Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!

What is it with combining chocolate and peanut butter that makes magic ensue? Last night was girl's night and we were all supposed to bring desserts. I decided on these. They take a little time, are easy to put together and are so incredibly rich that they don't disappear too quickly.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate cups:
9 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted (We decided that milk chocolate might be even better!)

Peanut Butter mousse:
One 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
1 C creamy peanut butter
1/4 c sugar
2/3 C heavy cream
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 C semi sweet mini chocolate chips

For the cups- I just put the melted chocolate into a piping bag and using a mini muffin tin squirt the chocolate into the cups and then spread thin with a spoon. Although last night as I was thinking about it I thought it might be more effective to turn the muffin baking pan upside down and make chocolate lattice patterns on the cups and then freeze. I use the plastic muffin baking pan for this so they come off really easy after frozen.

For the Mousse- Blend together the cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar until smooth. In another bowl whip the whipping cream with the vanilla until stiff peaks form. Then fold the whipping cream into the peanut butter mixture. After that fold in the mini chocolate chips.

You can either put the mousse in a piping bag to squeeze into the cups or you can spoon it in to the chocolate cups. Chill for 30 minutes before serving. This makes about 24 mini peanut butter cups.

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