Peanut Butter and Jam Chocolate Cups

 
Peanut butter and Jam Chocolate Cups ingredients and supplies set up.

Peanut butter and Jam Chocolate Cups ingredients and supplies set up.

A while ago I watched Creativebug's video, "Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanute Butter and Jelly Cups" and was excited to try making my own. 

Mark and I gathered the ingredients and supplies and put everything out on our kitchen island.  We used Ghiradelli chocolate chips, smooth peanut butter, graham crackers, confectioner's sugar, and jam.  We used apricot jam in half the chocolate cups and strawberry jam in the other half.  (We both liked the cups with apricot jam better, but it is a personal preference.  Use your favorite type of jam.) We made a half recipe, and it made about 16 cups.

We lined a large cookie sheet with parchment paper to protect the sheets from jam and messy melted chocolate.  I found mini paper cupcake liners at Michaels.  We used them for the chocolate cup molds and laid them out on the parchment sheet. 

The graham crackers were crushed in a food processor. Then we mixed the crushed graham crackers, the peanut butter, and the confectioner's sugar together for the peanut butter filling.  This made a soft, shape-able filling that we formed into little patties. 

Mixing peanut butter mixture filling

Mixing peanut butter mixture filling

Peanut butter mixture filling formed into patties

Peanut butter mixture filling formed into patties

The chocolate chips went into a Pyrex bowl and then into the microwave for melting.  We did short microwave times of about 30 seconds each, taking the chips out to stir after each microwave session, and were careful not to burn the chocolate.

When the chocolate was melted, we used little pastry brushes to brush the chocolate onto the insides of the paper cupcake liners.  We covered the bottoms and sides with the melted chocolate and then turned the liners upside down on the cookie sheet so the chocolate could run up the sides and thicken the walls.

Liners with melted chocolate brushed onto bottom and walls, then turned upside down on cookie sheet

Liners with melted chocolate brushed onto bottom and walls, then turned upside down on cookie sheet

The cookie sheet then went into the refrigerator to speed up the hardening of the chocolate.  When the chocolate was solid, we placed a peanut butter mixture inside each chocolate cup, and then some jam.  This was a messy project, but very easy and a lot of fun

Peanut butter mixture and jam filling added to hardened chocolate cups.

Peanut butter mixture and jam filling added to hardened chocolate cups.

Then we used the pastry brushes again to cover the filling with more melted chocolate.  We were careful to go all the way to the edges, so the fillings would be well encased inside the chocolate cups.

Melted chocolate brushed onto chocolate cups.

Melted chocolate brushed onto chocolate cups.

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The peanut butter and jam chocolate cups were seriously yummy!  But the chocolate wasn't tempered, so it started to melt while you were eating it and had to be kept in the refrigerator.

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