Fudge Filled Peanut Buttery Cups @lttlktchnbigflvI was pretty sure I had sufficiently gorged on enough snacks and treats throughout holiday season to really commit to eating healthier in the New Year. You know that feeling you get right after New Years Day, where you’re just about disgusted with the amount of food and drinks you have consumed since Thanksgiving? Yeh, that didn’t happen to me this year. So, while I probably should be concocting up some new and healthy salad ideas, I’m baking up peanut butter cookies filled with fudge instead.

Somehow, no matter how much food I’ve stuffed into my belly, I always find room for chocolate.  Thus, I easily rationalize that it’s appropriate to bake and have these two-bite sweet treats readily available, while everyone else is off making life-changing resolutions and setting their 2013 goals. (Don’t forget all you self-improving do-gooders, practice moderation and not deprivation. Life is just less fulfilling without dessert!)

Peanut Butter Cups

These cookies easily satisfy a chocolate and peanut butter craving. The base is a traditional peanut butter cookie, but instead of a baking sheet, you bake them in mini muffin cups. When they’re hot out of the oven, you can shape them into a sturdy peanut butter cookie cup, by pressing down the middle of the cookies with a spoon or the small end of a pestle. The filling is a traditional fudge, with both a smooth consistency and rich, deep milk chocolate flavor.  The filling is fairly thin at first, but will firm up and harden as it sits in the peanut butter cookie cup.  I personally find that both the cookie and fudge components are great on their own.  But, the chocolate and peanut butter combo is one that can’t be beat. Once you fill these cookies, get ready to bite into a rich and lush chocolate & peanut butter treat. Chocoholics beware, these cookies are addicting. I know I can’t stop at just one!

Filled with Fudge Peanut Butter Cups @lttlktchnbigflv

Fudgy Peanut Butter Cups

Serves 30
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 57 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Website Coleen's Recipes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Cup

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Fudge Filling

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Peanut Butter Cups
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the bowl of stand mixer (you could also use a hand mixer), combine butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg and vanilla. Mix on medium low speed until ingredients are combined.
2. Then, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Continue mixing until mixture is smooth.
3. Shape dough into a ball around 1 TBSP in size. Place into a mini muffin tin cup. Repeat with remaining dough until all cups are filled.
4. Bake in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes, until tops of the cookies are set and beginning to crack. Remove and transfer to a baking rack.
5. While cookies are still hot, use a small spoon, pestle, or other rounded utensil to gently press down and round out the center of the cookies.
6. Let cookie cups continue to cool for 10 minutes before releasing them from the muffin pan.
Fudge Filling
7. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler over low heat. Once melted, transfer to a mixing bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Use hand/stand mixer to mix until smooth.
8. Use a spoon to fill each cookie cup center with fudge.
If you're feeling fancy, transfer the fudge filling to a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Let filling set up for about 10 minutes. You can test the consistency on a spoon - just pipe out a bit of the filling and if the star design remains, the filling is ready to be piped. Use a circular motion to pipe filling into each cookie cup.
9. Let filling set up for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

I think after all of this being-healthy-in-the-New-Year talk, I’m ready to make my resolution for 2013. Eat more chocolate! Now that should be one that I can easily obtain. Whew, I finally have a New Year resolution in place. That feels good.

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5 Responses to Fudgy Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Oh my gosh!!! I LOVE Peanut Butter Cups!! Your recipe looks amazing!!! I need to bookmark this!!

  2. These are gorgeous. & look delicious!
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  3. Melissa says:

    These look so good! =)
    I love the flavor combinations!
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