Sweet Tooth ~ Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Today's Sweet Tooth is a delicious recipe that Ryan and I made last weekend: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups. They are mighty tasty.

Trust me. You want to try these.

I got the recipe for these peanut butter cups from Sweetest Kitchen who got it from Have Cake Will Travel. I made a few changes so I'm going to write out the recipe here to keep it from getting too complicated. But if you're one of those people who measures everything precisely, just head over to Have Cake Will Travel (for the whole food/all natural version) or Sweetest Kitchen (regular processed ingredients). They'll give you all that. I'm more of a make-it-work kind of girl when it comes to cooking.

I don't actually like the taste of peanut butter, but I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. (I know. It's weird.) So after we whipped up the topping, I thought it tasted too peanut buttery, so we added 1 1/2 tablespoons of powdered sugar to the filling (as I listed). If you want more of the peanut butter taste to shine through, use either the brown sugar or the powdered, but not both.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Adapted from Sweetest Kitchen and Have Cake Will Travel

Makes 12

Ingredients:

Outer layer:

     1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

     2 tablespoons peanut butter

     1 shake of salt (you won't taste it - I promise!)

Filling:

     3/4 cup peanut butter

     1/3 cup light brown sugar

     1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar

     1 shake of salt

You already have the stuff for it. So just make some tonight. You know you want to.

Here's what to do:

-Pop 12 paper cupcake liners into a muffin tin.

-Using a ghetto-fab double boiler (or a real one if you're high class) melt together chocolate, peanut butter, and salt. Stir like crazy and remove from heat when smooth.

-Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate into each cupcake liner and spread it with the back of a spoon. (We made our layer a little too thick so we ended up needing more chocolate, so go easy on it unless you want to double the chocolate chips needed.) The chocolate should completely cover the bottom of the liner and go up the sides a little bit.

-Pop these babies in the freezer to harden while you whip up the filling.

-Stir together peanut butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and salt.

-Scoop the filling mixture into the chocolate cups and spread with the back of the spoon.

-Pop back into the freezer. Make sure your chocolate is still melted.

-Spoon the melted chocolate over the top and spread to cover all of the peanut butter.

-Freeze for 10 minutes to harden throughout before eating.

-If any peanut butter cups survive the initial taste, store them in the fridge to keep the chocolate from melting.

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