A perfect recipe for homemade peanut butter cups... it's incredibly easy, uses only three ingredients and results in dreamy, bite sized cups of deliciousness. I had a hard time taking the photos for this post because my family kept plucking these peanut butter cups right out from under me! Check out this super fun recipe and share with your friends!
This homemade peanut butter cups recipe is: Gluten Free, Paleo Friendly, Low Carb and full of Chocolatey Goodness.
HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS (OR ANY NUT BUTTER CUP!)
Anyone who knows me understands that I love peanut butter and chocolate. Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream, peanut butter chocolate cups, peanut butter and ganache sandwiches, peanut butter french toast with chocolate syrup... well, a lot of those were from back before my lifestyle change to gluten free, but you get the picture. This is one of my favorite flavor combinations.
I've recently been buying some organic, dark chocolate peanut butter cups at almost $3 for two of them. This is an unsustainable practice! So, Caroline went onto Amazon and bought me a chocolate mold to make my own (the link to the exact mold is below!). The funny thing is that this candy mold sat in my cabinet for months and months without being used. Well, until a couple weeks ago. My son came into the kitchen and said that he wanted to make some homemade peanut butter cups. So, that's what we did. The best part of this peanut butter cup recipe is that he created the entire thing. Picked out the chocolate, the peanut butter and wanted pinches of sea salt added. I'm one proud Daddy to be posting up this recipe.
MAKING PALEO NUT BUTTER CUPS
So peanuts are a no-no on the paleo plan. I choose not to eat peanut butter anymore, but love almond butter and cashew butter. So, the easiest thing to do is simply replace the peanut butter with any nut butter that you would like. You can even add in sunflower butter, provided it doesn't have any added sugars.
BUYING THE RIGHT CANDY MOLD FOR THE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Okay, so I'm not a big fan of putting affiliate links in on my posts... mostly because I don't like to go and find the link, but I think that this one is important to share. Yes, I will get a small percentage of the sale if you buy through this link, but it doesn't affect your purchase at all! So if you're interested in buying this Reeses Cup Mold for this homemade peanut butter cups recipe, please check it out!
Here's what I love about this candy mold: it's really heavy duty. I've used candy molds in the past that are made out of this flimsy plastic. This one is poly carbonate and thick! It's also reinforced throughout the mold to prevent any warping and I don't worry about it when I whack it against the counter to release the chocolates. Additionally, it takes almost no time at all to clean. I love this candy mold.
QUICK COOKING TIP: We are going to be double boiling in this recipe. Here are some tips about Double Boiling:
- You can make a double boiler easily without buying one at the store. All you need is a METAL bowl or a TEMPERED GLASS bowl. It must be heat resistant. Make sure that the bowl has a larger diameter than the sauce pan it will be sitting on. When you have the right combination, just add about an inch of water into the pan, sit the bowl on top and heat the water until it boils. Viola! A double boiler.
- Something to keep in mind when working with chocolate... it hates water! Chocolate tends to seize up and become grainy with the addition of even a drop of water. If you want to know why, check out this article on Chocolate and Why it Seizes. My advice is to just be careful.
- While we're talking about water in chocolate, I've put instructions in the recipe to wipe the bottom of the double boiler right after you remove it from the heat. There is moisture on the bottom of the double boiler that will drip right into your candy mold or even worse- into the nut butter. It just makes a mess. Make sure you keep a kitchen towel handy.
- If you don't want to double boil, go ahead and put the chocolate into the microwave. I haven't microwaved in seven years, so I don't have a clue how long or what temperature. Just make sure it is NOT in a metal bowl.
Okay. Enough about double boiling chocolate. Let's get to the recipe for these delicious homemade peanut butter cups!
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS RECIPE:
I've got one thought about this recipe: yum. I can't seem to make these fast enough to keep up with our family and friends. You're going to love them.
Know some people who would love this recipe for peanut butter cups? What a great gift idea to send them the Peanut Butter Cup Candy Mold, some delicious dark chocolate and a copy of this recipe! Even if you don't do that, please be sure to Yum and share on social media please!