September 26, 2013

Buckeye Hand Pies

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Pie crusts stuffed with peanut butter Reese's filling and drizzled in chocolate. Easy, yet rich and finger licking good! 

I don't have weird food cravings, but I have stubborn food cravings. This week, it was Reese's peanut butter cups. At 11:30 at night. Thank goodness I had one in my room, otherwise I don't know if I would've slept. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does; ... yeah. A couple years ago, three nights in a row, I woke up craving wedding cake so badly. It's not like we had just gone to a wedding or something like that. Ijust wanted wedding cake. It was strange and incredibly annoying.


Or these weekend. After our first game, I wanted a sandwich and nothing else. After our third game, I wanted a smoothie or ice cream, something cold and creamy. And nothing else.  I love my mom; she has to buy me all my food. Thankfully, the weirdest thing I've ever asked for is shredded wheat or tahini.  


My cravings encourage my mind to come up with food ideas and these hand pies were born out of my Reese's craving.  I took the Reese's concept and transitioned to buckeyes and put peanut butter filling in pie crust and then drizzled it in chocolate.  It should be illegal. Crispy, buttery pie crust meets smooth peanut butter (Reese's) filling.  It's been way too long since we've had a recipe like this. 

And this is crazy easy. I used premade pie crust (yes, I'm lazy) and the filling has only three ingredients. Then the drizzle is just melted chocolate.  And they are so cute and are easy to hold in your hand.b They're perfect for football parties and entertaining.


I've been reading Pilgrims Progress for school and I love it.  The last time I read it was when I was eight or nine and it's been really good to refresh all those lessons in it. One of the things I've been struck by is how Christian and his companion crave Celestial City. All their actions and thoughts revolve around it.  I was reminded of how I should be the same way. 

Another thing that struck me about the book was how John Bunyan named his characters based on their character, who they were on the inside. Like Pride and Greed and Worldly Wisdom. As the reader, I didn't want Christian to befriend them because I knew who they were. I would love to say I never become buddy buddy with traits such as Judgmental because you know, they're so unbearable! yet I do and worse, I try to cover it up or justify it with words like "objective" or "honest."  Pride is another one and is easy to ignore. "It's only what I deserve" or "yeah, I am pretty good!  I need to prove this to everyone!"  Reading Pilgrim's Progress reminded me to be discerning in the character qualities I befriend and especially to be firm in getting rid of the ones that are negative. Also, as Christian put it, "we're not put the Devil's gunshot yet!"  In my pride (how appropriate) I like to think myself exempt from some of the Devil's snares like (you guessed it) pride. Oh the irony. I want to train my mind to crave good character traits because cravings lead to action. Like making these hand pies. Or maybe letting others get credit without fuss. 


Buckeye Hand Pies 
Recipe Source: The Sweet {Tooth} Life 
Yield: 12 hand pies 

2 refrigerated pie crusts 
1 cup peanut butter 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup powdered sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter or shortening

Beat peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla together.  Set aside. 

Roll out pie crusts.  Cut 12 4inch circles.  Spread 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter mixture in each and fold over into a semi circle. Pinch edges together. Sprinkle with sugar. 

Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-18 minutes or until tops are light brown. Let cool. 

Melt chocolate chips and shortening. Drizzle over cooled hand pies. 

Like buckeyes?  Try these too!  Pretzel Buckeyes


 
What's your strangest food craving? 

38 comments:

  1. Basically anything stuffed with peanut butter Reese's fillings I will swoon at! I can't get enough of that stuff! These look amazing, can't wait to try!

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  2. Pie crust, chocolate and peanut butter?! Simply cannot go wrong with that combo. Loving this idea. They look crazy good! :)
    Tina at www.tinaschic.com

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  3. These hand pies look absolutely decadent! I've seen buckeyes everywhere, but never tried them before, surprisingly. Your chocolate drizzle is parfect.
    Gorgeous pictures and set up, too. <3 beautifully done!

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    1. Oh do try them, they are amazing! Thanks for the comment on the photos; natural light does wonders! :)

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  4. Could you do these with crescent rolls?

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    1. I'm sure you could! You would probably have to adjust the baking time and temp according the crescent roll package and they would taste different, but I think it would work just fine. Let me know what you think if you try it!

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  5. Could you do these with crescent rolls?

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  6. I have night food cravings, enter these hand pies. Seriously, it's almost 11pm here, I've just had dinner and I'm craving one of these so so badly. Girl, these look awesome and supper yummy! I can't wait to try them x

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    1. Haha, thanks! I wish I could send you some, I know how bad food cravings are:)

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  7. Buckeyes are one of my favorite cookies/candies (they defy categorization) and with pie crust? Yum. All I need now is ice cream and I'm good for life

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    1. Oh my goodness, why didn't I think of ice cream? Talk about pure indulgence:) Thanks Erin!

