Peanut Butter Buckeye Cookie Cups

Hi my friends… I have to tell you about the terrible week I had beginning this Thursday.  I am usually not one to complain while writing my blog, but this is something I needed and wanted to share with all of you.  Today is the first day I could actually sit down at my computer to write, as I have been beyond upset.  The absolute worst thing that can happen to a blogger, happened to me this week.  My Instagram account was hacked and the thief who committed this crime, has taken over my account and used their own name and photo in place of mine.  As a blogger, this is devastating because it took me 4 years to gain over 5000 followers, along with posting over 2000 of my own photos.  I discovered what had happened while I was sitting in the parking lot of my doctor’s office Thursday morning…just killing time and checking my Instagram page.  Realizing that I had been locked out of my own account sent me into sheer panic mode, while I frantically tried to log in over and over again.  It wasn’t until I called my husband and asked him to check my page on Instagram that he told me that someone else was using my photos while they had changed my username, password and personal information.  For anyone who has anything valuable on the internet, you know what a terrible violation this is.  It feels as if someone has robbed me, then put everything I own on the internet so that I, and the world, can see the damage they have caused.  I have been desperately sending email after email every day to Instagram hoping that they will help me.  As of today, I have had zero help.  Following all of Instagram’s steps to recover a hacked account has been fruitless, and all of the time I have spent doing research online isn’t giving me any hope that my account will be given back to me.  I appreciate any words of advice or encouragement you might have.  This week really bruised my entrepreneurial spirit as I was in the direct path of an awful person out to hurt me.  Nonetheless, I am a tough cookie, and I will forge on.  Being proactive is the most important thing I can be now.  Thanks so much for taking the time to listen to me… ****** HAPPY UPDATE***** As of 8/8/18, my account has been recovered!!! I am over the moon with happiness, and this was all due to a lovely man from NYC that my Mom knows.  He has a nephew who works for Facebook, and after several days, he was able to assist me in restoring my account.  It was an unreal week, but I hope my incident will encourage everyone to secure your accounts!! Make sure you ALWAYS turn on the two factor authentication.  (This can be done in the privacy settings)  This way, if there are any changes made to your account, you will be sent a passcode to type in to assure that it is really you making the changes!! Don’t let my mess be yours too 🙂

 

Onto something more pleasant!!  Last week,  I created a delicious new recipe including two of my favorite treats…chocolate and peanut butter.  Making cookie cups is so much fun, and the perfect size goodie for one person.  Adding homemade peanut butter fudge to the center of a chocolate cookie cup made these soooo scrumptious.  Gilding the lily, as I always find myself doing, I drizzled homemade chocolate ganache on top of the finished cups.  My only real recommendation is to eat these warm.  The fudge needs to be soft inside the cookie cup in order to get the full effect of the richness only chocolate and peanut butter can give 🙂  So, pop them in your mouth as soon as you add the fudge and they are still warm.  🙂

Look at all these yummy ingredients!

This peanut butter fudge was so easy and ridiculously delicious.  I ate way more of this than I should have 🙂

This recipe makes lots of cookie cups!! Plenty for a crowd.

They will be all puffed up when they come out of the oven.

Use a teaspoon to make a well in the warm cookies.

Scoop the peanut butter fudge with a small confection scoop, then roll them into balls.

Push the fudge into the cookie cups.

Pop them into your mouth when they are warm.  You can drizzle the ganache over the top, or just eat them like this 🙂

Don’t they look decadent?

The fudge sets up quickly!!

You can make the ganache in a microwave safe cup.

Bake the world a better place….well, I’m trying 🙂

Drizzle the ganache over the filled cups!

I just love this photo 🙂

I just couldn’t stop taking photos of these 🙂

Decorating a shoot is one of my favorite things to do as a blogger 🙂

I hope you love making these yummies 😉

Peanut Butter Buckeye Cookie Cups

Makes: 36 cups Prep time: 30 minutes Bake time: 8 to 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cookie cups

2 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar

2/3 cup Dixie Crystals Brown Sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup softened unsalted butter

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Peanut butter fudge

1, 14 ounce can condensed milk

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

11 ounces white chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate ganache

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips

pinch salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2, 24 cup mini muffin tins with cooking spray or butter.  Set aside

In your stand mixer bowl, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy…About 2 minutes.

Add the eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda.  Mix well.

Add in the cocoa powder and flour a bit at a time.

