Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Letdown?

Hmmm.  Did anybody else pick up on a vibe of extreme grumpiness today?   Apparently, the holiday buzz has worn off and all everyone is left with is a hangover and case of dyspepsia.  Every other individual seemed to be brooding and grim, or perhaps it was just me.  Max the Wonderdoodle has taken to barking out the windows at night, trying to commune with the active rabbits in the Bunny Barn.  Unfortunately, it means I am up communing with him.  At 3 AM, after being woken up a half dozen times already, I am in no mood for a yipping dog baying for blood.  There isn't enough coffee out there to make me perky after a night of by-proxy rabbit hunting.

Anyway, it was gray and cold and I spent the day making phone calls and answering emails.  Gaaah.  That's enough to give anyone a case of the Bah Humbugs.  Fortunately, I know an excellent cure:  homemade peanut butter cups and some National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Man, that movie is a classic.  I love it so.

But here's how to make your own peanut butter cups.  I think they are better than Reese's, but then again, I used Jif in my mix.  I can't vouch for how they'll turn out with Skippy.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups as Big as Your Face

You'll need:  1/4 cup butter; 3/4 cup peanut butter; 1/4 cup sugar; 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips; 1/3 cup milk.

Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.  I used Texas muffin sized, which give you that whole "as big as your face" aesthetic.  In the microwave, melt the butter and peanut butter together (takes about one minute) and stir to combine.  Add sugar, stir well, and pour into muffin cups.  Pop into the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up slightly.  Once that ordeal is over with, melt the chocolate chips with the milk, again nuking it for about one minute, and stir until very smooth.  Pour over the peanut butter layer and use your clean finger to swirl it a little into a nice smooth chocolately delicious layer of joy.  Place back into the fridge for about 30 minutes or so.  By then, they should be firm enough to eat.  Store them (yeah, right--store them, hah) in an airtight container in the fridge.

Pardon me while I pry one out of the depths of my ice box...oh my.


  1. Oh man..you had me at "as big as your face" lol I really need to try this because they dont sell reeces here. I can sometimes find the odd one in an international store but you can tell it's been sitting here awhile.

    Love christmas vacation!!!! that and A Christmas Story :)

    1. After sampling one (well, two...I had to make sure the first one wasn't a fluke), I think I might back off the butter for the next batch as it was a teeny bit greasy. Still, sooooo gooooooood! :-)


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