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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups – Homemade is Better!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups – Homemade is Better!

Skip the packaged peanut butter cups in the store and make your own!  These peanut butter cups are covered in dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and have toasted hemp seeds inside for a little crunch.

Skip the packaged peanut butter cups in the store and make your own! These peanut butter cups are covered in dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and have toasted hemp seeds inside for a little crunch. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Recipe | Take Two Tapas

I am still celebrating #Chocotberfest with Imperial Sugar with my blogging friends!  If you haven’t had a chance, check out all the other bloggers that are participating and sign up for the giveaway!  You can do that in my post from Monday here. My next recipe involves peanut butter cups!

Thank you to Imperial Sugar for sending me the sugar I used in this recipe, to Divine Chocolate for sending me an assortment of chocolates to play with, and to Just Hemp Foods for sending me some of their products, one of which I used with the filling!

I have always been a fan of peanut butter cups.  I think I told you the story of eating too many peanut butter cups and swearing off the combination of peanut butter and chocolate in my Bourbon Buckeyes Recipe.

I am slowly getting back into eating peanut butter and chocolate again and have learned that I prefer dark chocolate with the peanut butter filling to cut down on the sweetness.  I never thought that I could make my own but once I got started it was easy.  If I can keep Brooks from eating the filling before I can get it into the cups.

I see cups that are layered in the liners and you can see the individual layers when you peel it back, but I have noticed that when I bite into them, the filling squirts out the sides.  They are messy, to begin with, but…

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Skip the store-bought candy and make your own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups. These have a nice crunch in the filling with toasted hemp seeds! Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Recipe | Take Two Tapas

I have found that using a pastry brush and moving the melted chocolate up the sides of the liner helps to make a solid cup that holds the peanut butter.  Also, only piping the filling in the middle area allows the melted chocolate that is poured on top to settle around the filling and completely encase it.

If your filling won’t sit flat, you can wet the tip of your finger and press it down a bit.

Skip the store-bought candy and make your own Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups. These have a nice crunch in the filling with toasted hemp seeds! Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Recipe | Take Two Tapas

Some people like to use crunchy peanut butter, but I like the creamy one better and that way I can introduce any texture that I want.  This time, I chose some toasted hemp seeds.  I have recently discovered these and they have a great crunch.  Double the size of a quinoa grain, they pack a good amount of protein and a nutty and buttery taste.

You will love making these homemade peanut butter cups with your kids and they are a lot cheaper than buying them from the store!  What would you add to yours for a bit of texture?

Side view of dark chocolate peanut butter cups on a cutting board

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These homemade peanut butter cups will have you skipping the store-bought ones. Easy to make, better with dark chocolate to cut through the sweetness and richness of the peanut butter filling, and a few toasted hemp seeds in the middle for crunch!

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces Divine dark chocolate (70% cacao)

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Imperial powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Just Hemp Foods toasted hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler
  2. When melted, put one tablespoon in each mini muffin tin opening, lined with a cupcake liner
  3. With the back of the spoon, spread a little up the sides of the liner.
  4. Place in refrigerator to set up.
  5. While chilling, make the filling.
  6. For the filling:
  7. Combine all the filling ingredients
  8. I put mine in a piping bag to make it easier to put in the chocolate cups. If you don't have a piping bag, you can use a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off.
  9. Pipe a small amount in the center of the chocolate cup, leaving the sides free.
  10. Sprinkle some hemp seeds over each bit of peanut butter filling.
  11. Cover each cup with the remaining chocolate.
  12. Let set at room temperature until the chocolate is firm. You can place in the fridge to speed the process by putting back in the fridge. This may cause the chocolate to have a dull finish.
  13. Eat and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 880Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 9gSugar: 57gProtein: 17g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Wednesday 6th of January 2021

This is very nice. Good job!

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Thursday 22nd of October 2020

cbd oil canada I wanna say thank you for this wonderful blog. I really appreciate this.

Jenn

Friday 29th of April 2016

These sound amazing!! I LOVE hemp seeds and I sprinkle them on almost everything. Love that they make the crunchy bits in here. YUM!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 19th of May 2016

I had never had them before but I quickly became addicted

Christie

Friday 29th of April 2016

I am a sucker for a peanut butter cup. I love your homemade version. It looks even better than the store bought.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Thanks Christie!

Amy

Thursday 28th of April 2016

We go to a candy shop down at the Lake of the Ozarks that make huge homemade peanut butter cups and my boys always want to buy them. Okay most of the time I let them buy them! But we've never made any at home. We totally should try these, because I know that they'd be a fabulous hit with my bunch. And way cheaper than the candy store version.

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Plue they are so much smaller and you not feel as guilty about eating a whole one!