We all have recipes that we associate with certain things – a favourite eatery, a holiday or even a particular person… and that one for any number of reasons. This recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, originally from joy of baking has morphed over the years I’ve been making it, into what you see here!
…it probably will continue to be melded and changed over time, depending on my mood and indeed, who I’m making it for. With the holidays just around the corner, I’ll be going for a visit to my brother Ed’s house, and thoughts turn to what I can take with me!
My brother Ed.
A particular fave of his are peanut butter cups, and I’ll never forget his reaction the first time I made them for him. Absolute delight and wonder were all over his face as he looked at me and said, rather incredulously… “you made peanut butter cups…???!!!”
For the brother that, among many things he’s done for me, MADE me the world’s most perfect rolling-pin, surprising me with it as he said…. “will this work for you…?” I dare say, I’d make him anything. Anytime!
Moments like that are exactly what it’s all about for me, when it comes to food, cooking and spending the time in the kitchen that I do. For some it’s, ‘why make it…??’ For me, it’s more like, ‘why not!!’
Fun to make, they’re like child’s play.
Once you have the chocolate melted, it’s simply a matter of spooning the chocolate, peanut butter mixture, and more chocolate into mini muffin liners. You can even get the kids to make them, a fantastic & fun activity that gives them something wonderfully homemade and delicious, to later eat and share. How proud will they be!
Adding peanuts or chocolate chips gives more texture, again fun work for tiny fingers. Go ahead and try what you like, and what you think might taste good. It’s your kitchen!
For the holidays… I’ve sprinkled some with crushed candy canes…
Chocolate + mint + yum~
Happy Holidays, from my house to yours!
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
I've changed the 'joy' recipe by doubling the peanut butter, cutting down on the sugar and adding the peanuts. Makes 24 mini~ FYI, the recipe says you get 36, which I never have. It's more like 24 - but a very nice 24 they are.
for the chocolate coating:
- 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
- 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 tablespoon shortening or coconut oil
for the filling:
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, room temperature
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1/2 cup peanuts, (plain, salted, honey roasted, etc)
- crushed candy to garnish, ie candy canes, etc
Line a 24 miniature muffin cup with paper liners.
Set the chocolate & shortening/oil in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Leave until just melted, then stir to make it smooth.
Have the peanut butter & coconut oil at room temperature. Place in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula to combine. Sift in the icing sugar, stirring to mix together.
Drop about a teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each of the paper lined cups, spreading it to cover the bottom. Using two spoons, top with a scant teaspoon of peanut butter mixture, then sprinkle on a few peanuts/pieces. If the filling is getting too close to the top, press the peanuts down lightly, with a fork - you want the top to be smooth and covering the filling when you add the top layer of chocolate.
Top with another teaspoon of melted chocolate, smooth/swirl it before it sets, and lightly press in one peanut in the center. (Or top with crushed candy/candy canes if using.) Refrigerate until set.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they'll keep for several days - if they last that long!