Given our love of peanut butter playdough, peanut butter nest snacks, and peanut butter cups, I thought we ought to try to make an Easter version of the divine combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
Maia and I first planned to make peanut butter cups in egg shapes.
I saw a few posts on Pinterest, and because I get inspired by pictures, but am not great about reading instructions, I assumed they used an egg-shaped mold to make them.*
After searching in vain for such a mold, and wondering if I could rig up some plastic Easter eggs to work as a mold, I came across a silicone mold that I liked even better at World Market. This one has butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and bees—lovely and much more versatile than an egg-shaped mold!
*They actually rolled out the peanut butter filling, cut it out with egg-shaped cookie cutters, then dipped the eggs in melted chocolate. (I went back and read a couple posts after I struck out on the silicone egg mold hunt.)
This recipe is super easy and fun for kids to help make. We modified our regular peanut butter cup recipe by adding more powdered sugar to the filling and a little coconut oil to the chocolate.
How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds
Makes 16 large shaped peanut butter cups
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (we used creamy)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 bags chocolate chips (we used semi-sweet)
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
- Silicone baking mold**
**Any silicone baking mold would work. We used the above-mentioned silicone mold from World Market. If you don’t have a World Market near you, here’s an almost identical bugs and butterflies mold on Amazon. And an adorable spring flower one… When you’re finished making peanut butter cups, you can always use the silicone mold for cute little cakes (our plan)!
1. Mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt in a food processor. Set aside.
2. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler with the coconut oil. Add a layer of chocolate to the bottom of each silicone mold cavity then place in fridge until hardened.
Note: If you don’t harden this chocolate first before proceeding, the peanut butter will displace the melted chocolate and you’ll end up with peanut butter bits showing through the chocolate coating as we did with our first batch. Still completely delicious, but not as gift-giving worthy…
3. When that first layer of chocolate has hardened, remove from fridge, and add another layer of the melted chocolate, this time pulling it up the sides of the silicone mold cavities with a spoon.
4. Add the peanut butter mixture to the molds by the spoonful (you want to fill them most of the way to the top).
5. Spoon the rest of the chocolate over the top of the peanut butter.
6. Chill in fridge until hardened.
7. Pop your new peanut butter cups out of the silicone molds (easy!!).
8. Do a taste test. And another… Yummmmm…..
These are seriously good! And seriously easy!
Do you have a silicone mold you could use to make peanut butter cups? I think that the little ice cube silicone molds would even work for this recipe since you won’t be putting them in the oven…
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