Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups

My friends know I like to bake.  My friends like to eat baked goods.  This is usually a perfect match.  Occasionally my friends are *kind* enough to send me recipes they want me to make for them, this also tends to work out well, I get new ideas and they get sweet snacks they wouldn't otherwise get to enjoy. 

Last week my boss sent me a recipe.  When I opened the link the first thing I noticed was that it was for homemade candy.  Although the pictures looked amazing I usually shy away from making homemade candies, especially during the week, as it can be very time consuming.  I went about my day but for some reason the pictures just kept coming back to me, I mean who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter together?  I went back and decided to read the recipe and guess what I found, this candy wasn't time consuming, it wasn't hard, it didn't even require the use of an oven!  I was sold.

That night I whipped up the sweet treats for my bosses baby shower the next day and I have to say, these mini bites are probably one of my favorite things I've ever made.  They're so easy, so quick and everyone absolutely loved them!  Chocolate and peanut butter has never tasted so good and the graham cracker crumbs are the perfect crunchy addition.  I highly recommend  making minis.  Although amazing, these treats are rich and large ones may be too much to handle. Plus if you make minis you make more so enjoy!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups
by Blue-Eyed Bakers
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk
Sea salt

Line a muffin tin with papers (you could also use a mini muffin tin if you prefer).

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter & peanut butter together for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. Add graham cracker crumbs and sugar and mix to combine. Distribute mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set peanut butter layer.

After the peanut butter has chilled, combine chocolate and milk in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 25 second intervals until chocolate is just melted. Stir until smooth. Distribute chocolate evenly over the top of the peanut butter layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes. Store covered in the fridge.

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