Do you have a ton of multi-colored sugary candy left over from Halloween like I do? It rained all day long on Halloween in Ann Arbor, and we only had 15-20 soggy trick or treaters come to our door. We have a bowl full of Wonka candy and absolutely nothing to do with all of it. I really don’t want to end up eating all that sugary rainbow candy, so I’ve got to make something better to distract me, right? Homemade peanut butter cups will do just the trick.
These are so simple and delicious; I like to keep mine in the refrigerator for some extra crunch. This recipe is also extremely easy to multiply, so you can make dozens for holiday gifts. The recipe I’ll post makes about 4 dozen, but since these were just for me, I divided it and made 12. Not only is the quantity customizable, the flavor is as well. I added a pinch of sea salt to my filling, but you could add a pinch of cayenne, or use a flavored peanut butter. These are so much better than that big orange bag of reeses you have leftover, believe me.
#7 on my list of nostalgic childhood treats remade:
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar (depending on how oily your peanut butter is)
- 1 tsp sea salt (for filling or sprinkled on top)
- 32 oz. chocolate (milk, semi-sweet, dark… whatever you’re into)
- any extra fillings, toppings or coatings; go crazy!
First combine the peanut butter, butter/margarine, brown sugar and powdered sugar, along with any special additional ingredients you want to use. Stir this into a thick paste, almost the texture of playdough. Line a mini muffin tin with mini muffin papers.
Then melt your chocolate, I just used a double boiler, and divide half of it among the mini muffin liners, spread it out so chocolate is covering the entire bottom. Them put it in the refrigerator to set.
Place a peanut butter disk on top of each set chocolate bottom, then top with additional chocolate, make sure you get chocolate into that tiny space between the peanut butter disk and the paper liner! Push it down in there with a toothpick or something.
Then just try not to eat all of them at once. You can just go ahead and put that big bag of multi-colored halloween candy on the top shelf in the closet for a while… Let the kittens try to find it while you enjoy your homemade peanut buttery goodness.