Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Cups

Peanut butter and pumpkin cups (via abeautifulmess.com) Years ago we shared how to make homemade peanut butter cups. Which is still one of my very favorite homemade candies to make because it's SO EASY. So I thought I'd try a different version for Friendsgiving since I was planning to make a pie but I still wanted to serve something with chocolate, because, well, chocolate is holiday-worthy!

Peanut butter and pumpkin cups (via abeautifulmess.com)I changed up the filling for these just a little by adding some pumpkin and spice to the mix, and I absolutely love how they turned out, so I figured I'd share. These are great to just have in your refrigerator if you need a little pick me up, or a fun thing to take to a gathering as they are super easy to transport. Everyone at our Friendsgiving was raving about them. They are a crowd-pleaser for sure. 🙂

How to make peanut butter cupsPeanut Butter and Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Cups, makes 16-18 mini muffin size cups

12 oz. dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
big pinch of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt for the tops
16-18 mini muffin liners

In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin, peanut butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then prepare your mini muffin pan by adding the liners.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt half of the chocolate chips with the oil. I've found the best way to melt chocolate in the microwave is to melt for 30 seconds, stir, melt another 30 seconds, stir, and repeat this until things are creamy. You can also do this in a double boiler if you don't want to use the microwave. Once the chocolate is melted, pour a tablespoon or so (it's not necessary to measure, I'm just giving you an idea of how much to pour) in to each cupcake liner. Give the pan a little shake so that the chocolate evenly distributes, then add a heaping teaspoon or so (again, no need to measure the exact amount here) of the pumpkin mixture. Then top with a little more chocolate so the pumpkin mixture is fully covered. And last sprinkle on the sea salt. 

Peanut butter and pumpkin cups (via abeautifulmess.com)  Once the chocolate is set (hardened), remove from the pan and refrigerate in a container with a lid or a big ziplock bag. Yay for homemade candy!

If you love making candy at home, why not try making our Dark Chocolate Almond Brittle or our Peppermint Marshmallows—both are festive and sure to get you in the holiday mood. xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman.Photography: Amber Ulmer and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions