Recipe: DIY Peanut Butter Cups

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

~ Abraham Lincoln

It’s snowing/sleeting/spitting here today (ugh!) – a bit hard to swallow after last weeks heavenly sunshine, and even harder to believe after buying myself a new and much needed (flower-printed) hand trowel yesterday and a few (ever cheerful) pansies for my front stoop.

Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.

- John Lennon

Despite all this, I am doing my best to stay cheerful – to look forward – and get ready (this is code for I am getting a pedicure!).

I truly believe one must make time for themselves in this busy life, but to appreciate it is key (like it is with most things really).

As a rule, the mind, residing in a body that has become weakened by pampering, is also weak, and where there is no strength of mind there can be no strength of soul.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

So with that in mind, here is a recipe for true self-indulgence and pleasure (especially if you are a peanut butter lover).

Rich, satisfying, and easy as 1, 2, 3 these are!

So go ahead and enjoy the simple pleasures.

The Less:

Less packaged confections means less litter and less guilt. Less pesticides from heavily sprayed conventional peanuts means better health for you and your loved ones. Less refined fats & unpronounceable ingredients in your diet means more support for your body as it breaks down your fuel. Less stress on the system means better living. Y’know?

The More:

More satisfying richness from more real ingredients means less craving for calories elsewhere. More protein, real healthy fat, and intense flavor in your treats means more long term satisfaction so you can consume less, less often (you won’t need a lot). More peanut butter and chocolate together means (quite simply) more delicious. Straight up.

DIY Peanut Butter Cups

  • 400 grams good milk chocolate (buy it bulk – you could also use dark!)
  • (1) cup good smooth or chunky natural organic* peanut butter at room temperature
  • paper muffin cups (any size – fancy ones would be nice!)

Honestly that’s it!

Here’s how to impress your peanut-butter-chocolate-loving friends..and a little ‘tip from the top’ today: men love these!

Put up your chocolate to melt in a double boiling mechanism (I describe how I do it here). Melt your chocolate, stirring to prevent caking or burning. Once the chocolate is melted, keep it on the heat (very low) and add the peanut butter.

Stir together until the mixture is a gorgeous warm blend of pure glory. Feel free to add more peanut butter once you taste it..you really can’t mess this one up.

Once you have eaten as much as you can handle from the stirring spoon (don’t be shy), prepare your muffin cups on either a flat cookie sheet or in a muffin pan (you might need 2 muffin pans as this makes more than 12). Spoon the mixture into the cups carefully – 2-3 tbsp per muffin cup or more depending on the size of cups you have.

You don’t want to make these too big or you might not be able to finish a whole one in a sitting (or maybe you will)!

Shake the pan to even out the cups and pop these babies in the fridge or freezer to cool and set! You can store these in the fridge forever….(I’d love to know how long they last you)..

* A word about peanut butter: it is really really important to use real natural organic peanut butter (I am sure most of you don’t need to read this) – processed peanut butters contain heinous amounts of saturated fats and refined oils that are straight up not good for you – peanuts are naturally oily as they are! Peanuts are also grown conventionally with heavy amounts of pesticides – so eat organic if you can!

These super rich treats are great to have around in your fridge when you need a sweet hit.

Creamy, rich, and oh so yummy, they’ll hit you right where it counts and you might just impress a friend or two. I like to use them as topping for ice cream – straight up french vanilla or homemade white chocolate hazelnut – say what? Yup, I’ll share that in an upcoming post…

While I wait for the sun to return, I am dreaming of fresh cut grass, picnic baskets, and sandals.

I am thinking I might pick a sunny orange color for my toes today.

  • How do you pamper yourself?
  • What’s your favorite nail polish color?
  • Are you a peanut butter fiend like me?

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Thanks to all of you for reading this week – anyone out there with leftover kale pesto?

My last batch is dwindling too….I think I’ll make another pizza….what did you do with yours?

We’d love to know..

All the best to you all fine IPOM readers (as always) – and regardless of the weather, Happy Wednesday!

(Even if it is sleeting, snowing, spitting, slushing, and blustering)

Yours in Less,

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56 Comments on “Recipe: DIY Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. spaark

    Seriously? peanut butter cups..and chocolate?! well forget the granola I was about to whip up as a treat…off to make these instead. The girls will be, oh so happy…

    1. Shira

      I know – what gives hey! It is totally 100% fail (fool) proof indeed, I can’t imagine any way you could take these 2 things and make them NOT totally awesome!! Thanks Ann!

