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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Homemade Memories

Peanut Butter Cups

Whereas chocolate peanut butter cups have long been popular in the US as has peanut butter and jelly (jam), the salty sweet combination has only recently blossomed here in the UK. Following on from the craze for salted caramel, comes chocolate combined with peanut butter and it seems to have taken the nation by storm. I’ve become rather enamoured too.

Homemade Memories

The upshot of this salty sweet passion was that I leapt at an invitation to make chocolate peanut butter cups as part of a blog tour. The book being toured is the rather wonderful Homemade Memories: childhood treats with a twist by Kate Doran. For those not in the know, Kate has a fabulous blog, The Little Loaf. It’s chock full of mostly sweet treats, but with a goodly measure of breads and other savoury bakes. I’ve been following it pretty much since its inception in 2011 – we have a passion for chocolate in common after all. Kate’s photographs are stylish, her instructions both thorough and clear and her stories are always well written and captivating. Her writing style has notes of nostalgia that resonate well with me and I was pleased to see this carrying through to her book. Indeed the title homemade memories suggests just that.

Homemade Memories

The book is all I was hoping for and more. It will be taking a treasured spot on my bookshelf, when I can rest it away from my bedside table that is. The photographs by Helen Cathcart are just gorgeous and make you want to dive right in and help yourself. Childhood favourites are brought to life once again, but with a slightly sophisticated yet rustic homemade charm. Most have a twist of some kind, whether it’s adding bourbon whiskey to bourbon biscuits, creating an ice-cream version of Maltesers or using healthier ingredients than you’d expect.  With recipes for biscuits, cakes, pastries, puddings, ice cream, drinks and chocolates, there is something to be found for everyone, novices and experienced bakers alike. In common with pretty much everyone else who has a copy, I’ve scattered bookmarks liberally throughout.

Homemade Memories: childhood treats with a twist, is published by Orion as a hardback and retails at £18.99. It is also available as an e-book for £9.99.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

In the chapter Midnight Feasts, I found the recipe I was looking for, chocolate peanut butter cups. Initially, I was quite keen to try them with cashew nut butter instead, as that is a firm favourite, but I reigned myself in and tried really hard to just follow the recipe. Yet again, I failed. Although I have a sweet tooth, I don’t think it’s quite as sweet as Kate’s and I ended up omitting the icing sugar and adding the honey element only. There was an option to add cocoa nibs to the mixture, but I really wanted a smooth creamy texture, so I made do with sprinkling just a few on the tops. 

Peanut Butter Cups

I also came unstuck when it came to assembling the chocolates. As space in my freezer is always an issue, I deviated from the recipe by placing the peanut butter in chocolate moulds before freezing. This resulted in the discs being a little narrower and thicker than they should have been, so I ended up running out of chocolate and had to temper some more. This is why, if you look closely, you will see the chocolates are two toned.

Peanut Butter Cups

Needless to say, the result was superb and these chocolate peanut butter cups were all that I could have hoped for and knocked all of the spots off the manufactured ones. They made for an excellent birthday treat too. The chocolate was just how I like it, dark, but still with a bit of dairy in it, the honeyed peanut butter filling was smooth, unctuous and perfectly sweet enough and the cocoa nibs added an air of sophistication as well as a bit of crunch. A fabulous recipe, which if it hadn’t been for Kate, I might never have tried. Next time, and there will be a next time, I’ll try the cashew version.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Prep Time
30 mins
Setting Time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins
 
