If you don’t like Reese’s peanut butter cups, we might be perfect for one another. Because I will totally eat all of yours.
That’s right. You can have all of my Andes mints or Krackel bars. Those don’t rank so high with me. But if you try to get into my Reese’s supply, we’ll probably have words. Heated ones.
These cookies are classic and indisputably a winner. Who could argue with a peanut butter cookie wrapped around a peanut butter cup and baked into a mini muffin tin?
Not me, I tell ya. What I will argue, and endlessly, is the need to use apostrophes correctly. Is everyone ready? Because it’s time for a little lesson. Here we go:
IT’S = IT IS. Example: It’s so bizarre that she’s using her blog for a punctuation lesson!
ITS = possessive (as in, belonging to IT). Example: She put the giant muffin back in its wrapper.
Get it? Totally different, right? It confuses people all the time. But I’m an English teacher, so I’m here to educate. Here’s another one!
YOU’RE = YOU ARE. Example: You’re so awesome when you whisper sweet nothings in my ear.
YOUR = possessive (as in, belonging to YOU). Example: Here is your cookie. I wish it were mine.
And finally, for the big finish, the three words that always get my students:
THEY’RE = THEY ARE. Example: They’re eating my cookies! I hate them!
THEIR = possessive (as in, belonging to THEM). Their cookies were stale, so no wonder they took mine.
THERE = location. Example: Go there to buy more cookies!
Are we all good now? Can I stop being a total English teacher nerd?
Okay, here’s the truth. I read a lot of stuff online. And most of what I read is super amazing and written so nicely and it’s truly a pleasure.
But some writers are in need of some serious writing TLC. Like, the text is mostly emoticons, and the sentences don’t end with periods, and there’s no capitalization, not to mention a total absence of punctuation. We all have typos, so I’m not talking about that. I’m more talking about just not proofreading at all.
All writers are looking to improve and to gain wider audiences, so I figure, fix the easy stuff first. It’s super easy to fix apostrophes.
Don’t worry, y’all, I’m not pretending that I’m this genius writer. I just know a tiny bit about it. And I also know a tiny bit about peanut butter and chocolate desserts.
These cookies are the summary of what I love in life. Peanut butter cookies are so lovely. Peanut butter cups are even more lovely. Put them together and you’ve got one happy Mir!
Besides, I love Reese’s so much. See that apostrophe? Reese’s, as in, belonging to Reese. At some point, there must have been a Reese. Whoever he or she was, I love that person. Happiness is a day with peanut butter cups, and that is all.
If your writing doesn’t need any help, sorry about this impromptu lesson. Feel free to totally ignore anything I ever do or say. I won’t take it personally, I promise!
Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
1 and 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk (I used 2 percent)
1 package Reese's miniatures, unwrapped and frozen for about an hour
- Preheat the oven to 375. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, both sugars and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing again. Stir in the milk. Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Form the dough into balls and place into the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 8 minutes. Immediately press a frozen peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie.
- Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.