Monday, December 20

25 Days of Christmas in Cookies

Day 20: Peanut Butter Candy Cups
      Recipe found on the blog of The Spiced Life

    Yep, another peanut butter cookie recipe. My father-in-law loves peanut butter, remember? :)

     1 cup shortening
     1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
     1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
     2 large eggs
     1 tsp vanilla extract
     1 cup smooth peanut butter
     1 cup white wheat flour
     2 cups all-purpose flour
     2 tsp baking soda
     1/2 tsp salt

   Whisk together both flours, the baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
   In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the shortening and then beat in the peanut butter. When it is smooth and evenly blended, add the sugars and beat until it is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. 
   Stir in the flour mixture. Chill the dough for 30 minutes, or until it is firm enough to roll into balls.

   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease the mini muffin tins, or line with mini paper cups. 
   Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place in the prepared mini muffin tins.
   Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add the chocolate candy pieces or chocolate and peanut butter chips. Return to the oven for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, until the edges of the cookie cups are lightly browned.
   Remove from the oven and sprinkle the insides of the cups with M&Ms, Reece's Pieces, or mini marshmallows.
   Let cool in the muffin pans.

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