Honeyed salty peanut butter enrobed with dark milk chocolate and encrusted with cocoa nibs.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate, chocolates, honey, peanut butter
Servings: 12 chocolates
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
  • 100 g smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar optional
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 150 g dark 70% chocolate - chopped
  • 100 g milk 37% chocolate - chopped
  • 1 tsp cocoa nibs - crushed
Instructions
  1. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cupcake cases or use silicone ones.
  2. Beat the peanut butter, honey, (icing sugar if using) vanilla extract and salt together in a small bowl.
  3. Divide the mixture into 12 and either roll into balls then flatten to nearly the size of the cupcake case bottoms or squash into suitably sized silicone moulds.
  4. Place on a tray lined with baking parchment (unless using a silicone mould) and freeze for 15 minutes or so whilst you get on with melting the chocolate.
  5. Either temper the chocolate according to your preferred method or following Kate's instructions or melt it using the following method.
  6. Melt the milk chocolate and half the dark chocolate gently in a bowl placed over barely simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn't actually touch the water. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the dark chocolate. Leave to melt for a few minutes, then stir until just combined.
  7. Swirl a loaded teaspoon of chocolate around the bases of each cupcake case to cover.
  8. Place a frozen peanut butter disk on top of the chocolate.
  9. Cover with the remaining chocolate (about 2 tsp each) and tap to settle and level the chocolate.
  10. Sprinkle with a few of the crushed cocoa nibs and leave to set - about an hour depending on room temperature.
  11. Remove the cases carefully and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Homemade Memories by Kate Doran

Linkies

I am sending these chocolate peanut butter cups off to Emily at A Mummy Too of #RecipeOfTheWeek. These sweet and salty chocolate delights also go to Lucy’s last #CookBlogShare over at SuperGolden Bakes.

Blog Tour Recipes

You can find out more about the blog tour on Kate’s blog. I think I am the last one, so do take a look at those that have gone before:

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Thanks to Orion and Kate Doran for the copy of Homemade Memories. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.

50 Comments

  1. Emily

    15th July 2015 at 11:24 am

    Yum! I’ve made a vegan version of these before – can’t get enough of peanut butter in baking! That book looks lovely will look out for it x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Yes, a vegan version using dark chocolate and substituting the honey for another sweetener makes them accessible to all – great idea Emily.

      Reply
  2. Kate

    15th July 2015 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for such a lovely post! And I can confirm that cashew nut butter cups are every bit as delicious. I like pistachio and white chocolate too 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you Kate. Just love your book, I’m sure it will do really well. There are so many things I want to make as well as cashew nut butter cups.

      Reply
  3. Kate | The Veg Space

    15th July 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Oh my, I’m a huge peanut butter fan and these look AMAZING – might have to give these a go very soon!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Go for it Kate. I can’t recommend them enough. Just wait for the weather to cool down a bit or the chocolate may never set 😉

      Reply
  4. Ciara (My Fussy Eater)

    15th July 2015 at 12:37 pm

    These look so good! I absolutely love peanut butter and chocolate together so need to give these a try for sure! Have pinned!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Excellent Ciara. What I’m now wondering is how did it take me so long to make some.

      Reply
  5. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    15th July 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This looks a great book. I must get a copy

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Definitely worth getting Jo 🙂

      Reply
  6. Sarah

    15th July 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Oh I think a cashew nut version is on the cards here, Choclette! I love them! Must check out the book too. 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Cashew nut butter cups seem to be a popular choice – can’t wait to try one 🙂 The book is definitely worth checking out Sarah.

      Reply
  7. Sarah

    15th July 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I love peanut butter cups! I like the idea of adding a bit of honey and cacao nibs to make it a bit different. Love it!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      15th July 2015 at 5:55 pm

      The honey is a wonderful addition, giving a bit more flavour but also a sense of luxury.

      Reply
  8. Lucy @ Bakingqueen74

    15th July 2015 at 8:10 pm

    These look amazing, if I made them I would eat them all straight away I think. Probably not good when trying to be healthy… 😉

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2015 at 10:02 am

      It was very tempting Lucy, but I managed to have only one on my birthday. I did, however, eat quite a lot of cake!

      Reply
  9. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    16th July 2015 at 5:19 am

    These look great and I love the name of the book. My experiments with peanut butter started when I started my blog and slowed drastically with an allergy in the house – but I grew up with peanut butter as a savoury food and still am a bit love hate about peanut butter and sweet food. Reeses cups are too sweet for me but perhaps this modified version might work.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2015 at 11:26 am

      I agree Johanna, the commercial ones are way too sweet. These were sweet enough, but not in the least bit sickly.

      Reply
  10. Hayley @ Snap Happy Bakes

    16th July 2015 at 12:18 pm

    My other half would love these, I’ll have to try them out on his next birthday! #recipeoftheweek

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th July 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Oh do Hayley, they would make a fab present for any peanut butter lover.

