Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

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Have you ever dreamed of combining your two favorite ideas together into one fabulous dessert? Something like caramel and peanut butter? If you love that combination of sweet and salty, then you may just like this 'Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cup' recipes (now that's a mouthful!) from Wishes n Dishes.

There is an online obsession with taking desserts and making them mini. Not only are they super adorable, but they are very easy to serve at a get together, as there is less of a need for plates and utensils. The sweet and salty combination is also hitting the web like wildfire and has been for almost a decade. Just how did this combination of sweet and salty come together? We so often hear about salted caramel and thinking nothing of it, except that we love the taste. Just where did it originate in the foodie world, I want to know.

According the the New York Times, in 2008, Haagen-Dazs introduced this combination of salted caramel as a flavor that hit the shelves. About 6 months later, Starbuck followed suit with their salted caramel hot chocolate. Not too far behind that year, super giant Wal-Mart joined in on the action with a box of salted chocolate truffles.

Trends (in food culture) are known to have 5 stages in America. The Center for Culinary Development in San Francisco uses a 5 part trend map to track the ingredients path from chef's specialties to big name super markets. As for the salted caramel trend, it seems to have come from France (like so many great trends) where heavily salted butter caramels are a traditional treat in Brittany.

What makes this coming recipe for the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups a bakers dream is the use of pre-wrapped caramels which are easy to get your hands on and do not require you to be a candy making expert. For the ingredients and instructions, head on over to the 'Wishes n Dishes' website link found below this article.

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