Mini Peanut Butter S’more’s Cups

Mini Peanut Butter S’more’s Cups

When I shot this recipe for the site it was late February. I’d premiered the gooey s’more’s on the Global Morning Show with my pals Carolyn and Jeff. After the segment, I shared the leftover with the GMS show’s crew, who I adore, and then packed up and zoomed home. A few days later, I went into the studio with one of our lovely photographers, Ashley van der Laan, and had the most brilliant day of shooting. It was one of those times when everything comes together perfectly–the shots are easy, the lighting is great, the props are pretty and you get through more recipes than you planned. By the time I got home, I was so thrilled. I had a stockpile of beautiful images to share, and was about to go away on our annual family vacation for an extended period of time. According to my plan, I was going to add these to our Instagram site just prior to March break so parents could use them as a boredom buster. I never imagined–in my wildest dreams–I’d need to post them as a way to raise spirits during a global pandemic that would require humanity to lockdown in their homes.

By Ashley van der Laan

I don’t need to remind you of the details of what happened next, but here we are together. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this virus. My soul aches for healthcare workers who get up every morning fearing for their lives and the health of their families too. I don’t know how this will all unfold, but I do know, now more than ever, food and sharing it together is important. And, by together, I mean those you are in isolation with or those you share meals with in spirit. For instance, I had dinner with my mom the other night via Factime. She’s alone at home while my dad is in lockdown in his long-term care facility. She won’t say she’s lonely or scared, but I know she is. However, as we ate, we laughed and chatted as if the world was still on it’s axis.

If you need help with ideas for feeding yourself or your family with pantry items, please reach out. We can direct you to our recipes that use the ingredients you have on-hand. In the meantime, if you have the handful of items necessary to make his treat, please do so. It’s not some immunity boosting recipe full of dense nutrients (although I will make a post about those) that will help keep you healthy, it’s just a little something that may make your heart feel a bit happier.

To all of you, our dear readers, please wash your hands, please stay home, please stay healthy and please enjoy your meals together.

Photo by Ashely van der Laan

Mini Peanut Butter Smore’s Cups

Makes: 24 mini cups
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extrac t
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 tsps peanut butter
  • 6 marshmallows, cut lengthwise into thirds
  • 1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, blend the butter, sugar and brown sugar until creamy and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk graham crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Using a tablespoon measure, scoop dough into each muffin tin to the top and press down with your fingers so it's even.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and, while still hot and soft, press the back of your tablespoon measure into the dough of each cup to create a pit for the peanut butter to sit in.
  • Drop a teaspoon of peanut butter into the depression and place a marshamallow piece on top.
  • Sprinkle tops of marshmallows with dark chocolate shavings and return the muffin sheet to the oven for about 4 minutes, or until the marshmallows brown and the chocolate melts.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the smore's to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then enjoy.

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