Jess’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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Who doesn’t love a Reese’s peanut butter cup? Pretty much everyone enjoys peanut butter cups, and they are not that difficult to make at home! I’ve adapted this recipe to my tastes, and I think it is one everyone will enjoy…so let’s get started:

Jess’s Peanut Butter Cups

1 cup butter or margarine, melted   

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (graham crackers work, too)

2 cups confectioners’ sugar                    

1 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

4 tablespoons peanut butter

In a medium bowl, mix together the butter or margarine, vanilla wafer crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.

In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares

OR if you want shaped peanut butter cups, make the filling and melt the chocolate as above, then spray some Pam into candy molds, silicone bakeware, or if you’re desperate, mini muffin tins. You can do this the easy way or the hard way…

Easy way: Put a tablespoon or so of filling in each cavity, smash down with your (clean) fingers until they are relatively flat, and pour chocolate over the filling to fill each cavity. Smooth chocolate with back of spoon if necessary. Put in the freezer for about 5 minutes to harden the chocolate, then unmold.

Hard way: Put a small amount of melted chocolate in the bottom of the cavity, and with a (clean) paintbrush, brush the chocolate up the sides of the mold. Put in freezer for a few minutes, then take the candy mold out of the freezer, fill cavities 2/3 full of peanut butter filling, pushing down as before. Then pour chocolate over the top of the filling to completely fill the mold. Smooth chocolate with back of spoon if necessary. Put in freezer for about 5 minutes, then unmold.

 

I find that these are really easy, always a hit at parties and bake sales, and pretty fun to make…so give homemade peanut butter cups a try! Also, I like a little crunch in my peanut butter cup, which makes the vanilla wafers perfect for this, but if you prefer a smoother peanut butter filling, simply substitute an equal amount of graham crackers for the vanilla wafers and you are good to go! Also, these refrigerate and freeze well, so don’t worry if you make too many! As you can see from the heart-shaped peanut butter cup above, these make a fabulous and easy Valentine’s Day Dessert or Treat for your Sweet!

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