March 1, 2011

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

 

Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day!  Yes, that's what it really is today.  To celebrate, I thought I'd make my family some peanut butter cups.  These are so easy and so close to the taste of store bought that you will never want to buy them again!  Try experimenting with crushed pretzels, nuts, etc. 


Ingredients:


  • 2 c milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter 
  • 2 tbsp confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tbsp graham cracker crumbs

Directions:


Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth.

Place cupcake tins with paper inserts inside a cupcake pan.  Drizzle a thin layer of the melted chocolate in the bottom of each cup.  Place the pan in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until chocolate is set.

In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, confectioners' sugar and graham cracker crumbs.  Spoon about a teaspoon or so of the peanut butter on top of the chocolate, smoothing with the back of the spoon.  Be sure to leave a 1/8-inch thick outside rim of chocolate untouched by the peanut butter.

Place the chocolate back in the microwave and melt again in 30 second increments, until smooth.  Drizzle enough chocolate into each cup over the peanut butter so that there is a flat top surface of chocolate.  If there are any air bubbles, gently pop them with a toothpick.  Place in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until chocolate is set.

Carefully peel the paper from the peanut butter cups.

Enjoy!










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