Homemade peanut butter cups are the ultimate treat for those who revel in the classic combination of nutty, creamy peanut butter and silky, rich chocolate. This iconic sweet treat, reminiscent of a popular candy brand, is elevated to new heights when made from scratch in your own kitchen. Crafting these delectable delights allows you to customize the peanut butter filling to your liking and experience the satisfaction of biting through a crisp chocolate shell to reveal the perfect blend of sweet and savory goodness. In this article, we’ll dive into the world of homemade peanut butter cups, uncovering the secrets to creating this beloved confectionery classic right at home.
What You Need
For the Peanut Butter Filling:
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Chocolate Coating:
- 8 ounces (about 1 1/3 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
What To Do
Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. This will make it easier to remove the peanut butter cups later.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined, and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. If using a microwave, heat in 20-second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted.
Place a small spoonful of the melted chocolate into the bottom of each cupcake liner, ensuring it covers the bottom evenly. This forms the base of your peanut butter cups.
Spoon a small amount of the peanut butter filling onto the center of each chocolate-coated base. Press it down slightly to flatten.
Cover the peanut butter filling with the remaining melted chocolate, ensuring it covers the peanut butter entirely and reaches the edges of the cupcake liner.
Place the muffin tin in the refrigerator and let the peanut butter cups chill for at least 1 hour, or until the chocolate is firm.
Once the peanut butter cups are set, remove them from the muffin tin and paper liners. Enjoy your homemade peanut butter cups, and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
These homemade peanut butter cups are a delicious treat that combines the creamy richness of peanut butter with the sweetness of chocolate. They are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth or for sharing with friends and family.