I was heading to a Halloween party this weekend and wanted to bring a sweet treat to share with friends, so I decided to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups! They were unbelievably simple to make and while VERY rich and sweet, they are yummy!
What You'll Need:
- 2 bags of chocolate chips (I used my favourite Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips) I found them in the Natural Section of my local grocery store
- 1 cup of Peanut Butter (I used an organic, no sugar, no salt added)
- 1/2 cup of icing sugar (this is why I chose the no sugar peanut butter!)
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Cupcake liners
- Muffin Tray
First things first - You CAN cut the muffin liners down if you want, because the mixture doesn't rise at all, but because I was going to a Halloween party and using themed liners I did not.
Place liners in the muffin tray & melt the chocolate chips from 1 bag of chips. I heated the entire bag in the microwave. I tried 45 second intervals and stirred a few times to get the consistency needed.
Once heated you can start spooning chocolate into the liners. I just put enough in to fill the complete bottom of the liner. (This much chocolate filled the bottoms of 12 cupcake liners).
Next take the try and put it into the freezer for approximately 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. While you're allowing this to happen you can mix the 1 cup of peanut butter with the 1/2 cup icing sugar & 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Now you can put the peanut butter mixture on top of the first layer of chocolate. I found the peanut butter VERY sticky, so I used a smaller spoon to try to spread the mix evenly. Once this is complete, place tray back in freezer for 15 minutes.
Time to melt the second bag of chocolate chips. Again, spoon mixture onto the peanut butter layer and try to evenly saturate. I found because the other layers were cold, the chocolate needed to be a little hotter to spread better. I simply heated it a little longer to achieve this.
After this is complete, place the tray back into the freezer for at least 15 minutes. I left mine in the freezer until I was ready to leave (About an hour).
Once they're chilled completely, they won't melt again once you remove them from the freezer. You can pop them out of the muffin tray and you're ready to go! Now, I like to keep mine chilled so they're cold when I eat them, but that's up to you! These babies are rich and sweet, so I could only eat half at a time, but hey, at least I know what's in them, right?
I hope you enjoy this recipe! I know my friends & I did!