These cookies begged to be made. It was the perfect storm, really. This past weekend we invited family over to visit our new home and spend some time together. This is when the irresistible, classic miniature peanut butter cups enter the story. With a plate of them staring at me on Sunday morning I vowed to put them away in the pantry for another time. Or perhaps I would forget about them and randomly find them in four months when cleaning the baking shelf.
Being spoiled with time off from my full time job for the holidays, I put the candy aside and spent the majority of the morning making breakfast for my husband and enjoying a lazy morning in my pajamas. After breakfast I sat down with a cup of hot tea to watch cooking shows. Please tell me you spend weekend mornings doing this too, if not, I highly recommend it. The dear Pioneer Woman was making lunch for her beautiful, adorable children and husband. She made dessert using, you guessed it, miniature peanut butter cups! They looked divine and could satisfy my frequent cravings for both peanut butter and chocolate in one sweet little package. The wheels started to turn…how could I possibly justify making such a decadent treat when just minutes before I was telling my husband (and myself) that I was in dire need of a sugar detox.
Decadent treats are always better when shared with friends. On New Year’s Eve. It was meant to be. Right?
- 1 pkg chocolate chip cookie dough (I used Pillsbury Simply to minimize processed ingredients)
- 24 miniature peanut butter cups
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut each of the rounds of cookie dough in half.
Remove the wrappers from the peanut butter cups and set aside.
Place one half of the dough in each section of a mini-muffin tin. Bake the cookie dough for 10 minutes until the tops begin to look golden brown on the edges.
Remove from the oven and immediately begin placing peanut butter cups in the center of the cookies. Truth be told I would be happy with the cookie muffins by themselves, but I won’t turn down a candy embellishment.
Press down gently; the chocolate will begin to melt on the top. Oh goodness…
Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a serving dish. I found they were much easier to remove from the pan when the cookies were slightly warm. I dare you to eat just one of these cookies; they are the perfect combination of sweet, salty, chocolately, golden brown deliciousness. And starting tomorrow I will take a break from my love affair with sugar. Happy New Year, and enjoy!