I was cruising around Pinterest yesterday and came across a pin that caught my eye immediately. It was a recipe (originally found here) for homemade fudge and it looked so simple and so much healthier than regular fudge that I was pretty much running to the kitchen as the recipe was loading. Normally I can just peruse Pinterest, appreciate the delicious looking recipes and pin them for later, but since I had all of the ingredients on hand and the process looked so quick, I decided that I had to try these guys. Stat.
I’m happy to report that this is a Pinterest success story. I altered the recipe a little bit to make them more of a peanut butter cup rather than straight-up fudge, and I upped the honey a smidge to make them a little bit sweeter, but the recipe is still super simple and pretty much true to the original. The source recipe recommended blending everything in a blender or food processor, but I just melted everything together in a double boiler and it worked great (plus, no messy blender to clean!). I’m excited to mess around with the process a little bit and see if I can incorporate caramel or other delicious treats since this seems like such an easy and versatile base for a candy recipe.
And in case it is your barometer now, too, Justin gave them the prestigious Seal of Approval and remains skeptical that this is a 5-ingredient recipe. I could see the shifty looks that he was throwing my way last night as he ate them, but it sure didn’t slow him down.
Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cups
makes: 12 cups / prep time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 + 4 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Prepare a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. Set up your double boiler on the stove top and melt the coconut oil. Add in the rest of the ingredients one-by-one, stirring with a rubber spatula until fully incorporated (be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to avoid burning the ingredients). Distribute the mixture evenly between the 12 liners and pop the whole thing in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened. Store in the refrigerator.
Those look wonderful. Can you clarify the amount of honey? Is it 1/4 cup plus 4 tablespoons? Thanks.
Yes – that got it to the level of sweetness that I was looking for. It’s really just a matter of preference, though…I would start with 1/4 cup and add more to suit your taste. Thanks for stopping by!