Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cups are a rich blend of dark chocolate with a creamy peanut butter center with salted caramel drizzle. Indulge with these small but satisfying sweets!
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Who knew homemade candy could be this simple to make and taste so good? The easy comparison is of course Reeses peanut butter cups but Salted Caramel Peanut Butter cups are bit more sophisticated. Let's get into it!
how to make salted caramel peanut butter cups
I opted for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and the peanut butter filling is blended with salted caramel. Adding salted caramel to the top of the peanut butter cups ups the yum factor!
For these salted caramel peanut butter cups, I did make my own salted caramel. However, you don't have to.
Salted caramel is simple to make. It only has four ingredients: sugar, butter, heavy cream, and sea salt.If you prefer to skip this step, there are some great salted caramel options. I recommend Smuckers Salted Caramel Topping, Stonewall Kitchen Sea Salt Caramel Sauce, or Williams Sonoma Salted Caramel Sauce!
However, if you want to make it from scratch, I've got you covered! First, pour sugar into a pan over medium heat. Be sure to stir every 30 seconds until the sugar has melted completely. If the sugar begins to clump, stir more often so that it doesn't burn.
Once the sugar is melted, remove it from the heat and add butter, stirring continuously. It should bubble up. Next pour in heavy cream and add salt. Now continue to stir. If the mixture begins to harden, add to low heat to liquify.
Then pour the salted caramel into a heat safe container and allow it to cool.
peanut butter cups
Melt the dark chocolate according to package instructions. My preferred brand is Ghiradelli's Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers. These wafers melt into a creamy, delicious liquid, making them perfect for peanut butter cups.
Line a muffin pan with muffin liners or silicone muffin or cupcake liners. Next add 1 tablespoon of chocolate to coat the bottom of the liners. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Time to assemble the salted caramel peanut butter cups!
Spoon in 2-3 teaspoons of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of salted caramel. Cover with the remaining melted chocolate. Return to the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Now remove the peanut butter cups from the muffin liners. Finally, drizzle with additional salted caramel and enjoy!
variations for salted caramel peanut butter cups
I love how creative you can get with this recipe. The possibilities are truly endless but here are some fun ideas if you want some inspiration.
- Chocolate: While I used dark chocolate, milk or even white chocolate would work great too! It just depends on personal tastes and how sweet you want this snack to be.
- Filling: Why not try crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter for extra texture? But pretzel bits, marshmallows or even M&M's would be fun inclusions as well.
- Topping: You can double down on the chocolate by adding fudge or white chocolate drizzle. Or get fun and add some crushed potato chips.
If you remix this recipe, I'd love to see what you come up with!
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