Monday, February 14, 2011
So I like to cook... sometimes. ok, ok, just sweets.
Are you drooling yet? Homemade peanut butter cups. How bout now? I made these for Steve for V-day since he is addicted to the things. They are SO simple, and if I do say so myself they are DELICIOUS. So you want to make them yourself? You can. Here's how
Before I start I apologize if my directions seem strange... My dad always just makes things up for recipes to improve them and experiment, maybe that's where I get it. I tried to make it more exact so you folks could actually try this and succeed. You cant really go wrong though. I forgot the salt and they were still delicious.
All you will need
One bag of chocolate chips. Anything that is sweetened should work. You could probably even melt chocolate bars and use that. Why not?
I cup Peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
I just stuck them in a bag and smashed them with my hands.
First Melt a bag of chocolate chips
I put them all in a pan and added a bit of oil (sorry this isn't exact, id say maybe a tablespoon) just enough to make it a bit creamier and prevent it from sticking to the sides of the pan.
Put your cupcake liners in the cupcake pan. (I used the minis)
Fill each cup making sure to get the chocolate up on the side. I just used a knife to push the chocolate up on the edges. Don't be afraid to use a lot.
Make sure you leave enough chocolate for the top of the cups (about a 1/4 of the mix)
Stick the liners with chocolate in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until hardened.
While those are cooling you can make the peanut butter mix
Stir together Peanut butter, powdered sugar, graham crackers and salt (I just stirred them together with a spoon until they were mixed well)
Put the peanut butter mixture in a zip lock back and cut a small corner off. This is my homemade, ghetto version of an icing bag. Works great and is less messy. fill the cups with peanut butter. Try not to fill above the line of chocolate on the side. You can spread the peanut butter around if you like to even it out. It doesn't have to be perfect, no stress.
Use the remaining chocolate (use the same zip lock bag method) and add chocolate to the top of the cup. Then smooth out the chocolate so it covers the peanut butter and seals the edges.
Stick them in the fridge to cool the chocolate and there you have it, you have delicious peanut butter cups!
They are so much better then the store bought kind. Seriously. Steve almost ate the entire pan in one day! I had a few as well.