Sunday, December 14, 2008

Easy Peanut Butter Cups

I am always hesitant to make candy because I have yet to deal with the whole candy thermometer issue. So when I saw this recipe using nothing but the microwave and the freezer to prepare, I was sold! I used chocolate chips instead of the baking chocolate, which some people may not recommend because chips don't always melt as easily. I really had no problem!

As you can see by my pictures, I ran out of chocolate for the top layer. I think I layered way too much on the bottom, so I was left with only a dollop of chocolate for the top. No matter, because they still taste the same (delicious) and Chuck recommends that you eat them cold!

Easy Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 24 cups

4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped

Line two 12-cup mini muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate and peanut butter. Microwave, until almost melted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place semisweet chocolate in another microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, stirring once or twice, until almost melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Dividing evenly, use a spoon to layer semisweet chocolate and peanut-butter mixture into liners, beginning and ending with chocolate; sprinkle with peanuts.
Place muffin pans in freezer until peanut butter cups are firm, about 15 minutes. Bring to room temperature before serving.

7 comments:

lovestoeat said...

mmmm hello delicious

bakingblonde said...

YUM! I bet they would be great chopped into pieces and used in cookies and brownies!! MMMMM

Katie said...

YUM! Love it!!

Joelen said...

These look great! I've been seeing quite a few Everday Food recipes and I'll have to check that out... maybe for a subscription!

Brooke said...

Um...can I come visit?

Melissa said...

Chocolate & peanut butter is one of my biggest weaknesses. I can't think of anything better than this. I'm with you on the candy thermometer thing - these look easy and great!

Elizabeth said...

Claude let me try one last night!!!! OMG DELICIOUS!!! My two favorite things- peanut butter and chocolate!