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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

23 Nov

Wanna wow your relatives at Thanksgiving this year?  Make them some homemade peanut butter cups to take home!

These are SO good….and so simple to make.  They look impressive but don’t take much time.  Perfect for that last minute holiday treat!

Ingredients
4 cups of chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions
Melt your chocolate chips, either in the microwave or in a double boiler.  Make sure the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, but be careful not to burn it!

Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.  Put a small spoonful of chocolate in the middle of each liner, than swirl it around so it completely coats the sides of the liner.   This is how you make the chocolate shell.  Once each liner is done, place the entire tin in the fridge to set for 20-30 minutes.

In the meantime, work on the next step- peanut butter!  In a medium sized bowl,  combine the peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth.  Then mix in the vanilla extract.

Take your muffin tin out of the fridge.  Fill each chocolate cup about halfway full with the peanut butter mixture.   Push the mixture down so it lies flat, then top off with a spoonful of your melted chocolate (you may have to reheat it if it’s hardened).  Spread the chocolate around so it seals off the edges and no peanut butter is visible. 

That’s it!  Once you’re done, just pop those bad boys back in the fridge to set.  And prepare your taste buds for a smooth delicious blend of chocolate and peanut butter.  These cups are SO good!

Boston Pride & Rainbow Cupcakes

16 Jun

The Boston Pride Parade was last weekend; it’s an annual event in the South End  and it was a lot of fun despite so/so weather.  It was gloomy all morning and later rained, but the crowds still showed up.   And we still had our Pride party!  A friend of mine lives right at the start of the parade route and has a makeshift deck outside his third floor windows.  Hello perfect view!

I decided a pride party was the perfect excuse to make Rainbow Cupcakes.  They take some time to make but they’re easy AND delicious.

Rainbow Cupcakes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box white cake mix (plus eggs, water, and veg. oil like the box calls for)
  • 1 can white frosting (I used Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting)
  • red, blue, yellow, and green food coloring
  • cupcake wrappers

Color Directions:

  • Red= 18 drops of red food coloring
  • Orange= 12 drops of yellow, 4 drops of red
  • Yellow=12 drops of yellow
  • Green= 12 drops of green
  • Blue= 12 drops of blue
  • Violet= 9 drops of red, 6 drops of blue

Baking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the cake mix with eggs, water, and oil as directed on the box

Divide batter into 6 bowls

Now it’s time to color the batter.  You want one bowl of each rainbow color. See above for how to mix the drops to get each color.  Don’t they look pretty?

 

Line your muffin tin with cupcake wrappers.  I like to spray mine with a little PAM to ensure they don’t stick.  Next, going in order of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet) spoon your batter into the cups.

            

As you can see, the colors don’t have to cover one another completely.  Pop these bad boys into the oven for 16-18 minutes, until done.  Mine took 18 minutes.  I ended up with 24 cupcakes total.

Wait until the cupcakes cool completely, then frost them.  I put rainbow sprinkles on mine, just to make them more fun.  Then they were ready for transport to the South End.

Is there anything more festive than a rainbow?  I think not. And did I mention they’re portable enough for deck parties? Always a plus!

 What’s your favorite party treat?