If you couldn't tell by my Instagram, I had quite a productive weekend! Sometimes not having anything to do makes for the best days off. I decided to do a little blog planning, baking, and laundry. You may have noticed my blogging has been a bit off lately, as in, I didn't post much in the last week. Can I just say - it's actually not the easiest thing to keep up with a work email + personal email + blog email + blogging + after work activities + sleeping + a clean room + eating + so much more. It can take it's toll and unfortunately, the blog was the first to get knocked off my little list of "things to keep up with." I'm doing my best to keep it up - but please forgive my absences here and there! May and June are about to be busy months, pals!
Well, to get me back in to place, this beautiful weekend called for some non-oven baking. I decided to go for some delicious peanut butter cups and even bring them in to work for my fabulous and hard working co-workers this morning - Our busy office could use a sweet treat! If you're looking for a delicious treat yourself, don't be afraid to try it at home with the recipe below:
What you will need:
- 1 1/2 cups of confectioner's sugar
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
- 2 tbs. of butter, softened (no substitute)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of shortening
- 3-4 dozen mini muffin liners
This makes about three dozen little muffin sized peanut butter cups. However, I always seem to have leftover filling and need to melt more chocolate. Also, it takes some time to put the peanut butter cups together, but goes faster with a helping hand. Plan about an hour total to make these.
Step 1: In a bowl, combine sugar, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and vanilla. Once mixed, set aside and cover. (Don't refrigerate) No need to use a mixer, I even had to dig in with my hands a bit!
Step 2: In microwave - safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Stir until completely melted and mixed together (about a 2 minutes in the microwave depending on your settings)
Step 3: Pour a teaspoonful into paper muffin cups. Drop rounded ball of peanut butter mixture into the cups. You will have to eye ball this part, but how thick you want to make the peanut butter is up to you!
What is your favorite thing to bake?