some serious indulgence
In Redgate Kitchen’s other chocolate and peanut butter cups recipe I presented a nearly guilt-free version of a classically delicious treat. Here, I present my totally decadent dark chocolate peanut butter cups, inspired by Samantha Senevirante’s. Like the first ones, you can make these dairy-free. A word of caution, these are dangerously easy to make. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- 9 ounces of dark chocolate chips (you can make these dairy-free by using non-dairy dark chocolate)
- ¾ cup smooth natural peanut butter, well stirred
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Prepare 18 mini paper baking cups in a mini-muffin tin.
- Melt 4 ounces of the chocolate in short bursts in the microwave (short bursts and stirring frequently will help you avoid burning the chocolate).
- Spoon 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cup.
- Use a spatula or a small spoon to spread the chocolate slightly up the sides of each baking cup and make sure you have an even chocolate base at the bottom of each cup.
- Let cool in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes until solid.
- While the chocolate is in the freezer, take a medium bowl and stir together peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
- Transfer the peanut butter mixture to a resealable plastic bag and seal it tightly.
- Cut one corner of the plastic bag and pipe 2 to 3 teaspoons of peanut butter mixture into the center of each cup.
- Gently tap down the peanut butter and make it flat and even, but leave a bit of space between the peanut butter and the edge of the paper cup (you should be able to see a ring of chocolate outside the edges of the peanut butter).
- Melt the remaining 5 ounces of chocolate. Spoon 1 teaspoon of chocolate onto the top of each cup. Use a spatula or a small spoon to spread the chocolate evenly over the top and down the sides of the cup.
- Freeze for 20 minutes or refrigerate until solid, about 30 minutes. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
- As always, enjoy!