Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Running update: I am so excited for Sunday’s half-marathon!! The weather forecast is lookin’ perfect (partly cloudy and mid-50’s for the 7:30am start). I’ve been reducing my mileage to rest my legs for the race. I ran 6 1/2 miles on Wednesday, 3 miles on Thursday, and I’m taking today (Friday) OFF. I’ll run a few miles on Saturday morning and finish up with a few race pace few strides. Check out my latest True/Slant article for the top 5 race day strategies!

Last night I was lucky enough to enjoy a fabulous potluck dinner with some fellow New York foodies. Delicious eats + wine + good conversation = Perfect Thursday evening!

Jenny baked some crispy spinach balls that were savory and delicious. I think these will be my new meatball substitute.

spinach balls

Leslie whipped up a white bean-basil pesto and served it atop roasted red peppers and asparagus.

bean and basil pesto

And a coconut-sweet potato dip that I could not get enough of!

coconut sweet potato dip

Danielle got creative and made Veganomicon-inspired quinoa and broccoli croquettes.

quinoa-broccoli croquettes

Sofia’s toasted baguette slices with lentils and oven roasted tomatoes were lovely to look at and delicious to eat.

lentil bruschetta

And Katie’s peanut-sesame hummus was amazing!

Peanut Sesame Hummus

Along with a glass of wine, I had a little bit of everything…plus seconds! And maybe even thirds….

Pot luck

And for dessert? Homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

 Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 6 oz (1/2 bag) of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 teaspoons of butter or earth balance

pb and chocolate chips

peanut butter cup shells

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter and microwave on medium until melted (I stirred the chocolate at 30 second intervals to prevent burning).
  • Line a pan with cupcake wrappers and put a big spoonful of chocolate into each wrapper. I spread the chocolate up and around the sides – not sure if I would do that next time. It was kind of messy!
  • Once all of the cupcake wrappers are filled, pop the tray in the fridge for a few minutes so the shells harden up.
  • Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter, powdered sugar, salt, and butter in a bowl until combined.
  • Put a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter mixture into each chocolate shell and then cover with more melted chocolate.
  • Refrigerate peanut butter cups until the chocolate hardens and then devour!
  • Note: It’s best to store the peanut butter cups in the fridge  – especially if the weather is warm!

Homemade peanut butter cup

homemade pb cup

Important Announcement! Saturday, March 20th is Macaroon Day in NYC. What does this mean? Free macarons (a type of French cookie)! A bunch of fancy-pants bakeries throughout the city are giving out one free macaroon per customer. All you have to do is say “I’m here for Macaroon Day NYC”. Hungry for more? You can buy additional macaroons and the proceeds will benefit City Harvest.

macaron

SELF Magazine is hosting a “Workout in the Park”, taking place Saturday, May 8th at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 P.M. Tickets are available at www.SELFworkoutinthepark.com, they are $20 in advance, and include a year subscription to SELF (a $10 value).  Proceeds benefit Cancer and Careers, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This event will feature fitness classes, free (healthy) samples, and lots of other fun stuff!

 

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What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for free?

  • Oohh I have a half mary on sunday too!! I’m glad you posted the race day tips link – perfect 😀
    That food all looks so good….It’s making me hungry 🙂
    Good luck on sunday!

  • Gah! I wish I lived in New York so I could hop on the free macaroon train!

  • Liz

    Good luck on the race!!

    I love free samples at grocery stores. I swear I’m in heaven when I go to whole foods or costco.

  • crispy spinach balls? can i get a recipe? your cups look great! whata fun foodie event. hey, i am thinking of going to NYC on my honeymoon. i know, probably not the most relaxing, romantic place.. but marshall and i have never been and both really want to go. maybe you can give me some cool suggestions!

  • last night was so much fun! really, i think that good food, wine, and conversation are the true essentials in life. and thanks for being the provider of dessert – those pb cups were amaaaze!

    good luck in the half this weekend! hope we can meet up again soon. 🙂

  • Crispy spinach ball snad homemade pb cups? how jealous am i of you?!

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  • Your cups came out awesome! I definitely find a mix of dark and milk chocolate to be the perfect coating

  • All that delicious looking food is making me hungry!! Looks so great!

    I went to SELF Workout in the Park last year and had a blast!!

    I think the best thing I got for free was a car, although I did have to pay taxes, so it wasn’t ‘totally’ free.

    Good luck on Sunday!!

  • Crispy spinach balls! Homemade hummus! PB cups! My world keeps spinning at these sights!

    SO MUCH LUCK for your half this weekend – you’re going to absolutely kick butt!

  • dark chocolate PB cups = TO DIE FOR!!

    good times and yum foods last night! was lovely meeting you!

  • GREAT recipe girl!! yumm!

  • Goodluck this weekend! I am totally rooting for you!!! I can’t wait for the recap! 🙂

  • I won a car once, but the luxury tax wasn’t free;) Best thing I got totally free were a new pair of running shoes!

  • Oh my goodness, the recipes are so good on this post, i almost licked my laptop screen! YUMMY!

  • Good luck with the half!

  • Sweet! You used earth balance! And dark chocolate. So…that makes them healthy, right? Very exciting. Not as exciting as the race, but close.
    I’ve actually gotten a ton of canvas tote bags from work. Odd, but I use them all the time.

  • omg what a fun blogger meetup!

  • Ellen

    Def want to try your PB cup recipe—hello deliciousness!

    Hmm…the best thing I ever got for free…lots of things, including a pair of Nike running shoes, but I’d say the $50 Starbucks gift card my friend recently gave me takes the cake. She got it as a present from a colleague, and gave it to me because I was having a bad week. My grande skim lattes boost my spirits like nothing else can. Except for maybe ice cream…of course 😉

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • It was so great catching up today. Let’s please do it more often! Maybe we can grab a class together soon! Good luck tomorrow! I’m checking out your link for tips in hopes of improving tomorrow’s race.

  • Good luck at the race today!!! Your foodie Thursday night looks delish, and finishing off with those yummy PB chocolate cups is the best way to end an evening for sure.

  • Mouth watering recipe, AND I love that sumptuous spread of food!!

  • Jen

    Tried the PB cup recipe! Success! Soooooo good!