I love Paula Deen.  I can't help it.  She's a little rough around the edges - supposedly she was the first person that Food Network ever had to "bleep" out, but everything she makes is divine.  It's fattening and awful for you, but divine.  So any time I'm looking for a recipe, if PD has a version of it, I'm going with her's.  I tell everyone, I cook just like Paula.  Start with a stick of butter, a block of cream cheese, and a cup of sour cream.  If it's dinner, add cream of chicken and cheddar.  If it's dessert, add powdered sugar. That may or may not contribute to my lack of pants that fit - I'm just saying.  But one time, one of Aaron's Japanese co-workers was moving home to Japan and was selling off all of his stuff from his house here.  We offered to buy his tv, but he told us he would just give it to us if I would make him some mashed potatoes.  So sometimes being a fatty works out.
    Today I was trying to decide what to blog about since I've been such a blog slacker here lately (is that a southern thing?  are we the only people who say "here lately"?), and I decided that I haven't added a recipe or project in a long time.  So because I love you so much, I thought I would sacrifice and make some Mini Reeces Cheesecakes.  You're welcome.  Keep two things in mind please - 1. I am not a photogapher so my shots are not pretty or moving or artsy.  They are just of my cupcake pan. Plus there are several steps not pictured because I was too lazy to wash my hands that many times.  2. I had nothing to do with this recipe except following it and passing it on.  I did not invent it, tweak it, or think it up.  It's all Paula (even though she probably got it from somebody else).
    
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Mix 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs with 4 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of melted butter until moistened.  Do not eat this with a spoon.

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Spoon the crumb mixture into 12 cupcake liners in a muffin pan.  Press them down flat using a spoon, your fingers, or this cool tart making tool that you bought 9 years ago and forgot you had and accidentally just found. 

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Place an unwrapped (duh) mini Reeses peanut butter cup into each liner.  Then watch your boys devour 59 left over peanut butter cups in less than 42 seconds.

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Beat 2 packages of room temperature cream cheese until fluffy.  Then add 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or almond extract (whichever floats your boat I guess - I'm just telling you how Paula told me).  Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Spoon mixture over crust and mini candy.

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Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until just set, about 20 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before serving.  Try not to eat them all before your husband returns home from work.  But if you do eat most of them, then go ahead and eat them all so he won't ever know they existed and then judge you for eating so many.  It's better if he never knows.

    I have to say, these are really good but I rarely make them for just our family.  (rarely - like never)  I don't know why that is.  But I do pull this recipe out when I want to impress people, say like the teacher appreciation luncheon or something.  So never is 12 enough in situations like that.  I have been know to double, triple and even quadrouple this recipe before.  Just be careful with your math.  Math is hard for me.  Hope you enjoy them and actually make them for your family.  I will put the measurements for everything below so you can write it down and put it in your recipe box.  Happy gorging.

Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
12 bite-size peanut butter cups

Filling
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or almond extract
2 eggs
Kelly Besson
7/6/2011 03:41:31 am

I've had subscriptions to many different cooking magazines, but hers is my favorite. Will you be home this Saturday? It's camp week again. If you are we would be there around 3.

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Cassie
7/6/2011 04:33:50 am

Yes Kelly, I even actually remembered that ya'll were coming this weekend. We will be here. Can't wait to see all of you!!

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Helen
7/6/2011 09:45:30 am

If you're going to be in Longshot next week, you can make these and I'll half them with you!! We won't tell!

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Angel
10/25/2012 12:02:03 am

I just stumbled onto your blog...it is 6:45am, and I am crying like a baby because I am laughing so hard! My husband thinks I'm even more crazy now, because I'm literally laughing and weeping at the same time. He says that it's probably because I need more coffee...anyway, somewhere in here is a PD recipe, and I'm sure I'll see it after I wipe my eyes, but, who cares! Keep up the blog!

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