home-made peanut butter cups and an american cook book giveaway

home made peanut butter cup

home made peanut butter cup

home made peanut butter cup

When I was asked by the publisher of ‘No Bake Makery‘ if I wanted to review this cook book and run a giveaway on Drizzle and Dip, I was rather thrilled. I have so many readers in the US of A , and this is the first time I am doing an all American cookbook giveaway. Yipeeee!

I also totally loved the sound of this book  – ‘No Bake Makery: 80 Two-Bite Treats Made with Lovin’, Not an Oven‘ – I mean who wouldn’t.

Even though I’m rather obsessed with baking in an oven, I was a little intrigued and charmed by the notion of a collection of recipes of tiny sweet treats. The book is written by Cristina Suarez Krumsick who is of Cuban origin and lives in Brooklyn NYC.

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The concept was born out of a desire to entertain without sweltering in front of the oven, which then turned into – as is often the case when someone is really passionate about something – a small business.  The business led to a whole lot of questions from people wanting to make these sweet treats themselves, and this led to the book which is an answer to these questions.

This is a fun and endearing book about fuss free two-bit desserts for all occasions. With clear step by step instructions, you will be mastering a few new techniques like tempering chocolate, drizzling and dipping (see what I did there?).

The books is divided into 7 chapters: truffles, clusters & bark, fudge & bars, mini pies & cakes, cold cravings & pudding, candy & cookies and breakfast for dessert. Its is further divided by special occasions and holiday, like: Valentines day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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I selected to make the hey, butter cup‘ recipe, which is Cristina’s answer the the classic peanut butter cup. Having not grown up with this in South Africa, but falling in love with it when I first visited the US, I thought it was the perfect one to try.

*Notes on the recipe: I used my mini cupcake baking tin, which made 24 small and deep cups. Cristina didn’t specify the size of the pan and hers looked a little flatter in the pics. I found I needed a bit more chocolate and I had leftover peanut butter filling which I rolled into balls, dipped in more melted chocolate, and and made a few peanut butter truffles. Delicious.

I also decided to use a dark Valrhona chocolate with 70% cocoa solids as this is a fabulous chocolate to work with in dessert making.

After making the peanut butter filing, I found it didn’t set as quickly as I would have liked, so I popped it into the freezer until it set. It was then super easy to roll into balls.

home made peanut butter cup

Recipe |  Hey, Butter Cup from No Bake Makery

Makes 24 treats


  • 2/3 cup salted creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ¼ cups dark or milk chocolate
  • chopped into quarter-size pieces (or Wilton Candy Melts)
  • Sea salt (optional)


  • Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar. Once the mixture is completely melted and begins to bubble lightly, remove from the heat.
  • Add the powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until smooth.
  • Let sit until cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes.
  • Melt and temper 1 cup of the chocolate (or melt 1 cup Wilton Candy Melts), and pour just enough into each muffin cup to cover its bottom.
  • Tap the tin gently against a hard surface to even out the chocolate.
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll the peanut butter mixture into teaspoon-size balls, using your hands, and place on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing evenly. They may flatten immediately, depending on how warm your mixture is. If
  • they don’t, use your hands or a rubber spatula to flatten the balls into disks about ½ inch thick. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • To assemble your peanut butter cups, place one peanut butter disk on top of each chocolate-coated liner, making sure to leave room on the sides and top of the cups.
  • Melt and temper the remaining 1¼ cups chocolate (or melt the remaining Wilton Candy Melts), and pour it on top of the

  • of the peanut butter filling. Once again, tap the tin gently against a hard surface to even out the chocolate.

  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until solid. Sprinkle with salt, if using.

These peanut butter cups were utterly delectable, far better than anything that is commercially available (that I have found). I must warn you that the filling is so moreish, its difficult to get them into the cups.

If you would like to stand a chance of winning a copy of this book you must:

A) live in the USA

B) leave a comment with what your favourite ‘no bake’ sweet or dessert is (or any other interesting reason why you might like this book).

I will announce the winner at the end of June.

home made peanut butter cup

home made peanut butter cup

No Bake Makery is available on the following retailers (International) – Amazon, and (amongst others) Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound.

