I've decided that Pinterest is an evil evil site. I mean, really. I'm on Weight Watchers right now, and I'm baking these things. I saw them, and I knew that I just HAD to make them.
They're just so easy, and that's mostly why they're evil. All you need to make these are: cookie dough (I used chocolate chip), a bunch of Reese peanut butter cups, and brownie mix.
That's it. Spooooooky......
The instructions from the original post state,
"Preheat oven to 350, smoosh 1.5 squares of break-apart refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well. Place Reese cup (or an Oreo!) upside down on top of the cookie dough. Top with prepared box brownie mix, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes."
OK, so here's what I did.
I mixed up a batch of my own chocolate chip cookie dough (from my Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie post here, but without the bacon), bought 24 snack-sized peanut butter cups (which are a little smaller than regular ones) and prepared two boxes of chocolate fudge brownie mix.
**NOTE TO SELF: Do a better job of spraying the pans with cooking spray. More on that later.
The picture above says it all, really. Cookie dough, then peanut butter cup, then brownie mix. It's really as simple as that. I ended up baking them for more like 22 minutes, because the brownies on top weren't quite set at the 18 minute mark.
When I removed them from the oven, I decided to let them cool for a while before attempting an extraction from the muffin pans. Good thought, but a better thought would have been to do a better job greasing those suckers up first. Oopsie.
Extricating the yummy cupcakes from the pans was arduous, to say the least. The first one I took out looked like I'd sat on it (I hadn't, in case you were wondering). Still tasted amazing, but not so much with the pretty. The picture at the top of this post was my third attempt. I had to gently saw up and and down around the edge of each one with a wet knife to get them all out. Took a while, but it was worth it. Yummy, but they're just so darn rich. I challenge anyone to eat more than one of these at a time.