Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Fake Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cups!

Last Wednesday was a happy day in our house.
The smell of peanut butter and melted chocolate filled the kitchen, which usually means one of two things - it's holiday season or someone has asked me to make my Fake Peanut Butter Peanut Butter Cups!
This time it was both.

I've been off work for awhile now because when I was pregnant with Olivia I was so sick that I went on maternity leave early and then when my mat leave ended in December 2014, I decided to take an extra year leave to stay home with the girls.
Regardless of that, in November I got an invite to my work Christmas party, which was a nice surprise! Along with the invite was a request for me to bring my famous peanut butter cups.


I've been making these peanut butter cups for years and have always used WOWBUTTER, it's my favorite "nut" butter. When I tell people it's not real peanut butter they're usually shocked. These taste like the real deal! Some people have even said they taste better than real peanut butter cups.

"Peanut Butter" Cups:
(Recipe adapted from The Joy of Baking)
Makes about 36 cups

Line 36 miniature muffin cups with liners.
I like to use these foil lined baking cups. I find that the foil lined ones hold up better.

"Peanut Butter" Filling
Ingredients:

1/2 cup smooth WOWBUTTER, or other nut butter
2 tbsp salted butter, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup icing sugar*, sifted

Chocolate Coating
Ingredients:
1 bag each (270g - 300g) of semi sweet and milk chocolate chips  
1 tablespoon shortening

Directions:
Place the peanut butter, butter, and salt in a microwaveable bowl.
Heat in microwave until quite soft (for about 30-60 seconds - check and stir every 20 seconds).
Stir in icing sugar.

Melt the chocolate and shortening in a heatproof bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water.

Spoon about one teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each of the paper cups. 
Tap the pan gently on the counter to smooth out the chocolate. 
Spoon about a teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate. 
Then top with another teaspoon of melted chocolate. 
Tap the pan gently on the counter to smooth out the peanut butter cups.
Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until set. 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or they can be frozen.

*In the past I've also replaced the icing sugar with Splenda - might as well reduce some of the sugar. They turned out well, but I had to use a food chopper (a small, cheap version of a food processor), to make the Splenda really fine, so that was a bit of a pain.


The peanut butter cups were a hit both at home and at work.
Now that I think about it, maybe they're the reason I got an invite in the first place?!
Can't say I blame them!


Oh, and I'm totally joking about that being the only reason I got invited :)

And Thank You to Joseph RĂ©al Design for the beautiful handmade, reclaimed fir, end grain, butcher block cutting board featured here! Check out them out on Facebook, Instagram @josephrealdesign or at www.josephrealdesign.com


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3 comments:

  1. Ouuu they sound good. But what is Wowbutter. I live in the boonies and have never heard of it. I suppose i could use reg peanut butter eh. Can't wait to try them.

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    1. They are SO good!! Too good actually! Wowbutter is fake peanut butter made from soy. It's what I remember real peanut butter tasting like. Maybe I'll send you some!!
      You could definitely use real peanut butter!

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    2. Wow is right, just recieved some for Christmas and they are fantastic. Can't wait to make some. Would highly recommend these.

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