Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tips and Techniques: Peanut Butter Cups

This past winter, I was lucky enough to spend a few days down in Florida. And let me tell you, a few days of sun can do a girl a world of good!  While there, we visited a candy shop and I couldn't pass up this massive peanut butter cup. It was the size of my fist. And I enjoyed every bite!

Giant pb cup

With Easter approaching, and Reese's PB eggs on my mind, I settled in to recreate this treat in a more reasonable size.   

Homemade peanut butter cups are something that's so simple, it's almost un-intuitive. I hadn't even considered making a home-made version before consuming that monstrosity, but I realized that it was probably just as easy as it seemed - and it was. Anyone can make these! The process is simple, the flavor is customizable, and the end result is more than worth the effort.

The only tricky thing here is figuring out what to make the cups in - what can you use as a mold? I found mini silicone cupcake molds at a kitchen supply store.  They hold about 1 tbsp volume each.  (Which raises the question: who would make/eat cupcakes that tiny? It's almost cruel!) You could also use mini paper cups from the baking supply section of your store, or use regular cupcake papers for mega-peanut butter cups!

I filled my candies with Justin's honey almond butter - I would recommend using any sweetened nut butter. If you're starting with store-bought peanut butter, sweeten it with a bit of sugar or honey until it tastes good to you. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips here, but feel free to use dark, milk, white, or whatever kind you like.

How to Make Home Made Peanut Butter Cups
Of course, these don't have to be peanut butter - mine were almond butter! Use any nut butter you like. 
Yield: 12 candies

What you'll need:
1 cup chocolate chips
6 tbsp or so nut butter, any variety, preferably sweetened
12 mini molds
Microwave-safe bowl for melting chocolate
Teaspoon

Directions:
1. Melt half of the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container. Spoon about 1/2 tsp chocolate into each mold, and use your finger to spread it up the sides of the mold a bit.
2. Let the molds sit long enough for the chocolate to dry. (Put them in the fridge to speed up this process.)
3. Place a rounded teaspoon of nut butter in the center of each mold.
4. Melt the remaining chocolate chips in the same container as before, and top off the molds with chocolate. Gently tap the mold on the counter if you suspect air bubbles are trapped, so the chocolate settles around the nut butter.
5. Let the chocolate fully solidify (again, you can use the refrigerator to make this go faster). Remove molds, and consume candies!


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8 comments:

  1. My boyfriend is obsessed with the Reese eggs right now. Maybe I should make these for him next weekend! I can't believe how simple they seem :) Thank-you.

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  2. These look sooo good! Great job!

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  3. Oh my days these look absolutely fabulous! I have been eating loads of peanut butter recently so I will definately be trying these! :D

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  4. That looks absolutely amazing! Almond butter truffles are my favorite. I can't wait to try these!

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