Peanut butter and chocolate is just a perfect combination. It brings together sweet, salty and chocolatey so what’s not to like? My boyfriend recently made homemade peanut butter so he wanted to try making a dessert out of it. He made these fantastic peanut butter cups based on Reese’s candy only with dark chocolate. The only complication was melting the chocolate chips smoothly, but he was able to figure out a way to mimic a double boiler by using a flat bowl and a sauce pot. It melted the chocolate smoothly without risking burning the chocolate or creating a lumpy consistency. The peanut butter cups were ridiculously good. The chocolate was just a basic semi-sweet chocolate chip and the hero was the homemade peanut butter. If you have a food processor, it’s one of the best things to try making at home. You can use store bought peanut butter for this recipe, but if you have time to make your own for it I would highly recommend it!
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
(makes 12 cups)
- 14 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2-2/3 cup smooth peanut butter (homemade or store bought)
- Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cupcake cups.
- Heat water until boiling in a sauce pot and place the chocolate chips in a large flat bowl on top of the sauce pot. Boil for several minutes until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Pour a thin layer of chocolate onto the bottom of each cup (about 4 mm thick but it can be changed based on preference).
- Scoop a rounded tsp of peanut butter onto the layer of chocolate and flatten slightly with a spoon.
- Pour chocolate over the peanut butter until completely covered.
- Place the tray in the refrigerator to cool until solid.