Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Natural peanut butter and semi sweet chocolate are the two major players in this homemade treat. Buying them is a quick and easy solution to a craving, but sometimes (like today) you just want something better, something richer, something that has better flavor, something slightly closer to heaven in your mouth. Not to mention there’s really only a few ingredients in them, they are SUPER easy to put together, and the hardest part of the process is waiting. I just love these.  I love them so much that I ate three like a pig once they were firm the other day. And then I had to hide them from myself in the back of the fridge…the end.

I found a recipe and modeled mine after it. I made a few changes and I used the microwave, heating the chocolate chips in one minute intervals, stirring it, and then heating it again.  I used chips and added some food grade wax but you could also use chocolate melts or candy melts.  My chips melted in 2-one minute intervals.  Make sure to stir the chocolate between each minute so it does not burn!

You’ll need:

some patience for the cooling process 🙂

make 12 cups

  • 16 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 oz. or a small block of cooking wax
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1.75 oz confectioner’s sugar (1/4 cup+2 tbsp), sifted

Directions:

  1. Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Melt half the chocolate and half the wax in the microwave in one minute intervals. Stir the chips in between each minute.
  3. Distribute the melted chocolate into the 12 muffin tins, only barely filling the bottom of each cup. If the chocolate does not lie flat, shake the cupcake pan and tap firmly on the counter. Place the pan in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, whip the peanut butter, butter, and confectioner’s sugar together with a hand mixer until mixed and light. Place small tablespoons of peanut butter into each cup, then shake and firmly tap the pan repeatedly on the counter again, so the peanut butter layer is flattened out. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  5. Melt the last 1/2lb of chocolate chips and wax, and portion small spoonfuls of chocolate into the cups, one cup at a time, and force it to settle. Place the peanut butter cups in the fridge for 15 minutes to set the cups.
  6. You can either refrigerate them for a peanut butter cup with more bite, or leave them at room temperature for a softer, creamier bite. Just peel the wrapper off, and enjoy!
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