Peanut Butter Cups

Easy to make and incredibly delicious!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups 12 oz chocolate, I use Wilton’s chocolate
  • 1/4 cup shortening, I use organic shortening
  • Mini-muffin pan(s)
  • Paper cups (mini muffin size)
  • Option: sprinkles, etc

*I always have extra filling, so have more chocolate on hand.

Directions:

  • In a small bowl combine the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and vanilla; cover and set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl (or in a double boiler), melt chocolate chips and shortening. (See note below)
  • Place paper cups in the mini-muffin pan and put about a teaspoon of chocolate in each.
  • Roll the peanut butter filling into a small ball and slightly flatten into a disc.
  • Set the peanut butter disc filling on top of the chocolate and then cover with a second teaspoon of chocolate, use spoon to smooth.
  • If you are choosing to decorate these with sprinkles, etc, now is the time.
  • Refrigerate to set. Once they have set a bit I remove them from the muffin pan and place them on a cookie sheet to completely set so that I can use the muffin pan to make more.

Why Add Shortening to Chocolate? From TLC

If you’re melting chocolate to use in such items as chocolate covered strawberries, often times a recipe will call for added shortening. This is because the addition of shortening creates a smoother and more manageable consistency than melted chocolate alone. Doing this helps to make a more evenly coated product.

The ratio between shortening and chocolate is very straightforward. You simply add 1/2 teaspoon of shortening to each ounce of chocolate, melting the combination and stirring until it is smooth. Remember: Do not use butter or margarine because both of these contain water, which can ruin the melting process.

The issue with water cannot be overemphasized. Whether you use a double boiler, microwave, or direct heat to melt your chocolate, you must always make sure that all of your utensils are completely dry. Any amount of moisture may cause chocolate to “seize,” or clump and harden. If this happens, add shortening using the previously prescribed ratio.


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