You see the commercial about how chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect pair: they're right! Chocolate adds a sweetness that nearly no one can turn down while peanut butter adds a toasty salty note, YUM! These cups make great Christmas gifts when bagged in cellophane bags and tied off with pretty ribbon.
Peanut Butter Cups
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter (Peter Pan: Creamy)
1 Stick Butter, Melted
1 1/2 Bars Chocolate Almond Bark
Candy, Sprinkles, or Edible Glitter (Optional)
1. Fill a double boiler with water until it reaches the bottom of the insert pot. If you don't have a double boiler set a glass bowl on top of a pot with boiling water barely reaching the bowl to prevent pressure from pushing the bowl up. Set the heat to high until it reaches a boil, reduce to low and allow to simmer.
2. Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, and melted butter. Mix until combined adding powdered sugar if the mix is much too sticky, light stickiness is okay. Set bowl into fridge for a few minutes until it is completely chilled.
3. Using a mini muffin pan pour about 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cup. Lightly shake pan to even out the chocolate, filling in spaces with extra chocolate. Allow chocolate to set up and harden.
4. Remove chilled peanut butter mixture from fridge. Roll teaspoon sized balls out with palms and place onto a baking sheet. When all the mix is rolled out place the baking sheet into the fridge to re harden, this prevents the butter from melting completely when the hot chocolate is poured over.
5. Place re-hardened peanut butter ball onto chocolate in the muffin pans. Cover with chocolate until completely covered and level. Gently shift the pan back and forth to level the chocolate topping.
6. Optional- sprinkle small candies or sprinkles on to the melted tops of the cups.
7. Insert finished muffin pans into fridge to set the chocolate quickly.
8. When cups are completely hardened invert pan onto a counter top lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
If a portion is exposed use a toothpick dipped into chocolate and dab chocolate to reseal.
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