The masses don’t lie… chocolate and peanut butter is simply an amaaaazing combination isn’t it?? I am not a big fan of buying chocolate bars or the likes, but if I do, it usually involves a little chocolatey cup of peanut buttery goodness.
Lets make some!
Ingredients and Supplies
1 heaping cup dark chocolate wafers / chips, divided
2 Tbsp shortening, divided
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp chopped or crushed peanuts
Paper muffin / cupcake liners
Clean, small paintbrush
Yield: Approximately 12 cups
1. Over very low heat, melt 1 scant Tbsp of the shortening with an even 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate, stirring frequently.
2. Once chocolate is just melted, remove from heat. It doesn’t look like dark chocolate at all … but it is! At least… dark-er chocolate…
3. Using the small paintbrush, coat the bottom and sides of the paper liners and place them on a cookie sheet or in a 9×12 pan so you can move them more easily. Leave space at the top of the liners like shown in the picture, don’t take the chocolate all the way to the edge of the liner. Pop them in the fridge while you make the filling.
4. Over medium heat, melt the butter and peanut butter.
5. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the confectioners sugar and graham cracker crumbs until well combined.
6. Let the peanut butter mixture cool slightly. You don’t want it to be so hot that it melts the chocolate cups. Using your hands, press some of the mixture into each cup. Do not overfill. *Tip* if the peanut butter mixture cools too much and becomes crumbly, you can warm a bit at a time in your hands, which will make it workable again.
7. Melt the remaining chocolate and shortening and spoon a little into each cup just to cover the peanut butter mixture and even out the top. Sprinkle on crushed peanuts while the chocolate is still warm so they will stick.
8. Pop them into the freezer for about 1 hour to let them firm up. Remove the paper liners. Store the finished peanut butter cups in the refrigerator.
Finally, this picture looks more like dark chocolate! They are so yummy, but they can be time consuming so don’t think they are going to be some quick thing you whip up in a flash. In my opinion though, it’s worth the time for this special treat.
I would recommend keeping a little extra chocolate on hand just in case you need more. You might use more chocolate while painting the sides or coating the tops then I did.
They may not look as ‘perfect’ as the store bought ones, but I actually prefer it that way. I think the crushed peanuts on the top make them look a little more ‘gourmet’
Try it with white or milk chocolate, with sprinkles on top in stead of crushed nuts, with smooth peanut butter instead of crunchy…. there are many options to make it your own.
Stay tuned… I have a few other variations I’m working on for the future!