So, obviously, the best thing to do when being inspired by insanely fit people is eat snacks. I've been wanting to update my peanut butter cup recipe, to include a simple and a more complex peanut butter filling.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter (smooth is better, but chunky will do)
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (optional)
1 tablespoon melted butter (optional)
Yield: 12 regular sized cups (use a regular muffin tin)
Melt your chocolate in a double boiler. If you don't have one, you can fudge one by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Pour your chocolate in the bowl and whisk until melted and smooth. Turn heat to its lowest setting, to keep chocolate from stiffening.
Place the peanut butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until peanut butter is thick and tacky. Test it by forming a small ball with your hands - it should keep together. You might need to add more powdered sugar to achieve the correct consistency.
NOTE: You can simplify the filling by only using peanut butter and powdered sugar. The butter and cream cheese add a nice tang and consistency, but are not necessary.
Line your muffin tin with liners. Place a spoonful of chocolate into the bottom of each cup, using the back of the spoon to smooth it out. Using your hands, take some of the peanut butter - about a tablespoon-worth - and flatten it into a disc. Place the disc on top of the chocolate base, then cover with another spoonful of chocolate. Smooth the surface, making sure the peanut butter is evenly covered.
Place in fridge and chill for at least one hour.