Friday, April 15, 2011

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

This basic recipe comes from a blog that I absolutely love following, Macheesmo. I tweaked the recipe some, using homemade peanut butter rather than store bought. Wanna know something else cool? I got that recipe from Macheesmo too!! Since I am still tweaking my version I am going to just give you the links to the Macheesmo postings.

BUT, I did take photos!! So, here we go .... Peanuts in the food processor. Check it out, chopped up peanuts!!! Ice cream topping anyone?
Semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips along with some butter, melting in a double boiler.
While the chips melted, the peanuts kept blending, I added honey, some vanilla sugar, and some homebrewed Chocolate Stout beer. Keep blending and voila ... peanut butter!
And now, we have melted chocolate too!
Tin foil cups in the muffin pans.
The tin foil cups now "filled" with the melted chocolate, just on the sides and a little bit on the bottom though.
After being popped into the freezer for a few minutes here they are with the chocolate hardened.
Filling them with the peanut butter. Roughly a tablespoon worth.
Beginning to cover the peanut butter with more chocolate. You want to make sure to get the peanut butter covered without making the chocolate on top too thick.
After a few minutes back in the freezer, here is one of the cups, ready for eating.
Ok, well NOW it is ready for eating. The foil was really easy to peel off.
Cut open in half so you can see it a little better. Very yummy.

I still want to tweak this some. Maybe it's been a long day (we didn't start these till after 10pm) but the felt time consuming to make. I would like to make the chocolate easier to work with. However, they are good. And making your own peanut butter REALLY allows you to personalize it as much as you want. ... Cool ..


Knitterwockey said...

Those look really awesome! It looks like the texture was even similar to Reese's peanut butter cups.

Carrie and Justin said...

Thanks! They came out really yummy and we certainly didn't have any leftover to take home after the brewers' guild meeting!