Buckeyes are among the easiest candies to make, and with no baking! Relatively simple, these beauties can be made if you have a bit of time on your hands. If not- check out my cheat on the bars that taste just as amazing, but are more of a mix and pat in a pan & frost.
Peanut Butter Balls was one of my husbands first requests for the holidays when we got marrieds several years ago. Since, they have also made it to the holiday “must-make” list each year. Here is my version with a little “secret” for flavor.
Mix 2 Cups of cream peanut butter, many people say don’t use natural, I do, it only works IF they stay cool or frozen once mixed. If you are unsure if you will be able to do that, use a regular peanut butter, or you will have a goopy mess!
Okay, sorry about the info express… Cream your peanut butter with 1/2 Cup of softened salted butter, 3 Tablespoons of dark brown sugar. Mix. Add 1 & 1/5 teaspoons of vanilla extract. When creamy and smooth add your powdered sugar. ~If sifted it stays extra smooth to perfection~ if not- no one will know unless you’re entering into a baking contest 😉 One cup at a time mix 3 & 1/4 Cups of powdered sugar into your mixture. With a large spoon, roll balls into the palm of you hands and place on a wax sheet of paper. Place your wax sheet of peanut butter balls in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt 12 oz of chocolate melting wafers.
Once ready, pull out the peanut butter balls from the freezer and with a tooth pick, dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate and place back on the wax paper to dry. Allow chocolate to harden and ENJOY!
** Another variation of this recipe my kids love is the almond bark. We often make a double batch of peanut butter balls and make half our traditional buckeyes. The remainder, my children dip in white almond bark and make “snowballs” and put fine decorating sugars on them for the holidays.
Okay, that’s a simple list, but how complex does it have to be? Take that same list and if you have dietary guidelines or allergies you have to consider, make you life easy and go through for a rotating snack list. Honestly 2-3 weeks works great!
So here is the same list:
Cookies- Now this could be a dietary guideline issue. Cookies could be vanilla wafers- these are great with any fruit, a fruit dip or spread or whip. Don’t forget though cookies could also be a butter cookie topped with fruit (like a mini fruit pizza) or oatmeal raisin cookies, whole grain doodle bugs, fig newtons, etc.
Cereal- Kids love cereal plain. Since generally have a hot breakfast, cereal is a great snack for us. The varieties are plentiful and can easily be ate plain or with a side or into a homemade trail mix.
Pretzels- self explanatory, goes well with a fruit side, a dip or in a trail mix if you’re wanting to change it up a bit.
Yogurt- This is a favorite snack or “treat” my kids say. We make it into a “parfait” in small mason jars for the kids with fruit and the option of granola. However, if a kiddo is extra hungry or needs a quick snack, we have plenty of yogurt on hand to do so.
Sliced Veggies & dip- one of my favorites because it can be prepped easily and a large container is easy to grab if the kiddos need more.
Smoothies- although fruit seems the most obvious and likable, and as weird as it may seem. Zucchini or spinach based are actually among the top favorites with my kiddos. A great way to get in those veggies in daily. A blender can be prepped with the veggies & fruit and placed in the fridge, then added to the base and made quickly right at snack time. Or pre-packing your “mixes” in the freezer saves so much time!
Pancakes & fruit- Kids never get tired of pancakes. Generally we make multigrain and spinach. Even though the kids have pancakes on their breakfast menu every other week, they still love the minis for snack with a side of fruit or fruit whip spread.
Graham Crackers and Cheese- As you know, virtually any cracker works, but I found the cheese on the graham cracker kids love! That hint of sweetness in the sandwich satisfies. My kids love it!
Brownies- Now, like cookies, there are healthy versions. From oatmeal bakes to “fudge” bean brownies. If allowed these make a great menu change up that kids love!
String cheese- what can I say, kids love them and there are many varieties out now!
I hope this has blessed you and allows a you to create quickly a versatile spring semester menu! Enjoy your break! Happy Teaching!