Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Easy breezy peanut butter cups

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Very rarely, if ever, do I have a real.chocolate.craving. I'm more of a salt girl myself; however, all those Valentine's Day commercials got me wanting...nay, needing some serious chocolate. So you'd think that I would drive to any gas station, Walmart or grocery story to grab a $1 box of chocolates, right? Wrong. I decided to make ten thousand of these to give to my co-workers (job security, people).

What I loved most about making these bite-sized treats is that my wonderful husband helped me make these, without having to be asked. That should prove just how easy this is to make.

I love you, honey.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (which is about a full bag, so go ahead and use the whole thing)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Mini muffin pan
  • Mini cupcake liners
Directions:
  • Combine chocolate chips and shortening. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted, which takes about 5 minutes
  • Combine butter and peanut butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  • Stir in confectioners' sugar 
  • Place liners in the mini pan
  • Spoon a small tsp of chocolate mixture into each liner, making sure it fills no more than 1/4 of the liner.
  • Add a dollop of peanut butter
  • Cover with another tsp of chocolate mixture
  • Refrigerate until set (about an hour, maybe a bit more depending on the temperature of your fridge) or freeze to speed up the process.
If I'm being real here, it is much cheaper and easier to spend $2 on a big bag of Reese's minis. But how much fun is that?

None. I'm sure of it.

Love and cups,
Rachael

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