Thursday, October 10, 2013

reese's-filled cupcakes

Birthdays are so fun.

Joe sent me the most beautiful flowers this year.
And if you know me, you know I absolutely love getting deliveries.
You could send me a pack of paperclips and I'd probably be excited about it.
These lovelies have been brightening up my desk for almost a week now and are still going strong.

Did I mention lilies are my favorite flower?
Love that boy of mine.
{And just to brag on him a bit...he also gave me spa time during our trip to Mexico next month.  Color me the luckiest!}

Other fun gifts included:

...a cookbook that you will absolutely be seeing recipes from soon.

...a gift card to Sephora, where I found this little beauty.

I don't know about you, but my lips have been seriously struggling with the change of season.
If yours are too, I definitely recommend this stuff.
The lady at Sephora told me to put it on before bed {which I did last night}, and I woke up with lips that were no longer chapped!
This stuff is no joke.

I was also given a delicious new pumpkin candle {do my friends know me, or do they know me} and a pumpkin cream cheese cake that I have been nibbling on all week long.

Not a bad way to kick off 26!

A couple of days after my birthday, it was Joe's birthday.
Which I find really fun, because every year we get to celebrate together!

I wanted to try something new treat-wise this year, so I brainstormed and brainstormed {and brainstormed some more} and then it hit me.
My boyfriend is a chocolate monster.
Like if this was the movie Willy Wonka, it'd be a toss up who would drink the chocolate river first, Joe or Augustus Gloop.
So what could be better than chocolate stuffed with more chocolate and peanut butter?

Nothing, that's what.

I can't even really count this as a recipe {let's face it, I used box cupcakes...the epitome of lazy}, and I swear I wasn't even planning on sharing it due to my embarrassing lack of effort.
Note: I promise after this I will get back to actual recipes.
But when people started eating these, I knew I had made a mistake by not photographing them more.

When I get a lot of positive feedback on something, that's when I share it with you.
And "positive feedback" for these cupcakes is an understatement.

The understatement of the century, really.
People loved these.

You're going to laugh when you see how easy they are.

Things you'll need:

1 box chocolate cupcake mix {or make a homemade batter if you have time!}
22-24 Reese's peanut butter cups {normal size, not mini}
1 jar cream cheese frosting
Topping of choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cupcake batter according to box instructions.
Put about 1 tablespoon of batter in each cup {enough to cover the bottom}.
Place 1 peanut butter cup in each cup.
Add more batter on top until cups are filled 2/3 of the way.

picture via
Bake according to box instructions.
Let cool completely, cover with frosting, and sprinkle on your topping of choice!
I used this amazing sugar/chocolate/coffee bean grinder from Trader Joe's.
But sprinkles {or even chopped peanut butter cups!} would be perfect too.

I told you you were going to laugh.
Embarrassingly easy.

So next time you want to really impress your friends, coworkers, or the cute boy with whom you reside, whip up a batch of these and bask in all of the praise you will inevitably receive.
Trust me on this one.