These are fun to make – everyone loves these, and they taste so much better than the ones you buy – a real treat. I would use a milk chocolate or if you want it darker than that – maybe a chocolate around 55-60% at the most. Give them a try — easy, but there are a few steps involved.
Deep Dish Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
from Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen
makes 8 large treats
8 muffin liners
8 ounces of milk or dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp pure vanilla
1/2 tsp grated fresh nutmeg
Place muffin liners in muffin tin. (this recipe uses regular sized muffin liners).
In a heatproof bowl over a pot with about an inch of boiling water, place chopped chocolate, stirring occasionally until fully melted. Turn off heat. Using a small pastry brush, and holding the muffin liner steady, paint the bottom and about 2/3 of the way up the sides of the liner with chocolate. Place pan in refrigerator until chocolate has hardened.
Place peanut butter and cream cheese in processor and process until smooth. Scrape down sides and add honey, vanilla and grated nutmeg. Remove chocolate cups from fridge and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of peanut butter filling into each cup. Smooth top of filling to make level. Place back in fridge to firm up, abotu 15 minutes.
Reheat your leftover chocolate over hot water until melted again. Spoon chocolate over top of your chilled peanut butter filling, sealing the edges. Refrigerate again until firm. To serve, peel off liners. Enjoy. Keep refrigerated, but they taste best if you let them warm up a bit (10 minutes or so) before serving.