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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Who doesn't love the classic and dynamic duo of chocolate and peanut butter?!


What I don't love sometimes though are all of the fillers that come along with store-bought candy. While it isn't necessarily practical to then decide to make all candy and chocolates from scratch -it is a fun activity to do every once in a while, especially if you have children in the times of COVID when you are looking for more activities to do at home!


This recipe is SO easy. It involves just a few ingredients and I'm not going to lie to you- it may be hard to go back to store-bought after trying out how good homemade can taste. ;)


The recipe is also amazing for anyone who has allergies and can't eat the traditional candy brands at the store. You can sub any nut butter for the peanut butter (or even a non-nut butter like Sunbutter if you have a child with severe nut allergies)



Makes: 6 large (think King Size) peanut butter cups

Time: 20 minutes prep + 30 minutes to chill


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Tools Needed:


Kitchen scale (optional)

Silicone Mold or Muffin Pan*

Measuring cups and spoons

Mixing bowls and spoons


* If you don't have a silicone mold or want to go without using one (it definitely adds SUCH a fun festive touch, but is not essential) you can line a muffin pan with silicone or paper liners and use that instead.


Ingredients:


Chocolate Shell:

  • 8 ounces (approx. 1 cup) chocolate chips or chunks of your choice,

* I like to use Enjoy Life Chocolate when trying to bake "cleaner" -great for children with allergies!

  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (any other nut butter works here)

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (to taste, some nut butters are saltier than others)

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil



DIRECTIONS


  • Chocolate Shell: Melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals. Stir each time. Once it has just melted, spoon the first layer of chocolate into your mold, pushing it up on the edges a little. Set in the fridge to cool while making the filling.

  • Peanut Butter Filling: Combine peanut butter, salt, maple syrup and coconut oil. Microwave for about 30 seconds so that it can all combine easily. Stir well.

  • Spoon peanut butter in the center of the chocolate "cup" and put back in the fridge to cool for at least 5 minutes.

  • Finish your peanut butter cups by spreading the final layer of chocolate over the top. Make sure you do this one at a time, because the chocolate will start to harden as soon as it hits the cold peanut butter/chocolate already in the mold!

  • Set back in the fridge for at least 5 minutes or until solid.

Enjoy!!


-xoxo JBakes

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