Well guys, the commercial push for Easter is in full swing, meaning grocery store aisles are filled with sugary morsels in pastel packaging. I’m not even a huge sweets fan, but there is something about the seasonal peanut butter cups (you know the ones) that are SO delicious. Is it the fun shapes? The peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio? I don’t know!
The good news is, today I’m sharing a recipe to create your own peanut butter cup treats at home. While the texture is similar to what you’re used to, the dark chocolate is just the right amount of bittersweet and the salt really brings it all together.
When you make sweets at home, you control what goes into them. So while they’re not health food by any means, they are better for you than the store-bought versions. If you’re worried about eating them all yourself, try bringing them to your coworkers, neighbors or friends. Trust me, they will eat them right up!
adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
makes about 18-20 peanut butter cups
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4-1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 cups dark chocolate chips (one 11.5-oz bag)
2 tablespoons cup coconut oil
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar. Stir constantly until everything has completely melted. There will still be a little bit of graininess from the brown sugar – that’s okay. Stir in powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time. You’re looking for a relatively stiff mixture, but shouldn’t need more than 1 cup! Scoop the mixture into a clean bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
While the peanut butter mixture cools, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside, then line your mini muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
Once completely cooled, form the peanut butter mixture into little discs. They should be smaller in diameter than the muffin cups and about a half inch high. Place each disc on the lined cookie sheet, then refrigerate.
Next, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over a double boiler (visual instructions here) or using the microwave in short bursts, stirring after each. Once completely melted and smooth, use a teaspoon to scoop chocolate into lined muffin cup. Lightly tap the filled tray on the counter to remove bubbles and even out the chocolate. Place in the refrigerator to harden for 15-20 minutes.
Now it’s time for assembly! Place one peanut butter disc in each chocolate-lined muffin cup, then add melted chocolate until the sides and top are completely covered. (If your melted chocolate has hardened, reheat using the same method and stir until all lumps have dissolved.) While the chocolate in each cup is still soft, sprinkle with a tiny pinch of Maldon sea salt flakes or coarse sea salt.
Refrigerate for 15-20 more minutes, or until completely hardened. At this point, your treats are read to enjoy! Store the cups in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 5 days. (They won’t last that long, I promise!)