DIY candy recipe: Easiest, 3-ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

October 28, 2014

This is dangerous. My favorite candy—peanut butter cups—can be made at home, in the freezer, with just three ingredients. No special molds, no candy thermometers, no hours of waiting and, best of all, no chemicals or other weird ingredients in my, uh, I mean, in my kids’ treats.

This is a super fun DIY cooking project for Halloween. Either make these with your kiddo for a fun Halloween week dessert or sneak them into his lunchbox on Friday.

Or make these all the time. Because, really, do we need it to be Halloween to eat peanut butter cups? I think not.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups recipe | One Hungry Mama

DIY Peanut Butter Cups | One Hungry Mama

Peanut Butter Cups
(Can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*
Makes about 1 dozen

1 cup chocolate chips, melted (I prefer semi-sweet, but you can use dark or milk chocolate)
3/4 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1/3 cup powdered sugar

1. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. Stir melted chocolate until smooth.

2. Add a dab of melted chocolate to the bottom of a cupcake liner. Use the back of a small spoon or your clean finger to cover the bottom of the lined, creating a thin, even bottom layer of chocolate. Place cupcake liner on a small baking sheet and repeat. Once all of the liners have a bottom coating of chocolate, place the baking sheet in the freezer, allowing the chocolate to set, about 5 minutes.

3. In the meantime, combine peanut butter and powdered sugar.

4. Using a small spoon, scoop a little bit of the peanut butter mixture into each cupcake liner and spread to evenly cover the bottom layer of chocolate. Make sure to keep the peanut butter layer thin or you’ll end up with a mega peanut butter cup. Place back in the freezer for 5 minutes.

5. If necessary, gently reheat the chocolate (this may not be required); whisk to make smooth again. Remove peanut butter cups from the freezer and top the peanut butter with an even layer of melted chocolate. This layer can be slightly thicker than the base layer, but not by much. Place in the freezer for the last time, about 10 minutes to allow the entire candy to set. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

*Note: While there is nothing in this that is unsafe for younger eaters already managing tree nuts, I recommend this starting at 12-months due to the high sugar content. If you’d like to share this with a child who hasn’t been introduced to peanuts, read up on introducing high allergen foods. No matter how old your eaters, be sure to serve an age appropriate portion. A little of this sweet treat goes a long way with little ones.

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