My Man’s Belly has published a recipe inspired by a Dennis Leary tweet that involves bourbon, chocolate, and peanut butter, which essentially one-ups Reese’s don’t ya think? I encourage you to check out the link for the full story on the tweet and the inspiration derived thereof. The recipe:
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (not all natural peanut butter with the oil on top)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 1/2 lb. powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4 Tbsp Bourbon
- 2 11.5 oz packages of milk chocolate or dark chocolate (divided)*
In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Mix until thoroughly combined and set aside.
Cut down the sides of 36 cupcake liners by half. Doing this makes the peanut butter cups roughly the same size as the store bought brand. It also makes them easier to eat.
In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt one package of the chocolate in the microwave using 30 second increments. Stir chocolate after each 30 second increment until melted.
Drop 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate into a cupcake liner. Using the back of the spoon, or a silicone brush, spread the chocolate evenly across the bottom and up the sides of the liner. Place filled liners into a cupcake pan to set up and harden.
Once all of the liners have been filled, set them aside for 15 – 20 minutes to harden up. (They probably won’t be completely hardened, but that’s okay.)
Scoop 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture into a ball. Roll it between your palms and then flatten it into a disc that will fit inside the filled cupcake liner.
Place the disc of peanut butter into the chocolate filled liner. Repeat this process until all of the liners have a peanut butter disc in them.
In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt the other package of the chocolate in the microwave using 30 second increments. Stir chocolate after each 30 second increment until melted.
Spoon the melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter and fill until the peanut butter is covered.
Once filled, smooth out the chocolate with the back of the spoon to give it a nice finished look.
Leave the peanut butter cups in a cool place to set up and harden completely before removing from cupcake pan and serving or gifting.
* You may need more chocolate depending on how thick or thin you make your chocolate coating.