Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Recipe | Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Whew!  I'm wiped. I've got allergies or a cold or something making me sniffle AND I spent the entire day shopping for the kitchen.  {with 3 kids in tow, mine + a friend} We went all over town, showrooms, appliance stores, you name it.  I went with my crude drawings and measurements and responded more times than I care to remember that "no, I'm not working with a contractor, I'm the contractor on this project." and "please, kids, this is not a playground." I'm at the stage where most estimates are in and they are pretty much all over budget, now I need to prioritize and scale back on the less important items. It's fairly reminiscent of planning a wedding.  Not willing to skimp on the dress, so nix the extra flowers on the pews at church.  It isn't easy because I know what I love and it's not the stuff they sell at Lowes {no disrespect to Lowes or any of their products}.   Today lights were ordered, also a dishwasher {yawn}, and I found a stove that I'm 99% certain will work.  But I'll save all that for another post.  Leave you in suspense!  Ok, what was that about peanut butter cups?!?!  Yes, yes, those little things... Highly important blog recipe sharing here...

When my friend, Tiffany, pinned this recipe from Blue Eyed Bakers for crunchy, salty, chocolate peanut butter cups, I didn't waste a minute whipping up a batch. They are an easy, no bake, perfectly deletable treat to devour and share with friends.  I'm pretty sure they will make a repeat performance at Christmas time when I bake for friends and neighbors.  I'd like to try them with dark chocolate next time.  

Peanut Butter Cups
Recipe from Blue Eyed BakersMakes 26 mini or 8 regular
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup whole milk
Sea salt
Line a mini muffin tin with papers (you could also use a regular muffin tin if you prefer).
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter & peanut butter together for 45 seconds.  Stir until smooth.  Add graham cracker crumbs and sugar and mix to combine.  Distribute mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set peanut butter layer.
After the peanut butter has chilled, combine chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 25 second intervals until chocolate is just melted.  Stir until smooth.  Distribute chocolate evenly over the top of the peanut butter layer.  Sprinkle with sea salt and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.  Store covered in the fridge.

ps. I ate my last two writing this post, thank you very much.
pps. Adding the recipe index tab above has made me realize the imbalance of cooking to baking recipes on this blog.  I plan to remedy that.  More main meal recipes to follow. I think. Ha!


  1. Those look great and tasty !! hope you have a nice evening

  2. I love peanut butter so these look amazing. I bet the sea salt is the perfect little kick to each bite!!
    Kitchen talk is so exciting!!!! And I agree about the comparison to wedding planning!

  3. These look so good - they'd never make it into the delivery jars at my house...I'd eat them all!!

  4. I posted sweets today too. I ate plenty while I was making them - couldn't stop myself :)
    Homemade peanut butter cups sound amazing!!! Thanks for sharing xoxo Ashlyn

  5. My kids and I would be fighting over these big time! Reese's do not last here for even an hour. I don't know how you can maintain sanity shopping for your kitchen redo with children. Glory that would be hard! Good luck. And by the way, we LIKE baking posts...it does not have to be balanced! (nor is my diet - ha ha.)

  6. This is definitely a recipe I will try. I'm awaiting the first showing of your kitchen changes.

  7. Perfect timing! I was just trying to think of a little gift to get the teachers from Colin's summer camp. This is perfect. Now I need to whip these bad boys up before Friday. Yikes! I better get to it. Did you use a natural peanut butter by chance? Just wondering if it'd be too creamy.

    1. no, i used Jiff. andrew is my all natural child and he hates peanut butter so i didn't worry about the brand as much since i knew he wouldn't be eating them. but i'm sure all natural will be fine, the graham cracker crumbs will give it enough texture!

  8. oh yum, yum, yum! I'll be trying these soon! I have a little cooking business on the side and we are always looking for simple sweets to add to the menu of family suppers and casseroles. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the kitchen! (it's probably late in the game but if you are looking for a farm sink several friends and I are so happy with ours from Vintage Tub & Bath - great price and free shipping!)

  9. Pinning! Pinning! Pinning!

    About you being your own contractor - best thing you'll ever do. Exhuasting, frustrating, all-consuming, yes! However, you'll be on top of every thing that happens. My mom and step-father moved out of their house for a year and a half while it was being renovated and my mom was at that house bright and early every day on top of the workers, ordering things, making on-site decisions, etc. She said you have no idea how many costly mishaps and delays would have occured had she not been right there watching as they worked. You go girl! It'll be that much more rewarding in the end.