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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Recipe

Portable, personal, and peanut-buttery delicious, this muffin-cup brownie is perfect for lunches, bake sales, or parties. These bake even faster than the pan brownies, so, as with those, you'll want to be careful not to overbake them.

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Best Fudge Brownies batter, made without nuts
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces soft cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies - Step 1

1. Line 18 to 20 cups of a standard muffin tin with bake cups. Combine the filling ingredients in a medium-size bowl and beat them with an electric mixer until evenly blended. The texture should be like whipped peanut butter. If it's not stiff enough, add a little extra peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies - Step 2

2. Fill each muffin cup about halfway with brownie batter. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of peanut butter filling into the center, pushing it down slightly into the batter. Cover the filling with another spoonful of batter, making sure that the cups are no more than about two thirds to three quarters full.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies - Step 3

3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, just until well risen and cracked on top. Then transfer the pans to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes. Remove the brownies from the pan and place them directly on the wire rack to finish cooling (they'll sink as they do) before serving. Makes 18 to 20 Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.

Classic Camp Craft Pouch

Classic Camp Craft Pouch

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Gear up for future wilderness explorations with this versatile belt pouch based on a classic camp project.

Materials

  • Template
  • Scissors
  • Stiff brown felt
  • 1/16-inch hole punch
  • Embroidery needle and embroidery thread
  • Glue
  • Button
  • Adhesive Velcro dots

Instructions

  1. Print our template and use it to cut the three pouch pieces from stiff brown felt.
  2. For the belt loop, use a 1/16-inch hole punch to make guide holes for the thread along the short ends of the rectangle. With an embroidery needle and embroidery thread, sew two ends of the rectangle to the full oval, lining it up to match the height of the partial oval as shown.
  3. Place the partial oval on the other side of the full oval. Punch guide holes along the curved edge of the two pieces, then whipstitch the pieces together.
  4. Whipstitch around the edge of the flap.
  5. Glue or sew a button on the flap. Keep the pouch closed with adhesive Velcro dots.

Chef Hats Craft | Homemade Hats

Chef Hats Craft

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Nothing says "chef" like a poofy white hat, and these are especially easy to make.

Materials

  • White poster board
  • White tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Paper clips

Instructions

  1. Start with a band of white poster board 26 inches long and 3 1/2 inches high, and 3 sheets of 20- by 30-inch white tissue paper. Fold each sheet in half the long way.
  2. Gather and tape one of the short sides of each sheet along the hat band, overlapping the sheets slightly.
  3. Curl the band tape side out, place it around a child's head, and paper clip the ends. Gather the tissue at the top, taping it tightly together, as shown at right. Cut off the extra tissue, remove the paper clips, and turn right-side out. Reattach the paper clips, puff up the tissue, and start cooking!

Peanut Butter Blast Recipe

Peanut Butter Blast Recipe

This milk shake is a refreshing treat, but it also offers protein, calcium, B vitamins, potassium, and a subtle dose of peanut butter flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 3 to 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. For each shake, mix the milk, peanut butter, and maple syrup or honey in a blender for several seconds, until smooth. Add the ice cream and pulse until just combined. Makes one 12-ounce shake.
  2. Variation: Omit the syrup or honey and, after blending in the ice cream, stir in 1 large chopped peanut butter cup.

Chalk Box | Recycled Crafts

Chalk Box

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

This handy art supplies holder is just the ticket for anyone who loves to doodle.

Materials

  • Covered box (stationery boxes or shoe boxes work well)
  • Newspaper
  • Chalkboard spray paint (available at art supply stores)
  • Felt
  • Chalk

Instructions

  1. Place the box on newspaper in a well-ventilated area and spray paint the top following the directions on the back of the can. Apply two or three light coats, allowing the paint to dry between coats. Let the box set overnight.
  2. Before using the box, season its surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk (the common type made from calcium carbonate, not the clay variety used by artists) across the whole thing. Then, wipe off the chalk with a piece of felt or a dry sponge.

Tips:

Avoid using boxes with a glossy surface, since the paint may not stick.

Peanut Butter Banana Scones Recipe

Peanut Butter Banana Scones Recipe

These delicious peanut butter banana scones are the perfect addition to any tea party.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 cup chopped bananas

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt to evenly incorporate the ingredients.
  2. Have your child combine the peanut butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and I cup of the half and half in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer set on medium speed, mix the ingredients until evenly blended. Gently stir the peanut butter mixture into the flour mixture just until combined. Then gently stir in the bananas.
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead it twice, then gently pat it out so that it is 1 inch thick. Cut out scones using a round biscuit cutter and arrange them on the baking sheet. Spread the remaining half and half on top of the scones with a pastry brush and then bake them for 20 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly golden.
  4. Cool the scones on a wire rack, then serve them plain or with jam. Makes 20 scones.

Valentine's Day Gift: Captive Heart

Captive Heart

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Show Grandma you care with this keepsake. The red wire is very flexible, so she can extract the note and treat while keeping the ornament to remind her of her sweetheart.

Materials

  • 16-inch length of 20-gauge silver craft wire
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Wire cutters or nail clippers
  • Red craft wire (24 gauge or higher)
  • Heart-shaped note and treat
  • Ribbon

Instructions

Captive Heart - Step 1

1. To make the heart, bend the craft wire around a pencil to form a loop 4 inches from one end (A).

Captive Heart - Step 2

2. Center the loop atop a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, and wrap the wire around the heart, pressing to shape it (B).

Captive Heart - Step 3

3. After you've made 2 loops, twist the ends together and trim the excess with wire cutters or nail clippers.

Captive Heart - Step 4

4. Remove the cookie cutter, then secure one end of a 3-foot length of red craft wire (24 gauge or higher) to the heart (C).

5. Run the red wire across the heart's front and back, wrapping it around the silver wire at each pass. Enclose a heart-shaped note and treatas you go (D).

6. Tuck in the end of the red wire and tie a ribbon through the loop for hanging.