A few nights ago, all I felt like eating was a peanut butter cup. Chocolate and peanut butter create one of the most satisfying flavor combinations ever to hit your taste buds, so on a quiet, final project-filled evening, I needed something right away. Did I feel like running to the corner market and buying Reese’s peanut butter cups? Not a chance. Boston was cold and rainy, and I was in my pajamas. That’s when the lightbulb when off in my head.
I hopped over to my little kitchen and looked in the cabinet. I spotted chocolate chips, a jar of peanut butter, and the paper baking cups you use for cupcakes and muffins. Bingo!
In just 30 minutes, this is what I created:
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 jar of peanut butter
- paper baking cups (used for cupcakes and muffins)
Note: Use as many chocolate chips and as much peanut butter as needed to create the number of peanut butter cups you desire. To create two peanut butter cups, I used about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and two tablespoons of peanut butter.
1. Put chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl (I used a small pyrex glass mixing bowl), and microwave for about 30-45 seconds, or until chocolate chips are melted. More chocolate chips means more microwaving time. It’s okay to check every 20-30 seconds to see how much more time is needed. The chocolate is the perfect consistency when it falls in a nice drizzle from your spoon but still coats the spoon. You do not want soupy chocolate!
2. Take a baking cup and spoon enough melted chocolate to cover the bottom and a little of the sides. This is the foundation of your peanut butter cup.
3. Take 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and place that on top of your chocolate. Spread the peanut butter out so that you create a circle, but make sure there is a ring of chocolate left on the outer edge. This will ensure that your peanut butter cup doesn’t turn into a chocolate peanut butter sandwich!
4. Spoon more melted chocolate on top to cover the peanut butter and fill in the edges.
5. Repeat the process for as many peanut butter cups as you would like to make.
6. Refrigerate the peanut cups for 30 minutes or until set. Take them out and enjoy!
Some recipes put confectioners sugar into the peanut butter to make it more like the consistency of a traditional Reese cup. To me, regular peanut butter works just as well, and you use less sugar!