Posted by: DancingQueen | December 27, 2009

Peanut Butter Cups – Mini’s!

I love peanut butter cups and came across a few recipes for making them but could never recreate the smooth yet crunchy inside peanut butter of those delicious ones in the orange package.  These are a bit messy (try to find wrappers that are waxy on the inside for easier peeling), yet deliciously worth it.  The following is scaled up, spiced for the holidays, and based on Pete’s recipe:

Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Mini Bites!
yield: 30+ mini cups

11.5 oz (1 bag) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup (approx 4 full crackers) crushed graham crackers
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls

1.  Mix together the peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar and graham cracker crumbs.  Spoon teaspoon sized portions onto a freezer safe plate until you have used up the mixture (should yield approximately 30 teaspoons, can be slightly scaled up or down depending on size of mini cups and peanut butteryness desired).  Pop the plate in the freezer and move on to step two:

2. Melt the chocolate bits in a double boiler and stir in the spices.

3.  I found that separating out the cups into a tray was easiest (coating a cup in chocolate and then trying to remove it from the stack proved very very messy).  Use a normal table spoon, scoop up half a spoon full of chocolate and pour into the cup.  Using the back of the spoon, push the chocolate up the ridges in the sides until fully coated.  When finished, pop the tray of coated cups into the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

Peanut Butter Mini's

Peanut Butter Mini's

4.  Take out the peanut butter balls and pinch them lightly with one hand. Use your other hand’s finger tips to roll the peanut butter into a little flat pellet, about the size of the bottom of the cups you are using.  Once you have all the pellets completed, take out the cooled cups and drop one pellet in each cup.

5.  Fill each cup with chocolate and pop the tray back into the refrigerator.  Once the chocolate has set, peel and enjoy!

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