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4.23.2010

Peanut Butter Cups



This is one of those recipes I thought I'd never need because you know Reese's are good, why make my own? Why make my own? Because these are so much BETTER than Reese's ever thought of being. They are great but a little messy which my kids like, so we're OK with that. And by better I mean they have 5 ingredients not: Milk chocolate, peanuts, sugar, dextrose, cocoa butter, chocolate, nonfat milk, milk fat & contains 2% or less of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (palm kernel and palm oil), salt, wheat flour, cornstarch, vegetable oil (cocoa butter, palm, palm kernel, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil), whey, TBHQ(WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?? ahhh preservative), soy lecithin, leavening (sodium bicarbonate & sodium aluminium phosphate), vanillin.  

Vanillin sounds like a vanilla villain. I betcha they don't even use real vanillin most chocolatiers use synthetic these days. Real vanillin is expensive and hard to come by and the demand far exceeds the supply.


Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP coconut oil, divided-butter works fine
10 whole graham crackers, whirled to crumbs in the food processor
2 cups chocolate chips--more if you are a snitcher
18 cupcake liners-less if you are a snitcher and a taster (ahem)

put cupcake liners in  muffin tins
over low heat stir the peanut butter, sugar and 1 TBSP of coconut oil together in a small sauce pan until melted and smooth
remove from heat and stir in graham cracker crumbs
divide evenly between the 18 (or so) cupcake liners
pop in the freezer while you melt the chocolate chips and remaining 1 TBSP of coconut oil in a double boiler, stir occasionally
when melted remove the peanut butter cups from the freezer and spoon chocolate evenly between the 18 cups
place in refrigerator until 1/2 hour before serving, let them warm up a bit so you can bit through the chocolate
be careful handing them to people they have a tendency to be very grabby

Anybody doing anything fun and want to share with others? Need blog exposure? Got a great trip planned? Or volunteer opportunity coming up? Let me know where I can find it on your blog and I'll try to include you in a future make and do. I'm really enjoying the make and do and I hope people start letting me in on cool things they see. I get so inspired by the Internet and all it's crafty awesome folks!

Oh and can I get a big YUCK. We got snow today.

This was Wednesday almost snowless except for MT. ST. Snowy there

and here I am today going out to see the ladies(chickens):



Peace and Love-





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13 comments :

  1. Great recipe!! I'm going to a BD party this weekend and I plan on taking these. I'm thinking about making mini-ones. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Mmm, tasty! I love peanut butter and chocolate. And you're right - there are so many unknown ingredients in so many of the products that people eat everyday... its so great that you decided to make one of them at home!

    ~Aubree Cherie

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  3. What kind of peanut butter did you use? Will The Just peanut only ingredient kind work?

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  4. YEP Angie, totally natural peanuts and a touch of salt.

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  5. Vanilla villain! Ha, awesome!

    I'm trying to cut back on sugar this week...damn you! I really really want these now. :)

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  6. Laura! Look @chya.... Making yummerific treats and not a sugafree version! I have missed your treats and treasures... Coming to these blogs is like finding a long lost friend!

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  7. Can, I say WOW? I want to make these RIGHT NOW. Can you tell I'm craving peanut butter and chocolate?

    I just might make them for my first Friday Night Supper Club coming up on May 7th. Speaking of that, that is something fun I'm starting up! 3 other friends and I are starting it...meeting quarterly at someone's house, dinner is a theme planned by the host, everyone bring a side to correspond with the theme, and then later an activity is planned! I'm so excited b/c I'm hosting the first one coming up! We are all recently new moms and this is a chance for us to get together without kids and just be "girls"...I can't wait! I'll be posting all about it that Monday after:)

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  8. Your peanut butter cups look SO much better than Reese's - look at those crazy ingredients! Gross!

    I can't believe you have snow! It's been a while since I've seen it. Have a great Sunday!

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  9. If they're better than Reese's, I need to stay far far away! Very nice.

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  10. Snow?! It's getting so hot here that I'm already wishing for Fall to come and you got snow? crazy!

    Good call on making your own preservative free PB cups :-)

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  11. I love that photo of the boys with the bike-wagon! My little guy had his first chance to play in snow this week.

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  12. YUM - what a great recipe. Can't wait to try it!

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  13. We are snowed in today and may have to make these. I cook with my two daughters (3 and 18 m/o) and always have fun stuff to do with children. www.inthekitchenwithaudrey.com

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