Attack of the Peanut Butter Snowman Army

by Pamela

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Peanut Butter Snowman Army 2009

Peanut Butter Snowman Army 2009

A few days ago I promised to post up what I was doing with that fondant I made.  Well…here it is!  How cute are these little peanut butter candies.  Oh yeah, these are peanut butter balls disguised as snowmen.  A true Trojan Horse for the holidays.

I made these little guys last year, but they just had faces and buttons.  This year in my desire to obsessive compulsiveness do better , I decided to give them a bit more personality…and cuteness.  These are like those chocolate Easter bunnies that you can’t resist biting the ears off of.

If you are familiar with the peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, also known as Buckeyes (for those of us from Ohio), these are those same peanut butter balls but are dipped in white chocolate and stacked up.  They are relatively easy to make, just a bit on the time consuming side.  Everyone is asking for their own candy snowman this year, especially now that they’ve got a bit more personality.

Relationship Advice

When you have totally had enough of your significant other, there are many options for the actions you can take.  While I could list several, why not get yourself something that tastes really good that has a head and body (like the candy snowman above) and just bite or rip the head off?  Of course depending on how you really feel at the moment, you could eat all of the carnage…or you could leave a stronger message by leaving the headless body of your candy victim on the counter out in plain site.  Just a thought.

Makes at least 30 snowmen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Smooth Peanut Butter (do not use all natural peanut butter with the oil on top)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 Pound Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • White Chocolate Chips (melted)*
  • Semi-Sweet or Bittersweet Chocolate (melted)
  • Colored Fondant (recipe link above)

Directions

In mixer, blend peanut butter, butter, sugar and vanilla until thoroughly combined.

Shape mixture into 3 graduated balls.  I use a tablespoon to measure out the peanut butter mixture for the largest ball at the base.  All of the peanut butter balls should be placed onto a foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet(s).

After all the balls are rolled out, gently use your thumb to make a slight flat spot on the base and middle section balls.  The tiny balls, used for the heads should remain perfectly round.

Let peanut butter balls sit out overnight in a cool dry area.

Melt white chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments.  Stir chocolate every 30 seconds until melted.

Insert a toothpick 3/4 of the way through the large peanut butter ball and dredge in melted white chocolate.  Do not completely cover the ball in chocolate.  Only the exposed sides should be covered. (This also makes stacking easier.)  Remove toothpick and dip a middle ball into the chocolate.  Again, do not completely cover the ball in chocolate and stack on top of base ball.  Remove the toothpick and dip a small “head” ball into the chocolate.  On this one, you do not have to cover it completely with chocolate (it’s easier to remove the toothpick if you don’t cover it completely).  Place the head on top of the other 2 balls and remove the toothpick.  Dip another toothpick into the chocolate and swirl on top of the snowman’s head to cover the exposed hole and peanut butter.  You may find that you have some bare spots.  Use the toothpick to coax any extra chocolate into those areas or dip toothpick into more chocolate to cover.

Continue doing this until all the snowmen are complete.

Let sit at least 4 hours for the chocolate to set up.  Best if you can let it sit overnight to completely harden.

Melt the semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Stir chocolate every 30 seconds until melted.

Insert toothpick into chocolate and make eyes, mouth and buttons.

The nose can be made with the same chocolate.  I melted more white chocolate and dipped decors into it and attached the noses that way.

Once all the chocolate decorations have dried, you can dress up your snowmen/snow people with the fondant.    The fondant will stick to the snowmen on its own.  This is the fun part!

* I use white chocolate chips, from Trader Joe’s, because I prefer the flavor of white chocolate over those candy melts.  But, if you want your snowmen to be a bright white, that’s what you’ll need to get.  If you use those, use the melting directions that come with them.

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24 comments

Food-G May 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

LOL! Love the relationship advice on this one. I’m picturing decapitated snowmen, strategically placed in your husband’s line of sight…you funny lady : p

Erica @ somesugarandspice January 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Hello! I just saw a comment you made on someone elses blog, and thought I would check yours out. I absolutely love some of your recipes! I have a serious snowman addiction and thought these were just way too cute! I will definitely be checking out your blog often!

Caveman Cooking January 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm

These look so incredible! Seriously, they look like something you’d find in a high-end shop.

Pamela January 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Thanks so much! They were really fun to make.

Heidi January 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

Simply fabulous! Bravo! :)

Dina December 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

oh wow! these are absolutely adorable! great work.

deana@lostpastremembered December 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Too cute to eat… wonderful display…

Pamela December 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Thanks Deana and Alta!

Alta December 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Wow, awesome snowmen! I’m impressed by your fondant talent!

Amy @ SS&GF December 24, 2009 at 8:29 am

Congrats on the Top 9!!! Your army is too cute to eat!

Pamela December 24, 2009 at 9:40 am

Thanks Amy! Apparently the recipients are taking pictures of the little guys and aren’t eating them. But they’re sooooo good.

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home December 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Really cute! I really enjoyed the relationship advice…might try it!

Vegetable Matter December 23, 2009 at 11:12 am

Great job! Those are the cutest snowmen — you’re a pro!

John D. December 23, 2009 at 6:11 am

Very fun! Just don’t name them before biting off their heads.

Laura December 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Top 9!! Top 9!! This is the best holiday themed food item I’ve seen in a long time, hands down. Holy detail batman, you knocked it out of the park with this. Happy Holidays!!! :)

Pamela December 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Thanks so much Laura!

Shelly @ Experimental Culinary Pursuits December 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm

These are seriously the cutest snowmen I have seen this year, and Brian has been bugging me to make Buckeyes (he’s a huge Buckeye fan!) so thank you for the recipe!

Pamela December 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm

You are quite welcome Shelly. The white chocolate is a different flavor than the regular chocolate, but it’s really good. Kind of like snow covered Buckeyes. ;)

The Chocolate Priestess December 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm

These look adorable!

Jenn @ cook or be eaten December 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

omg those are so cute!

Miranda December 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Wow. These are absolutely beautiful. VERY very well done!!!

Pamela December 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Thanks Miranda!

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