Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I’ve came to a decision.  Chocolate and peanut butter make the best flavor combination ever.  And chocolate peanut butter cups are the best things I have ever eaten.  I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (unfortunately, they’re rather rare to come by here in Sydney) but what I love even more are homemade chocolate peanut butter cups.

I’ve made them before and was surprised at how easy they were to make.  They didn’t match the exact taste of a Reese’s, but they were delicious, and they were homemade and that made them extra special.

It has been a few years since I made chocolate peanut butter cups, so I took the opportunity to do so last week.  I had been sick all week (thanks a lot to my daughter, who also got sick from a “bug” going around her kindergarten class) and I had wanted to make these little beauties all week but was too sick.  Finally, on Friday, I was feeling better and got to work first thing in the morning (which, for me, means about 1PM!).

Don’t they look so special?  Let me tell you about how special these little cups really are.  That’s not just average chocolate you see there; that chocolate is Lindt’s A Touch of Sea Salt dark chocolate bar.  This is my most favorite chocolate bar.  Ever.    There is also my own touch of sea salt in the creamy peanut butter filling.

And, these are mini chocolate peanut butter cups, which makes them especially cute!

I have a secret to get the perfect smooth top on your cups, as well.  I’ve already had questions about this, so I will share my tip with you guys too.  Most of the peanut butter cups I have seen on blogs have a dollop on top, or spreading marks from a knife or spoon.  This is fine, there’s nothing wrong with that as the taste will still be awesome, but I prefer smooth tops these days and I know exactly how to get them.

When you first start making the cups, you will be melting chocolate and peanut butter together.  You’ll spread the melted mixture into paper liners, then you’ll refrigerate them to set them.  In the meantime, you’ll be making the peanut butter filling.  When it is done, you’ll take out the chocolate cups from the ‘fridge, fill the cups with peanut butter, then spread the remaining melted chocolate on top.  Then you’ll be refrigerating them again to set.

Okay, so in between the time you first spread the chocolate into the liners, refrigerate them, make the filling, etc., the melted  chocolate will be cooling and hardening slightly.  It’ll still be liquid by the time you spread it on the top, sure it will.  But you won’t be able to get a smooth top unless you re-melt the chocolate.

What you’ll need to do is, after filling the cups with the peanut butter, place the cups in the refrigerator for a minute or two, then re-melt your chocolate.  Just until it’s warm and runny again.  Don’t make it hot though.  Just a minute or two of constant stirring over the stove on low heat until it’s warm and runny, that’s all.  Take it off the heat, then immediately spoon it on top of the cups.  After this, don’t touch the melted chocolate on top at all.  Instead, pick up the pan and tilt it gently this way and that until the melted chocolate covers the peanut butter entirely.  Repeat with the remaining cups.  You now have smooth chocolate tops!  And, of course, immediately refrigerate them until set.

I wouldn’t recommend pouring the chocolate on all of the cups, and then tilting the pan because the chocolate will start to harden due to the chilled cups and you might not to be able to get a smooth, even coverage on the first cups that you filled.

With all that said though, who really cares what the tops look like?  No matter if they’re a messy rustic pile of melted chocolate with a bit of peanut butter in the middle, they will taste spectacular!

The recipe for these is below, but they were based on my previous experience with the recipe from Have Cake, Will Travel.  I roughly halved that recipe and got exactly 10 mini-cupcake sized cups.

 

15 thoughts on “Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  1. muppy

    I have never heard of the touch of salt lindt bar, sounds fabulous. These look utterly perfect, i love peanut butter cups.

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  2. Nuts about food

    These are beautiful. I recently made them with pistachio butter (another first). Delicious, but seeing these reminded me how much I love peanut butter and chocolate.

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  3. megan {a dash of megnut}

    i love that you use bisquit crumbs to get a good texture for the filling. my sister and i make these all the time but we never like how our filling turns out. i will definitely be using your recipe next time!

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  4. Kelly

    These look gorgeous, even more adorable and perfect than the originals. I think I’m weird because I’ve been slow to jump on board with peanut butter & chocolate but these days I’m loving it more and more.

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  6. The Dinner Belle for KimberlyBelle.com

    When I was in Australia, we had to have Reese’s shipped to us! We couldn’t go 6 months without them! Next time, try them cold! Another version of a chocolate cup I love is filled with gooey caramel and crunchy peanuts! Top it off with some sea salt and Eat it Up!

    The Dinner Belle for KimberlyBelle.com

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  8. Jen

    I have to agree with you – chocolate and peanut butter is by far the best combination. I spent 10 years living in New Zealand and it was so hard to find Reese’s peanut butter cups. They finally brought them in a few years back. But I had to resort to making my own, or simply just dipping dark chocolate into a peanut butter jar. I love the idea of salty chocolate with peanut butter though. Will have to try it. And I love your photos they make all your dishes look fabulous!!

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