Friday, January 7, 2011

Christmas Cups

My boyfriends family invited me to spend Christmas with them so I wanted to make a dessert that would really hit the spot.  Last year I made the most phenomenal (if I may say so myself) chocolate covered peanut butter cookies filled with marshmallow fluff (are you drooling yet??).  So this year, I really wanted to step it up.

As I was reading through my Food & Wine magazine, I stumbled upon this recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups.  Not knowing my audiences preferences for jelly in their peanut butter cups, I decided to leave that part out.  But, they came out creamy, and delicious!  The perfect treat to end a yummy Christmas meal.

Peanut Butter Filling:
7 1/2 oz white chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tbs light corn syrup
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp kosher salt

Chocolate Cups:
1 1/2 lbs bittersweet chocolate, chopped and tempered 
50 1 1/4-inch-wide, sturdy foil cups
Sea Salt for garnish

Temper the Chocolate:
Tempering chocolate gives it a beautiful sheen and a firm structure: Put chopped chocolate in a stainless steel bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. 

Stir occasionally until melted and 115°. Off the heat, stir the chocolate until it has cooled to 88°, about 15 minutes. If the chocolate hardens, melt and temper it again.

Make the Filling:
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate in 20-second bursts until softened.  In a small saucepan, bring the cream and corn syrup to a simmer; stir the cream mixture into the white chocolate.  Stir in the peanut butter and salt.  Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a medium tip.

Make the Chocolate Cups:
Spoon the tempered chocolate into piping bag fitted with a small tip.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set half of the foil cups on the sheet and fill them with chocolate.

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Tilt the cups to coat them completely, then pour the excess chocolate into a bowl.  Let cups stand (or put in fridge) until firm, about 10 minutes.  Repeat to make the remaining chocolate cups.

Half-fill the cups with peanut butter.  Pipe chocolate on top of the jam; tap gently to level the chocolate.  Top with a few flakes of Sea salt.  Let stand until set (or put in fridge), about 15 minutes.


  1. This looks scrum-tru-lecent. I remember the day you picked up your first frying pan, my has the time flown by.

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