By Vanessa Greaves

When life hands you peanut butter cups, you can either wolf them down on the spot (that would be me) or use them to take simple dessert recipes way over the top. Here are 10 of our favorite ways Allrecipes home cooks used peanut butter cups to create the kinds of treats your sweetest dreams are made of.

Outrageous Treats to Make with Peanut Butter Cups

1. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Press peanut butter cup candies into freshly baked peanut butter cookie nests and see if you can hold back. Betcha can't.

This top tip comes from Allrecipe home cook Steph: "ADVICE: freeze (or put in fridge) unwrapped PB cups - it is easier to press the frozen candy into the hot cookie without falling to pieces. SUPERB!"

2. A Peanutty S'more

The s'mores you know and love, but made even better with warm and melty peanut butter cups. And you don't have to wait until campfire season to make them. GodiveGirl softens the peanut butter cups in the microwave and toasts the marshmallows over a flame on her gas stove, while kjk304 uses her microwave to not only warm up the cups but also to puff up the marshmallows.

Photo by KGora

3. Peanut Butter Pie

This no-bake peanut butter pie is topped with peanut butter cups because you just can't have enough peanut butter bliss.

Home cook MARPRINC took it even further: "To make this even more decadent, freeze the pie after you spoon the filling in the crust. After it is frozen solid, add a layer of hot fudge sauce before adding the whipped topping."

4. Chocolate Hockey Pucks

Untwist a chocolate sandwich cookie (okay, it's an Oreo), squish a warm peanut butter cup between the cookie halves, smoosh them together and dip the whole thing in melted chocolate to make a treat you didn't know you wanted but you know you deserve.

Home cook Erin says she made the mistake of using mini peanut butter cups instead of full size. Learn from Erin.

Photo by Christina

5. Yummy Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Homemade peanut butter ice cream gets churned with chopped peanut butter cups for a freezy treat you'd stand in line for.

Tips: Be sure to cool the ice cream mixture for several hours before you pour it into your ice cream maker. Home cook Baricat says she used brown sugar instead of white for a deeper flavor.

Photo by Sugarplum

6. Ice Cream Lasagna

So easy to make, so hard to resist. You're looking at layers and layers of ice cream sandwiches, crunchy peanut butter, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, hot fudge, and caramel. Oh, and a ton of chopped peanut butter cups.

Tip: Many reviewers recommend using a deep dish pan for this recipe because it makes a lot. All the better to feed a crowd with, I say.

7. Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Need an easy treat in a jiffy? Use a boxed brownie mix for the base and mini peanut butter cups for the middle. Then bake the whole thing together in a lined cupcake pan.

Tip: For best results, reviewers recommend you follow package directions for the brownie mix.

Photo by kwolff

8. Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Bacon Cookies

Honestly, any recipe that starts with a pound of bacon automatically has my attention. Then it goes on to include a whole package of chopped peanut butter cups. Oh my heart.

Tip: Follow cowpatty's lead and cook the bacon in the oven instead of frying it on the stove. So much easier and less messy.

Photo by lutzflcat

9. Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Pizza

Refrigerated sugar cookie dough for the crust, a creamy peanut butter mixture for the filling, and peanut butter cups sprinkled on top. Adults might find this a bit much, but kids will go crazy for it. Add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, sprinkles--really anything you want to the topping.

Tip: Some reviewers found the peanut butter mixture to be quite thick and hard to to spread, so home cook Donna Warrick solved this by adding an 8-oz block of cream cheese to the mix. "The result was fabulous," she says.

Photo by Lisa Altmiller

10. Georgia Shake

A chocolate shake with bits of peanut butter cup right in the mix. You can add chopped peanut butter cups as a garnish, or go all out and add "a little Bailey's" like home cook Deb Chamberlain did.

Photo by Dianne

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