So I took a little break but am going to be working back into this!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. The lights, the sounds, the smells, the baking…. The weight gain, the fighting, the running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
But no, I really do love it.
My kids love it too, so much so that we were decorated for Christmas 2 WEEKS before Thanksgiving. I made them hold out for decorating the tree until after Thanksgivingbrcause come on. Gotta leave Mama a little tradition. But it does mean that I get to enjoy the Christmas feeling a little longer than normal.
So feeling the Christmas spirit, my bestie and I got together for some Christmas baking. We don’t get to hang out too much anymore, so it was great to get together and accomplish something while our children played.
Because normally…. Oh normally, Lord help us.
Anymore, with multiple children, we are lucky to get to sit down for 2 minutes and talk, let alone accomplish something. But as our children get a little older, this is becoming a slightly easier.
So we moved on to candy making!
I took over making the Christmas candies for my mom a few years ago as she started to become too busy during the holiday season to make them. These candies have been a tradition to have at Christmas time for my family for years.
It all started with my Grandmother, who passed it to my mom, and now it’s my turn!
This will be the first of two posts on these candies. Today I will be giving you recipes for my Best Ever Peanut Butter Cups!
Keep an eye out for my Merry Cherry Cups!
BEST EVER PEANUT BUTTER CUPS (makes approximately 150 candies)
- Mini cupcake or cake ball liners
For the centers you will need:
- 1 1/4 cups Creamy peanut butter
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tsp vanilla
- 1/8th cup corn syrup
For the chocolate coating:
- 3-4 bags of 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 36-48 oz of vanilla almond bark
To make the centers, start by mixing the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a mixer. Add the corn syrup and mix. Put this in the refrigerator for at least an hour as this will make it easier to work with ( I have skipped this step before with no problems).
When this is chilled, place 12 oz almond bark and 1 bag of chocolate chips into a microwave safe dish. Microwave for one minute, stir, and continue to microwave in 30-45 second increments, stirring after each time, until all melted.
Line candy cups out on a flat surface. I use cookie trays so I can easily move them to a cool place.
Put some of the chocolate into a candy funnel and use it to put chocolate in the candy cups, filling each about 1/4th the way, doing about 10 cups at a time.
Using the peanut butter filling, make balls about the size of a marble and place one in each cup that has chocolate.
Using the funnel again, cover the peanut butter centers with chocolate. Continue this process until all the center filling is gone, remaking the chocolate as needed.
Allow to cool and harden, then package in Tupperware or pretty containers as gifts!
Everyone always LOVES these and it is so hard to stop my kids and husband from eating them! I have to place them in plastic containers where they can’t find them or they disappear. So it’s a good thing it makes so many. How many you end with will be determined by the size you make your centers.
If you aren’t a fan of corn syrup, you can leave this out, but your centers may be harder to make into balls as they will be more crumbly.
Merry candy making!