It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers. So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS & REESE’S SQUARES!
I recently had a conversation on Facebook with Sam, a friend and reader, about a recipe I shared that essentially called for Peanut Butter Cups. I mentioned I had a homemade recipe to make my own and she pointed out that I’ve never shared it here. Mea culpa! She also shared her recipe for Reese’s Squares with me as an alternative to buying peanut butter cups. We decided to share them both. Easy to make Candy Heaven!
I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!
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HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
[Makes 24 Small Candies]
1/3 plus ½ cup peanut butter (creamy)
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ lb. Candiquik or 1 cup candy melts (or chocolate chips, if you prefer)
24 paper bonbon cups for smaller candies or 12 miniature muffin cups for larger
Blend 1/3 cup peanut butter with powdered sugar and vanilla. Using ½ teaspoon, shape into 24 balls. If making larger muffin cups, shape into half as many balls. (May need to flatten a bit to fill larger dimensions.)Melt Candiquick and ½ cup peanut butter. Spoon enough mixture into bonbon cup to cover the bottom. Top with peanut butter ball and cover with the chocolate mixture so none of the ball shows. Chill for faster setting.
- I often use chocolate chips, both semi-sweet and milk chocolate, just for variety or when I can’t get my hands on candy melts.
- If you don’t have bonbon or muffin cups, you can make one large peanut butter cup “pie”. I’ve lined a round cake pan with wax paper, lined the bottom with the chocolate mixture, flattened the peanut butter “balls” into one large ball to center in the middle of the cake pan, then covered everything with the chocolate mixture. Chill and cut into squares.
SAM’S REESE’S SQUARES
13 rectangles of graham crackers (Pkgs. seem to have only 9)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar1 bag of chocolate chipsMix everything EXCEPT the chocolate chips together really well (I use a stand mixer) and flatten in a 9×13 pan. Melt 1 bag of choc chips and spread on top.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us today, Sam! I can’t wait to try it.