These chocolate peanut butter cups are very simple to make with only 5 ingredients that most probably you have in your fridge or pantry right now. The recipe calls for semi-sweet dark chocolate, regular peanut butter, sugar, salt and vanilla essence. It tastes and looks very similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Semi-sweet dark chocolate is used instead of milk chocolate to balance the sweetness and creaminess of the peanut butter. Try making this at home especially if you have kids around because they are absolutey going to love it.
Prep Time: 50 mins plus chilling
Yield: 18 cups
- Semi-sweet chocolate: 250 gm (I used 50% dark chocolate)
- Smooth Peanut Butter: 200 gm
- Caster Sugar: 1/4 cup
- Vanilla Essence: 1/2 tsp
- Salt: 1/2 tsp
- Set 18 mini cupcake baking cups and melt half the chocolate either over a double boiler on the stove or in a microwave. Spoon 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cup and using a small spoon, spread the chocolate slightly up the sides of each baking cup and make sure you have an even chocolate base at the botton of each cup. Refrigerate the cups for 15-20 mins until its set.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, caster sugar, vanilla essence and salt. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag or resealable plastic bag and seal tight.
- Take out the chocolate cups when set and pipe 2-3 teaspoons of the peanut butter mixture into the center of each cup. With a very moistened finger, tamp down the peanut butter to make it flat and even, but leave a bit of space between the peanut butter and the edge of the cup to fill the sides with chocolate.
- Melt the remaining chocolate and spoon 1 teaspoon of chocolate onto the top of each cup. Again using a small spoon, spread the chocolate evenly over the top and down the sides of the cup. Refrigerate until solid, minimum 30 minutes.