Stuffed Monster Heads
This is my version of a classic candy-cookie confection also called buckeyes. There are several versions of this recipe, so make sure to read through the whole recipe to decide which variation(s) you like best. I like serving a selection of different types of eyeballs in a large glass bowl for the maximum effect. I made hundreds of these for a Halloween party last year and had too many for the dish I had chosen to serve them in. I ended up freezing all of the leftovers to remove the temptation from the house. Not only do they freeze perfectly (I still have some in the freezer) but they are awesome frozen.
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter
1 pound powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
12 ounces dark chocolate
12 ounces white chocolate
Line several cookie sheets with waxed paper. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Beat in the sugar and vanilla and mix until silky smooth. Using your hands, mold the mixture into 3/4 inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheets. Refrigerate for 45 minutes. In the microwave or in a small heavy saucepan, melt the dark chocolate until smooth. Place a toothpick in each ball and dip the ball entirely into the dark chocolate. Return the ball to the cookie sheet and place the finished sheet into the refrigerator. Let cool for 30 minutes. In the microwave or in a small heavy saucepan, melt the white chocolate until smooth. Dip each ball of chocolate into the white chocolate, leaving a small circle to form the iris and pupil of the eye. Return to the cookie sheet and let sit at room temperature until firm. Store in a covered container for up to five days (If they last that long!)
Instead of dark chocolate, you can use colored chocolate melting wafers in a variety of colors (blue, green, and medium brown to represent true eye colors or red, yellow, and orange for goblin eyes).
Cover the entire ball with the white chocolate and press a piece of candy into the hot chocolate covered ball to form an eyeball with a protruding iris (chocolate chips and cinnamon imperials work well for this) or else a small piece of Halloween candy to just make decorated candies rather than eyeballs.
The version that people are always the most impressed with is to use any or all of the above versions to make bloodshot eyeballs. Simply stir some red food coloring (food coloring designed especially for chocolate works best, but any will do if you are careful) and swirl very gently until the white chocolate looks bloodshot.
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