Peanut butter cups are one of my favorite candies to make... I find the simple, repetitive nature of them relaxing. The recipe for the filling is simple, and can easily be doubled or tripled if you want to have plenty of treats to give away. I doubled this recipe last time and it made a little over 125 cups.
The supplies:peanut butter cup candy mold traysextra dark chocolate (no tempering required) paper mini-cupschocolate squeeze bottle 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted 1/8 teaspoon salt
To make the peanut butter filling, simply melt the butter in a small microwave safe bowl, microwaving for 30 seconds at a time at half power, stirring in between each interval. Pour into a larger mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to combine it with the peanut butter, confectioner's sugar, and salt until well blended and makes a thick, dough-like texture.
To assemble, first melt the chocolate in a double boiler. I have a handy-dandy enamel double boiler pan that my stepmother Kim bought for me on our last antique treasure hunt :). But, a glass or metal bowl set on top of a pan filled with about an inch of water will do just fine. Keep the heat on the stove very low and stir the chocolate bits frequently so they don't burn.
The chocolate should be shiny and smooth with a thin consistency
Fill the squeeze bottle with the melted chocolate and line the candy mold trays with the paper cups. Fill the bottom of each cup with a little bit of chocolate and let it harden.
Roll a small amount of peanut butter filling (the size of a small marble) and squeeze between your thumb and forefinger to flatten on two sides. Place the peanut butter disc in each cup on top of the hardened layer of chocolate and be sure to leave room around the sides so chocolate can fill in around it.
Now squeeze chocolate around the edges of the peanut butter and over the top to cover it. Tap the tray on a hard surface to make sure all air bubbles come to the surface.
Simply let the chocolate harden and then enjoy! I'd recommend not eating 15 of them in one sitting like I did immediately after finishing this batch, but good luck resisting that temptation.