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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like to make all of the peanut butter rounds, store them in the refrigerator, then make homemade peanut butter cups a few at a time whenever I'm in the mood. This recipe is for making them all at once in which case you''ll need about 18 oz of chocolate. If you don't need so many cups, you can halve the entire recipe or you can make all the peanut butter filling rounds at once (like I do) and just assemble the chocolate peanut butter cups when you're in the mood.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter cups
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 30
Author Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white chips 15 grams
  • 1 tablespoon butter 14 grams
  • 2/3 cups peanut butter 170 grams** (regular, not unsweetened)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar 90 grams
  • 9 oz milk chocolate chopped
  • 9 oz semisweet or dark chocolate
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or shortening but only if using chocolate chips instead of good chocolate (see note)
  • Extra chocolate or white chocolate for melting and garnishing plus sprinkles or Mini M&Ms or whatever you think might jazz up the cups.

Instructions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl (I use my Pampered Chef Batter Bowl), mash the white chips and butter together so that the chips are coated with butter. Melt the white chips in the microwave using 50% power and stirring every 30 seconds. Set aside.
  • Add the peanut butter to the melted white chips and stir until smooth, then stir in the vanilla and 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. The dough should be fairly soft at this point. Gradually add more powdered sugar if needed, or leave the dough soft. It should be be soft, but not so soft you can't scoop it.
  • Using about a heaping teaspoon measure, scoop out little mounds of peanut butter mixture and arrange them on a plate lined with plastic wrap. You should get about 32 depending on how you scooped, but the yield may vary. Chill the scooped mounds until they are no longer sticky, then shape into little balls. Press the little balls into rounds.
  • Put all of your little peanut butter rounds in a zipper bag and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the cups.
  • To make the peanut butter cups, line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Put 8 oz of chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt. If using semisweet chocolate you can melt it at high power and stir every 30 seconds. If using milk chocolate, use 50% power and stir every 30 seconds. If using chocolate chips, you may want to add ½ teaspoon of coconut oil or shortening for every 3 oz of chips, but this is optional.
  • When the chocolate is completely melted, spoon a little chocolate over the bottom of each paper liner. Do not try to paint it up the sides or make a nest. I tried that it made things worse. All you have to do is just smooth it flat.
  • Take 12 of your peanut butter rounds and stick a round in the center of the chocolate. Spoon remaining chocolate over the peanut butter rounds. Put the muffin tin in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. If you are in a hurry, you can put it in the freezer. When firm, peel away the paper.
  • Repeat the whole procedure using the remaining peanut butter rounds. You’ll need at least 3 oz of chocolate for every 5 peanut butter cups.
  • Store the assembled peanut butter cups in the refrigerator or freezer, then serve at room temperature.

Notes

Before making these, I usually run over to Walgreen’s and buy a few bars of whatever chocolate I’m in the mood for. Cadbury Dairy Milk, Lindt Milk, any brand of dark or semisweet OR Ghirardelli bittersweet chips all work really well. You can personalize the cups by using a certain type of chocolate.
 
About the peanut butter, I usually make these with Natural Skippy or Natural Jif -- the kind of peanut butter that is sweetened, but non-hydrogenated and a little smoother.  If you use regular peanut butter like regular Jif or any store brand, the dough may be a little stiffer and you may be able to get away with using less powdered sugar.