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These sweet little treats are as gorgeous as they are tasty.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey or corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup glazing sugar or confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts, crumbled shortbread cookie, or puffed rice cereal
1 pound chocolate: your choice, milk, semisweet, bittersweet, or white
Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Add the honey or corn syrup, and the vanilla. Stir in the peanut butter, then the sugar and peanuts (or other add-in). Set the mixture aside.
Melt 12 ounces of the chocolate over low heat or in the microwave, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat, and add the remaining chocolate, stirring until smooth. Return to the heat very briefly, if necessary. The chocolate should be smooth and thick.
Place silicone mini-cups on a pan. Use a spoon or teaspoon cookie scoop to drop a generous teaspoonful of melted chocolate into each cup. Drop a slightly rounded teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate. Cover with more chocolate. Refrigerate until set. Remove from the silicone cups. Store cool and dry. Yield: 24 peanut butter cups.
Nutritional information per serving (with peanuts and semisweet chocolate, 33g): 159 calories, 10g fat, 3g protein, 4g complex carbohydrates, 14g sugar, 2g dietary fiber, 39mg sodium, 130mg potassium, 0mg vitamin C, 1mg iron, 14mg calcium, 61mg phosphorus.