Peanut Butter Caramel Cookie Cups

If you like rich, you’ll love these bad boys!  These sweet treats are so full of ooey gooey goodness, you most certainly need to have a giant glass of milk to wash it all down (or almond milk if you’re like me and don’t drink regular milk)

I’ve always enjoyed baking.  It’s specific and it’s exact and as long as you follow the instructions, you really can’t screw it up.  I’ve tried formulating my own recipes, but I don’t necessarily understand all the chemistry, so I’ll stick with recipes that other people create who do understand all the chemistry.

This dessert was extra fun because it was salty and sweet and while there are many components, it was super easy.

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Recipe c/o The Lovely Little Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 snack size (not miniature) peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  • 12 mini pretzel knots
  • Sea Salt for sprinkling
FOR THE CARAMEL
  • 20 caramel candies (I used Werther’s Original soft caramels)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
FOR THE COOKIE CUPS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric or stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the batter on low speed until completely incorporated.
  1. Scoop dough into a greased standard size muffin tin, using an ice cream scoop, dividing the dough evenly between the 12 cups.
  2. Bake for 15-16 minutes. The edges of each cookie cup should be golden brown.
  3. Remove the muffin tin from the oven, and place one peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie cup, pressing down gently so that the peanut butter cup sits below the level of the top of the cookie. You want to leave room for caramel. The chocolate will melt from the warmth of the cookie.
  4. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set once again.
  5. Spoon the melted caramel over each cookie cup and then gently press a pretzel on top. Sprinkle sea salt on top of each cookie cup.
  6. The caramel will set as it comes back to room temperature.
FOR THE CARAMEL
  1. Unwrap candies and put them in a small microwave safe bowl. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of water. Microwave for 25 seconds and then stir. You want the consistency to be just thin enough to spoon over the peanut butter cup, so if it still sticks to the spoon without dripping off, add a tiny bit (1/2 teaspoon) more water and microwave 10 more seconds and stir.
Unless you’re really ambitious, you can only eat one per sitting…  So since this makes 12 and I don’t eat sweets every night, these will probably last us for weeks… I’m currently praying for a party so we can serve them up!
Cheers!-Ashlee
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