Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

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Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

I had been dying to make some more peanut butter cups ever since my precious supply of Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Cups started to dwindle. Barbara so thoughtfully sent me some wonderful items to aid me in my quest for the never ending peanut butter cups. She sent me some peanut butter flavoured chocolate and a Peanut Butter cup mold. I sought out advice from some of my friends that gave me such fantastic ideas for the Pocky. I decided to make a Double Peanut Butter and Butterscotch version; Cookies & Cream Oreo and a Cinnamon and Praline Peanut Butter cup.

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

The measures below are approximate - it depends on the size of your pans - but if you happen to be using larger patty pans then you may have to adjust quantities. I found that they were too difficult to pop out of the Wilton mold so we resorted to making most of them in patty pans (my patty pans measured 3.5cms on the base and 2.3cms in height). As a precautionary measure I'd suggest refrigerating these, particularly the butterscotch variety. All in all it took 2 hours to make 36 of these with most of the time waiting for the chocolate to set and some time running around and watching The Disney Channel. Kids are often tough critics and they can be resoundingly blunt but Cookies & Cream Chick and her little brother as well as the adults adored these. And stay tuned for my next recipe, a Bannoffee Peanut Butter cup!

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Yesterday was also Day One of my Lean Cuisine challenge where I was sent a 5 day supply of Lean Cuisine to eat for Lunch and Dinner. It's been years since I cracked one open although I do remember liking a Chicken Marsala dish that came with rice and wild rice (well I liked the chicken part, not the rice so much). My fellow Lean Cuisine testers are ChocolateSuze and Jenius.

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Sundried Tomato Cheese filled Tortellini

I was hungry, mainly because my fridge was full of cake and cake making ingredients and we were one day pre our weekly shopping expedition so I chose the Sundried Tomato Tortellini meal (368 calories, 97% fat free). I felt like pasta as it was a little chilly that day and I am crazy about sundried tomatoes. Heating it up for the requisite time I stirred it and let it cool for a bit before digging in. The pasta sauce was actually quite nice, in fact it reminded me of my favourite supermarket bottled pasta the Creamy Basil and Tomato Remano sauce from Aldi. The cheese filled tortellini wasn't too bad although I do prefer it a bit more al dente and more filled with filling (they were a little deflated). Although considering it took all of 5 minutes to heat it wasn't too bad at all especially for the calories.

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

For dinner I went for pasta again as I figured it would be more filling. I tried the Rich Beef Lasagne (388 cals). It took twelve minutes to cook in two six minute bursts and although it looked quite thin and pale, I paired it with some baby spinach, sweet corn kernels and my favourite Simon Johnson Sweet Onions of Tropea. I was happier with this dish, the lasagne was saucey and great for the number of calories. I don't eat a lot of lasagne as I have this awful habit of attempting to eat the whole thing so this innate portion controlling suited me. I did get a bit peckish later that evening so I had a snack (wholemeal buttered bread with tuna). Now just to see if I lose any weight...

Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter Cups

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

  • 180g/6ozs Peanut Butter flavoured chocolate melts
  • 90g/3ozs dark chocolate melts
  • 1/3 cup of smooth reduced fat peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar sifted
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of butterscotch sauce

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Step 1 - Line a mini muffin tray with mini paper cups or use a peanut butter cup mold. Melt peanut butter chocolate in microwave or in a bowl over simmering water until smooth and melted. Using a teaspoon, spoon a little peanut butter chocolate into the bottom and using the spoon ease it up the sides so that the sides have a layer of peanut butter chocolate. Place in fridge until it sets (about 5 minutes).

Step 2 - Mix peanut butter, icing sugar and salt in a bowl. Using clean hands knead it until it it smooth and amalgamated. Once the chocolate has hardened, spoon a little butterscotch sauce into the cup. Then pinch a little peanut butter from the large piece and gently push into the cup.

Step 3 - Melt dark chocolate in in microwave or in a bowl over simmering water until smooth and melted* *and then using a spoon or a palette knife, smooth over a layer of the dark chocolate to seal the cup. Refrigerate until set.

Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter Cups

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

  • 210g/7ozs white chocolate melts
  • 2 Oreo cookies, broken up into crumbs with a mortar and pestle plus 2 Oreo cookies each broken into quarters
  • 1/3 cup of smooth reduced fat peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar sifted
  • 1 pinch of salt

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Step 1 - Line a mini muffin tray with mini paper cups or use a peanut butter cup mold. Melt white chocolate in microwave or in a bowl over simmering water until smooth and melted. Stir in crumbled cookies. Using a teaspoon, spoon a little of this chocolate mixture into the bottom and using the spoon ease it up the sides so that the sides have a layer of cookie chocolate. Place in fridge until it sets (about 5 minutes).

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Step 2 - Mix peanut butter, icing sugar and salt in a bowl. Using clean hands knead it until it it smooth and amalgamated. Once the chocolate has hardened, pinch a little peanut butter from the large piece and gently push into the cup.

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Step 3 - Using a spoon or a palette knife, smooth over a layer of the cookie chocolate to seal the cup. Refrigerate until set.

Cinnamon and Praline Peanut Butter Cups

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

  • 240g/8ozs dark chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup of smooth reduced fat peanut butter
  • 1.5 tablespoons icing sugar sifted
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of cinnamon chips
  • 1/4 praline or smashed up brittle

Step 1 - Line a mini muffin tray with mini paper cups or use a peanut butter cup mold. Melt chocolate in microwave or in a bowl over simmering water until smooth and melted. Using a teaspoon, spoon a little chocolate into the bottom and using the spoon ease it up the sides so that the sides have a layer of  chocolate. Place in fridge until it sets (about 5 minutes).

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline

Step 2 - Mix peanut butter, icing sugar and salt in a bowl. Using clean hands knead it until it it smooth and amalgamated. Once the chocolate has hardened, place a few cinnamon chips and a little praline into the cup. Then pinch a little peanut butter from the large piece and gently push into the cup.

Step 3 - Using a spoon or a palette knife, smooth over a layer of the dark chocolate to seal the cup. Refrigerate until set.

Cooking with Kids - Three flavours of Peanut Butter Cups: Butterscotch Double Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon & Praline