Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Quite possibly the perfect pair, rich chocolate and crunchy peanut butter come together once again in this delicious treat. Our sweet friend Erin has made these every year for the holidays and given them as gifts. Now, they are highly anticipated by all who are on her list. These Peanut Butter Cups are easy to make and store beautifully in an air tight container in the fridge. The only challenge is making sure you don’t eat all the filling before you fill the cups! Enjoy!

Makes 30

2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
½ cup butter
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
 cup graham cracker crumbs

30 mini muffin cups
a new small paint brush
mini muffin pan

1. In a 1-quart saucepan, combine chocolate chips and shortening. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth (3 to 5 minutes).

2. Loosen top paper cup from stack, but leave in stack for greater stability while being coated. Drop a heaping teaspoon of chocolate into the cup. With small paint brush, coat the inside of the cup evenly, bringing coating almost to top of cup but not over edge. Repeat until 30 cups are coated. You will use about half the chocolate, set aside the remaining chocolate for the last step. Refrigerate cups until set, about 15 minutes.

3. In 2-quart saucepan combine butter and peanut butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until melted (4 to 6 minutes). Stir in confectioners sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Press about ½ tablespoon filling into each chocolate cup.

4. Spoon about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate on top of filling (you may need to melt the chocolate again if it has become too firm); spread to cover.

5. Freeze until firm (about 2 hours). Carefully peel off paper cups. Store peanut butter cups in the refrigerator.

By Jen Dwyer and Mindy Hertzell
Recipe by Erin Pettengill

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