December 8, 2010

Kids in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups rank pretty high up there in terms of favorite candy, when it comes to our kids. I can’t blame them – I long for those creamy, sweet, delicious treats myself, but because of my dairy “issues”, most store-bought candies are off of the list. So when Matt said he wanted to make these, I was excited. Not only would we be rewarded with delicious candy treats, the process was relatively simple and fun!

This would be a great project if you happen to be home with your kids during the holiday break. Candy molds are relatively inexpensive, and if you use the paint brushes, it’s almost like going back to kindergarten – and who doesn’t love that every once in a while? And when you’re getting to eat your project when you’re finished, then it’s the best kind of project available!

If you are looking to make this dairy-free, be sure you find dairy-free chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life brand, but I’ve found some other brands also are dairy-free. And of course, if you or someone in your family can’t do peanut butter, then almond butter or even sunbutter would work! You can even try to use a bit of jam (I’ve used raspberry jam in the past) and make fancy bon-bons!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cups

1 1/2 c dairy-free chocolate chips

about 1/2 c peanut butter (I used creamy)

In a double boiler (or you can use a small saucepan with a bit of water in the bottom, and place a stainless steel bowl on top), bring water to low boil and add chocolate chips in top. Stir slowly until melted. Turn heat down to low.

Using a paint brush (I used a cheap one – no need to get fancy), paint chocolate in the inside of the mold, making sure to coat evenly and thoroughly. Place mold in freezer for a few minutes. Remove from freezer, and scoop small amounts of peanut butter into each mold. Freeze again for about 10 minutes. Remove from freezer, and paint chocolate over the top of the peanut butter, making sure you have enough to “seal” the filling inside the candy. Freeze again for 30 minutes, and remove from freezer. Turn mold over and pop the candies from the mold.

8 Responses to “Kids in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Cups”

  1. Oh, these look so good! Love the idea of adding jams or different butters. Yum!

  2. What a great idea Alta and I actually have this mold, but have never used it!

    I see a project coming up, thank you for the inspiration. :-D

  3. Alta, I luuuuuv EASY-NESS. Thanks for sharing this one. I am a lover of peanut butter cups!

    xo
    Lexie

  4. Oh, me again. You should submit these to findingvegan.com if you have not already done so ;) I am loving that site and your photo is makes me want to grab one off the plate and dive in!

  5. Wow, super simple and delicious! I love PB cups but have never made them.

  6. Oh yeah baby, these have my name all over them. I’m gonna try them with almond butter. What a lovely treat and a great idea for gift-giving. Thanks Alta!

  7. I’m bad, I always add sweetener to the filling, but really should make them like this sans sugar! Definitely a favorite in our house too. Reese’s shmeeses :)

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