Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

By Scott Sarvay

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM EDT

Who doesn’t love the irresistible combo of chocolate and peanut butter? Our Test Kitchen has created a homemade version of that popular candy treat. Once you make our Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll never buy store-bought again.

Makes: 1 dozen
Chilling Time: 2 hr 30 min
Cooking Time: 5 min

• 1 (11-1/2-ounce) package milk chocolate chips, divided
• 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, divided
• 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cups.

2. In a small saucepan, melt 1-1/4 cups chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons shortening over low heat, stirring just until mixture is smooth. Allow to cool slightly; mixture should still be pourable.

3. Starting halfway up each paper cup, spoon about 2 teaspoons mixture over inside of cups, completely covering bottom half of each cup. Chill cups about 30 minutes, or until firm.

4. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, and butter; mix well. (Mixture will be dry.) Spoon evenly into chocolate cups and press down firmly.

5. Place remaining chocolate chips and shortening in saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring just until mixture is smooth. Spoon equal amounts into cups, spreading to completely cover peanut butter mixture. Cover and chill at least 2 hours, or until firm.

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