My Valentine has a thing for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. And who can blame him? Chocolate and peanut butter. Together? It’s only one of the best combinations known to man! I, myself, have been known to take a spoon to a jar of peanut butter only to top it off with a few chocolate chips and devour. That was my version of a homemade peanut butter cup until now . . .
I decided it was time to make some legit peanut butter cups for my Valentine and these turned out perfect! If you’re a compulsive baker like I am, then you most likely have the ingredients for the butter cups in your cupboard. They’re simple to make and don’t require any special equipment or ingredients.
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
1¼ cups powdered sugar
4 cups milk chocolate chips (two 11.5 oz bags)
¼ cup vegetable shortening
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition.
4. While your peanut butter mixture is chilling, melt all of the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, until completely melted, stirring after each burst.
6. Place a chilled peanut butter patty on top of each chocolate-lined muffin tin and press lightly. Using your scoop or melon baller, add more melted chocolate on top and around each peanut butter patty. (If the melted chocolate firmed up, just pop it back into the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds or so to re-melt.)
7. Refrigerate again for 30 minutes and then they’re ready to serve! Store your cups in the refrigerator or freezer. You can keep at room temperature in an airtight container if you’re going to serve them the same day, but they’ll start to get soft if not at cool room temperature.
I wanted to gift these chocolate morsels of love in a special way so I made a “Love Bucket” that includes 19 handwritten notes stating things I love about my hubby. I chose the number 19 because it includes 14, the Valentine’s date, plus 5 for the number of years we’ve been married.
I used one of the same buckets I used for our Advent Calendar.
I filled the bucket with some of the peanut butter cups, followed by the love notes. I could’ve purchased a card with someone else’s thoughts on it but I thought it’d be more special to give him a few of my own, thoughtful reasons why I love him so much. And I don’t think the peanut butter cups will hurt either!
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