Check out Cristina’s blog  or Facebook page for more info and fun

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66 Responses to home-made peanut butter cups and an american cook book giveaway

  1. Elin June 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I saw the cookbook at B&N the other day and I love all the different parfait/trifle ideas. Great giveaway!

  2. Hilda June 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    My favourite no-bake dessert is homemade ICEBOX CAKE! With homemade whipped cream (never ever cool whip)! So easy: pick your cookies or crackers, add homemade whipped cream, pick some add-ins like chocolate or nutella. Let it sit in the freezer a while. No one wants to turn on their oven on a hot summer day!
    I would love to try more no-bake desserts if I win the No Bake Makery cookbook!

  3. leslie June 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    OMG…”Hey, butter cup?” Say no more…I’m hooked!
    I just finished making a 60 year old recipe that my dear mom used to make…she always wanted us to have a sweet, now and then, but really couldn’t afford much. Oatmeal Chocolate/Peanut Butter No-bake cookies. Omg, it took me way back and my daughter loved them. Cocoa powder instead of chocolate for fiscal reasons. :-))
    Thanks for your newsletter!

  4. Susan June 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    My favorite no bake sweet is candy! lol ….. Therefore, this book would be great for me. And living in Florida, even better! Because no one wants to turn on the oven in the summer here! Yay!

  5. Denise June 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I make homemade almond joy bites – coconut, coconut oil, vanilla and a smoked almond all coated in dark chocolate! The whole process takes 30 minutes or less and believe me these little bites barely last 5! Yummy, yummy fun treat to share!!

  6. sue wildish June 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Good old fashioned coconut ice – in two colours, palest pink and white, gently layered on top of each other, then nestled in a tissue paper lined cake tin: for ‘fun-at-the-fair-school-fete-giggly-teenage-sleep-over’ jolt of deja vu and joy. Makes the kids run giggling around the house when it’s raining.

  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I love peanut butter cups, these look fabulous! My current favorite no bake dessert is ice cream pie.

  8. Gina June 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Fabulous recipe & book. I love no-bake treats because when we lived in Southern Nevada & the idea of turning on the oven most of the year was really unappealing. Because of this my love for making yummies without baking grew & grew. Something tasty & quick is always at the top of my list.

  9. Elmarie June 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    Stunning post. Drooling.

  10. MAGGIE BOOTH June 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I don’t bake. My mom didn’t, and I just never learned how. When I try to bake a cake, failure is the normal outcome. I do love fudge, and make it at Christmas time. Always wanted to learn to make pralines, but alas. Maybe with your delightful sounding book!! Thanks for the post, you continue to astound me.

  11. Nancy June 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    I can’t make up my mind so I am going to say No bake Cheesecake w/Cherries on top.Also Chocolate Haystack cookies. I would love to have this cook book because summer is here and it’s too hot to be cooking all the time…

  12. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence June 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    I could eat that whole tray. YUM!!

  13. michelle deiter June 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    My favorite no-bake dessert is an ” Oreo Delight!” Crushed Oreo cookies. At different times of the year they have different flavors and colors. Christmas the cream is red and pepperminty, St Patricks Day the cream is green, and another minty flavor. Anyhow, you get the idea. You mix the crushed cookies with room temperature cream cheese. Roll the ‘dough’ into small balls and chill them. When firm enough , dip into semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate ….. it’s all up to you. Chill again and enjoy ! These delights taste like a trufel ( tra-fel) !!

  14. Sam June 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Gosh that does sound delicious Denise, and I’m not even a fan of coconut. I think you had me at smoked almond 🙂

  15. Charlsey G June 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I would love to have this cookbook because I love to bake, but turning on my oven in the summer in the deep South is HORRENDOUS!!! This would give me the opportunity to have sweet treats without the heat 🙂

  16. Beth Schmitz June 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I love making the classic no-bake cookie. So easy but so delicious.

  17. Lynn June 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Pretzel rods dipped in melted chocolate and then drizzled with white chocolate are a very easy no-bake treat. Everyone loves it when I bring them to parties. The white chocolate drizzle can be tinted any color to match the occasion.

