Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Giant Peanut Butter Cups

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I have a hardcore love of peanut butter. And a very specific type of peanut butter. It’s gotta be the super smooth American peanut butter that basically takes any hint of health out of the game. Jif is my favorite, but I’ll go for Skippy if I need to. Do NOT ask me how much money I’ve spent on a jar of peanut butter while living in countries where it’s really hard to get the good stuff. 

For as long as I can remember, my favorite candy has been Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. There was a short period in seventh grade where I didn’t eat them because of the over-packaging, but it didn’t take me long to get over myself and start devouring them again. I actually just had a dream about eating these babies. Best nap ever. They don’t sell Reese’s in Taiwan. When someone brings them back from the states, those things are more precious than diamonds.

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I recently discovered that it’s super simple to make your own Giant Peanut Butter Cups. They’re made in a mini tart pan, These things are three inches in diameter and heavenly to eat. It’s a lot of chocolate peanut butter intensity, though, so unless you’re a champion eater, you’ll want to share one with someone you love.

All we’re doing is melting some chocolate, whipping some smooth peanut butter with powdered sugar, and bringing them merrily together in a mini tart tin. You can easily make more if you need to. It just takes a bit of patience to get the chocolate coaxed into all the corners and some will power to let them chill out in the fridge to set.

Giant Peanut Butter Cups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you have a deep and abiding love of peanut butter, Giant Peanut Butter Cups are about to be your new favorite.

Giant Peanut Butter Cups
Serves 4
Giant Peanut Butter Cups are a hardcore peanut butter lover's dream come true.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup chocolate chips (you might not use all of this but better to have too much than too little)
  2. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/4 powdered sugar
  4. 2 mini tart pans
Instructions
  1. Melt your chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a glass bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water doesn't touch the bowl. Stir every couple of minutes until the chocolate is melted and smooth, then remove it from the heat.
  2. Spoon a couple tablespoons of chocolate into the bottom of each tart pan and gently tilt and prod the gooey chocolate to cover the bottom and work it's way into each of the little fluted bits of your pan. If you want to get really fancy, you can also coat the side of your tart pans with chocolate, but I was too lazy for that. Allow these to set up in the fridge for half an hour.
  3. While your bases are hanging out, mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until you have a smooth paste.
  4. Divide your peanut butter mixture evenly between each tart pan, and use an offset spatula to smooth this evenly over your base. Remember to get right into the fluted edges.
  5. Finally, add more chocolate to the top of each pan and once again prod and and tilt your chocolate into those pretty corners.
  6. Allow this to sit up in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
  7. I like to let the tarts sit out at room temperature for about 10 minutes before eating so that the chocolate isn't rock hard.
Notes
  1. If you're really trying to impress, you can line the bottom of your tart pans with parchment for easier removal. I just served them still stuck to the bottom of the tart pan because I'm lazy.
Adapted from Sweet ReciPEAs
Adapted from Sweet ReciPEAs
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I started my new job this week, and my brain is on fire. I was anxious about so many things. Would I be able to deliver the best possible work for this outstanding organization with an established reputation for excellence? Would I fit in? Would they make fun of my accent? Would they assume I’m an idiot because I’m American? Would they quickly realize I have no idea what I’m doing? Ugh!!!!

I’m happy to report that everyone was super friendly and welcoming, and once again, I’ve found myself on a team of passionate people who are focused on the mission. They’ve probably already figured out my secret. I’m clueless. I’m working my tail off though to become not only deeply knowledgable, but able to articulate the mission with passion to anyone I encounter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the only way I ever get people to like me is to bake for them. These cookies will definitely do the trick. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies are chewy, super chocolaty and studded with peanut butter chips which makes them pretty much the best thing ever.  This is probably one of my all time favorite cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Any uncomfortable situation can be improved with cookies. If you want to be extra awesome, make a batch of homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies. They’ll all love you!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies are fudgy, chewy, and studded with peanut butter chips which pretty much makes them the best.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cocoa powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 12 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 2 cups sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  9. 10 ounces peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl or onto a sheet of parchment. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing on the lowest setting until incorporated. Fold in peanut butter chips. Try not to eat all of the cookie dough.
  5. Scoop out your cookie dough onto your baking sheet, leaving plenty of room for them to spread out. Bake for about 8 minutes. The cookies will continue to bake after they've been removed from the oven, so don't worry if they look a bit soft at this point.
  6. Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely, if you can wait that long.
Adapted from Hershey's
Adapted from Hershey's
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Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You should know by now that I’m a hardcore anglophile. The architecture, the literature, the accents, I love it all. And yet, I’m not entirely sure I’d survive for long if I lived there. For one thing, they don’t have Reese’s peanut butter cups. Also, their bacon is super thick and disgustingly flimsy. But the greatest tragedy of all is that England is an entire country devoid of peanut butter and jelly. I mean, they have peanut butter, and they have all kinds of jam. Jelly means Jello over there, so that’s just gross. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, though? You can’t get one. It’s not a thing. This makes me want to cry.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is this week. This is one thing that’s got me feeling very patriotic. I practically lived off pb&j as a kid, and I still eat them all the time. This is one instance where the English really don’t know what they’re missing.

To celebrate, I made you Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast. This one has boysenberry jam, but of course, you should use your favorite. Just dip your pb&j in your egg and milk mixture, fry until golden brown, increase awesomeness with maple syrup, and smile because you live in an amazing country.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bring happiness to your breakfast table. Make Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast. It’s all-American awesomeness.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast
Serves 2
Your favorite pb&j dipped in egg and fried for an all-American breakfast treat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of bread
  2. 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  3. 2 tablespoons jelly (use your favorite flavor)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
  8. Maple syrup, to serve
Instructions
  1. Put a skillet over medium heat and melt the butter in the pan.
  2. Make up your pb&j. I like to spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread, then jelly on just one side. Assemble your sandwiches.
  3. In a wide, shallow container, whisk together egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture.
  4. Fry your sandwiches in the melted butter for about 3-4 minutes per side or until as brown as you like.
  5. Serve your pb&j french toast with syrup, if you like.
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