Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween Treats: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes and Halloween Peanut Butter Cookies

Have I told you yet that Halloween is my favourite holiday? I love it. Carving pumpkins, making spooky decorations, baking scary treats. Best. Holiday. Ever. (Of course, come December I'll tell you Christmas is my favourite holiday.) So as a treat for you, I decided to make some tasty Halloween treats and post them here!

These Halloween cupcakes are made with wrappers from CupcakeEssentials and a recipe from Canadian baking icon Anna Olson. They have a rich chocolate flavour and are spiced with tasty fall flavours like cinnamon. Yum!

Since I love Halloween, one recipe wasn't enough. So I also made peanut butter cookies. These flaky shortbread-like cookies are flavoured with peanut butter. And if that wasn't good enough, they also have Reese's Pieces baked inside!

These super easy cookies are made in one bowl, they only have five ingredients, and they're egg free. They start with butter and peanut butter.

Once that's creamed, add in powdered sugar.

Then flour.

And the best ingredient, Reese's Pieces.

The last step is to roll the dough into 1" balls then flatten slightly before baking at 350F for 12-15 minutes.

Halloween Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2  c  butter
1/2  c  peanut butter
1/2  c  confectioners' sugar
2     c   flour
1/2 c   Reese's Pieces

Cream butter and peanut butter. Beat in powdered sugar. Beat in vanilla and melted peanut butter cups. Stir in flour. Mix in Reese's Pieces.
Form into one-inch balls and flatten slightly. Bake at 350F on parchment lined baking sheets for approximately 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

Happy Halloween!

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