For anyone who’s ever wondered “How do they get the peanut butter inside the cup?” we’ve got news for you! Making peanut butter cups at home couldn’t be easier. In fact, they take under an hour to bake and only require four ingredients. The important thing to remember when making these is how to combat sticky peanut butter. You know the old saying about peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth? Well, these treats make that look like child's play. To create these confectionary dreams like a pro, keep a bowl of cold water beside you. Simply wet hands lightly before handling the peanut butter and you’ll stay non-sticky.
Cooking for one, but battling with your sweet tooth? Divide peanut butter cups between snack size bags and freeze for up to 2 months. These treats are delectable straight from the freezer or thawed.
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
3 - 225gram bags white or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch kosher salt
30 mini aluminum or paper cupcake wrappers
1. Arrange the cupcake wrappers in a mini cupcake tin or on a rimmed baking sheet.
2. Arrange a large metal or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Add the chocolate chips to bowl and melt until smooth.
3. In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar and salt. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
4. Add 1 teaspsoon of melted chocolate into the bottom of each of the cupcake wrappers. Using a small pastry brush or the back of a small spoon, spread the chocolate up the sides of the wrappers to form a thin even layer. This layer should be thin, but not transparent. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, keep chocolate on the double boiler to stay hot.
6. Wet hands gently and divide the peanut butter into 30 discs wide enough to fit inside the wrapper.
7. Divide the remaining chocolate over top of each peanut butter disc and smooth with the back of a spoon to seal the peanut butter cup. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanda Garbutt