If you didn’t already know, I love Reese’s peanut butter cups. Actually, I love all things peanut butter and chocolate, which is a shame since I live in Germany, where this type of candy really doesn’t exist.
After getting several shipments of Reese’s and other peanut butter and chocolate candy from my family in the U.S., I finally decided to try making my own, and it actually turned out great!
Yes, those are the peanut butter cups that I made! Look at that magazine-worthy photography!
To make this recipe you will need:
- 200 g chocolate
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
Of course all of these amounts can be adjusted to your personal preferences. I like thin layers of chocolate and a thick layer of peanut butter in the middle. I also chose to use dark chocolate instead of milk.
For this recipe, you will also need muffin forms. The paper ones work great and give the Reese’s that iconic ridged look along the edge. I used silicon muffin forms, which also worked great. Best of all, they are reusable, and I bought them on Amazon for only 5€.
Half of the chocolate will be used for the bottom layer of the peanut butter cups, and the other half will be for the top layer. So, you should start by setting out your muffin forms, and melting half (100 g) of the chocolate. I chose to use dark chocoalte (50%), but obviously milk chocolate would be more traditional.
If you want the chocolate to be very soft like the original Reese’s, then you can also mix in a couple teaspoons of peanut butter into the chocolate.
Once it is melted, spoon a thin layer into the bottom of each of the muffin forms. If you want to make sure that the peanut butter does not show through on the sides, then you should try to drag the chocolate up on the sides of the muffin forms as well.
I tried to make the layers about 0.5 cm in the bottom of the forms. Some ended up closer to 1 cm, but that’s okay. Place the forms into the refrigerator or freezer to harden the chocolate.
While the first layer of chocolate is hardening, mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. You can melt the peanut butter and butter in the microwave to make it easier to mix.
Once the chocolate is hardened, pull the forms out of the fridge, and add a layer of peanut butter. To make sure the peanut butter doesn’t show through too much, try not to let it touch the sides of the form. You can add as much or as little peanut butter you want — I like a lot of peanut butter and thin layers of chocolate.
Let the peanut butter layer harden in the refrigerator or freezer for a little bit, then add the final layer of chocolate. You only need to add enough to completely cover the peanut butter layer. Once that is done, put your peanut butter back in the refrigerator to completely harden before eating!
Are there any other types of American candy that I should try to recreate?