Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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I've had these on my "to make" list forever and at last decided they would make good Halloween treaties.  The recipe, which originally came from Have Cake, Will Travel, doesn't even require turning on the stove.  I suggest a double batch, and have modified the portions below to reflect that.  I also didn't use all of the peanut butter filling mixture, but your mileage may vary!

 Peanut Butter Cups

  • 24 mini cupcake liners
  • 1 regular size bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter + 4 generous T to add to the melted chocolate
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • pinch fine sea salt [if your PB is already salted, it's optional to add more]

Melt the chips in your microwave, keeping a close eye on them and stirring often to make sure they don’t burn. it should take about 2 minutes. add the 4 generous T of peanut butter and stir to incorporate.

Place a heaping teaspoon of melted chocolate in each mini cupcake liner and spread it all over the place with the back of a spoon.

Place the chocolate-covered liners onto a plate, into your fridge, to let it all harden.

Meanwhile, stir together peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and sugar. 

The chocolate should be hard by now, so divide peanut butter paste into all 12 liners, pressing down gently to make sure the paste goes everywhere.

Top with heaping teaspoon of chocolate [melt it again if needed], spreading carefully so that none of the PB paste can be seen.

Chill in fridge for at least one hour, until ready to devour.