Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups

Phew!  That's a mouthful!

One of the coolest kids in the world turned 10 earlier this week!

I've been babysitting for Sally since she was an infant and I consider myself lucky, not only because I see her almost every day but, BECAUSE I've been able to watch this kid grow into a beautiful, sweet, smart, talented and amazing person!

A very special BIRTHDAY TREAT was definitely in order.

Sally LOVES chocolate.
Sally LOVES peanut butter.
(I may have pushed her over the edge from really liking to loving... I'll take responsibility!)
Sally LOVES chocolate and peanut butter
(See, I told you, she's smart!)

When I came across this recipe I immediately shared it with Sally who proclaimed it would be her birthday treat.

This recipe, while time consuming, was ridiculously easy and I used the hands off time for cleaning and prepping. 
(Sally used the hands off time for playing and homework)

Chocolate Chip PeanutButter Cookie Dough Cups

(makes 12 "queen sized" cups)

3 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup salted butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small saucepan, heat butter until melted. Whisk in brown sugar until dissolved, then let it bubble for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter. The mixture will be liquidly. Whisk in vanilla. Let sit and cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Line a  muffin with with liners. Melt 1 1/4 cups of chocolate chips (double boiler or microwave melt). Drop 1/2-1 teaspoon of chocolate into each liner, then use a pastry brush to brush chocolate up the sides of the liner. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes. By this point the butter + sugar mix should be cool. Whisk in powdered sugar, salt and flour, until combine and few lumps remain. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. The dough will be wet, but pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden.

Remove muffin tin and cookie dough, then drop 1 teaspoon of cookie dough into the chocolate cups. Place back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Melt the remaining chocolate chips, then cover each cookie dough top with chocolate, smoothing with a spoon. Freeze again for 15-20 minutes. Let sit at room temperature for 2 minutes.  We stored them in the freezer.

Happy Birthday, Sil Sal
I love you!

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