November, but, well, I lost track of time this year. I thought I'd show you the process I described back here.
**My usual disclaimer: I took these one-handed and in not-so-good light, so I apologize in advance for the condition of the photos.
After you follow the steps in that other post for mixing the butter + PB + Vanilla extract + powdered sugar, you end up with a huge bowl of this stuff:
It doesn't look like much right now, but just wait!
I started the paraffin & chocolate melting in a double boiler:
... then I rolled that vat of "dough" into this tower of balls:
The chocolate is almost melty enough:
Once it's mostly smooth, you take one of the PB concoction balls and put it on the spoon:
... then you roll it around until coated:
Let most of the excess chocolate run out of the spoon, then place the coated ball onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper:
Here are the first 35:
You take that sheet to a large, flat surface (I left my long table up after this weekend's classes), slide the wax paper onto the table:
... then repeat. This recipe makes about 15 dozen, so that's 5 cookie sheets of 35, plus a few more.
There is no way I have room in my fridge for all of these, so I went ahead and packed up a bunch of them. Here is a box I made up for a co-worker who saved my behind yesterday while I was home being a slug:
I even tied it with a bow:
This is the box each of my boys will be getting in their care packages:
I love that the USPS invented Flat Rate shipping boxes. These things are HEAVY.
I have a small bowl left after packing all that, which is why I usually make multiple batches, but not this year. That small bowl will go to my mechanic and his staff for taking such good care of me this year. I love those guys!
In other news, while making these this morning, my window screens were attacked by a crazy squirrel. If any of those pics came out, I'll share them with you.
Happy Tuesday, and stay warm!