Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups (TSL Style!)

Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces
TSL’s Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces
(Image by TSL)

Make a list of important things to do today. At the top of your list, put ‘eat chocolate.’ Now, you’ll get at least one thing done today.(Gina Hayes)

I remember the first time I ever tried a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. It was well over twenty years ago, now. I was on a working-holiday in Lake Louise at the time. My very good buddy, Michelle, introduced me to this sublime wee number of super-sweet confectionary and we both lamented the fact that we could not find them in New Zealand back then…

Reece's Peanut Butter Cup (Image from here)
Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup
(Image from here)

How times have changed! Reece’s are now readily available down under. But, here’s the thing, I try pretty hard to reduce the amount of sugar I have in my diet. And, let’s face it, because I do most of the cooking at Casa TSL, that means LM and the teenager also suffer from major sugar withdrawal. We have cut down our sugar consumption significantly. And, I just don’t eat such preservative-and-sugar-laden-yet-so-still-good stuff like Reece’s pieces anymore

Regular readers will know that LM has a seriously sweet tooth*. That hasn’t changed. We still indulge in our after dinner chocolate treats from Pana Chocolate. And sometimes, I get the urge to experiment a little…

And, yesterday was one of those days…

My good blogging buddy over at Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind posted about her version of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups back in April. And, then I saw another version at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen recently. Clearly, it was time for me to take action!

I took a pinch of CEWADM’s recipe and combined it with a dash of Lexi’s. Then I added my wee Australian-influenced spin (macadamia nuts!). The end result was these seriously fab’ little morsels which have received the LM seal of chocolate approval.

Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces
TSL’s Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces
(Image by TSL)

They are surprisingly easy to make AND they only have five ingredients. Michelle, if you’re reading this, I’ll make you some next time you’re in town!

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. (Charles M. Shulz)

Chocolate Macadamia Butter Cups (TSL Style)

You’ll need:

1 cup dark chocolate (72% or higher). I used 120g.
1/3 cup macadamia butter. I used my favourite Hand ‘n’ Hoe roasted macadamia butter but choose your favourite nut or seed butter)
1/2 Tbsp raw organic honey. Not an exact measurement. Sweeten to your taste.
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
Pink Himalayan sea salt flakes for sprinkling

You will also need about 12 mini muffin liners

Directions:

In a small bowl mix your macadamia butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Place bowl in freezer to firm up.

Break your chocolate into small pieces and melt by placing into a heat-resistant bowl over a pot of barely simmering water and stirring until smooth.

Drop about 1/2 a tablespoon of chocolate into the base each of your muffin liners. Swirl to coat thoroughly. Place into fridge.

Remove your butter mixture from the freezer and roll into small balls.

Take your muffin cases out of the fridge. Place a butter ball into the center of your chocolate and slightly flatten.

Top with the remaining chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in the fridge until set.

ENJOY!

Store any remaining butter cups in the fridge.

Makes about 1 dozen

TSL Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces

TSL's Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces (Image by TSL)
TSL’s Chocolate Macadamia Butter Pieces
(Images by TSL)

*On our first date, when I asked if there was anything I needed to know about him, he said (and I quote), “I don’t share desserts”.

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Comments (18)

Thanks to you and CEWADM! I have about 4 or 5 foodie blogs that I particularly love. Yours is one of them. 🙂

Yum! I must try your version! Ps. I love all the chocolate quotes and I have to steal LM’s, “I don’t share desserts.” line. LOVE it! 😉

LM will happily share that premise. He has also indicated that since then he has learnt the art of compromise!

Thanks for your (continued) inspiration!

It’s a great looking recipe TSL, especially with the macadamia butter, but it’s Mr. TSL’s response to your first date question that impressed me most – how forthright! 🙂

It was quite forthright, wasn’t it? Usually, that’s more my department…

I reckon’ they are a winner, WG

One of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of our time was the study that showed that chocolate, esp. dark chocolate, had physical benefits to our bodies and minds.

…not to mention the psychological ones!

Bella is most put out that she is not allowed any.

YUM! I will try them for sure, TSL – they look great and with no chokos and LM’s tick of approval, I am sure they will be delicious! I love the ‘don’t share desserts’ line – it’s true for me too – and I guess it may have some deep psychological meaning…or perhaps it’s just further proof that we are sweet, amazing, wonderful people?! 😉

DEFINITELY no chokos! And, of course you are both sweet, amazing, wonderful people… 🙂

Seriously, I think LM’s quote would make a great book title!

LM agrees with you (which is a common occurrence).

Hi Jo,

I read this post and immediately thought of our fabulous holiday we had together. I adored Reece’s peanut butter cups and it retrospect don’t know how I ate so many as they are sooo rich. Michelle

Hello Possum! It was fabulous, wasn’t it? Actually, I think we were pretty fabulous…:-)

From one serious sweet tooth to another… offer this thought to LM – if you share desserts, the possibility exists for two tastes. Thanks for posting this! Cheers from way up here!

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