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  8. These look delicious!!! My weirdest food craving...I used to crave fried chicken every morning for like a year! Never got it in the morning...but I always wanted it!

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    1. You're kidding! Cereal would be such a let down ... I seriously am laughing:) That is awesome, fried chicken, I love it!

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  9. I always crave chocolate and peanut butter- it is my favorite combination ever! Love that your craving resulted in these amazing hand pies!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! Yeah, I think chocolate and peanut butter can cure anything!:)

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  10. I totally understand the cravings part! It makes me soooo restless! These hand pies are delicioussssss!!!! Lovedddd it!!

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  11. When I first read this post, I was like, "Wow, she's a genius. But I've already told her that, so I guess she already knows that. Soooooo I got this idea to look up words in the thesaurus that MEAN genius but I wouldn't actually be saying genius." Because that would be repetitive and obvious, and I'm sure you get tired of hearing it at some point. So... here it goes... you show incredible aptitude for food-related... stuff. Hmm, well, you do, but that sounds weird. How about, you have once again demonstrated culinary sagacity? Yeah no. Okay, then you're a food Einstein. Much better!
    Okay, so you know what I mean. GREAT post. Great pictures. Great ideas. Einstein everything!

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    1. I literally laughed out loud at this, Hannah! You are the best ... you crack me up:) Thanks for such a sweet and funny comment!

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  12. Anyone who makes this illegal should be banned from this nation...just saying. I love these. Keep having those cravings...it's good for us ;)

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    1. Nonono, this should definitely be illegal.. Something with this much peanut butter sounds like it should be on the "WANTED - 1000000$" list for sure.. (not sure if I added enough zeros)
      On a side note: I totally understand the food cravings Mary! I sometimes crave with the weirdest and most random things at the most impossible times! Luckily today it was just chocobananas and I had to go shopping anyway xP

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    2. Will do Ms. Zainab! Hehe, you guys are so funny! The wanted list made me laugh, MoonLight, and I have banana chocolate cravings, too! I wish I had them at midnight, it would make life so much easier:) Thank you!

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  14. OMG. These look yum-mazing! :O

    I know exactly what you mean. Maybe it's the weather, or the fact that my mom made these most delicious pumpkin muffins over the week but I'm craving anything with pumpkin. Reading this definitely curved my pumpkin craving but now I want pastry crusted peanut butter cups!

    Fabulous idea, Mary!

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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    1. Pumpkin cravings are totally acceptable around here! Although, chocolate and peanut butter never go away ,,, :) Thanks Tammy!

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  15. As a peanut butter cup lover I totally get your craving! When I want one I have to have it and can think of nothing else. Except maybe these scrumptious hand pie! These are completely craveable and I love how easy they are.

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    1. So true, it IS the only thing you can think about. Thanks Reeni!

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    1. Maybe too awesome for my own good, er, I mean, my waistline's good;) Thanks!

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  17. I want to jump into this picture!! These look incredible!! ;)

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  18. Very interesting. I LOVE anything with a nice and crispy crust-as long as the inside is worth passing though the crust to eat, otherwise I just leave it at the crust. While reading though the hilarious comments and your cute replies, I was thinking of bananas before you mentioned them. I think it would be a DELICIOUS idea to add crushed bananas/banana pudding mix/banana extract to these reeses hand pies. NOTHING can top peanut butter+chocolate+banana mixed together!! I am wondering what you would suggest for a way to incorporate the banana to this recipe..??.. I have everything downstairs, and it's taking A LOT of energy to hold myself here awaiting your response BEFORE I go and make my own (sometimes) miserable attempt at the new idea incorporation. You are now a new treat for me and I am signing up to be added as a fan and follower anywhere I am able to. Thank you for your humor, brilliance, and for putting foods together that we often wonder if the idea is better left off being just that. Hope your day is going well. Take care Sweetie!!

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    1. Hi Shawn! Since I haven't tried any of these ideas, I can't vouch for their success, but here they are. You could try adding banana pudding mix (dry) to the peanut butter mixture or possibly mashed bananas. It sounds delicious; banana and pb/choc is a great combo! Let me know what you think if you try it! Thanks for following and have a great day as well!

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  19. I have discovered Rhodes frozen bread and rolls. It works great for everything from pizza, donuts , pasties as well as bread. I am going to try the nuclear and will let you know. The diner rolls are about the right size when rolled out.

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