Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups

Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups
My favorite candy, besides creamy extra dark chocolate, is definitely a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Although I do not often let myself indulge in the original version, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter will always be a go to dessert flavor of mine. I recently came across a super simplified peanut butter cookie recipe that called for one cup each of peanut butter and sugar, mixed with one egg... which became my inspiration for the Chocolate Almond Fudge Drops I recently posted. I wanted to try the original version as well, but I can never keep anything simple, so of course I put my own spin on them and turned them into these marvelous delights.  While a peanut butter cup is mostly chocolate and processed peanut butter, these treats are mostly all natural organic peanut butter (and of course sugar) with just a touch of dark chocolate inside.  So while still being a dessert, they have some healthy protein, some nutritious flax seed and therefore, in my opinion, make an excellent after dinner indulgence.

Inside Out Peanut Butter Cups

2 organic eggs
1 C. natural organic peanut butter
3/4 C. organic sugar
2 T. ground flax seed
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
dark chocolate chips

Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl for about a minute.  Add in the peanut butter and sugar and beat until creamy.  Stir in the flax seed, vanilla and salt.  Spoon the mixture into 24 mini muffin tins, lined with papers. Poke a hole in each cup in order to make a well for the chocolate chips (see photo below).  Drop in the desired amount of chocolate and then use a small rubber spatula or a knife and cover the chocolate over with dough from the sides.  Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.

peanut butter batter

filling the peanut butter cups with chocolate

hot from the oven

cooling off

chocolate center

packaging some up for the fridge
(and eating one too!)
rounder, larger version made for Christmas

mini cookie versions, with a little salt sprinkled on top!

as part of a Christmas cookie gift!

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