Cole and I went to see the The King's Speech with his mom with an AMC gift card that UJ sent us (Thanks UJ!). Since we were getting a freebie, I decided to stick with the theme and make some movie candy at home. Shh, don't tell the movie police. These homemade peanut butter cups are super easy and quite yummy. I actually am more of a milk chocolate person, but the dark chocolate in these cups certainly make them taste like something a little more gourmet and special.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
12 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening
¾ cup peanut butter
¼ cup butter
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons of tea biscuits or graham crackers, finely ground crumbs pinch of salt
- Prepare a miniature muffin tin with mini cupcake liners.
- Combine chocolate and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Temper or melt chocolate by heating in microwave on 15-30 second increments, stirring frequently until melted and shiny.
- Place 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate in each liner with a small spoon or pastry brush, spreading evenly and bringing the chocolate coating up around the sides of the liner without going over. Refrigerate cups until chocolate is firm.
- While the cups are in the fridge, stir together peanut butter, butter, sugar, crumbs, and salt. You can melt this mixture in a sauce pan over low heat on the stove or in the microwave so it's easier to add to the cups.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter paste into all mini cupcake liners, pressing down gently to make sure the filling is packed in well and the cups are about 3/4 full. Place in fridge to firm up, for about 20 minutes.
- Finally, add 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate to each cup, smoothing chocolate with back of spoon until the peanut butter filling of each cup is entirely covered.
- Place peanut butter cups back in the fridge until firm or at least 1 hour.