I would choose cake or cookies over candy any day, but the one piece of candy that I can’t live without is a Reese’s cup. There is just nothing better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to try making my own homemade version. These are absolutely killer. Made of only three ingredients, they are free of all of the preservatives and additives found in store bought candy and they are so much fun to make. Chocolate, peanut butter and a sprinkle of sea salt are all you need to have this bite sized treat ready in under an hour.
I poured a layer of melted chocolate into the bottom of a paper cupcake liner. Then, I added a spoonful of peanut butter, spread it out slightly, and poured additional melted chocolate on top. These set in the freezer fairly quickly (about 20-25 minutes) and then I peeled the cupcake liner off and stored them in an airtight container in the fridge. Done!
I couldn’t choose one type of chocolate, so I made some with dark and some with milk. I personally liked the milk chocolate ones better (reminded me more of an actual Reese’s cup), but it definitely depends on your chocolate preference. I’m thinking it would be good to have a stash of these in my freezer at all times. They’re the perfect bite sized treat to end your day and would definitely quickly fix any chocolate craving emergencies.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Yield: about 12
*Amounts are approximate, since it really depends on how much chocolate and peanut butter you want to use per cup.
Around 1/2 lb. dark or milk chocolate (best to use high quality chocolate)
About 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
Lay out 12 paper cupcake liners on a plate or tray. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Keep the heat at medium high to high and stir chocolate until completely melted. Use a spoon to pour a little of the chocolate into each paper liner, so that the bottom of the liner is completely covered. Then drop a spoonful (about 2 teaspoons worth) of peanut butter on top of the chocolate and use the back of a spoon to spread it a little. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of melted chocolate to cover the peanut butter completely. Sprinkle each peanut butter cup with a little sea salt. Place the tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, or until completely set. Peel off the wrappers and enjoy or store in the fridge until ready to eat.