Home made peanut butter cups are easier than they look. They take about 30 minutes of actual work, and then just a few hours of waiting while they set. They are very worth it! And hardly last more than a day in my household!
- 2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips (or melting chocolate)
- 1/3 Cup Smooth Peanut butter
- 1/3 Cup Icing Sugar (Sifted)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- Mini “cupcake” cups (36)
In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter and icing sugar. Once smooth add vanilla and incorporate. Set aside.
Using a double boiler, (or a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water), start melting the 2 Cups of milk chocolate chips (on medium low). Once all of the chocolate chips are almost melted, take it off the heat and stir quickly (the heat from the already melted chips will finish the job) and get ready to fill the mini cups!
Side-note: You can use dark chocolate if you like (I’ve also used white chocolate). One of my favorite variations is milk chocolate on the bottom and white chocolate on the top.
Now, time to make your peanut butter cups. Using a small spoon, or a piping bag for icing if you have one, put a dollop of the chocolate in the bottom of the mini cups (just enough to make an even layer). Using a spoon, scoop out a small ball of the peanut butter mixture and place it in the center of the mini cup. Now pipe, or spoon, more melted chocolate on top, making sure to cover all the peanut butter. I like to make a swirl on the top once I’m done, but you can also top with a salted peanut instead.
These need to sit for up to 4 hours before you try to package them (but only about 2 before you can try eating them.) and do NOT try to speed up the cooling process by putting them in the fridge, or outside. You want the chocolate to cool slowly to avoid getting tiny white specs on top (very unflattering!)
This recipe makes about 36 cups (you’ll end up with a little bit of the peanut butter mixture left) but don’t worry, it tastes pretty good just on it’s own 🙂 Enjoy!