I love peanut butter cups. Homemade ones of course. They’re so much better than the packaged ones you get, usually at Halloween time. Making them yourself is also way healthier because there are no preservatives or weird chemicals.
I posted a peanut butter cup recipe almost 4 years ago (wow can’t believe I’ve been blogging for so long) and I make them all the time! You can check that out here. That recipe actually had jam in addition to peanut butter inside (extra delicious) but the ones I made today were the classic.
But I thought because Valentine’s Day is this weekend, it would be cute to turn my peanut butter cups into hearts. They almost look like something you would buy at a fancy chocolate store, but these won’t break the bank to make!
The most important part of the recipe is using a silicone mold because that will allow for easy release of the chocolates once they are ready. I think I got mine from the dollar store years ago. They are super cheap but will save you a headache later.
The process of making these hearts was similar to making my regular peanut butter cups but these were a little trickier just because I had to make all of them at the same time. It took a little patience to carefully swirl the chocolate around all the sides without making a total mess, but I did it! The hardest thing was resisting the urge to lick the chocolate off my fingers.
Another thing to note: if you are using regular thick peanut butter, it’s a good idea to use a small spoon to spread it out and get it flat in the mold. That way, when you put more melted chocolate on top, it will be even and smooth. If you are using natural peanut butter, you shouldn’t have to worry about this since it will fill the space in the mold more evenly.
These are totally firmed up in about 1 hour and they turn out so great. I love to keep them in the freezer for long-term storage.