Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

I made these amazing and indulgent chocolate peanut butter cups last night. They’re for birthday gifts, but I may have to make a second batch for holiday visitors. Or Santa or somebody. đŸ˜‰

I think they’d make a great gift wrapped up on a cute holiday plate with cellophane. Or keep a few in the freezers for people who drop by on Christmas Eve. Do people do that anymore? I think they should.

 

Anyway, not only were they delicious, they were easy too. You need only 5 things:

  1. Chocolate for melting. Lots. I used 2 bags of  Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips (but the proportions are approximate)
  2. Smooth peanut butter.
  3. Icing sugar. Sometimes called “powdered sugar” or “confectioner’s sugar.” Or “that-really-messy-sugar-that-gets-everywhere.”
  4. Unsalted peanuts.
  5. Tiny paper muffin cups. I used ones with a festive design.
Here’s what you do, in approximately this order:
  1. Lay the mini muffin cups on a baking sheet.
  2. Start to melt and stir your chocolate. I hear people use a microwave for these things, but I’m an old-fashioned kinda gal who likes a double-boiler. It has the advantage of being able to be turned down low and still keep your chocolate warm while you’re working with it.
  3. Prepare the filling. Mix a 1:1 ratio of peanut butter and icing sugar. If you need to, you can add a little bit of milk, but use it sparingly. It should form a dough that reminds you of playdough.
  4. Drop small spoonfuls of chocolate into each cup.
  5. Make small pancakes with the dough and lay them on top of the chocolate.
  6. Top with more chocolate.
  7. Chop up some peanuts and sprinkle them on top.
  8. Allow to set.
You really don’t need very much of the peanut-butter mixture. I used 1 cup each peanut butter and sugar, and it was way too much for my two standard-sized bags of chocolate chips. I definitely have enough filling already for that second batch.
You can keep these in the fridge, but they’re best brought to room temperature before serving. Bite in and admire all your hard work. Mine looks like this:

 

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