Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! An easy, two ingredient recipe for chocolate & peanut butter lovers everywhere. Gluten-free & dairy-free!

This is not a copycat recipe. I repeat, these Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups are not trying to imitate another well-known chocolate peanut buttery candy. These babies are originals. They are high-class with no need to imitate, because they’re that good.

Yes, they look a little…let’s say…rustic. That’s because I am candy-making challenged. However, I must keep on keeping on because practice makes perfect, etc. etc. {insert as many encouraging pithy statements as you’d like here}. Plus, taste is always more important than looks. {Can I get an amen?!}

Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! An easy, two ingredient recipe for chocolate & peanut butter lovers everywhere. Gluten-free & dairy-free!

These Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups are oh-so-simple to make, but so delicious I can’t even stand it. They contain only 2 ingredients:

  1. Melted chocolate chips {choose a variety that matches your tastes (milk or dark chocolate) and dietary needs (dairy free etc.)}
  2. This Honey Roasted Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter

Yes, of course you can substitute your favorite peanut – or any other nut or seed- butter. However making your own creamy dreamy filling loaded with vanilla beans and cocoa butter really takes these little treats to a whole new level.

Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! An easy, two ingredient recipe for chocolate & peanut butter lovers everywhere. Gluten-free & dairy-free!

When I say I’m candy-making challenged you really don’t know the half of it. Seriously…I wanted to top these Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups with pink Himalayan sea salt {because YUM}!

However….I asked a certain kitchen helper and daddy-extraordinaire {who will remain nameless} to open up a brand new grinder of salt for me…because my hands were covered in chocolate and peanut butter. Well, when it was handed back to me the top was not on all the way and all of the salt poured all over one of the peanut butter cups. I was able to save the other 11, but that one definitely met its salty end.

Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! An easy, two ingredient recipe for chocolate & peanut butter lovers everywhere. Gluten-free & dairy-free!

Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups

10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 mini peanut butter cups

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make peanut butter by following this recipe, set aside.
  2. Line a mini muffin tin with 12 liners. Set aside.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat for 60 seconds, stir and warm for additional 30 second increments followed by stirring until the chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth. (You can also melt them on the stove using a double boiler).
  4. Add 1 tsp melted chocolate to the bottom of each muffin tin liner. Be sure to spread the melted chocolate around so that it covers the bottom and sides of the liner.
  5. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.
  6. Once hardened, remove from freezer and scoop ½ TBS of peanut butter into all 12 liners, making sure to smooth out the tops.
  7. Return to the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.
  8. Remove from the freezer and top each cup with an additional 1 tsp of melted chocolate, making sure that the chocolate on top touches the chocolate on the sides (to avoid holes in your cups).
  9. Smooth out the tops. Let them sit at room temperature until they are hardened or return to the freezer to set them.
  10. Serve at room temperature!

Notes

You can use any varities of nut butter and chocolate chips that you would like!

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Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! An easy, two ingredient recipe for chocolate & peanut butter lovers everywhere. Gluten-free & dairy-free!

I had an absolutely wonderful birthday on Monday {thanks for all the sweet happy birthday wishes}! My hubby took the day off of work {surprise} and, after spoiling me with a bunch of wonderful gifts and cards from my kids, we all went hiking! The mountains were gorgeous and the fall colors were breathtaking! We soaked in so much family time my heart was overflowing!

After naps we went out to dinner. Ritch even took me to get sweet potato fries at one restaurant, then my favorite salad at another…because I’m pregnant…and it was my birthday! LOL! The funniest part was that I tried to hide the fries in my diaper bag. Well…when we walked up to order our salads the young girl behind the counter turned to another worker and said, “Am I crazy or do I smell french fries?” LoL LoL busted.  I fessed up and they let it go…again, it was my birthday and I am pregnant! {moooo…milking it for all it’s worth}.  We ended the night eating ice cream and watching Disney’s Inside Out! It was a truly wonderful day!

And what could make a great birthday even better? Yep…Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! Life is sweet!

What is your favorite nut or seed butter? Do you love peanut butter cups?! 

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Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Cups! An easy, two ingredient recipe for chocolate & peanut butter lovers everywhere. Gluten-free & dairy-free!

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