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Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups
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These peanut butter cups are seriously one of my favorite treats ever. They are pretty simple to make and can EASILY be made in a pan instead of in individual cups (which is a huge time saver). They also freeze super well so you can make them in advance, which is also a bonus.
Peanut Butter Cups
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 48-60 cups or 1 large jelly roll pan full
Recipe adapted from Claudia Halterman
1/2 package graham crackers, rolled fine
1 lb powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, melted
2 C peanut butter
3 bags milk chocolate chips
1 t shortening
3 T peanut butter for decoration
small cups (optional)
mini muffin tins
1. Crush up the graham crackers. I use a mini food processor. These are so great and can be purchased for under $10 at Wal Mart.
2. Place the butter in a medium sized mixing bowl and melt the butter in the microwave.
3. Add the peanut butter, graham crackers, and powdered sugar to the butter. Using a wooden spoon, stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
4. In a glass measuring cup melt the chocolate 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each cooking interval. When the chocolate is almost melted, let it sit for about 1 minutes. The heat from the chocolate will melt the remaining chips.
5. Stir the shortening into the melted chocolate.
6. Put the cups in the mini muffin tins.
7. Place about a teaspoon of chocolate in the bottom of each cup.

8. Roll the peanut butter mixture into balls and place on top of the chocolate.

9. Add another teaspoon or so of chocolate on top of the peanut butter ball and smooth it out with a butter knife.

10. Melt 3 T of peanut butter in the microwave and then drizzle it over the top of the cups.
11. Slide them into the refrigerator to let them set.

12. When I am in a hurry….or quite frankly, just out of patience I press the peanut butter mixture into a pan and spread the chocolate on top. Throw it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set up and you are good to go! This makes for a quick DELICOUS treat.
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5 Comments

  1. 1
    December 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, I love how fast and easy this looks. Although I am quite a mess when it comes to melting chocolate. Over from roll call.

  2. 2
    December 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    My husband is going to LOVE me for this one. Thanks Jamie!

  3. 3
    December 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I make something similar to this, but in ball form (like the oreo balls you have up here). I just posted about them recently also. They are so good! One of my christmas favorites. never thought to make them look like reese's cups though – what a great idea! :)

  4. 4
    December 13, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I just made these on Saturday! Easy and oh so delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!! P.S. I made a “goodie” bag for a friend which included the pb cups and your french bread. Big hit!

  5. 5
    Michelle
    December 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I tried this recipie tonight. I would recommend buying the powdered sugar in a one pound bag. Also, you can put the chocolate in a glass bowl, and set your micorwave to 70% power for one minute to melt a bag of chocolate at a time, than stir and add 10-15 seconds at the same power level to finish melting the chocolate till almost smooth. I also recommend putting the peanut butter mixture in the freezer to make the balls easier to roll. Just some thoughts, it tastes great.

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