Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fudgy Buttons

First, an update. I'm living in a house with all new roommates and it is positively tons of fun.
Second, this is a new recipe to me. I wanted something chocolate-y, but all I had was cocoa powder. Thank goodness for I'm addicted. I think my roomies and I made it three times in the space of three days. We have a different name for them, that's not very delicious sounding, so Ill just keep that to myself.
The actual recipe only makes about ten so I've quadrupled it every time. I'm giving you the measurements for about 40. Trust me, it's still not enough. And giving them away is the hardest thing you will ever do.
First, throw a stick of margarine (half a cup, 8 Tbs, whatever) into a sauce pan and melt it on the stove. Turn off the stove and add 2 tablespoons of baking cocoa and 2 cups powdered sugar. Stir it all together. It's gonna look thick, but no freaking out. You're adding liquid next. 2 teaspoons milk. Stir that in. Last add 8 tablespoons of peanut butter. I usually approximate this by just using a spoon I eat cereal with and throwing in 3 huge scoops. It hasn't gone wrong yet. Once this is all stirred together, taste test. You might need more peanut butter or cocoa, plus we like to experiment and add weird things like vanilla and/or cream cheese icing. It turns out great as long as you taste test it.
Once everything is added, you should be able to handle it with your fingers. It might be a little sticky, but you shouldn't end up as a chocolate monster. Grab what I would call "finger-fulls" (the recipe calls them teaspoonfuls, but I was using my fingers) and drop them on some wax paper. Flatten with your thumb, so they look like small cookie-shaped fudge. Stick 'em in the fridgerator. When you can pick them up without them bending, they're ready to eat. Don't share.