Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Easy Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Three things led me to try this recipe, if you even want to call it such because it's so simple. And they were:

No. 1 - Simplicity.

No. 2 - The heat wave we suffered through last month. Good lawd it was hot down here, and it wasn't even May! What happened to my beloved Spring? I had no desire to turn on the oven, that's for sure. The heat led me to...

No. 3 - Refrigeration. Brad likes his candy, cookies, etc. kept in the fridge. Don't ask me why he does this; I think it's some holdover from living Down East with super-high humidity that leads you to keep everything in the fridge so it doesn't go soft.

The hardest thing about this project is layering the ingredients in the cups. If you use larger cups you'll be done in no time, but you might want to do yourself a favor and double the recipe because these babies won't last long!

Easy Peanut Butter Cups
Adapted from Martha Stewart

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Ingredients

4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons chocolate-covered sunflower seeds or other chopped nuts

Directions
1. Put liners in two 12-cup mini muffin pans. Set aside.
2. Place white chocolate and peanut butter in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave 1 minute then remove and stir. Microwave another 1 to 1.5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3. Place semisweet chocolate in separate microwaveable bowl. Microwave 1 minute then remove and stir. Microwave another 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Using spoons or plastic squeeze bottles, layer semisweet chocolate and peanut butter mixture in liners, beginning and ending with chocolate. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds or nuts.
5. Freeze pans for 15 minutes to set mixtures. Bring to room temperature before serving. (Unless you like your candy cold, like Brad!)

20 comments:

  1. SO cute! Only negative is that I don't get to try one.

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  2. Those look so good. Don't you just love those chocolate sunflower seeds? We do not have Trader Joe's in Texas (what a shame!) A local boutique has them and I tried them once. The humidity is killing us here too. Too soon!

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  3. Oh, yes, I can see why you wanted these! I probably would have eaten them all though!

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  4. Looks good and I'm with you on your reasons for chosing this recipe.

    Btw, I just found some of those candy coated sunflower seeds. Haven't tried them yet.
    ~ingrid

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  5. Oh, my! As much as I love Reese's I can't believe I haven't made these yet. They look fantastic! I'm going to HAVE to try them.

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  6. I just came across you blog. I love the look of these and I love Reese's. Since I can't get them here in UK I will have to make these....yippee!

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  7. I've made this. It's fantastic.

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  8. These are very tasty! I ran out of bittersweet chocolate 1/2 way thru, so I just used white chocolate for the rest & they turned out even better (I think anyways!) Thanks for the recipe

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  9. Thanks, everybody! Definitely give them a try.

    And Ellie! So glad you like them. And thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Those are sooo cute! I love the look of those candied sunflower seeds. They really make the cups adorable!

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  11. I love the sunflower seeds - such a cool idea! Yum!

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  12. I saw your photo on tastespotting and popped in to see if those were sunflower seeds. I saw them once but didn't get them and now I can't find them anywhere. They look great on your pb cups!

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  13. Very cute! These look like they could put Reese's to shame.

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  14. PB and Chocolate, what a great combination! Oh how I wish they could touch my lips! lol Those look absolutely delicious!

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  15. Love those colorful sunflower seeds & yep, ditto on the heat! I have been dragging through 100* temps for almost a week the past few days & I'm about tuckered out! I don't mind the hot weather but generally expect it in August! Keep up the great blogging!

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  16. MMMMMM...they look so appetizing!!! Lovely picture too!!

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  17. Oh Abby thanks so much for this recipe, I cannot find easily the real ones here... The pairing nerds candies/lime was great, even adults liked it... :-)

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  18. I had to come and tell you I made these and they are just wonderful !!! Thanks again for the recipe. I am going to have to look around and see if I can find those covered sunflower seeds around here they just look so cute. I made them full size though as I didn't have two mini pans. This size is for "sharing".....

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  19. Delicious looking and delicious tasting and quite simple to make! I've tried this before. These were pure delight and I'm sure to make them again.

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