Monday, February 10, 2014

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups: Updated

I've always been a big fan of the underdog.  So it's not surprising that I love the Winter Olympics.  I think the sports are more exciting, there's better coverage because there are less sports, and Americans don't sweep everything (even though I love Team USA!), which means I get to see amazing athletes from other countries.  (Did you know the Netherlands have won 90 medals in the Winter Olympics, and 86 of those medals have been in speed skating?)  Although, I'm pretty cranked off that I can't watch the NBC coverage online because I don't have cable.  Seriously.  SO RUDE OF YOU, NBC.  But, I've been trying to watch as much as I can on regular TV, and be grateful for what I have.

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.

1 comment:

  1. "obviously, the best thing to do when being inspired by insanely fit people is eat snacks." But of course! Who would do anything different?