December 19, 2008

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Ingredients:
5 oz 70% dark chocolate
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon butter
12 roasted peanuts

Directions:
Line 12 wells of a mini muffin pan. Using an electric mixer, thoroughly combine the sugar and peanut butter. Set aside. In a small pan, melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Place about a teaspoon of chocolate in each lined well and use a small spatula to coat the sides and bottom of each liner. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture to each well. Cover each with remaining chocolate. Top each with a peanut. Refrigerate or place in a cool location until firm. Store uneaten chocolate cups in a cool, dry place.

Yield: 12 cups




My thoughts:
I am a big dark chocolate fan and rue the day that Hershey stopped making their dark chocolate Reese's Cup miniatures, they had a great chocolate to peanut butter ratio and weren't nearly as sweet as the milk chocolate ones. Luckily it is pretty quick and easy to make a homemade version. I like to use super dark chocolate but you could use something a little closer to semi-sweet if you'd prefer.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I can see this recipe getting me into a lot of trouble. Delicious trouble, but still... ;)

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  2. ohhh yay! first to comment! I am such a fan of your blog. everything i make is sooo great! those chocolate ice box cookies....a hit. I wanted to claim the praise for myself but i gave out the secret of your blog. So I will definetely be making these in the near future.

    thank you for your blog and keep it up.

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  3. I love peanut butter cups. Even more I love dark chocolate. Combine the two, I love it. They look great!

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  4. Can't wait to get home and try these. I have all the ingredients in the pantry, just waiting for you to give me some direction.

    Thanks!

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  5. oh...I used to make something really close to these when I lived in Ireland and craved peanut butter cups all the time. Thanks for reminding me!!!

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  6. You just rocked my world! And best thing, it is naturally gluten-free. Sorry, having terrible craving for dark chocolate and peanut butter right now and this post had great timing. Thanks for sharing!

    -Sea

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  7. You're gonna give Reese's a run for their money with these.

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  8. I will choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate any day-it's just so much more rich and decadent! I would never have thought about taking the time to make me own peanut butter cups but this looks so worth it!

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  9. I'd make them, but I assume you do mail order, right? Right?? No? Oh, well, to the kitchen, I guess!

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  10. These do sound good. I'll have to try these.

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  11. Hershey used to make dark chocolate Reese's miniatures?? How did I miss those? I'm a huge dark chocolate and huge peanut butter fan. These look AMAZING.

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  12. oh my, I must try these!!!!!!

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