Pour in the mini chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

With a small ice cream scoop, scoop balls of dough into the prepared muffin pans.

Bake for 5 minutes and rotate the pan.

Bake for another 3 to 5 minutes and take out of the oven.  The cookie cups should still be soft and a bit under done looking.

As soon as you take the cups out of the oven, take a teaspoon and make a well in each cookie cup.  (See my photo above).

Leave them in the pan and make the peanut butter fudge.

How to make the fudge:

In a heavy bottom sauce pan, add in all of the fudge ingredients.

Cook on low/medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble slightly.

Take the pan off the stove and let rest until the fudge hardens.  (About 10 minutes)

With a mini scoop, or a tablespoon, scoop some of the dough into your hand.  Roll the fudge into balls.

Place the balls of fudge into each of the cookie cup wells.

At this point, you can make the ganache, or just enjoy them warm!!

Ganache

In a microwave dish or cup, heat the cream for about 45 seconds or until hot.

Pour it over the milk chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.

Add in the vanilla and salt.

Drizzle the ganache over the cookie cups.

* Another variation:  drizzle caramel sauce and chopped peanuts over the top of the cookie cups 🙂

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Comments

  1. Carolyn says:

    Hi Lizzie. This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. On another note I am so sorry some Terrible person did this to you regarding your Instagram account. This happened to my best friend about 3 months ago and she wasn’t able to get her account back. People who do things like this are terrible people who spend their lives trying to hurt others. You’re obviously a good and kind person and I’m really sorry. Let your followers know when your new Instagram is up and everyone will follow you again. Happiness and love always.

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hey Carolyn!! Thank you so much for your lovely words…It’s so refreshing to have people say such heartfelt things knowing what this week has been like for me. You’re the best and people like you make the world a better place…xoxoxo

  2. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    Oh Lizzie, I am truly sorry this happened to you. You spread love and joy on your posts and some jerk snaps it all away. I have unfollowed and reported them. Now on to your recipe. Another fabulous one!! We are going to visit our daughter this week who loves chocolate and PB (something I think she inherited from her dad. lol ) so I will be making these. And as always, your photos are drool worthy. Hang in there and I hope your IG gets resolved.

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hey Elizabeth 🙂 You are the sweetest person and your lovely note meant the world to me. I love getting your responses to my blog posts, and appreciate your loyalty and kindness more than you know…xoxo

  3. Jeanette Whitfield says:

    Hey girl! There’s always some hurdle to keep us from reaching our goal. Hang in there! That troll is gonna get what they deserve!! So sorry that happened. Your recipes and photos are always such a pleasure to see. Big hugs!

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi sweet friend!!! Your kind comment made me smile. Yes, you are so right…there are always major hurdles in life and we have to do the best we can to get over them. Thank you for being such a sweetheart xoxoxo

  4. Marcy Luby says:

    OH NO!!! I am SOOOO sorry this happened to you, sweet Lizzie. UGH, how awful. There are really bad people in the world that spend too much time thinking of how to hurt others, but then I think of people like you who spread love and joy wherever you go.. I hope you can get some kind of resolution for this awful crime…In the meantime, keep doing what you do best…making amazing and beautiful creations for the world to see…Much love to you, sweet one!!

    1. Lizzie says:

      Hi Marcy!! You are too kind! Thank you making me feel a little less hopeless this morning! 🙂 People like you make me feel a lot better about how the world words sometimes 🙂 you’re a doll…thank you for your support and kindness ..xoxo

  5. Darly says:

    LIZZIE!!!! Oh no….you poor thing…Would you believe the same thing happened to me last year and Instagram was zero help, unfortunately. It was only a personal account with not many photos, but they were of my children who are younger, so I was VERY upset. I guess I learned my lesson and now, after creating a new account, I will never post family photos anymore..Social media can be a scary place..the internet in general. I am so very sorry this happened to you and i hope you can get some kind of resolution. If not, not to worry…..you seem to have a large and loyal following and can grow your account back again. I love your blog and recipes. You do such a great job with design and your recipes are lovely. Sending you good thoughts and hopes for only the right thing to happen for you ….hugs…

    1. Lizzie says:

      Thank you sweet, Darly. You are sooo kind and thoughtful. I hate that this happened to you too. Yes, you are so right about the internet. It’s a hugely problematic place, as well as a good place for information too. I am still hoping and praying for some kind of resolution…even though it may not happen….you are the best…xoxo

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