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What's for Dessert - Mini Peanut Butter Pies

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Mini Peanut Butter Pies

This is a fairly simple recipe that uses miniature pie crusts filled with a peanut butter filling that puffs up to make delicious, bit-sized peanut butter pies.


Ingredients

Crust
1 cup of flour
3 ounces of cream cheese, kept at room temperature until soft
1 stick of butter, also softened at room temperature

Filling

1/3 cup of brown sugar (either light or dark, according to your preference)
1/2 cup of granulated white sugar
1 cup of peanut butter (chunky; note - use all-natural peanut butter with no sweeteners)
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of flour

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Crust
In a mixing bowl, beat the stick of butter and the cream cheese, then stir in the cup of flour.


Refrigerate the mixture, covered, until the dough becomes firm (about an hour).
Shape the dough into small balls (about an inch in diameter), and place each ball into the cups of a mini muffin tin (not a regular-sized muffin tin).


Spread the dough across the bottom of the cup, and up the sides, to create a mini pie crust that can hold filling (be sure that the dough in each cup is relatively even all the way around).



Filling
In another mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (peanut butter, melted butter, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and flour) to create the filling.  You can use a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to accomplish this, or a handheld mixer if you find that to be easier.


Fill each cup approximately three-quarters of the way full, since the filling will rise a bit.  This should cause them to fill out nicely when baked.


Bake the pies at 350 degree for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the crusts are golden brown, and the filling is puffed up and set.  Cool on a wire rack, and drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.


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