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.
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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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.
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?
- 14 ounces Divine dark chocolate (70% cacao)
- 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
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler
- When melted, put one tablespoon in each mini muffin tin opening, lined with a cupcake liner
- With the back of the spoon, spread a little up the sides of the liner.
- Place in refrigerator to set up.
- While chilling, make the filling.
- For the filling:
- Combine all the filling ingredients
- 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.
- Pipe a small amount in the center of the chocolate cup, leaving the sides free.
- Sprinkle some hemp seeds over each bit of peanut butter filling.
- Cover each cup with the remaining chocolate.
- 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.
- 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.
Check out all the other #Choctoberfest recipes from today! Visit their blogs and let them know what you like to make with chocolate!
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