The other day I ran out of Reese’s peanut butter cups. I don’t know how it happened. I thought I had a spare stash in the candy cupboard and another candy bucket full in my office. But no. They were all gone. Everything empty. Is it embarrassing that I felt panicked? And lonely? It is just such a reassuring feeling to have plenty of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Now, I have three different kinds: regular, fall, and Halloween peanut butter cups filling my candy dishes. I feel so much better! Here is a homemade recipe that is so similar. Like an identical twin to the Reese’s PB cup. Great if you run out and can’t get to a store right away!!
2 c milk chocolate chips
2 T shortening
24 1-inch paper candy cups
¾ c creamy or chunky peanut butter (not all-natural)
¾ c powdered sugar
1 T butter, melted
In double boiler or mini crock pot, combine chocolate chips and shortening. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Pour 1 teaspoon chocolate mixture into each paper cup, using back of spoon to push chocolate up the sides to coat cup. Chill for 15 minutes. Keep remaining chocolate warm while making filling. Beat peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter with electric mixer until smooth. Roll rounded teaspoonful of filling into ball and push into each chilled chocolate cup. Spoon 1 teaspoon reserved chocolate on top of filling and smooth over to seal. Chill until firm. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Return to room temperature to serve.