Last week Rick and I thought we would make some peanut butter cups! I love making candy, there is something satisfying about it. Maybe it’s that when you unwrap candy from the store it seems like something complicated that you’d never be able to reproduce, but then in the kitchen it’s often very easy and (somewhat) quick to do. “Reese’s” peanut butter cups is one of those things. They probably take about an hour at the very most to make.
There are two ways to make this, the vegan way and the non-vegan way. Both are delicious. I am going to post the recipe for the non-vegan way because it’s creamier and more like the Hershey’s candy, but the only thing you’d really change to make it vegan is buy dairy-free chocolate chips, and replace the butter with the vegan alternative. If you are making the non-vegan version, I’d suggest that you definitely buy the milk chocolate chips. It makes a world of difference!
Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
mini-muffin paper liners
1 c. peanut butter
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 TBS softened butter
1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
1 TBS shortening
To make the filling: Cream together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. Roll into teaspoon sized balls, I made about 36 total. If the filling is difficult to work with try sticking it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let it harden.
To make the chocolate coating: Melt in whatever way you prefer. I use the microwave. Every 30 seconds I take the bowl out and stir it until there are no chocolate chip chunks.
To assemble the candy: Line the muffin pan with the paper liners, and drop the chocolate inside each liner by the teaspoon-full (I would say that I used about half a regular sized spoon of chocolate in each liner).
Place a peanut butter ball in the center of each dollop of chocolate, pressing down slightly so that the chocolate comes partway up the sides of the peanut better.
Drop the remaining chocolate by the teaspoon full on top of the peanut butter (I used slightly less chocolate for the tops then the bottoms). Using your fingers, swirl the chocolate so that it covers the peanut butter completely. By doing a little swirl/lift you can make a pretty design!
At this point I will either let the chocolates set naturally on the countertop, or if I have a second batch to assemble I will stick the first batch in the freezer for 10 minutes so that the chocolate sets enough for me to lift out each candy and make some more!