Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Did I mention my two favourite things are chocolate and peanut butter? lol When they are combined, they can become my one favourite thing most of all...PEANUT BUTTER CUPS!! I love love love peanut butter cups and I have found this recipe for homemade ones. Oh boy is my waistline in trouble ;-)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

1 cup ~ creamy peanut butter

¼ cup ~ unsalted butter

¼ cup ~ light brown sugar

1¼ cup ~ powdered sugar
4 cups ~ milk chocolate chips (two 11.5-oz bags)
¼ cup ~ vegetable shortening

1.  Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2.  In a medium saucepan, combine peanut butter, butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture is completely melted and starting to bubble a little. Remove from the heat, add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture. Set aside and let cool.

3.  Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, until completely melted, stirring after each increment.

4.  Using a small cookie scoop or a couple of teaspoons, spoon melted chocolate into the bottom of each lined muffin cup.

5.  Use a heaping teaspoon to scoop out the peanut butter mixture. Roll it into a ball, and then flatten it slightly into a disk. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Once finished with all of the peanut butter mixture, refrigerate both the muffin tins and the peanut butter patties for about 30 minutes.

6.  Place a peanut butter patty on top of each chocolate-lined muffin tin. Then use a scoop or spoon to add more melted chocolate on top and around each peanut butter patty. (If the melted chocolate firmed up, just pop it back into the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds or so to re-melt.)

7.  Refrigerate again for 30 minutes, then they're ready to serve! Store in the refrigerator or freezer. You can keep at room temperature in an airtight container if you're going to serve them the same day, but they'll start to get soft if not at cool room temperature.

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