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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Cakes

Posted Nov 23 2011 6:00am


I told myself no. I would not purchase Halloween candy, and I certainly wouldn't bake any of the decadent, tempting recipes for post-Halloween candy cookies. We were out of town in Texas for Halloween, so I figured I was safe - we weren't home to receive trick-or-treaters, so no need to purchase tempting bags of chocolate. Indeed, I sailed through exactly three weeks past Halloween, with nary a hint of holiday candy tip-toeing into my grocery cart. And then the next season of Thanksgiving/Christmas/Chanukkah treats emerged...


and I just so happened to spy a package of Reese's Minis peanut butter cups. Mini miniature peanut butter cups, adorably tiny, already unwrapped and perfect for baking. All resolve flew out the window.

Naturally I baked cookies. Chocolate chip peanut butter cup cookie cakes.


A completely life altering experience.

Totally worth waiting for in utter suspense, careening past Halloween and nearly into Thanksgiving. Because in a world full of tricks, everyone needs a treat now and then...



Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Cakes

2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup SmartBalance Light
1 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 egg whites
1 cup dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao)
Reese's Mini's peanut butter cups

~ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
~ Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
~ Beat the SmartBalance Light, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.
~ Beat in the egg whites.
~ Stir in the dry ingredients.
~ Fold in the chocolate chips.
~ Place a scoop of dough into each muffin cup, filling each cup approx 1/2 full.
~ Bake for 10 minutes.
~ Remove from the oven, and immediately place two Mini PB cups on each cookie cake, pressing down gently to ease the PB cups into the dough.
~ Return to the oven for 2 more minutes.
~ Allow to cool on wire racks... and enjoy! :-)


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