Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Snickerdoodle Candy Cups



WARNING: Do not read this post if you are hungry. You are about to be barraged with an onslaught of delicious looking photos. You may be compelled to head into your kitchen and whip these up right now. You may be amazed (as I still am) about how easy they are to make and you may want to make them on a weekly basis. Don't say I didn't warn you....


The inspiration for these bite sized pieces of heaven come from Dorothy at Crazy for Crust. She made these little babies. My first question was what is a Peepster? (Marshmallow, chocolate covered amazingness I later found out) Followed by when can I make something like this?

Turns out, I am currently not feeling as motivated as her. I love her idea of S'more Cookie Tarts but making homemade dough on a week night? Not really my thing. I also did not have the necessary ingredients in my pantry. What I did have was two boxes of Krusteaz cookie mix and a few bags of assorted Easter and clearance candy. And lo and behold, Peepsters was one of them.

I love getting candy and baking stuff for cheap with coupons.
And that is how Snickerdoodle Candy Cups were born. I made the cookie dough. Rolled it in the included cinnamon sugar, pressed it into a mini cupcake pan, and stuck pieces of left  over candy in them. Bake them, let them cool and there you have it. So easy, I would be willing to do it on a week night.

The process is simple but I will list it out for you. Mainly I want a reason to fill this post with as many decadently gorgeous photos as possible. Enjoy!


Snickerdoodle Candy Cups
  • Snickerdoodle cookie dough (homemade or from a box, I clearly took the easy route)
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixture
  • Assorted candy pieces, whole or chopped up. Pretty much anything you like would work.
1.) Make a batch of Snickerdoole cookie dough according to the directions on the box or your recipe.


2.) Using your hands or a cookie scoop, make tablespoon sized balls of dough and roll them in the sugar mixture just as you would a normal snickerdoodle.

3.) Press into a greased/butter mini cupcake pan. I always am better safe than sorry when it comes to greasing the pan since I would hate to not be able to get one of these lovely treats out of the pan.

4.) Press whatever candy you choose into the center of the dough. I used Dove Caramel Pieces, Peepsters, and chopped up Snickers Peanut Butter Easter Eggs.

Peepster: A creamy marshmallow center covered in chocolate

Dove caramel pieces

For the Snickers pieces I made a little bowl for them to rest in.

So good.

Hungry yet?
5.) Bake for 7-10 minutes at whatever temperature your original recipe or box mix directs you to. Keep an eye on them because there is a fine line between melted chocolate and a nicely done cookie and chocolate explosion and a burned cookie cup.

Right out of the oven.

Make sure to let them cool completely before taking out of the baking pan or they can crumble and break.
I really can't pick which candy combo was my favorite. They were all so amazing yet so simple. Here are some close ups of the three varieties. Which one looks the best to you?

All three.

 Here they are cut in half to show their delicious centers.
 

Peepster

Snickers  Egg

Dove Caramel

Too hard to choose right? I know. That's why I had to try all three. More than once. It's embarrassing. Please don't judge me. It was totally worth it.

Enjoy!

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