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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Where are all my peanut butter and chocolate lovers at?

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The other day I was flipping through my binder of recipes to look for some inspiration. I was never a fan of recipe cards so I used a binder instead.  Do you remember the days before the internet was full of recipe pages and food blogs?  Anyway, I came across this cookie recipe and I realized that it had been too long since I had last made them.  So here I am making them for you.

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I definitely recommend buying more mini peanut butter cups than the recipe calls for.  You never know who might munch on one or seven while they’re busy unwrapping them.  😉

These peanut butter cup cookies are one of my favorite of all time.  I’ve made them a bunch of times over the past eight or so years and they are so dang delicious.  Plus they are seriously easy to make.  You don’t have take the time to chill the cookie dough and you don’t have to worry about using the perfect amount of flour for fear that your cookies will spread.  Using a mini muffin tin means that they will come out amazing every single time.

Although in fairness, it is hard to go wrong with the cookie that is mostly made up of a miniature peanut butter cup.  Am I right or am I right?

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It was actually good timing to make these beauties because they will be a nice addition to the dessert table for Easter this Sunday.  Yes, I did say Easter and yes it is also almost Cinco de Mayo.  (My head is still trying to grasp that the two holidays are so close together this year.)  I am Greek Orthodox and I am celebrating the Eastern Orthodox Easter this Sunday with my family.

What are you all up to this weekend?  I’ll be busy stuffing my face with Easter things instead of Mexican things.  My mom has been cooking up a storm all week so I can already imagine packing on the pounds.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Recipe
(About 48 cookie cups)

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 7.4 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter (equivalent to 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped (You’ll need to buy two 12 ounce packages.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease a mini muffin pan and set it aside.
  2. Don’t forget to unwrap the mini peanut butter cups!
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside the dry ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter until it’s fluffy.
  5. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, and milk.
  6. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until combined.
  7. Drop about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough into each mini muffin pan cup.  I used the OXO good grips small cookie scoop.  (To avoid confusion, do NOT put the peanut butter cups in before baking!)
  8. Bake the cookie cups for about 9 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.
  10. Let it cool and then remove them from the pan.

Source:  All Recipes

 

Rating:

5 Hats

 

Here are some other peanut butter and chocolate treats.

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Stuff I’m Into: 10 for $10

With Mother’s Day coming up I thought I’d do a roundup of some great low budget gift ideas. Each item is less than $10!  You could also buy a bunch of them and place them in a decorative basket for your mom.

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1.  For anyone… Candles

Candles are always a good idea.  I’ve owed several scents from Bath and Body Works, including one of these mini candles.  I’m a huge fan of their candles because they actually smell the same when you burn them as when you smell them in the store.

2.  For the home decorator… Bud vases

I own three of these bud vases and I adore them.

3.  For the beauty lover… Nail polish

I use a bunch of nail polishes from a variety of brands, but I own many colors from OPI and Essie.  They are great brands and I’ve been a fan of them for years.  For the past couple of years I’ve also been buying colors by the brand Sinful Colors.  My local Stop & Shop grocery store sells them for $1.99!  You can’t beat that price, especially if you’re not sure if you will like the color.  I couldn’t find a link to them but found them for a few cents more here.

4.  Another for the beauty lover… Travel size mascara

Mascara and coffee…  I can’t go a day without either one of them.  I especially love this Urban Decay travel size mascara.  If you are interested in reading more about this mascara or mascaras in general then check out one of my latest blog posts here.

5.  For the baker… Bread Pan

I’ve recommended Fat Daddios’ aluminum pans a number of times before, but it’s worth mentioning again because ever since my husband started buying them for 100% of his bakeware needs, they became my favorite too.  They have an awesome selection and their prices are very reasonable.  Since I’ve started using them, I’ve literally thrown away all my other cookie sheets and, in fact, most of my other bakeware.  Check out these cute loaf pans.  There are five sizes to choose from and all five sizes are under $8.

6.  For the fashion guru… Lightweight Scarf

I love scarves, even in the Spring and Summer.  I like to have one with me when I go to a restaurant because it can be chilly.  This light weight pink one from Forever 21 is the perfect choice.

7.  For the traveler… A small organizing bag for cell phone charger

I’m the queen of organization so I was super excited when I found this cell phone charger pouch for traveling.  Sure, you can use a handy zip lock bag instead (and that’s what I do use), but how adorable is this pouch?  I think it’s a great gift idea for someone who is hard to buy for or doesn’t need anything because even people that don’t need anything need to be more organized.  (Says me.)

8.  For the jewelry lover..  Stud pearl earrings

You simply can’t go wrong with classic pearl stud earrings.  These stud pearl earrings are a great example of a faux pearl stud earring at a great price.  I own a variety of jewelry pieces (and other products) from Francesca’s and they are great quality for the price.

9.  To capture the moments… Picture Frame

I think that picture frames are always a great gift idea because you have a lot of styles and price points to choose from.  I especially like this blinged-out one from TJMaxx.

10.  For the hand bag lover…  Summer Clutch 

I love a summer print clutch but I don’t want to spend a lot of money because I can only use it for a few months out of the year.  I actually found three that are under $10.  I couldn’t decide which one I loved the most so I linked all of them to give you options.  You can sport one with a palm tree, pineapples, or anchors.  They are super chic, fun, and such a great deal.

 

Have a lovely week!  Ciao!

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