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Peanut Butter Cups

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The homemade version of this classic candy is considerably better than what you used to get in your trick-or-treat bucket.

  • Yield: Makes 36

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1996

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups smooth peanut butter, preferably all-natural
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 36 1 3/8-inch paper candy cups

Directions

  1. Combine sugar, peanut butter, and butter in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until combined. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip, and set aside.

  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Keep melted chocolate over hot water near work area. Use a small spoon or small paintbrush to coat insides of the paper candy cups with the melted chocolate, making sure to cover the bottom and sides well. Transfer cups to a rimmed baking sheet or muffin tins (which will keep the cups from sliding around). Transfer to freezer until set, about 10 minutes.

  3. Remove cold chocolate cups from the freezer. Pipe peanut-butter filling into each cup until three-quarters full. Spoon melted chocolate into each cup to cover. Return to the freezer until set, 15 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Notes

The paper cups used to mold the chocolate shells are available at specialty baking stores and by mail order.

Reviews Add a comment

  • MS10233293
    15 FEB, 2014
    A little time consuming to make, but absolutely worth it. I'll be making these again. The peanut butter filling alone is amazing! Mine was too thick to pipe, so I rolled into balls. I used a paintbrush to spread the chocolate in the cups. Make sure the bottom has enough chocolate or it will melt too quickly when being removed from the papers.
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  • angiekat29
    1 JUL, 2008
    These were super easy to make, and incredibly delicious! I suggest using the best chocolate. I made mine in a mini muffin pan and used foil liners and it worked well. Very yummy!
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  • smg7
    25 MAY, 2008
    i really like this recipe; the only trouble i had was removing the paper from the frozen peanut butter cups, when i did this the chocolate would start to melt really quickly on my fingers. other than that it was a simple recipe with just a few ingredients! i used crunchy peanut butter and found it easier to roll up the filling in little balls (like with cookie dough) and fill up the set cups instead of using a pastry bag.
    Reply
  • smg7
    25 MAY, 2008
    i really like this recipe; the only trouble i had was removing the paper from the frozen peanut butter cups, when i did this the chocolate would start to melt really quickly on my fingers. i used crunchy peanut butter and found it easier to roll up the filling in little balls (like with cookie dough) and fill up the set cups instead of using a pastry bag.
    Reply
  • smg7
    25 MAY, 2008
    i really like this recipe; the only trouble i had was removing the paper from the frozen peanut butter cups, when i did this the chocolate would start to melt really quickly on my fingers. other than that it was a simple recipe with just a few ingredients! i used crunchy peanut butter and found it easier to roll up the filling in little balls (like with cookie dough) and fill up the set cups instead of using a pastry bag.
    Reply
  • smg7
    25 MAY, 2008
    i really like this recipe; the only trouble i had was removing the paper from the frozen peanut butter cups, when i did this the chocolate would start to melt really quickly on my fingers. other than that it was a simple recipe with just a few ingredients! i used crunchy peanut butter and found it easier to roll up the filling in little balls (like with cookie dough) and fill up the set cups instead of using a pastry bag.
    Reply
  • smg7
    25 MAY, 2008
    i really like this recipe; the only trouble i had was removing the paper from the frozen peanut butter cups, when i did this the chocolate would start to melt really quickly on my fingers. other than that it was a simple recipe with just a few ingredients! i used crunchy peanut butter and found it easier to roll up the filling in little balls (like with cookie dough) and fill up the set cups instead of using a pastry bag.
    Reply
  • PriscillaRose
    19 MAR, 2008
    I love this recipe, I think it would be extra nice to add chopped nuts to the peanut butter mix, or maybe a whole nut centre and a larger choc mold.i look forward to trying it!
    Reply
  • PriscillaRose
    19 MAR, 2008
    I love this recipe, I think it would be extra nice to add chopped nuts to the peanut butter mix, or maybe a whole nut centre and a larger choc mold.i look forward to trying it!
    Reply
  • jennine115
    23 FEB, 2008
    Delicious and decadent. Two of the best ingredients form a delicious marriage. Family and friends request these! Very easy and they look like I spent a lot of time on them.
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