  18. Rebecca Murray June 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    For last thanksgiving, I made a chocolate bark that was quite different, but amazing. I combined crushed oreos, peanuts, and candy corn and laid it out flat, then covered it with white chocolate. It sounds like an odd combination, but it is absolutely amazing!

  19. Sabrina Pescosolido June 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    I make a PB pie that’s no bake. Basically PB and ready whip in a premade graham cracker crust. Drizzle a lil chocolate over it. It’s amazing, quick, easy and people will be licking their plates! I’d love to win because after moving out of a home where I never had to cook because of my phenomenal mom-chef – I realized that I actually enjoyed cooking! I’m still fairly new at it so every cookbook/blog I can get is helpful!!!

  20. Emily June 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Since I am originally from Ohio (the Buckeye state), my favorite no-bake treat is Buckeyes!!! Similar ingredients to these cups, but they are in the shape of a ball, leaving a little peanut butter exposed to resemble a buckeye. They are the best & I’ve eaten them every year of my life!

  21. abby June 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    no bake cheesecake is a quick & easy recipe!

  22. ChrisB June 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    mt favorite no bake treat are peanut butter cups, hands down!!!

  23. Megan June 21, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    My husband loves peanut butter cups! With it being so hot and with a baby on the way no bake seems the way to go.

  24. Linda Grothe June 21, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Love Love Love making sweets for family, friends and work buddies. I think this cookbook fits the bill completely. I would love to make the cheesecake with cherries yummy 🙂

  25. Myra June 21, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    My favorite no bake dessert is the Spring Breeze Cheesecake with heavy whipped cream instead of the cream cheese. It is so good with plenty of berries on top of course. And so pretty. I’d love to win this book.

  26. Julianne June 21, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Chocolate Bark with Roasted Pistachios, Chocolate-Covered Sunflower Seeds, and Sea Salt

  27. DessertForTwo June 21, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Yay! I’ve been wanting this book so badly!

    My favorite no-bake treat is scotcheroos, a version of rice crispy treats with butterscotch and chocolate frosting.

  28. Abbey June 21, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    No-bake oatmeal cookies! So yummy! My mom makes them for special occasions! They are so good, I cant even tell you!!!!!

  29. Frankie Olives June 21, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    granita. hands down. 😉

  30. Jenn June 21, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    My favorite no bake dessert are oreo truffles

  31. Ivona June 21, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Hey there, can you get the Valrhona chocolate in SA, or where would one order it?

  32. Sam June 21, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Hi Ivona, Yes you can, you can buy in bulk from Wild Peacock – see the link to their site and contact details here: http://drizzleanddip.com/2013/05/27/pink-berry-and-white-chocolate-rocky-road

  33. usha singh June 21, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Sam these little delicious indulgences look divine

  34. Kesha June 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    My favorite no bake dessert is Oreo dirt cake

  35. anna @ annamayeveryday June 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    These photographs are fantastic. I haven’t had a peanut butter cup in years but yours inspire me to make some!

  36. Sam June 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Hi Kesha, I love the sound of Oreo dirt cake. Please supply recipe if you keen to share.

  37. Sam June 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks Anna, they were awesome too because of the quality of Valrhona chocolate that I used. This makes a big difference.

  38. marla June 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    These are perfection and looks like a great book!

  39. dhesh June 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    My favourite no bake dessert is peppermint crisp tart – yummy!

  40. Erin June 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    My favorite no-bake recipe to make is the Oreo ice cream layer dessert that I have grown up making with my mom! It’s always a hit! It has layers of Oreo, vanilla ice cream, fudge, cool whip, and peanuts. I am excited to try this because it is a dessert that I can leave out or people can snack on! I might use it at my sister’s bridal shower because she LOVES peanut butter and chocolate! Thanks!

  41. Sam June 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    You have me drooling over your Oreo cake Erin 🙂

  42. Zirkie June 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    You must be so tired of me saying: “Your pics and styling are absolutely beautiful!”, but I cannot help it! These peanut butter cups are looking delicious!

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  44. carolyn June 24, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    these peanut butter cups are my favorite by far! peanut butter and chocolate..you can’t go wrong

  45. Renee G June 24, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    My family’s favorite is Nanaimo bars. ( A sweet coconut, chocolate confection.)

