Rainbow Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

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peanut butter cookies cups with rainbow colored candies in the center in the shape of a rainbow with marshmallow clouds

Today is a super special day! It’s Meaghan’s baby shower day!

Meaghan is the genius behind the blog The Decorated Cookie and the amazing art book cookbook Sugarlicious. If you’ve never been over to The Decorated Cookie, you’re missing out. Seriously, she writes on marshmallows and puts stuff on sticks. And have you looked at her cookbook? It seriously is a sugar wonderland work of art. My copy is dog-eared with things I cannot wait to make.

I have to be honest: I’m a lurker over at Meaghan’s blog. I oogle all her goodies and have been for a very long time. So when Michelle over at Sugar Swings! asked me to be a part of Meaghan’s shower I immediately said yes!

peanut butter cookies cups with rainbow colored candies in the center in the shape of a rainbow with marshmallow clouds

The theme of our shower is rainbows. Which is cool, because, well, who doesn’t love a rainbow? Jordan’s birthday last year was a rainbow theme and I told my husband that, for my 20th (hardee har har) birthday, I want a rainbow theme too. {We’ll see if he remembers. #notlikely}

Meaghan and her family have gone through a lot to become parents and second-time parents. I think a rainbow shower is perfect for this happy occasion!

It being Christmas and all, I was making tons of cookies. Peanut butter blossom cookies are one of my favorites…especially with peanut butter cups. I remembered the cupcakes I made for Jordan and thought, why not dip the Reese’s? So I did. And aren’t they cute??

cookie cups with christmas colored candy in the center

If you’re not into rainbows in the middle of December (and why aren’t you???) you can just make red and green, if you’d like. Christmas peanut butter cup cookies!

peanut butter cookies cups with rainbow colored candies in the center in the shape of a rainbow with marshmallow clouds

So, to Meaghan and her family, congratulations on your new baby girl! I’m SO happy for you. I’m seeing rainbows everywhere I go today, in honor of you!

Rainbow Peanut Butter Cookie Cups {Virtual Baby Shower!}

Serving Size

Ingredients

For the Rainbow Peanut Butter Cups

  • 36 Reese’s peanut butter cups , unwrapped
  • Candy melts in rainbow colors (or desired colors, think Christmas, Valentines, 4th of July...)

For the Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 36 Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (Colored optional)

Instructions

Make the rainbow peanut butter cups:

  • Melt candy according to package directions. You need about 1/2 cup of melts per 6 peanut butter cups.
  • Dip peanut butter cups into melted colored candy and tap off excess. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill until hardened. This can be done a day ahead of time.

Make the cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pans (36 cavities) with cooking spray.
  • Cream butter and peanut butter until mixed. Add sugars and cream until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, milk and baking soda. Slowly mix in flour until dough comes together.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough into each mini muffin cup. (Optionally, you could roll each cookie into a ball and drop it into the muffin pans. This will make them “prettier”.)
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes, until they just start to turn golden brown. While they are hot, place a peanut butter cup in the center of each. Cool completely (let the candy harden) before removing from pan. To remove, us a butter knife to carefully loosen the cookie from the pan. It should pop right out!

Recipe Notes

*Dipping the peanut butter cups in colored candy is optional, but pretty!
*If you don’t have colored candy melts, you can use white melts or almond bark and color it using candy coloring (NOT food coloring).
*Tip: make yellow and red first. Then mix for orange, etc.
*These freeze well, between layers of paper towels.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Here are the others who are helping celebrate Meaghan’s shower today! Go stop by and tell them you love rainbows too. 🙂

1.  Vanilla Bean Baker – Baby’s First Christmas
2.  Not Your Momma’s CookieRainbow Swaddled Baby Cookies
3.  Crazy for Crust – Rainbow Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
4.  Dollhouse Bake ShoppeRainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
5.  Creative Food – Rainbow Pancakes
6.  Hoosier Homemade – Rainbow Jar Cupcakes
7.  Kitchen Fun with My 3 SonsRainbow Smores Pops
8.  Pink Little Cake – Baby at the End of the Rainbow Cake
9.  Love From the Oven – Rainbow Cake Pop Cupcakes
10. Munchkin Munchies – Rainbow Balloon Cookies
11. The Baked Equation – Rainbow Baby Shower Cookies
12. Sweetology – Marshmallow Baby Pops
13. Sugar Swings – Rainbow Madeleines
14. Pint Sized Baker – Rainbow Meringue Tarts
15. Bird on a CakeRainbow Petal Cake
16. Haniela’s – Rainbow Centerpiece
17. Miss CandiquikMarshmallow Baby Bottles

This post may be linked to: Chef in Training, Trick or Treat TuesdayLil’ LunaSweet Treats SaturdayChic-and-CraftyI’m Lovin’ it FridaysStrut your Stuff SaturdayWeekend Wrap Up PartySundae Scoop Link Party, and all of these too!

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  1. These looks so AWESOME! Looks like tons of fun for a shower. I think these would be GREAT to make for a child’s birthday as well.

  2. Finally… Got some time to actually read all the posts – I’m terrible!
    These look wonderful! I like how they are perfect almost any time of year! I was so happy to have been a part of the shower!