M&M Surprise Cookies

These cookies should be called “Super Sugar Overload Cookies”. They’re pretty intense. I could only handle eating one of these and I love chocolate and peanut butter. When you consider the anatomy of this cookie, it’s not wonder they’re sugar-coma inducing. Start with a peanut butter cookie pressed into a mini-muffin tin, then a Reeces peanut butter cup is pressed into the cookie. On top of the peanut butter cup are 4 mini marshmallows heated until they puff up. Next, a drizzle of chocolate which is finally topped with some crushed M&Ms. These little guys really pack a punch of flavors. It’s like a sugar party in your mouth.

I had a really hard time finding mini-M&Ms. In fact, I couldn’t find them. I looked in three stores with no luck. So I just used regular M&Ms that I chopped up a bit so they wouldn’t be disproportionate in size. It worked just fine.

Definitely be sure to let the peanut butter cookies cool completely in the pan. If you try to remove them too early, they’ll get all smooshed up and it won’t be pretty.

I had some issues with the peanut butter cookie batter. It had an odd texture even prior to baking. It was a bit gritty. Next time, I would definitely cream the peanut butter, then add the sugar and cream those two ingredients prior to adding the eggs. I think that would help with the texture. It wasn’t horrible, just not as smooth as I would have thought.

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Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookies

Yield: ~36

Ingredients:

2 Cup creamy peanut butter
2 Cup sugar
2 egg
24 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
mini marshmallows
2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
4-6 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 Cup mini M&M’s - I used chopped M&Ms

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place peanut butter, sugar and egg into a large bowl and mix until well combined.

Scoop dough evenly into a 12 count mini cheesecake pan or mini muffin pan. Cook for 13-15 minutes until almost done.

Remove from oven and press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie until flush with cookie top. Top each cookie with 4 mini marshmallows and return to oven for 2-3 more minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Remove and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Place chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted smooth. Stir in 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream until silky and smooth. Spoon chocolate over top of puffed marshmallows and sprinkle with mini M&M’s.

Recipe from Picky Palate

I am submitting these as my entry for Flavor of the Month on Bake at 350. This month, the flavor is Cookies!

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23 Responses to “Banana Split Cupcake”

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    stephchows — September 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Great cupcake hero entry!!! yum!

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    oneordinaryday — September 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    You’re right – it’s a freaking cute cupcake! I especially love that frosting and how you got it to look like a scoop of ice cream. Nicely done!
    This is my first CH and I can’t wait till the voting begins! : )

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    Amanda — September 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Wow, what a yummy looking cupcake! Great idea!

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    oneparticularkitchen — September 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    This is ADORABLE!! I love it!

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    Xiaolu — September 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Gorgeous cupcake, Jen! I love how the cherry stands out. How do you get that black background if you don’t mind me asking? I’m pretty new to this food photography thing 8)

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    Amy Kingman — September 15, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Yummmm!!!!!

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    Jen — September 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Xiaolu – It’s actually just my black table. I’ve also had luck using a plain black piece of construction paper (most of my backgrounds are the 12×12 scrap-booking papers) or a black towel to get the background all black.

    Here is an example using paper, and one using a towel.

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    Xiaolu — September 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks! That’s really helpful.

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    Joanna — September 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Yum! Great idea 🙂

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    Stephanie Wagner — September 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome idea!

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    bcallegra — September 16, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Very creative and it looks great!

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    The Novice Chef — September 16, 2009 at 3:15 am

    What a cute idea! I love it!! And I know my nieces would be in love!

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    nutmegnanny — September 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Great idea…they look delicious!

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    jesstyler — September 16, 2009 at 4:08 am

    holy deliciousness! I NEED one of those! 🙂

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    Kerstin — September 16, 2009 at 4:48 am

    How creative, I love them! So cute and tasty with that cherry on top!

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    Ingrid — September 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Very cute looking! I like your idea.
    ~ingrid

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    lifeoftheparty — September 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    These cupcakes are pure genius… you’ve definitely got my vote!

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    Jigginjessica — September 17, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Cute idea! What a great entry!

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    thegreatpantryraid — September 17, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Wow – super cute! A lot of work, I’m sure, but such a big payoff! Great job!

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    Kami — September 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    So stinkin’ cute!

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    Caroline — September 19, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Very cute, indeed and loving the pineapple in the frosting. I can just imagine how delicious this would taste. What a great idea.

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    Keiara Wells — September 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    MMM, it looks fantastic! I’ll have to try this one 🙂 xox

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    Sweet and Savory — October 15, 2009 at 5:55 am

    These cupcakes are precious besides, I am sure, being delicious. What a great idea.

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