Sunday, March 4, 2012

Homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups

I was browsing the internet one day and came across this dark chocolate peanut butter cup recipe. Now, you all know that I am not a fan of peanut butter (or any other nuts or nut-related products, except Nutella), but I thought my husband might really like these.

You see, he is a huge fan of peanut butter. Huge. If you asked him what his favorite food was, peanuts and peanut butter would be way up there next to steak. We always have jars of peanut butter in the house, and much to his delight, it's something that he always gets to eat by himself.

Although I didn't get to taste these, he said that these were "excellent" and even better than the store-bought kind. He's been snacking on these throughout the week, and I have a feeling that I'll be making these again for him again very soon.

Ingredients
  • 6 oz good quality dark chocolate (I used part of the 1 LB bar from Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
Directions
In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter and confectioners sugar until well combined.  Set aside.

Break up the chocolate and put into a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until fully melted, stopping every 30 seconds to stir and check and see if it is melted.  Be careful not to burn chocolate.

Once chocolate is melted, drizzle a little into the bottom of each paper mini muffin liner and use a small basting brush, knife or spoon to coat the sides of each cup with the chocolate.  Place chocolate-coated liners into a mini-muffin pan (to help hold their shape) and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.

Once hard, remove the chocolate-coated paper liners.  Place a small ball (about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon worth) of the peanut butter mixture into the center of each chocolate-coated cup.  Then drizzle more melted chocolate over until the peanut butter is covered.  Repeat for all of the remaining peanut butter cups.  Use a small offset spatula or knife to smooth out the tops.

If desired, sprinkle a tiny pinch of sea salt or some colored sprinkles on top.  

Place chocolate peanut butter cups back into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden, then transfer into the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Serve cold or at room temperature.

Yield: I got 10 peanut butter cups using the small to medium candy liners

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2 comments:

  1. Oh I should NOT have read this... those look dangerous! And delicious :)

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  2. nice idea.. thanks for sharing...

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