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Salted Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cups

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Just in case you hadn’t noticed I am a pretty big fan of peanut butter.  I apologize to anyone out there with a peanut allergy…I can’t imagine how rough it must be to live without it (or to try to avoid it).  I will say the awesome thing about cooking for yourself is that you have the luxury of ignoring the world ‘peanut’ wherever I use it and replacing it with ‘almond,’ ‘cashew,’ or ‘sunflower.’  All excellent PB substitutes.

Anyways, since I love peanut butter and I love chocolate, I know that they are totally a match made in heaven. I am obsessed with Reece’s.  They were totally that candy that I would trade anything in my halloween candy stash for.  Today I decided I really wanted one, but I didn’t want to leave my apartment/spend money to get it, and I knew I had been neglecting my poor little blog, so I decided to hit the kitchen and make my own!

I tried really hard to come up with a good way to thicken up the filling with what I had on hand, so they would be closer texturally to a Reece’s, but never really got there.  That was totally fine though because they turned out delicious!  I also sprinkled some cinnamon and salt on top, because it sounded like a good idea.  And guess what?…

It totally was. Mmmmmmm.

So if you are okay with having a peanut butter cup that has a slightly less pronounced line between chocolate and peanut butter, I highly recommend making these.  If you are a purist, I would recommend searching elsewhere.  But really…just humor me and do the cinnamon and salt thing.  You won’t regret it….at least I don’t think you will…

Salted Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cups

*Makes about 12 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons (I used chunky) peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed cereal (golden grahams) or graham crackers or cookies
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cinnamon
  • salt

Directions:

  1. Crush your cereal/graham crackers/cookies until fine using either a food processor or by putting them in a plastic bag and using a can.
  2. In a small bowl mix together peanut butter, sugars, crushed cereal, honey and oil until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl microwave chocolate chips in 15-second intervals until smooth and melty.
  4. Make tablespoon size drops of chocolate on a piece of foil or parchment paper.  Scoop a slightly smaller amount of peanut butter mixture on top or each drop. Cover the peanut butter with another scoop of melted chocolate; spread to cover and seal in the peanut butter.
  5. While still melty, sprinkle on cinnamon and salt, to your liking. 
  6. Place in the freezer for 10-15 min to allow candies to solidify.
  7. Enjoy!