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Peanut Butter Cups


 
It is officially summer break!  I now have a 1st grader, really?  When did that happen?  We wouldn’t have made it here if it wasn’t for my son’s teacher, Mrs. E!  She was awesome!!  I don’t know how I could ever thank her enough.  I handed over my son to her for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.  Yes, it is her job, it is school, but she really cares for the kids.   It really was like every kid in the class was one of her own. 
So what do you do at the end of the year to thank her for all her caring and hard work?  Make her candy!  I figure another coffee mug, or Best Teacher nik-nak is the last thing she needs!  So what do I do? I do what I do best, take to the kitchen.  I made Peanut Butter Cups and then my version of a Milky Way (coming soon).   I think the handmade gifts, food or otherwise, really show someone you care.  I hope that is what she got out of it as well!
These are actually super easy to make!  No dipping of chocolate required!  The recipe makes about 36 mini cups, and from start to finish (minus the hardening time at the end) it took me less that 30 minutes.
Peanut Butter Cups
½ cup Peanut Butter
½ cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tbls Butter
Pinch of salt
2 cups Milk Chocolate
1 Tbls shortening
Line a mini muffin tray with liners. 
Put peanut butter, butter, and salt into a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for about 20 seconds, just to get it soft.  You don’t want the butter melted.  Stir in the sugar until it is well combined.  
Melt the chocolate and the shortening together over a double broiler. 
 
Fill the bottom of each muffin liner with a teaspoon of melted chocolate.  Top with about a teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture.  Finally, cover each one with more chocolate.  
Set in the fridge to harden.  This makes about 36 peanut butter cups.  I did mini, but you could easily use a regular muffin tin, and make larger ones!


 

Comments

  1. Apron Appeal says:

    I am so bad at NOT bookmarking peanut butter recipes. I need a different goal to work toward.

  2. Apron Appeal says:

    I am so bad at NOT bookmarking peanut butter recipes. I need a different goal to work toward.

  3. thefooddoctor says:

    My daughter finishes first grade on thursday and I was thinking what to get her teacher..she did an amazing job too…those cup look like a perfect gift

  4. thefooddoctor says:

    My daughter finishes first grade on thursday and I was thinking what to get her teacher..she did an amazing job too…those cup look like a perfect gift

  5. Jen (emeraldsunshine.org) says:

    Mmmmm. Those look really good. I try to avoid making anyone anything with peanuts now since so many people are allergic… But I'm not, and I'll love these!

  6. Jen (emeraldsunshine.org) says:

    Mmmmm. Those look really good. I try to avoid making anyone anything with peanuts now since so many people are allergic… But I'm not, and I'll love these!

  7. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    I would love this! I'm here for the first time from your foodbuzz friend request. Nice to meet you. :-)

  8. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    I would love this! I'm here for the first time from your foodbuzz friend request. Nice to meet you. :-)

  9. Kristen says:

    Those pb cups would definitely not last long in my house. They sound like a perfect summer treat, though….no baking!

  10. Kristen says:

    Those pb cups would definitely not last long in my house. They sound like a perfect summer treat, though….no baking!

  11. Marelie says:

    oh wow!I wish I am your son's teacher…you are so thoughtful!and this peanutbutter cup will make my son sooooo happy!….thanks for sharing

  12. Marelie says:

    oh wow!I wish I am your son's teacher…you are so thoughtful!and this peanutbutter cup will make my son sooooo happy!….thanks for sharing

  13. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    These look and sound awesome Erin! I would eat way too many of these beauties!

  14. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    These look and sound awesome Erin! I would eat way too many of these beauties!

  15. Oh my gosh! These look incredible! I was just thinking about making candy (I never have before)…and I might just have to start with these! They are a family favorite here! : )

  16. Oh my gosh! These look incredible! I was just thinking about making candy (I never have before)…and I might just have to start with these! They are a family favorite here! : )

  17. The Mom Chef says:

    Isn't it amazing to see our kids getting older before our eyes? Congrats on having such a wonderful teacher. I hope that for our daughter as she enters kindergarten this fall!

    Your teacher treats are perfect. I'm sure Mrs. E is wish to anything that she'd have you as a parent again. :)

  18. The Mom Chef says:

    Isn't it amazing to see our kids getting older before our eyes? Congrats on having such a wonderful teacher. I hope that for our daughter as she enters kindergarten this fall!

    Your teacher treats are perfect. I'm sure Mrs. E is wish to anything that she'd have you as a parent again. :)

  19. OH MY GOODNESSSS!!!! Guess what we are going to make tomorrow?!!! I can't wait to do this.. we love, love, love, love peanut butter cups!!! now we can make them ourselves???! Danger, danger!!! Thank you… i think… ;) (you may have created a monster!)

  20. OH MY GOODNESSSS!!!! Guess what we are going to make tomorrow?!!! I can't wait to do this.. we love, love, love, love peanut butter cups!!! now we can make them ourselves???! Danger, danger!!! Thank you… i think… ;) (you may have created a monster!)