      Reply
  11. Jen

    16th July 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I think I’m going to have to make another addition to the cookbook collection now I’ve seen these 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th July 2015 at 11:44 am

      It’s one worthy of taking up a bit of space on your bookshelves Jen – not that I’ve found anywhere to put it yet!

      Reply
  12. sarah clegg

    17th July 2015 at 9:45 pm

    omg they look delish!! really putting me in a baking mood!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th July 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Or even a chocolate making mood Sarah? I can highly recommend them 🙂

      Reply
  13. Rebecca

    17th July 2015 at 9:52 pm

    They look absolutely delish! I’m going to have to have a good old explore of your other recipes now 🙂 x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th July 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Rebecca, hope you find something else you like 🙂

      Reply
  14. Munchies and munchkins

    17th July 2015 at 11:02 pm

    This looks like such a fabulous book. I make a really simple version of peanut butter cups which combines the chocolate and peanut butter so you don’t get two separate layers but it still tastes fab. X

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th July 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Ooh well that sounds rather good too Rebecca – have you got it on your site? The book is excellent and well worth a hard earned place on our bookshelves 😉

      Reply
  15. Dom

    18th July 2015 at 3:02 pm

    oh Jesus these look superb! You know I love that sweet and last thang and as for peanut butter. Oh. Yes. Please! loving catching up on your blog but my teeth hurt now!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th July 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Ah yes Dom, we are two of a kind in that department 🙂

      Reply
  16. Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    20th July 2015 at 1:53 pm

    These are exactly the sort of treat I go completely weak at the knees over. Totally delicious – thanks for linking with #CookBlogShare

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th July 2015 at 6:49 pm

      You are not the only one Lucy, they were very hard to resist 🙂

      Reply
  17. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    20th July 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I made something similar long long time ago…now suddenly I have the craving again. These look heavenly!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th July 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Ooh time to make some ultra healthy ones Angie. I shall be trying some out at some point.

      Reply
  18. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    28th July 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Wow! Very professional. The PBC’s look amazing as does the book! Always love peanut and chocolate together, but cashew nut butter cups would be divine! The permutations are endless…. Pistachio butter cups….. almond butter cups….. xx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th July 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Oh Kate, you have me almost swooning at the though of pistachio butter cups. I’ve never tried pistachio nut butter – I wonder if the nuts work this way?

      Reply
  19. Manal Obieda

    7th August 2015 at 8:25 pm

    These are so Reese look alike…and very easy to make with available ingredients…thanks for sharing this..I am a PB junkie big time so these are going on my try list 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:36 am

      I reckon PB and chocolate is one of the best combination Manal. Time to make these all over again 🙂

      Reply
  20. Emily | Rainbow Delicious

    7th August 2015 at 9:48 pm

    These look so delicious and the best thing of all is that I think I have everything on the ingredient list in my pantry right now! I’ve been wondering what to use my cocoa nibs on 😉

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:39 am

      Ah go for it Emily, though be warned, they are very moreish. The cocoa nibs worked really nicely on top, but they could be added to the peanut butter mix too.

      Reply
  21. Meredith @ The Weekday Gourmet

    7th August 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Whoa! These look amazing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Merdadith. They tasted amazing too.

      Reply
  22. Chris @ SimpleFood365

    8th August 2015 at 12:18 am

    I love chocolate peanut butter cups. These look great and the honey and darker chocolate makes them even better. YUM!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Chris. These are definitely a step up from that well known PB confection.

      Reply
  23. Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

    10th August 2015 at 5:08 am

    These look divine. And absolutely gorgeous for a first try! Thanks for posting 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th August 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Chrissie. I am counting the days before I have a good excuse to make some again 😉

      Reply
  24. Leah

    10th August 2015 at 7:46 pm

    How lovely! Homemade peanut butter cups sound amazing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      10th August 2015 at 8:57 pm

      They really are Leah, so much nicer than the bought ones 🙂

      Reply
  25. Ann Williams

    9th January 2016 at 1:02 pm

    These look delicious and something I could try out with the grandchildren when they visit.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th January 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Great thing to do Ann. My grandmother was a great cook, but sadly I never did any cooking with her when visiting.

      Reply

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