Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Well this past week has been nothing short of crazy and super exciting! I had full intentions of getting tons of baking done over the weekend, but then something happened.

This little girl happened.

Yep! My brother and SIL had their beautiful little girl on Friday morning! Baby Avery was born on November 30th (she sure likes keeping us all on our toes wondering what month she was going to be born in!). Isn't she just the most beautiful little girl in the world? I just cannot even get enough of her! I just always want to be around her, I cant handle it! Whenever I'm not around her, I am just thinking about her the whole time! And shes not even my own child. I can only imagine what it'll be like when I do have a baby of my own.

With all of the excitement of the weekend, I haven't had much time to bake (other than the cookie swap cookies- more on that next week).

So today, I am sharing with you the Homemade Peanut Butter Cups I made a few weeks back.

Seriously, these are so amazing! They taste just like the store-bought kind, yet sooooooooo much better! Oh, and I should also mention that they are made with dark chocolate, not milk chocolate. This makes them so rich and perfect, at least to my liking, but if you are more of a milk chocolate person, feel free to make it that way too. Either way, they are so easy to make. All you need is a candy mold in the shape of a peanut butter cup (or any other mold you would like), dark or milk chocolate, and peanut butter. That's all. So easy. You could even go so far as to put in homemade peanut butter, and give it an extra "homemade" taste. But either way I hope you get the chance to make them soon, because they are so worth it. And you can feel a little bit better about eating them too, because they are homemade and you know there aren't those nasty preservatives that you get in the ones at the store. So I hope you can make these soon :)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups | Printable Recipe

tools:
ingredients:
  • up to an entire bag (12 oz) mini chocolate chips, as needed
  • vegetable oil, as needed to thin out melted chocolate
  • up to 2 cups peanut butter (1/2 tsp per peanut butter cup), store bought or homemade
 directions:
  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the candy molds and bottles. Water will make the chocolate seize so make sure to dry them well. Melt chocolate (1/4 cup or less at a time) in melting bottle 30 seconds at a time in microwave, until fully melted. Do not put in microwave more than 30 seconds at a time. It could burn the chocolate. If needed, add a little bit of oil (start with 1/8 tsp and work up if needed) to thin out the chocolate a little bit. Stir with a knife or by pinching the outsides of the bottle until the chocolate is fully mixed.
  2. Using the bottle with the lipped lid on, make a lining in the mold just covering the bottom and sides to form a bowl shape. Don't fill all the way, because you want a bowl shape to put the peanut butter in. Make sure there are no parts that are showing the mold. You don't want areas for the peanut butter to come out. Once you have made bowls out of all of the cups, place the candy mold into the freezer for about 5-10 minutes, until the chocolate is set.
  3. Using a small spoon or a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, fill in the bowl shapes with the peanut butter, flattening the tops. Take the bottle with the melted chocolate and fill the remaining mold with chocolate, closing off the peanut butter cup. Once all of them are done, return to freezer for another 10 minutes until set. Pop out of mold and place in refrigerator to stay cold and set. Store in airtight container for up to a week.
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7 comments :

  1. so funny that Avery was born the day you were supposed to be at Mixed! good thing you didn't go!! congrats to you for being an auntie and your sis for being a mommy!! i hope everyone is well :) i mean, who wouldn't be when she's got a sis who can make amazing pb cups like these!! love!

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  2. Yey for Avery! :) What a blessing! I wish I could hold her. :) These look so nice! I am going to make them cuz we dont get them here :) So this post is such a bonus! :) xxxx

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  3. Have to say, when we were there at Thanksgiving (when Avery decided NOT to arrive!) and tasted these ... all I can say is OMG, the BEST! If I make these your dad's sugar #'s will go through the ceiling, but I probably could bribe him to do pretty much anything if I said I had some of these for him. Kind of like your brother bribing you with Avery to cook for him! haha

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  4. Aww... baby! :)

    And whoa. Straight up peanut butter peanut butter cups. I'll have to try that out!

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  5. Nothing is better than peanut butter cups! And homemade just blew my socks off!

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