So, here’s the thing. I don’t use candy bars as an ingredient that often. I kinda figure if I want a candy bar, I’ll just eat a candy bar. Why bother to bake something around it or over it?
I have two exceptions to my rule. Halloween, because I usually have leftover trick-or-treat candy. And peanut butter cups, because they’re the best. I also think peanut butter cups with their two-flavor simplicity lend themselves to baking better than most other candy bars. Those seem like good enough reasons to me.
We’ll start with these Peanut Butter Cup Blondies. I love how simple these are to make. You can have them mixed up and in the oven in just a few minutes. The blondies have some peanut butter mixed into them, and there are also some chocolate chips to make these even more appealing to peanut butter and chocolate fans.
I especially love this Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Icebox Pie in warmer weather, but it’s every bit as good any time of year. Stir peanut butter cups into the pie and sprinkle some on top. There’s no such thing as too many, right?
These Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies are a sentimental favorite for me. My mother used to make these, although she went the two-ingredient route with refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough and peanut butter cups. This version takes a bit more effort, but I think it’s absolutely worth it for homemade cookies.
If you have other leftover Halloween candy, try these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Squares. I made them with peanut butter cups and Butterfingers (I guess I broke my rule!), but feel free to use just peanut butter cups or whatever you’ve got that goes well with peanut butter. Plus, the crust is made from Nutter Butters. If you love all things peanut butter, these are pretty hard to beat.
Use peanut butter cups to add a little surprise to mini cheesecakes with these Peanut Butter Cheesecake Minis. Place mini peanut butter cups on top of a thick graham cracker crust, and then top it off with cheesecake filling. This is definitely one of my favorite ways to dress up peanut butter cups.
Brownies, a peanut butter swirl, and mini peanut butter cups add up to these Peanut Butter Brownies. If you just made these with those first two components, you’d be pretty happy. But, add those peanut butter cups, and they become something really special.
If you’ve got any peanut butter cups in your Halloween candy stash, you might want to go ahead and set some of those aside so you can make some of these sweet treats. Or, just go out and round up some just for baking. Happy Halloween!