  21. Kimberly says:

    WOWEEE!!! Love it! They look beautiful!!

  22. Kimberly says:

    WOWEEE!!! Love it! They look beautiful!!

  23. Hester aka The Chef Doc says:

    I'm in love with this! I made 131 mini carrot cupcakes last week and was staring at the little 1-inch liners I was using. I had actually thought about making peanut butter cups but didn't know how to go about doing it. Well… now you know what I'm going to be doing soon ;-) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Congrats to making it to summer vacation :-) Hear hear to being done with school!!!!!!

  24. Hester aka The Chef Doc says:

    I'm in love with this! I made 131 mini carrot cupcakes last week and was staring at the little 1-inch liners I was using. I had actually thought about making peanut butter cups but didn't know how to go about doing it. Well… now you know what I'm going to be doing soon ;-) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Congrats to making it to summer vacation :-) Hear hear to being done with school!!!!!!

  25. Curry and Comfort says:

    I am a total sucker for PB cups! These are awesome!

  26. Curry and Comfort says:

    I am a total sucker for PB cups! These are awesome!

  27. Lemons and Anchovies says:

    I love peanut butter cups! I made some myself out of leftover melted chocolate a few months ago and I couldn't stop eating them. I'm sure Mrs. E appreciated these more than another mug.

    Congrats on having a first grader!

  28. Lemons and Anchovies says:

    I love peanut butter cups! I made some myself out of leftover melted chocolate a few months ago and I couldn't stop eating them. I'm sure Mrs. E appreciated these more than another mug.

    Congrats on having a first grader!

  29. Kate@Diethood says:

    Love these…My favorite snack!!

  30. Kate@Diethood says:

    Love these…My favorite snack!!

  31. Purabi Naha says:

    These cups look lovely! I love peanut butter in them! Great photos, no wonder why they are considering your photos on tastespotting and Foodgawker!!! Congrats, Erin.

  32. Purabi Naha says:

    These cups look lovely! I love peanut butter in them! Great photos, no wonder why they are considering your photos on tastespotting and Foodgawker!!! Congrats, Erin.

  33. sheila @ Elements says:

    Yummmmmm! They look wonderful! Yours turned out much prettier than mine did when I made them. That was so nice of you to make them for your first grader's teacher. I'm sure she was thrilled with them! :)

  34. sheila @ Elements says:

    Yummmmmm! They look wonderful! Yours turned out much prettier than mine did when I made them. That was so nice of you to make them for your first grader's teacher. I'm sure she was thrilled with them! :)

  35. briarrose says:

    A perfect gift. These look wonderful and so delicious.

  36. briarrose says:

    A perfect gift. These look wonderful and so delicious.

  37. Eftychia says:

    My kids will love this. Thanks!

  38. Eftychia says:

    My kids will love this. Thanks!

  39. Yes I am with you with kids growing up! Mine are in school from 8 to 3 and I have to hand it to those teachers, especially with Kindergarten age!
    Your PB cups look amazing girl, I hope it is up on top 9, because it looks and sounds fantastic and very delicious!!!

  40. Yes I am with you with kids growing up! Mine are in school from 8 to 3 and I have to hand it to those teachers, especially with Kindergarten age!
    Your PB cups look amazing girl, I hope it is up on top 9, because it looks and sounds fantastic and very delicious!!!

  41. kitchenarian says:

    Oh, yum. This is the perfect teacher gift. I've been wanting to make these; thanks for the recipe. It will be a great summer treat to make.

  42. kitchenarian says:

    Oh, yum. This is the perfect teacher gift. I've been wanting to make these; thanks for the recipe. It will be a great summer treat to make.

  43. Pretty. Good. Food. says:

    Yup, super hungry now :)!

  44. Pretty. Good. Food. says:

    Yup, super hungry now :)!

  45. BigFatBaker says:

    So cute! What a great gift for a teacher, I bet she loved them!

  46. BigFatBaker says:

    So cute! What a great gift for a teacher, I bet she loved them!

  47. cookingwithchrissy says:

    How fun!! I might save this idea for Christmas packages this year

  48. cookingwithchrissy says:

    How fun!! I might save this idea for Christmas packages this year

  49. These would disappear quickly in our house…and I know I'd eat my share. Delectable, Erin!!!

  50. These would disappear quickly in our house…and I know I'd eat my share. Delectable, Erin!!!

  51. ameanderingmango says:

    My husband loves peanut butter cups (we no longer can buy them here in Australia) so thanks for the recipe! Will have to try them out soon. Great blog by the way – now following!

  52. ameanderingmango says:

    My husband loves peanut butter cups (we no longer can buy them here in Australia) so thanks for the recipe! Will have to try them out soon. Great blog by the way – now following!

  53. Will have to try this recipe..My grandchildren LOVE peanut butter anything!

  54. Will have to try this recipe..My grandchildren LOVE peanut butter anything!

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