Thursday, February 25, 2016

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups

Life has been throwing curve balls. I'll post soon. In the meantime, I'm posting one of my favorite things to eat. Chocolate. 

As with all wonderful things, I found this idea on 
Pinterest.  Since peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are one of my favorite lunches, and chocolate is one of my other favorite lunches, I knew these would make my taste buds sing.

And they do.

Even better, they are super easy to make.  Package these bad boys up in a candy box, add a bow, and these little delights are the perfect teacher gift.  Or bus driver gift.  Or dance teacher gift. Or hostess gift.

You get the idea.

2 (11.5oz) bags milk chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup grape or strawberry jelly
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon canola oil (or similar)
24 paper small cupcake liners 

Line two muffin/cupcake pans with paper liners.  Set aside.

In a large glass bowl, empty both bags of chocolate.  Set aside 1/2 cup chips, and place large glass bowl in microwave.  Heat on HIGH in 45 second intervals, stirring after each interval until chocolate is smooth.  Add in 1/2 cup chips and stir until smooth.  Add oil, stir.

Using two spoons, drop 1 tablespoon (approx) melted chocolate into each cupcake liner.  Tap tin and use spoons to make sure chocolate covers entire bottom.

Chill 10 minutes.

While chilling, take 1 cup peanut butter and mix in bowl with confectioner sugar.  Place in freezer to chill for several minutes.

Remove cupcake pans and peanut butter mixture.  Drop 1 teaspoon peanut butter into each cup.  Flatten slightly with back of spoon.  Drop 1 teaspoon jelly over top, and chill 5 minutes.

Remove pans, and cover each cup with melted chocolate.  Make certain chocolate covers entire top and down the sides.

Chill until set.

Mommyhood Footnote: Don't like PB&J?  Make these as Peanut Butter cups.  I made one tray PB&J, one tray PB.  Delish! 


Enjoy!!

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