  2. Adrienne

    It’s so funny that you said men love these! Before I even started reading, my husband saw the pictures and said ‘Oooo you should make those!’. :)

    1. Shira

      OMG – that’s gooood! And to think, I almost deleted that part, but I just couldn’t – cause it’s too true! Hehe! Love this, thanks for letting me know!! :)

  3. This Sydney Life

    Well, it ain’t a-sleetin’, a-snowin’, a-spittin’, a-slushin’, or a-blusterin’ down here today nor do I have any leftover kale pesto.

    What I do have is a recently acquired 1kg jar of ‘Pics REALLY Good Peanut Butter’ (yes – I did say 1kg. I found an online supplier in Australia. Yeeha!). I must have known you were going to suggest this awesome looking recipe today. Hubba hubba! These look dangerous, Shira.

    Oh – BTW, OPI Thrill of Brazil is the only colour these toes ever get. Happy pedi’! :-)

    1. Shira

      Awesome!! You must have felt it coming….these are totally dangerous!!
      Off tonight to get those toesy’s done…going to look for that color! I’ll let you know how I make out!
      Happy Peanut Butter Cupping to you!! xo

  4. amyhelmes

    I’ve been brainstorming for some quick indulgence to make. It’s raining, raining, and raining some more (but of course, it is still winter, I continue to remind myself). These look like they’d fit the bill perfectly. What about almond butter? I love to buy that freshly ground…it warms my hand as it swirls out of the machine and into the little container. As far as the toes go…I usually make myself wait a little for the hot, corally shades for a month or so. Thinking of some springy shade of green:) Thanks for all your inspiration!!

    1. Shira

      Hi Amy! Yes you could make these with almond butter too! I love fresh nut butters too, I love your description! They will taste (just a little) different, but you really can’t go wrong with any combo…especially when they are this easy! I am looking for a corally shade too..or green for St Patrick’s day! Great suggestion! :)

  5. ames.

    smiles. you just made my day a lil better after the day i had!! i never thought of making these at home!!! love these! guess what i’ll be doing over the weekend?!? or at least attempt to make! doubt mine will turn out as nice! haha. :) Happy Wednesday!

    1. Shira

      Oh goood! That’s a ‘dose of good’ to hear & does my heart good too! You might just surprise yourself – they are so easy peasy! :)

    1. Shira

      Thanks Nick!! Your are too kind! I wonder how long until I run out of quotes – hehe!! There are just soooo many good ones! Lots of very wise and inspiring people out there – both past & present! :) Have a wonderful day today!

  6. tinykitchenstories

    I’ll be making these this rainy upcoming weekend and The Husband will yet again vow undying love for me. Yes, I’m a peanut butter (any nut butter, really) fiend and my favorite nail polish color is “I’m Not Really a Waitress” by OPI. Perfect red–goes with everything!

    1. Shira

      Love it! Excellent – “I’m not really a waitress” – I am going to use that the next time I serve my husband (hehe)! He’ll love you for it, undyingly & forever!

    1. Shira

      Oh thanks – you are (as always) wonderfully kind and supportive! I just read your post and really appreciate your words (it’s always apparent that you are a pro, btw!) – I just had the honor a few times less than 2 weeks ago…I really appreciate another nod! Cheers and congrats on your nomination! Well deserved! :)

  7. Ragamuffin Diaries

    I’ll always take more chocolate and peanut butter! what a great idea to just mix the two together; makes life a lot easier than other recipes I’ve seen where you put down a layer of chocolate, then some peanut butter, then more chocolate….. These look great!

    1. Shira

      Its almost as easy to make them as it is to eat them – a perfect match and I agree, who needs to layer? In this case – not! So easy: so gooooood!

  8. Lilly Sue

    This is a fun idea! And even easier than the peanut butter cups I posted about. I agree that using natural peanut butter is so important. I forgot to emphasize that point.

    Pamper: I love to take baths with a good book and a glass of wine :)
    Nail Polish: My summer color is usually a peachy orange. Winter color (if I am motivated enough) is a true red.
    I absolutely love peanut butter….eat it by the spoonfuls!!

      1. Shira

        Funny you ask. It’s a recipe I’ve been working on here and there when I make almond milk (it uses the pulp) – it’s not perfect for posting yet! Soon! ;)

    1. Shira

      Love this. So. Much!
      I am the same – red in winter (and only when I get to have my nails done). Bath, book, wine. So good!
      Love your blog – thanks for stopping by!
      Stoked to visit and follow. Cheers!

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