Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

12 mini cupcake liners – make sure to use mini’s

¾ cup organic semisweet chocolate chips

½ cup creamy organic peanut butter + 2 generous T to add to the melted chocolate

¼ cup organic powdered sugar

½ tsp. organic vanilla extract

Pinch fine sea salt or Celtic salt – if your PB is already salted, it’s optional to add more

One of our kids gave me ‘The Chocolate Factory’ a few years ago for Christmas. He likes chocolate. LOL So occasionally, especially around the holidays I make treats. This was a great recipe and a close, but much healthier version of the store bought Peanut Butter cup.  Aren’t they pretty? They’re delicious too!

Using a small double boiler (or The Chocolate Factory melting pot) melt the chocolate.

(You can also melt the chips in your microwave, keeping a close eye on them and stirring often to make sure they don’t burn. It should take between 1-2 minutes.) If you can’t find organic chocolate chips, find some without soy lecithin (Trader Joe’s has some) as all non-organic soy lecithin is genetically modified.

Once the chocolate is melted, add the 2 generous T of peanut butter and stir to incorporate.

Give it about 5 minutes to cool down a bit, it’s easier to spread around when not lava-hot.

Place a heaping teaspoon of melted chocolate in each mini cupcake liner and spread it all over the place with the back of a spoon. Repeat with all 12 liners.

Place the chocolate-covered liners onto a plate, into your fridge, to let it all harden.

Meanwhile, stir together peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and sugar. If your peanut butter is anything like mine, it should form a sort of paste that you can start kneading to make sure all gets incorporated really well.

The chocolate should be hard by now, so divide peanut butter paste into all 12 liners, pressing down gently to make sure the paste goes everywhere.

Top with heaping teaspoon of chocolate [melt it again if needed], spreading carefully so that none of the PB paste can be seen.

Chill in fridge for at least one hour, until ready to devour. Enjoy!

Yield: 12 “small” cups

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