Friday, August 15, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Mini Tarts

A.K.A. "Michele's Amazing Camp Cookies Spectacular!"  

I really like this name better, but it doesn't bode well for this coming up on any search engines, hence the more boring title.  These were introduced to me by my good friend Michele. She brought them to share at the girls' camp where we were both leaders to 30 young women a couple of weeks ago. Everything tastes better when you are camping, but I knew these were actually tasty, and it wasn't just the lack of sleep and too much bug-spray talking. So we decided while at camp that they needed to be blogged in the near future.

And let me just tell you, I might have enjoyed these even more while NOT camping. Why? I could sit on a soft seat and have a glass of milk with them. No bugs tried to land on them in my home. And I got to smell them baking. 

So, on to how to make them. 

Start with a good soft peanut butter cookie recipe. I used this one from Sally's Baking Addiction. I doubled it and made a couple of small changes. My slightly altered version is in the recipe below. 

Preheat the oven to 350 °.  Mix up your peanut butter cookie dough. Using a mini-tart pan and a small cookie scoop, scoop 1 tablespoon scoops into each tart cup.  Bake 7 minutes.  
*This is a good time to unwrap all your peanut butter cup candies if you haven't yet. 

Remove the pan from the oven and press a candy into the center of each tart (cookies won't be done yet). Press until the top of the candy is close to level with the dough. Return to the oven for 2 more minutes. 

Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove and cool more on a cooling rack.  Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Mini Tarts
(aka: Michele's Amazing Camp Cookies Spectacular!)

Makes 32

1 cup softened butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1  and 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour

32 miniature peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped


1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare a mini-muffin / mini-tart pan with cooking spray (unless it's non-stick). 

2.  Mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, and eggs in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer (paddle attachment).  Add the peanut butter and mix well.  

3. Add the vanilla and the baking soda. Mix well. Slowly add the flours. Mix only until incorporated. 

4. Fill each muffin cup with 1 tablespoon of cookie dough. 

5. Bake 7 minutes. Remove pan from oven, and press a candy into the center of each tart. 

6. Return to the oven to bake for 2 more minutes.

7. Cool at least 5 minutes in the pan before removing. Cool further on counter top or wire rack. 

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  1. These look amazing!!! Pinned and tweeted. Can't wait to try them! :)

  2. Hi I found you on the Marvelous Monday Linky Party. I love these cookies. They look so yummy!

  3. Boring title or not, these look delicious. I love how they look like they will melt in the mouth. I guess I will have to bake them to see if they do!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

  4. Peanut butter cups is one of my favorite candies, so I know I'd love these. Thanks so much for sharing on Merry Monday

  5. Oh my goodness. I think I could make these and eat them all!

  6. Hi Kelly
    These look awesome. I have to make a batch for my boys, they will love them. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. So glad to meet you and party with you. I'm your newest follower all over blogland. You zucchini salsa looks amazing too (got to try that too, lol).
    Hugs my new friend,

  7. These were one of our readers favourite links at this weeks Marvelous Monday linky party. They will be featured next week!

    Thanks again for linking up :-)

  8. Oh man, my hubby would LOVE these! Pinned! I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party! Hope to see you there :)