  46. Sheila June 24, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    I love the idea of peanut butter cups, a lovely combination of dark chocolate and creamy nutty peanut butter! One question though what would we substitute light corn syrup with in some of the recipes?

  47. Sam June 24, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Sheila the main purpose of using glucose in making confectionary is to prevent the cane sugar from crystallising. It acts a s a stabiliser, improving the texture of the sweets. Corn syrup / liquid glucose has dextrins in it which do this. It also helps give the candy a better shelf life. I am not sure if there is a substitute, other than to leave it out and simply replace the quantity with more sugar.

  48. Flee June 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Ok so I don’t live in the States, but will def look out for this book, if and when it hits our shores. I love little snackie type desserts instead of these fussy duddy things. My Mum used to make a dessert with crushed Marie biscuits, coated in melted butter and syrup, squished into a piepan with a lavish layer of chocolate on the top. Set in the fridge, and cut into little biscuits. Heaven !… hhhmmmmm

  49. Natalie June 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    I have always loved oreo “truffles,” which are pretty standard fare around these parts. I’d love to step up my game without cranking up my oven! Your peanut butter cups look gorgeous! Might I ask where you got your mini pan? Thanks!


  50. Sam June 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi Natalie, I’m not sure where you are living, but I bought my pan at the Baking Tin in Cape Town South Africa.

  51. Shelly Sawicki Lash Neuhouser June 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I just love the idea of recipes where you do not have to turn on the oven!

  52. Kim P. June 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I still enjoy classic rice crispy treats!

  53. Rachel June 27, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    My favorite no bake recipe is taking tea biscuits, dipping them in coffee until soaked and putting a layer down in a 9×13 pan. I then layer home-made ice cream on top, and put another layer of coffee soaked biscuits. I repeat with another layer of ice cream and then just keep it in the fridge until it’s time to eat! Best eaten on hot summer days when you least want to be in front of a oven.

  54. Kamisha Sullivan June 27, 2013 at 3:34 am #

    I love the concept of this book. I tend to overcook treats and with three little ones under the age of five I love a treat that is simple and doesn’t require the oven. I would love a copy. I need to make these peanut butter cups.

  55. Kamisha Sullivan June 27, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    I would love this book. I need a way to make treats without turning on the oven with three little ones under five. I also love this peanut butter cup recipe. Sounds straight forward and this is one of my favorite treats.

  56. Ronel Kappes June 28, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    I have an excellent no-bake eclair type dessert, uses graham crackers, pudding mix, finish with a chocolatey layer….

  57. christy spurlock June 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I love making peanut butter and corn flakes….don’t have a special name for them but YUMMY

  58. Grace June 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I would adore this book because I really havent tried many no-bake recipes before, but I really find them interesting! I would definately dive quickly into this cookbook.

  59. Jill May 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I just made these and I think I may have been teleported straight to heaven. Subtracted 1 tbsp of powdered sugar and added 1 tbsp molasses just for a little more unique flavor and sprinkled a bit a coarse sea salt on top. I am going to be making them again for my husband, but I’d like to try and substitute some whey protein for the sugars. I used an unsalted natural pb and drained the oil before I mixed it up, and I like how it’s a rich sweet taste, but still isn’t too… “preserved”, I guess. Anyway. Have a great day. Thanks!

  60. Sam May 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi Jill. thanks for letting me know – so stunning that you made the recipe your own
    sam x

  61. Sky July 21, 2014 at 5:33 am #

    Hi! Would this work if I used sunflower butter instead of peanut butter?

  62. Sam July 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Sky, Im afraid I have never tried sunflower butter. If it is a similar consistnecy to peanut butter, I am sure it will work. Needs to be firm

  63. vanessa October 1, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    olá poderia me passar a receita em portugues. Obrigada

  64. Teslaca March 6, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    What a fantastic idea for a cookbook! I’d love to win a copy. The white candy with the orange bits in it looks great – wonder what exactly it is. White chocolate or divinity or…? For a nice no-bake sweet, I like making chocolate bark with dark and white chocolates and a variety of nuts for a quick gift occasionally. With the two colors swirled together and nuts peeking through it makes a pretty treat.


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