Today Chef Maggie and her daughter Anna are in the kitchen to teach you how to make homemade peanut butter cups. You can cook alongside Maggie and Anna and create this delicious treat! So, print out the recipe below and let’s get cooking!
How’s everyone doing out there? I mean truly, truly…how are you? Tell me below in the comments, send me an email, let’s stay connected. Because life is about connection and it feels like we’re being forced apart. Physically at least. But, technology has taken on a whole new meaning in the past week. This is how we will sustain our relationships, our connection, our sanity for awhile.
Life is really strange right now. This Coronavirus is scary, especially for those in our lives that are immune compromised. So, please, let’s stop this thing in it’s tracks and stay in, and soak up this time we are forced to pause. Let’s pause and do the things we never have time to do. Like cook with our kids!
And suddenly we’re all homeschoolers…
I know a lot of people are nervous about being suddenly forced into homeschooling their kids, myself included. At home this week we are finding ways to make learning fun. Cooking is an exciting activity and a great way to learn multiple lessons at once. First, cooking is a practical life skill, and something everyone should know to sustain themselves. Second, kids will be practicing reading, following a set of directions, measuring, working with fractions and using creativity. I mean, reading, math and the arts all wrapped up in one lesson. Bam!
My goal is to get a couple videos out each week while we’re off school and self-quarantined. My daughters and I have compiled a list of things that would be fun to make, but please let me know if you have suggestions of things you’d like us to teach. All recipes will be vegetarian and gluten free, but I will be giving substitutions where I can, to make these recipes accessible to everyone. I’ll try to do some fun things like these peanut butter cups, along with some healthier snack and meal options. I’ll also be providing links to Amazon products I recommend so you can get your ingredients delivered to your door, rather than going out.
I know this first video is a bit long, so please be patient with us while we figure out how to do this efficiently. For now…ENJOY!!
Where to buy ingredients and equipment for peanut butter cups
Below are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe along with links to Amazon products so you don’t even need to leave your home!
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Tiny Spatula (This is not a necessity for this recipe, but Anna uses a tiny spatula in the video, and I just adore tiny spatulas, so had to include it. Because, tiny spatula.)
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 1.5 cups chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- 1/4 cup peanut butter or any seed or nut butter
- 1-2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Line 6 standard muffin cups with muffin liners, or lightly oil 6 muffin cups. Set aside.
- Melt the chocolateMicrowave method: place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth. Do not overcook! Mine took 1 minute 30 seconds total.Stove top method: place chocolate in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continually until most of the chocolate is melted. Do not overcook! Remove from the stove and continue to stir until completely melted and smooth.
- Scoop about a tablespoon of chocolate into the bottom of a muffin cup and spread to cover the bottom. Repeat with remaining muffin cups. There should be plenty of chocolate left over. This will be for the tops of the peanut butter cups. Set remaining melted chocolate aside. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for a few minutes to harden.
- While the chocolate is chilling, mix the peanut butter and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar together to form a ball, adding a little more powdered sugar as necessary to reach desired consistency. If it becomes too stiff to stir, you can use (clean) hands to mix the peanut butter and powdered sugar together. You want to be able to roll the peanut butter into a ball between your palms.
- Roll about a tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture between your palms into a ball and then flatten it into a disk shape. Place the peanut butter disk on top of the chilled chocolate, ensuring there is still a ring of chocolate showing around the edge. Repeat with remaining muffin cups.
- Spoon the remaining melted chocolate evenly over the peanut butter in the muffin cups, making sure to spread it all the way to the edges. Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to harden up.
- Nice work! Now you can go ahead and... EAT IT! Enjoy!
Looking for other kid friendly recipes? Try these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies or Maple Vanilla Granola.