This decadent and rich treat was originally inspired by Taste of Home’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cups.
It can make a great gift for Valentine’s Day!
Due to a limited supply of peanut butter when attempting to make this recipe, I was left to my own devices and had to improvise. Below is the recipe that came forth…
Peanut & Cookie Butter Cups
- 1/2 cup creamy (light) peanut butter, divided
- 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter (or you could make your own), divided
- 4-5 teaspoons butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (if clumpy, run it through a sifter)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1.5 cups milk chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup cookie butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until smooth; set aside.
- In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter & cookie butter; stir until smooth.
- Drop a tablespoon+ of chocolate mixture into paper-lined muffin cups until the bottom is covered. Top each with a 2 teaspoonfuls of peanut/cookie butter mixture; top with another tablespoon+ of chocolate mixture until all peanut/cookie butter mixture is covered. Take the back of a spoon and gently smooth over the top.
- Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1.5 dozen.
- Size of Cups: Living in a small apartment, we do not have an endless supply of kitchen gadgets and baking tools, so I again made due with what we had and used regular size muffin wrappers and tins (rather than the small wrappers and tins as recommended in the Taste of Home recipe. These are so rich, that I cut the big PCB cups into quarters when serving or enjoying. One or two quarters has been more than enough of a serving for me. If you have the small wrappers and tins, I would recommend you use them. I don’t have them, so won’t include those in this recipe.
- I put them in the freezer to speed up the chilling process then removed them to a container and store them in the refrigerator.
- These make great decadent gifts! Wrap up one big PCB Cup with saran wrap and tissue paper and give it as a perfect sweet Valentine or as a thoughtful just because gifts. I gave them as take aways from a recent dinner I hosted.
- I imagine you could try with other nut butters. If you do, let me know how it turns out!
Credit: Taste of Home