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Peanut Butter Cups

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Every Halloween I marvel at the deception involved in producing flavors like “blue raspberry” or “cherry.” Since when do those candy flavors actually taste like the real thing? And what’s a blue raspberry? I was pretty excited to find an alternative to commercial peanut butter cups, which I used to hoard every Halloween. Well, still do hoard on Halloween. Using good chocolate makes a huge difference.
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Adapted from Food52’s recipe here
Makes 24 small peanut butter cups
The measurements are a bit ummm unusual because we thirded the original recipe. Don’t skimp on the peanut butter filling. This recipe makes enough for all 24 cups to be fully loaded.
1/3 cup of creamy unsalted peanut butter
1 1/3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
5 tsp light brown sugar
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of coarse sea salt
1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (or other chocolate)
1 package of small cupcake paper cups
NOTE: We used mini cupcake tins, but this wasn’t entirely necessary. The tins did help keep the paper cups from moving around while we poured the chocolate.
1. Melt chocolate over a double boiler. (Make shift double boiler = a sauce pan of boiling water + a small bowl that fits inside the pan without touching the bottom.)
2. In each of 24 paper cups, dollop melted chocolate. Your cup should have about 1/4 inch of chocolate on the bottom.
3. Chill the cups in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. While they are hanging out, mix together the peanut butter, butter, sugars, and salt until they form a paste.
4. Once the chocolate in your cups has hardened in the fridge, put a fat disk of peanut butter in each one. The disk shouldn’t extend the entire width of the cup since you want it to be nicely hidden under the chocolate.
5. Add more melted chocolate to cover each peanut butter disk. Sprinkle sea salt or table salt on top, to taste. Refrigerate again until hardened (about 10 minutes, again).
Enjoy at work as second breakfast! Or maybe that's just me...

Enjoy at work as second breakfast! Or maybe that’s just me…

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Author: Zoe (Do Or Pie)

I live, work, and bake in NYC.

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