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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Who knew that it is so easy to make your own homemade peanut butter cups? You might ask why you would go to all the effort to make them. Well, first off they are really easy to make so it won't take up a lot of your time. Second, they are homemade so they taste better and are healthier too! You will actually know what is in them when you eat them: four simple ingredients.

I first saw this recipe here. They look like a lot of work, but I was surprised at how easy they were to make. To make these homemade peanut butter cups you will need:

  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • Cupcake liners

First you will need to line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. This recipe will make a minimum of 12 peanut butter cups, depending on how thick you make them. You may be able to get a few more out of it.

Place half of the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave 30 seconds. Stir again. If not completely melted yet, heat another 30 seconds.

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Pour a very thin layer of chocolate into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Shake the pan back and forth to evenly distribute the chocolate in the bottom of each tin.

Place pan in freezer for 15 minutes for chocolate to harden.

While the chocolate is hardening, use a hand mixer to mix peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

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Remove pan from freezer and place a spoonful of peanut butter mixture into each cupcake tin on top of the chocolate layer.

Shake the pan again until peanut butter mixture is smoothed out on the first layer of chocolate. Place the pan in the freezer for another 15 minutes.

Heat the remaining chocolate in the microwave. Pour on top of the peanut butter mixture and shake the pan once again to evenly distribute the chocolate. Return to freezer for an additional 15 minutes.

These peanut butter cups can be stored at room temperature, or in the refrigerator or freezer. Peel away the cupcake liners to serve, the liners give them the signature "peanut butter cup" look!

These peanut butter cups would make a great holiday gift for family or friends.

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