Monday, February 15, 2010

The One About the Peanut Butter Cups

I love Reese's peanut butter cups so I naturally giddy and excited when I stumbled upon a recipe for homemade peanut butter cups. I made a bunch of them yesterday to give as Valentine presents for my kindergarteners. Now, I'm not really an avid chocolatier (I'd rather eat chocolates than make them, really) so pardon me for the rough turnout. However, I'd say they tasted really good.

Here's the recipe which I got from Have Cake Will Travel:

Peanut Butter Cups

12 mini cupcake liners
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
update: better to chop your own bittersweet or dark vegan chocolate, the PB cups will keep better at room temp
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter + 2 generous T to add to the melted chocolate
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 t pure vanilla extract
pinch fine sea salt [if your PB is already salted, it's optional to add more]

1. Melt the chips in your microwave, keeping a close eye on them and stirring often to make sure they don’t burn. it should take between 1-2 minutes. Add the 2 generous T and stir to incorporate. Give it about 5 minutes to cool down a bit, it’s easier to spread around when not lava-hot.

2. Place a heaping teaspoon of melted chocolate in each mini cupcake liner and spread it all over the place with the back of a spoon. Repeat with all 12 liners.

3. Place the chocolate-covered liners onto a plate, into your fridge, to let it all harden.

4. Meanwhile, stir together peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and sugar. If your peanut butter is anything like mine, it should form a sort of paste that you can start kneading to make sure all gets incorporated really well.

5. The chocolate should be hard by now, so divide peanut butter paste into all 12 liners, pressing down gently to make sure the paste goes everywhere.

6. Top with heaping teaspoon of chocolate [melt it again if needed], spreading carefully so that none of the PB paste can be seen.

7. Chill in fridge for at least one hour, until ready to devour.

yield: 12 “small” cups

I may be a good cook but I was never good at food styling. Haha!

I put the peanut butter cups in clear plastic bags, tied red yarn to secure the openings, and stuck tags I got from Paper Glitter.

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