April 10, 2011

Peanut Butter S'more Cups



I find myself daydreaming a lot about camping under the stars with my family.  There's something magical about sitting by a warm fire while it crackles away in the night, watching the embers glow and sharing stories with those you care about as the shadows dance around you.  Even long after the fire is put out, the smell of it remains with you until the morning.  Though I have several weeks of waiting for a full weekend of nice weather, I at least can enjoy the taste of our favorite snack around the campfire, s'mores.  As I started to make these lovely little treats, a light bulb went off in my head:  Peanut butter!  Unfortunately, it wasn't until after I started munching away at them that another light bulb went off in my head:  Pretzels!  These are so addicting and even my husband, who is not a fan of sweets, couldn't resist them.  The only thing that could make this better is the addition of a layer of a mini pretzel. 

What do you enjoy munching on around a fire? 

Ingredients:
  • 1 c graham cracker crumbs 
  • 1/4 c confectioners' sugar 
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted 
  • 3/4 c milk chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • Optional:  24 mini pretzels
  • 12 large marshmallows, cut in half 
  • 1/2 c milk chocolate, melted
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar and butter.

Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a mini muffin pan.  Use the back of the measuring spoon to gently press down to form shallow cups.

Bake for 4 to 5 minutes, until the edges bubble.

Place approximately 1/2 tablespoon of the milk chocolate in each cup.

Optional:  Place a mini pretzel on top.

Top with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter.
 
Cut the marshmallows in half.  Place the cut side down on top of the peanut butter.  Return to the oven for 2 minutes.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Using a spoon, remove each s'more cup from the pan.  Spread some melted chocolate over each s'more cup.

Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, or until set.

Enjoy!

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This recipe is linked to Sweets for a Saturday

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