Every once in a while a recipe comes along that you know will be in your back pocket for many, many, years to come. I am pretty positive I’ll be making these homemade peanut butter cups for my grandchildren! Oh, speaking of children…my sister gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl this week! She is perfect and I am so excited to be an aunt! Now, she just needs to hurry up and grow some teeth so I can feed here these peanut butter cups and forever be her favorite relative.
I made these peanut butter cups as an extra treat for a dinner party I was going to, and they were a hit!
There are some things I always make from scratch…some things I sometimes make from scratch…and some things I never even think of making from scratch. I had never thought of making peanut butter cups from scratch, and judging by the reaction at the dinner party, hardly anyone else has either! “You made these?” “How did you do that??”
The truth is, they are really easy…ish.
Ok, so they are kinda labor intensive, but they only require 4 ingredients, and only one really annoying part…after that, it’s a piece of cake (or chocolate!)
Let’s get that annoying part outta the way. To get the outer layer of chocolate that surrounds the creamy peanut butter filling, you have to do a little…coaxing. Melting the chocolate is easy, just use a double boiler until it’s smooth, but then, you have to make sure the chocolate gets all around your mini muffin cups. This takes a little time and can get a little (or a lot!) messy. Just use your fingers to make sure the chocolate is totally covering the mini muffin cups. A few things to remember…#1 make sure to spray the muffin cups really well with cooking spray #2 make sure the chocolate isn’t super hot before you touch it!
Once your cups are coated, put them in the fridge to cool. While they are cooling make the peanut butter filling. Just combine peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. Stir until very smooth and then give it a taste. You will be blown away. It tastes exactly like what’s inside a Reeses Peanut Butter cup!
Once the chocolate is cool, fill the cups with the peanut butter filling. The best way to do this? Put the filling into a big ziplock, cut the corner off, and pipe the filling in. Once you are finished, take a small dish of water, dip your finger in the water and tap the pointy tops down (you want the peanut butter filling to be pretty level).
Next up, the second layer of chocolate. This is much easier (though just as messy!) as the first layer. Dollop some melted chocolate on top of the filling and take your finger and swirl it around until all the peanut butter filling is covered and the chocolate seals all around the cup. It’s pretty easy and you can give the tops of your cups a pretty design.
Then, just pop ‘em in the fridge and wait till they set. I think they are best served right out of the fridge, or even freezer. Once you taste them you will instantly forget about any hassle in making them because they are SO good. Better yet, let the kids make them! They’ll love playing with their food!
Put these peanut butter cups on your list..I promise you’ll be a hit at any holiday gathering! This recipe is definitely going in my permanent collection. How old to babies have to get before they can eat chocolate??
Recipe: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 16-oz jar creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 2-lb bag (or 2 1-lb bags) of high quality chocolate chips (you can use milk or dark chocolate, or do like I did-use both!!)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- Cooking Spray
- Mini Cupcake Papers
- Melt the chocolate over a double boiler
- Spray about 45-50 mini muffin cups with cooking spray, making sure to coat the entire cup
- Spoon chocolate into greased cups. Use your fingers to make sure the cups are totally covered with chocolate
- Put the cups in the refrigerator to cool
- Meanwhile, mix the peanut butter filling. Combine melted peanut butter, melter butter, and powdered sugar. Mix until very smooth. Spoon into a large ziplock bag and cut off the corner, this will make it very easy to pipe into the cups!
- Remove the cups from the fridge when they are completely cool. Pipe peanut butter filling into cups. Tap down the points by dipping your finger in water and smoothing the tops.
- Make sure the chocolate is still melted (re-warm if necessary) and spoon over the peanut butter filling. Swirl the chocolate with your finger to cover the filling and seal the edges.
- Put cups back into the fridge and let cool. Serve chilled.