Unilever Holiday Baking Giveaway!
Every year my book club does a holiday cookie exchange. The first year I participated, I wasn’t quite sure what to make; I’d never done anything like that before. And then I remembered helping my girlfriend Erin one afternoon do her holiday baking. She made something called “Buckeyes”. Having grown up in Michigan myself, that word practically has four letters (there is an intense rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes, in case you had no clue what I was talking about). But Erin had no such biases, and she taught me how to make these simple, sinful, decadent desserts.
When I started losing weight, I tried making something different for my book club cookie swap. Each time I strayed from the Buckeyes, I heard about it. So this year, I thought I would make the traditional ones, and then see if I could find a way to make them a little healthier.
Cue in the perfectly timed email I received from Unilever asking if I’d like to host a Holiday Baking Giveaway. Would I? Absolutely!
· Silpat® baking sheet liner
· Steel Cooling Rack
· Nonstick cookie sheet
· Stainless steel cookie scoop
· $10 gift card to Target or Walmart
And you can get a kit like this too! Just leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite holiday baking recipe is. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a healthier version, although those would be most welcome; I’d love some new ideas. Links to the recipes would be helpful for all of us looking to fill those gift boxes with yummy treats this time of year.
Just be sure to leave your comment by 12/17/12. I will then use the random picker to choose a winner!
Below are the recipes for my tried and true, but terrible for you Buckeyes, as well as the Skinnytaste healthier option.
Buckeyes (adapted from All Recipes)
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Country Crock
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 cup powdered sugar
4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Combine peanut butter, room temperature Country Crock, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl.
2. Using a small scoop, drop mixture in small balls onto cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. If you don’t have a scoop, just take a tablespoon sized amount and roll it into a ball in your hands.
3. Freeze for at least 30 minutes until dough balls are firm. If you just refrigerate them, they’ll fall apart in the next step.
4. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. Roll peanut butter balls in melted chocolate and put back on the waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Refrigerate again until firm.
Skinny No Bake Peanut Butter Bites (from Skinnytaste)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp Country Crock
1/2 cup fat free milk
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter1 tsp vanilla
powdered sugar, cocoa powder (optional)
1. Combine the first 4 ingredients (sugar through milk) and boil in a small sauce pan for 2 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and mix in oatmeal, Better n’ Peanut Butter and vanilla.
3. Drop by tablespoons onto a wax paper or roll into balls with slightly moist hands and refrigerate overnight.
4. The next day you can roll them in powdered sugar or cocoa powder if desired (I did this a few hours later and it was probably too early….they crumbled a bit). Keep refrigerated if storing for several days.