Now for some chocolate...
Classes have ended, tests are corrected and grades are turned in. This calls for a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with chocolate and peanut butter? (I couldn’t think of one either.)
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups have always been a favorite candy of mine. When you have creamy peanut butter surrounded by milk chocolate all wrapped up in that famous orange package, it just can’t be beat. I always eat around the crinkle edges first, saving the peanut buttery center for last. The only problem is that after the two are gone, I still want more :-). This is where my recipe comes in.
I was browsing through allrecipes.com the other day and I came across a recipe for homemade peanut butter cups that I couldn’t pass up. Though they are a bit time consuming, these tasty treats are super easy to make and well worth the effort, I promise. You can make them in either a mini or standard sized muffin pan; I elected to use the standard size tins because I prefer a greater peanut butter to chocolate ratio. MMM MMM MMM.
I have adapted the recipe only slightly by using creamy peanut butter rather than crunchy. I hope to try it with white chocolate next… I will let you know how it turns out!
Do you have an all time favorite candy? Do you prefer chocolate candies over sugary/fruity varieties? Let me know below!
Original Post: 5/16/12
Yield: 10 - 12 large or 24 - 30 small peanut butter cups
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
- Paper muffin cups (mini or regular depending on which option you choose to make)
- Line your muffin tin with paper cups.
- In a medium saucepan combine butter and peanut butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
- Stir powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs into peanut butter mixture.
- Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl microwave 1 tablespoon of shortening with 1 cup of milk chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir mixture and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir well. Continue this process until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
- Be careful not to over cook or your chocolate will burn.
- You may also leave them in the paper cups, if desired.