Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Cups

 Peanut Butter Shortbread Cups

I am soooooo freaking obsessed with these! There are three delicious layers wrapped into one cookie cup. Mind = blown.

  1. Crunchy, sweet, salty and buttery peanut shortbread
  2. Delicious peanut butter filling that’s very Reese’s – esque!
  3. Creamy dark chocolate ganache with a hint of sea salt

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cups

With so many recipes and creative ideas saturating social media, it can be so hard to think of something new that hasn’t been done before. Whenever I come up with a recipe that I think is so original, with one quick google search you find that it’s been done several times before. So  I have chosen not to research my ideas and instead, just go with them – hoping they will still be useful to several people out there 🙂

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cups

Since it’s a little hard to explain in the recipe steps, here are a few visuals to see how thick the shortbread layer should be.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Cups

I piped the filling onto the cooked and cooled shortbread. You could just as well use an offset spatula, but piping it seemed easier to me. Then I went through with a small offset spatula and smoothed the tops.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Cups

{Don’t mind my hot mess of a pan – but it’s THE BEST one I have… It’s just been through a lot, don’t judge}

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Cups

If you prefer more filling, less shortbread, or more chocolate you can really modify these to your specifications. You really can’t go wrong with these three layers!

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cups

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shortbread Cups

Serves 18-36 based on standard or mini size
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Crunchy and buttery peanut shortbread crust with peanut butter filling topped with dark chocolate ganache

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 14 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled to warm
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts, finely chopped

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use natural - must be emulsified like Jif)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temp
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup Lindt or Cadbury bittersweet chocolate, chopped (heaping cup)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • finishing salt

Directions

Shortbread Crust
Line a cupcake pan (standard size or mini) with liners. (Makes about 18 standard size or 36 mini)
In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, sugar, and salt. Stir in the flour and peanuts to make the dough stiff.

Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Prick the dough all over with a fork. Refrigerate the pan for 30 mins or freeze for 5-7 minutes, until the dough is firm.
Meanwhile, position a rack near the center of the oven and pre-heat to 325 degrees. Bake the dough for 15 minutes, then decrease the oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake until the crust is light golden brown. Cool thoroughly

(If making the mini version, baking time may be less, so pay attention to dough color, being careful to not over-bake)
Peanut Butter Filling
In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and softened butter and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add half the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract and continue to mix. Add the remaining confectioners sugar. If mixture is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of warm water.

Beat until fluffy, about 1 more minute.
Put the prepared filling into a piping bag. When crusts are fully cooled, pipe the filling onto each cookie cup, distributing evenly. See photo above for example.

Smooth any uneven filling with an offset spatula. Trying to make it as level as possible. Freeze for a few minutes while you make the ganache to allow the peanut butter to set.
Chocolate Ganache
Put the chocolate in a small bowl. Microwave the heavy cream until a light boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes, then stir with a spatula until combined and smooth.
Using a spoon, spread the ganache over the peanut butter filling. Tap the pan to make sure the tops are all smooth.

Refrigerate the bars until they are set, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with finishing salt after the chocolate has set but is still slightly tacky.

Serve cold or at room temperature.

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