Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
This homemade peanut butter cups recipe is a decadent improved version of the candy bar. The peanut butter is enrobed in rich dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, which gives the confections a shinier exterior due to the high level of cocoa butter. Choose a version of dark chocolate with seventy percent cocoa butter or higher for the most richness and shine. If you aren’t a fan of dark chocolate, the higher the percentage, the more bitter the chocolate will be. Dark chocolate is the best chocolate for indulging in because it contains a high number of flavonoids, an antioxidant, than any other variety of chocolate. Dark chocolate is also richer, and therefore, more satisfying to eat, which means you will eat less of this peanut butter cup recipe in one go. All you need to complete this chocolate recipe is a 12-cup muffin tin and some liners. These peanut butter cups would be perfect for your next Halloween party or Christmas confection when you want to create chocolate gift boxes for those you care about.
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1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
4 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
20 ounces dark chocolate, grated
Tools: 12 hole muffin tray
12 muffin liners
silicon pastry brush
In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and
salt until smooth; set aside.
Line muffin tray with paper or silicone liners.
Grate the chocolate into small shavings, and place 1/4 of the shavings into the top of a double boiler.
Over very low heat, begin to melt your chocolate, stirring slowly and frequently.
Tip: never melt chocolate over high heat, as you run the risk of ruining the consistency.
Be very careful not to get any water into your melting chocolate, as this will ruin it as well.
Add the remaining chocolate bit by bit, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes.
Once the chocolate has melted, keep the double boiler on the stove-top,
but turn off the heat.
If the chocolate begins to harden, simply turn on the heat to very low again.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of chocolate into the bottom of the muffin liners. Use your pastry brush to gently paint the chocolate half way up the muffin liners.
If the chocolate is too thin (meaning you can see through it and into the liner), just add a bit more.
Repeat for all 12 liners and then place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from freezer and spoon a heaping teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture on top, pressing it down gently with the back of a spoon.
Top with 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate, tapping on counter to smooth out and using the back of a spoon to smooth the rest of the chocolate so there are no gaps.
Repeat the process to fill all the holes in the tray.
Transfer entire muffin tray to freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden.
Store in airtight container in fridge or freezer.
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Nutrition Facts for: Homemade Peanut Butter Cups From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Natural creamy peanut butter, butter, confectioners' sugar, salt, dark chocolate.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 411, Calories from Fat 237, Total Fat 26.3g 40%, Saturated Fat 13.0g 65%, Cholesterol 15mg 5%, Sodium 243mg 10%, Potassium 316mg 9%, Carbohydrates 37.3g 12%, Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%, Sugars 31.3g, Protein 9.0g, Vitamin A 3%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 9%,Iron 17%
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