I love homemade peanut butter cups! They are one of my favorite and most requested treats to make. And it is so fun to make different shapes with them. In this case, awesome peanut butter cup hearts.
Have someone special in your life that likes peanut butter cups? Make theses peanut butter cup hearts for them on Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. Maybe for their birthday, or just an out of the blue treat. Oh and by the way, they totally taste better than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is one of the most amazing treat combinations around. And these fun little desserts are so easy to make with not cooking or baking. If I can do it, you can do it! Let’s get started.
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
In order to make peanut butter cup hearts, you need just 5 easy to find ingredients:
- Peanut Butter – You can use homemade peanut butter or store-bought. And I usually use a nice creamy smooth kind.
- Powdered sugar – Also known as icing or confectioner’s sugar.
- Butter – You may use salted or unsalted butter. Margarine will work too if you like. Although for me there is no substitute for real butter, haha.
- Salt – A little salt will help balance out the flavors and enhance the flavor.
- Chocolate – You can use your favorite kind of chocolate bars or chocolate chips, milk, dark, semi-sweet, etc., or if you like you can use homemade milk chocolate or homemade dark chocolate.
- Heart Shaped Mold – You need some kind of heart-shaped mold. I like to use silicone molds. There are plenty to choose from that you can find online. A heart-shaped cookie cutter will work too, but not quite as well.
How to Make Peanut Butter Cup Hearts
Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. It will also work if it is only softened and not melted. Then add the butter and peanut butter in a large bowl and mix until combined.
Add the salt and add the powdered sugar about 1/4 of a cup at a time until when all mixed together the mixture resembles play dough. It should be easy to touch and shape, but not too sticky on the fingers.
If the peanut butter mixture is too sticky, add a little bit more powdered sugar.
Now it is time to melt the chocolate. You can use chocolate bars, chocolate chips, chocolate candy melts, or any flavor of candy melts, etc.
I love using different flavors of my favorite candy bars, or the person’s favorite chocolate bar that I will be giving them too.
Place the chocolate into a bowl, if it is a bar, break the bar up into small chunks first. Then melt in the microwave using bursts of 30 seconds, and stirring in between until melted. Or you can use the double boiler method on the stovetop.
Double Boiler Method: Add a small pot with about an inch of water to a burner. Set the heat to medium. Then place a metal or pyrex bowl on top of the pot. Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl. As the water heats up the steam will gently heat up the bottom of the bowl, which in turn will melt the chocolate inside the bowl.
One melted pour chocolate into each mold cavity, these will be the peanut butter cup hearts. Make the chocolate about 1/4th inch thick. Tap the mold which will help level out the melted chocolate.
Step 3: Finish the peanut butter cup hearts
Grab some peanut butter mixture with clean hands, or wear food prep gloves, and shape it into a heart. Then place it on top of the chocolate in the molds.
One done with that, come back in with more melted chocolate on top. A spoon works great with the melted chocolate, or something like a piping bag will work fine too.
Tap the mold on the counter again, to level the chocolate. Then place the mold in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the peanut butter cup hearts can set properly.
Remove the peanut butter cup hearts from the fridge and then take them out of the mold. They should come out easily.
Now you can eat them right away, or put them in some sort of nice container to give them away.
NOTE: If you don’t temper the chocolate after melting it, you will just need to store these in the fridge, unless your house is fairly cool inside. Otherwise use candy melts, those don’t need to be tempered. Or use something like CandiQuik.
Enjoy those amazing peanut butter cup hearts! In my opinion they are so much better then store-bought.
How long do peanut butter cup hearts last?
Homemade peanut butter cups will last about a month in the fridge, or you can freeze them for three to four months.
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Peanut Butter Cup Hearts
- Silicone heart shape mold
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter 120g
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar 50g may need more or less
- 1 tsp. to 2 tsp. of melted butter unsalted or salted (5 to 10g)
- 1/2 tsp. of salt 2g
- 4.5 to 9 oz of chocolate milk chocolate, dark, semi-sweet, candy melts, etc. (124 to 248g)
- Melt the butter and add it to a large bowl. Add the peanut butter and mix together. Then add the salt and the powdered sugar about 1 half to 1 third at a time. Mix until you have a play dough consistency. Add more powdered sugar if it is too sticky.
- Melt whatever chocolate that you want to use in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or use the double-boiler method.
- Fill each heart cavity with about 1/4-inch deep chocolate. Then take some peanut butter mixture with clean hands or wear food prep gloves and shape it into a small heart that is smaller than the mold. Rest that on top of the chocolate. Then fill chocolate on top.
- Once done filling all the cavities, place the mold in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the peanut butter cup hearts can set.
- Once set you can remove them from the mold and eat them. Maybe you want to put them in some treat bags, or something like that. Enjoy!
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