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Friday, November 28, 2008

Peanut Butter Cup Tarts

A couple of folks asked for the recipe, so here it is. Easiest kid recipe of all time. Ro and Ree love making these little tarts because they get to do so much of it themselves. TubaDad's sister made a batch of these when we visited a couple of years ago and I think I might have eaten them all myself. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Tarts
(makes 3 dozen)

- 36 bite-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 (14 oz) package refrigerated slice and bake peanut butter cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Refrigerate candies for a few minutes so wrappers don’t stick.
3. Spray miniature muffin tins with Pam.
4. Important: unwrap all candies before going to the next step.
5. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough in each muffin tin.
6. Place in oven 10 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and immediately push an unwrapped peanut butter cup into each cookie-filled muffin cup. When the peanut butter cup presses into the baked cookie dough, the cookie goes down and nestles around the peanut butter cup, making a perfect tart. The heat of the cookies melts the chocolate topping of the peanut butter cups, and then you can decorate.
8. Sprinkle decorations on top.
9. Let pan cool, then refrigerate until shine leaves chocolate and becomes dull.
10. Remove from pan by inserting a knife between the cookie and tin on one side and gently spinning the cookie. The tarts store very well in tupperware and are even better the second day.

The girls can unwrap all the chocolates by themselves now while I'm spooning the dough into the muffin tins (Ree left, Ro right):
 Making Peanut Butter Cup Tarts

It's nice to have extra hands to get the chocolates in fast after pulling the cookies out of the oven: The girls really got into squishing the candies in

Good squishing technique: We had somewhat erratic quality control

We have somewhat erratic quality control on the sprinkling: Whoa, easy on the sprinkles there sweetie


  1. You were sent here by the Devil, weren't you? WEREN'T YOU!!!

    (Where did I hide those leftovers from myself?)


  2. Anonymous11/29/2008

    it would be worth training for another marathon for the right to eat these at will.
    Thanks (?) for the recipe!
    (I think.)

  3. I don't know if I could keep these in my house...I would eat the entire tray!! Peanut butter and Chocolate just calls my name!!

    Hope you had A Happy Thanksgiving!!


  4. MMmmm...might 'need' to try this later today! Sound SO yummy! Me lurves chocolate and peanut butter!! May I borrow your 2 little helpers to show me how to make these properly? :o)

  5. Anonymous11/29/2008

    Sounds delicious!

  6. Oh yum! May have to let the kiddos do this one at our annual cookie baking day in a few weeks. They sound soooo yummy!

  7. What a great one for kids to make! I'll have to let Martina try that one!

  8. gonna try those babies! Might not even tell my girls about it!
    Thanks for the recipe and thanks for moving me up one pant size! SIGH...I think I might go elastic from now on!!

    Doreen in Montreal single mom to Faith-Jiangxi & Mia-Sichuan

  9. Anonymous11/29/2008

    looks delicious!

  10. We don't have those peanut butter cups here, but someone sent me some... they are sooooooooo deeeevine!

    Those tarts look absolutely amazing! But I'd need to do about 10 batches, so eveyone else gets some?!!!

  11. Thanks for the yummy recipe ...
    We'll be trying this one for Christmas :)
    10 Calories a cookie, right ?

  12. Oh yes - we love these! FYI: if you run out of Reese's PB cups (say, you have a eat-secretly-in-the-pantry habit like I do), you can always stuff a small handful of chocolate chips in the middle and those are pretty yummy too. Oh - one other thing: you can mix 1 cup PB and 1 egg and 1 cup sugar and use this for the dough (say you are craving some w/o refrig dough on hand).
    Yes, we do make these a lot as you can tell...but oh so healthy with a dose of protein, right??! ;-)
    Happy Holidays!

  13. Those cookies were deeeelicious. A kjillion times better than those peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses in the middle.

  14. OH gosh, those look DANGEROUS. But I may just be "forced" (dang you, air quotes) to try those for my annual Martha Stewart baking spree. I can do these!! Lovely!

  15. So I totally know what I am having for lunch! Yum. I just wish I had those two cute girls to teach Maylin the squish move.

  16. The day I say this on your blog I was going to the store so I got the ingredients and let Alex make them. She loved it and they were so easy and quick. It was a fast fun way to let her help without all the muss and fuss of homemade cookies. Thanks for the recipe.!!!
    Mom to Alex-- Guangdong Province and waiting for Gabriella ( to China in Feb/March)


  17. Anonymous12/01/2008

    I agree above, you were sent by the Devil!

    Ok, are you using a regular sized muffin tin or the miniature size?

  18. Mmmm...made these this morning. Super yummy! They have peanut butter in them so I felt it was totally appropriate to eat them for breakfast!

  19. You inspired me to try my hand at baking...and I ended up eating 8 cookies :(

    I never bake, my tummy hurts, and I'm fighting with myself not to go eat another 8. Not to mention my child, who is running around on a sugar high was I type.

    Happy Holidays to you too!

    Kind regards from Miami,

    Carol and Taylor

  20. So good and so easy. My biggest challenge was not eating the peanut butter cups while waiting for the cookies to bake. lol

  21. Delicious! I'm running out to buy the ingredients now. If you don't mind, I think I'll skip the ten tons of red sprinkles!

  22. I made these with my kids and took them to work. They were a hit both with the kids and the office! What a fun, easy recipe!

  23. I made these today and just wanted to say THANKS for my kids and they LOVED them:)