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Home cooking: Peanut butter cups

February 12, 2013

Retired teacher Marilyn Hembrock worked with the youth group at Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg to make chocolate candies for a fundraiser. One of the popular candies they produced was a version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

"We adapted them just through trial and error," Hembrock said. "We tried different things, because the kids love peanut butter cups."

Reese's comes in paper liners similar to those used for cupcakes, so Hembrock used those in her recipe. The kids also wanted to try different flavors, such as mint and chopped nuts.

"Another thing you can do, is just take the little cups, melt the chocolate and add a package of Heath toffee bits," she said.

The chocolate fundraiser was a success, Hembrock said. "We sold every piece of candy we made. We made around $4,800."

—  Chris Copley, Lifestyle assistant editor



Peanut butter cups

1 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter

1 cup confectioner's sugar

12 ounces of milk chocolate candy coating or milk chocolate chips



Place paper liners in cupcake tins or mini cupcake tins.

To make peanut butter disk, mix together peanut butter and confectioner's sugar. Add more sugar as needed to make a soft dough. With hands, form dough into disks and place on waxed paper. The disks should be about 1/4-inch smaller in diameter than the molds being used and about 1/4-inch thick.

Melt chocolate candy coating or chips in double boiler, or in a pan set over another pan holding hot water, or melt in microwave.

Place 1/4 inch of chocolate in the molds. Place a peanut butter disk in each mold, then cover with more melted chocolate. Tap to remove bubbles and put into refrigerator or freezer for 2 hours to set.

Makes about 2 dozen regular-sized cups or 3 dozen minis.

— Courtesy of Marilyn Hembrock of Smithsburg. She led the youth group of Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg in making chocolates for a fundraiser earlier this month supporting the youth group's mission trip to New Jersey to help Hurricane Sandy victims. To donate to the youth group, call the church at 301-824-7460

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