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Pyramid of peanut butter cups

Peanut Butter Cups

These homemade Peanut Butter Cups are delicious. A perfect treat for yourself or to gift to a friend.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings 60 pieces
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients

Chocolate

  • 1 1/2 lb dark good quality chocolate

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Chocolate

  1. You will need about 1 1/2 lb of dark, good quality chocolate and a thermometer.
  2. First, you have to temper the chocolate.
  3. It’s important that your chocolate is chopped small, to help it melt evenly and makes it easier to control the temperature.
  4. Place 2/3 of the chocolate in a double boiler, or over a pot with simmering water.
  5. Bring temperature of the chocolate in the double boiler up to 120F-122F.

  6. I usually remove the chocolate from the double boiler when I see it reaching 120F.
  7. Add the remaining 1/3 of the chopped chocolate.
  8. Stir until everything is melted.
  9. You are looking to cool the chocolate to 82F.
  10. Keep stirring until it reaches this temperature.
  11. Once the chocolate has reached 82F, you may place the bowl back in the double boiler over simmering water and stir until it reaches anywhere from 88F-90F.

  12. That will happen really fast. It will literally take seconds. Don’t overheat the chocolate.
  13. Once it reaches 90F, it’s in temper.
  14. To test, spread a thin amount of chocolate on a piece of parchment paper. If the chocolate dries shiny, it’s because it’s in temper.
  15. If not, you might have to re-temper the chocolate.
  16. To keep chocolate in temper, you need to keep it in this range of temperature. Keep stirring chocolate and try to move fast, or you might need to re-temper it.

Peanut Butter Filling

  1. Cream peanut butter and butter for about 30 seconds on medium high, with an electric mixer. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy and fluffy.

To assemble

  1. Start by scooping a small amount of tempered chocolate inside your molds. Spread it around with a spoon so it covers the entire surface of the mold.
  2. Place molds in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from freezer. Pipe a small amount of peanut butter filling in each mold.
  4. Pour some more tempered chocolate over peanut butter filling. Scrape top with a spatula so the bottom of your cups is smooth. Place in freezer for another 10 minutes. Remove chocolates from molds.
  5. I like to store mine in the fridge. They will last in the fridge for a week or so, except that it never lasts that long in my house, for obvious reasons.

Recipe Notes

The amount of peanut butter cups you will obtain will depend on the size of your mold, I made 1" cups and obtained about 60 pieces.