Peanut Butter Cups – homemade candy

I took a nap today and for some reason was dreaming about buckeyes.  They take so long to make though I decided to take a shortcut and make them as peanut butter cups instead; still a little time consuming but easier to handle instead of dipping the balls one by one. I left the peanut butter mixture a bit softter than typical buckeyes and I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. Choose your favorite type of chocolate for the best results. The paraffin helps make the chocolate a bit smoother and creates a shiny finish to the hardened candy.

Peanut Butter Cups

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbs butter – softened not melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 o.z. paraffin

In medium bowl combine peanut butter and softened butter until smooth.  Stir in powdered sugar and form into small patties to fit inside mini muffin liners – I made about 3 dozen.  They don’t need to be perfectly shaped; dough will be a little sticky but not too hard to handle.  Add a little more powdered sugar if too soft.

Melt chocolate chips and paraffin until smooth.  I used a double boiler; you may prefer a microwave technique.

Spoon about a 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate into muffin liners working with 3 – 4 at a time.  Place peanut butter patty in liner pressing into chocolate.  Top with more chocolate until covered.  I found if I spooned more chocolate on top and “dropped” the peanut butter cup onto baking sheet it would smooth out the chocolate without having to fuss with spreading. Allow to cool and chocolate to harden.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

 

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