Friday, January 11, 2013

Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cookies {Recipe}

I think that these cookies from Brown Eyed Baker were the cookie for Christmas 2012. There were everywhere on Pinterest, everywhere on the internet and a huge hit at our Christmas Eve party!  And why not?  They are decadence in a tiny package!

I think that I heard the phrases "these are sin in a double bite," "how did so much flavor get packed into this little cookie," "these things are the devil," and "I cant stop eating these! floating around the party.  My mom even asked to take some home so she could have them with her morning coffee.  That is a huge compliment since she is not a sweets person at all. 

These delicious cookies couldn't be easier to make. 

Thanks to my fabulous KitchenAid stand mixer, the dough went together in a couple of minutes.  While the cookies were baking, D and I unwrapped the mini peanut butter cups.  I think this was the part that took the longest of all.  It takes a while to unwrap all those candies.

I followed Brown Eyed Baker's recipe as written since I didn't want to mess these up.  Though I did use organic peanut butter.  I thought there was already enough sugar in there and didn't want to add any more.  Considering the response, I don't think having no sugar in the PB made any difference.  I also only got about 36 cookies versus the 48 BEB got.  

So if you need a quick, decadent and easy dessert to bring to a party - these should be your choice.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Source: Brown Eyed Baker

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup organic no sugar added creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
48 miniature Reese's peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix for another minute or so to combine.

Reduce mixer speed to low, add dry ingredients, and mix until just combined, giving the dough a final mix with a rubber spatula to ensure all of the flour is incorporated.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls, which works out to be about 2 teaspoons worth of dough, and place 1 ball in each of the cups of a miniature muffin pan.  Do not  press into the pan.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden brown and slightly puffy.

Remove from the oven and immediately press a miniature peanut butter cup in the middle of each cookie, pressing down so that the top of the peanut butter cup is even with the top of the cookie.

Cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pans, and let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Try not to eat them all before your party!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Look Out!

We finally got some snow that was "packable" on Sunday.  

So what happened?  

My stepson tried to get me with a giant snowball!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Chocolate Covered Mashmallows {Recipe}

I came across this pin for caramel and chocolate covered marshmallows from A Turtle's Life for Me.  I thought they would be perfect for our family's Christmas Eve party.  However, I couldn't get the caramel right and it kept slipping right off the marshmallows no matter what I tried.  Blerg!!  I wasted about a dozen marshmallows before I decided that plain chocolate marshmallows would have to do.

Once I made that decision, these went really really fast.

I found these great red and white paper straws at my local Meijer that reminded me of candy canes (they were in a box like this).  Cut in half they were the perfect size for the sticks.

Don't these look delish?  Everyone at the party thought so too which is why out of a whole bag of marshmallows, there were only six left at the end of the night. 

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
Source: All over the internet

1 pacakge of marshmallows
1 package of chocolate bark
2 T Crisco
Red & white paper straws cut in half (you can also use lollipop sticks)

Break up the chocolate bark into a small saucepan.
Melt over low heat.
Once melted, add 2 tablespoons of Crisco to make the chocolate smooth and glossy.
Insert the 1 cut straw into each marshmallow
Place a piece of parchment paper on your counter
Dip each marshmallow into the chocolate, tapping the straw against the rim to remove the excess chocolate.
Place onto the parchment paper.
Let cool.
Repeat until all your marshmallows are covered.
They only take about 5 minutes to get hard and are ready to serve.
Enjoy! (Don't eat to many before your guest arrive! :-D)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Willow Wednesday

After an exciting, and busy, Christmas weekend, I think the best place to take a nap 
is laying on D. People make nice beds!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings Features!!

It time for our Features!

Thank you all for linking up to the 
 Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings Link Party!

Today it is time for all of us to share our features from the the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings Link Party!

Claiming Our Space along with Black Fox Homestead, Life with the Hawleys, Lilacs and Longhorns, Practically Functional, The Thrifty Rebel and Yellow Spool are sharing our favorite link ups today! Since each of us will have selected our own two features you will so make sure to stop by to check out which link ups we selected.
I had a hard time picking my features.  But here they are!
from Making It Feel Like Home
I love the shaggyness of it. It reminds me a little of poinsettia leaves.
from Just My Crazy Kitchen

Chocolate, mint, buttercream all from scratch.  What isn't to love?

Grab the button if you were featured!

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Thanks again for sharing all your great projects, recipes and posts!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Willow Wednesday

It is hard work being a reindeer so I am resting up under the tree!

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tout It Tuesday - #37

Happy Tuesday!

Can you believe that Christmas is a week away?  We can't and are in a bit of denial about the whole thing.  We haven't finished the Christmas shopping, we aren't finished with the decorating, the house is a disaster/work zone getting ready for my family's Christmas Eve gathering and I have no idea what to make for food for the party. So things are pretty much in chaos.  Here's hoping you all are in much better shape than we are.  On the plus side, the fireplace wall in the living room is coming together and it is looking fantastic. I am hoping that we will get things wrapped up in early January so I can show you what I have been working on.

Now that you are caught up with what we have been up to, it is time for this week's features.

Three-ingredient peanut butter cookies
from The Domesticated Princess
D loves peanut butter cookies since they don't have any chocolate in them. 
(How did I end up with someone who doesn't love chocolate?)

Fabric Rag Basket 
from Handmade by Annabelle

I think I need several of these to hold craft supplies. 
So much cuter than brown cardboard boxes.

Glogg Spiced Wine
from Lazy Budget Chef
Booze and fire are not usually a good combo but when you mix them to make Glogg - it is all good!  Watch out though  because I know this delish drink can pack a punch (I am convinced it is because of the aquavit...that stuff is dangerous!)

Drawer Pull Wine Stopper
from Will Work for Eskimo Kisses

What a great last minute gift idea! Now I just need to figure out how many to make. :-)

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This week's Fan Fav!
Christmas Kitchen
from House on the Way

Make sure to grab the Fan Fav button
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Before we get to the party, just a couple of other things.

Second, the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings linky party hosted by Claiming Our Space, Black Fox Homestead, Life with the Hawleys, Lilacs and Longhorns, Practically Functional, The Thrifty Rebel and Yellow Spool is still going on until Thursday.  Each of us will have our own project or recipe to share so make sure to stop by to check out what we have each created as well as to link up your own winter or holiday inspired posts.

Now it's time for Tout It Tuesday!

I can't wait to see what people will be share this week and know that I will be inspired by everyone's projects and recipes.

Just a few rules/guidelines.

1. I would love it if you would follow through GFC or Bloglovin'. It would be great if you would also follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.

2. Please do not link shops or link parties that are not related to a project, photo or recipe challenge. Everything else is accepted.

3. Linking to Claiming Our Space isn't required but I would appreciate it if you would grab my button and either display it with the post you are linking up or under your list of parties.

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4. Don't forget to click on the "like" button on your favorite project or recipe so I know which one should be the week's Fan Fav.

5.  Please try to visit at least two posts for each link you submit and leave a comment.  Comments make everyone happy!

If you have a Holiday or Winter themed link up, make sure to also link up to the Winter Wonders and Holiday Happenings party going on until Thursday!

With all that out of the way, let's get the party started!