Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Nothing says love like a homemade peanut butter cup and it's easier than you think. Thanks to the Hungry Mouse, we were able to quickly create our own version of the Reese's classic using peanut butter, powdered sugar and chocolate chips plus some decorations for the top. Here's the easy how-to:


Melt your favorite chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet or dark) in a bowl at 30 second intervals in the microwave- stirring in between until smooth. Because we were eating this immediately, it was no problem to use this method instead of tempering the chocolate. Once melted, using a spoon, place a large dollop of chocolate in a mini- muffin liner and spread up the sides using the spoon. Be generous with the chocolate and place in the freezer to quickly harden.


We used a blend of 1 cup of peanut butter to about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and mixed well. Adjust the stickiness with the powdered sugar to your desired consistency. A less sticky mixture is easy to spoon. Be sure to put a reasonable amount in the center of the shell and not up the sides. You will be covering this in chocolate and want to encase the filling in chocolate creating a chocolate seal- mmmm. We tried peanut butter alone and peanut butter with apricot jam but the possibilities are endless...could include s'mores, boozy fruit and other chocolate-friendly fillings.


Ok, I made up the chocolate seal but a large dollop of melted chocolate on the top does seal in the filling. Feel free to smooth it or swirl it. Then place in the freezer for a few minutes to harden quickly.


And to make this a Valentine's day treat, we used Wilton melting chips to draw designs on the tops. We also used them to make some hardened designs that were placed on the wet chocolate. The nice thing about the melting chips is that they too harden making these treats easy to bring home to your sweetie!

And there you have it...homemade chocolate peanut butter goodness in a matter of minutes. I'd like to make more of these with other fillings...

got any suggestions for me?