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DIY peanut butter cups are easy, kid-friendly

Staff, America's Test Kitchen on

Baking with milk chocolate chips is very convenient (no chopping or little bits of chocolate to clean up or, ahem, eat), but sometimes they won’t act in the same way as a milk chocolate bar. Confusing, we know.

Our favorite milk chocolate chips, while delicious, contain stabilizers. That means that when they melt, they turn gloppy and thick, rather than creamy and smooth. It’s perfectly fine when you want the chips in your cookies or cakes to keep their shape, but for this recipe we turned to a milk chocolate bar for a smooth melted chocolate and great-looking peanut butter cups. And once you make them, you might never have a taste for the store-bought version again!

DIY Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 24 mini cups

12 ounces milk chocolate

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


3 tablespoons confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and softened

1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Line 24‑cup mini-muffin tin with 24 paper liners.


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