Sometimes I see a recipe and I'm like "I wonder if I could do that." I actually flipped past this page when combing through my mom's All You magazine for the coupons, but it caught Steve's eye and so I flipped back. This only makes 12, and they are made in mini muffin pans, so these are barely worth the effort, even if they're fabulous, when you consider a bag of chocolate chips is about $2.50, not to mention the cost of the other ingredients, and a bag of mini Reese's peanut butter cups is maybe $3. So this was purely just for fun, just to see if I could. The making and pondering of this recipe has caused me to add another category to my blog listings, called "Just To See If I Could," because it's not like that many people will want to make this, or other recipes of this ilk.
Peanut Butter Cups
2 full sheets graham crackers (I used 1/4 + 1/8 cup graham cracker crumbs)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used 11.5 oz bag of milk chocolate chips, because the best Reese's peanut butter cups are the milk chocolate ones)
Line a 12-cup mini muffin pan with small paper cups (which I did not have; I sprayed with cooking spray). Process crackers and salt in a food processor until ground. Transfer to a bowl; stir in peanut butter and honey. Chill for 10 minutes.
Line a plate with plastic wrap. Divide peanut butter mixture into 12 1-tbsp balls. Flatten slightly. Place on plate; cover with additional plastic wrap and chill.
Melt chocolate in double boiler (or in microwave at 70% power for 30 second increments) until melted. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Spoon 1 tsp of chocolate into each paper cup. Spread over bottoms and halfway up sides of paper cups. Chill until hardened, about 30 minutes (keep remaining chocolate at room temperature). Press a peanut butter disk into each shell. Spread 1 tbsp of remaining chocolate on top of each disk and smooth out to cover the peanut butter completely. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Store in refrigerator.
I had a bit of leftover chocolate after I made all of these, so I thought "What Would Jill Do?" and so I mixed it with some of our blueberries, so I can eat chocolate covered blueberries mmmmmmmmmmmm
So these were pretty good. The peanut butter filling tasted pretty authentic. There was too much chocolate though. When you eat a Reese's peanut butter cup, the peanut butter:chocolate ratio is just perfect. So you could never pass these off as the real thing, but they were yummy. A bit laborious, but fun. The kids were all very happy. I trust Steve will be, too, once I give him one...it only makes 12 though so he better not be home late from work or they could be gone already...