Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Have you every thought about Reese's peanut butter cups and how they are made?  Maybe I'm weird, but I have often thought of how I could recreate them at home.  I searched a few different recipes, and using bits and pieces from each of them, I figured out a delicious little snack thats impressive and pretty!  I think these are just a good if not better than Reese's.  I The filling is creamy, the chocolate has a little crunch and salt on top adds an awesome touch.  I didn't get the Reese's brand peanut butter, but those probably would made them taste even more legit.  My only complaint is that unless they are eaten immediately from the fridge, they will get soft and crumbly while sitting out at room temp for a while.  

Homemade Reese's
Adapted from multiple places, but mostly missanthropistskitchen.com

1 cup creamy peanut butter (Reese's brand, if you'd like)
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp salt +more for sprinkling on top.
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 milk chocolate candy bars, (1 1/2 oz each), coarsely chopped --I used Hershey's.

Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioner's sugar, and salt until smooth.

In the microwave or a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips, chopped up chocolate bar, and remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter.  Stir together until smooth.

Drop a few teaspoonfuls of the chocolate mixture into the bottom of paper-lined muffin trays.  Top each with a dollop of the peanut butter mixture (I found this easier to do by putting the peanut butter in a pastry bag, and piping it out into the middle of the chocolate).  Top with another teaspoon or 2 of the chocolate mixture, enough to cover the peanut butter.  Put in the fridge to chill until set firm.  About 45 minutes into chilling them, remove them from the fridge and sprinkle large salt crystals (like fleur de del or kosher salt) onto the top of the cups.  

That's it!

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