The cool thing about having a well-stocked pantry is that I can make most anything we crave on a whim. We’re not big candy eaters. I don’t believe that you can classify a road trip as a real roadie without a bag of peanut M&Ms (and Funyuns!) but other than the usual Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups hiding in one of the fridge door compartments, we don’t do much candy.
What we do is ice cream.
Most nights, we share a bowl on the couch, in front of The Daily Show. It’s nice to be able to walk up and pull out your freezer drawer, over-sized scooper in hand, and have a mini creamery right at your feet.
Do I want Vanilla Bean? Vanilla Bean with crushed Oreos? White Chocolate-Habanero or Dark Chocolate? It’s a dilemma that’s usually solved with the most basic fundamentals of a happy marriage. The Compromise. And what’s more of a compromise than agreeing on a scoop of each flavor
I decided to make homemade Reese’s peanut butter cup knock-offs because… well, just because, really. Kind of the same reason I made homemade butter. Because I found out that I could make homemade butter.
I dripped, dropped, and splattered my way through making 24 peanut butter cups in a mini-muffin pan before calling it quits. There was no reason for anymore candy than that to be in a house of two but I had a ridiculous amount of peanut butter filling leftover. [Light-bulb moment goes here.]
So I whipped up a batch of chocolate ice cream – I’m a fan of rich, intense, and chocolatey chocolate ice cream so this is ice cold perfection. But it could be better. You know, should you have leftover peanut butter cup filling and chopped peanut butter cups laying around.
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
Rich chocolate ice cream with chunks of homemade peanut butter cups.
- 2 cups heavy cream, divided
- 3 Tbsp Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 5 oz good semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
- 3/4 cup peanut butter cup filling
- For the peanut butter cups/filling:
- 1 cup butter, softened at room temp
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 3/4 a sleeve)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- pinch of salt
- 5 oz good semisweet chocolate, chopped
- Warm 1 cup cream with the cocoa powder and whisk thoroughly. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, add the chocolate, and stir until smooth. Then stir in the remaining cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible. Set a mesh strainer over the bowl.
- Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in the saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk the yolks together. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the egg yolks and then pour the yolk mixture back into the saucepan.
- Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat , scraping the bottom, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of your spoon. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth. Add the vanilla. Set the bowl in an ice bath and stir until cool.
- Chill the mixture thoroughly in the fridge (overnight works, too), and then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add the chopped peanut butter cups and drop spoonfuls of the peanut butter cup filling into the ice cream during the last couple minutes of churning.
- To make the peanut butter cups: Add the butter, graham crackers, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and salt to the stand mixer bowl and mix on medium-high until thoroughly combined. Place in the fridge while prepping the muffin pan.
- Place chocolate in a bowl and melt in the microwave in 20 second increments. Transfer melted chocolate to a ziploc baggie and snip a corner off of the bag.
- Line a mini- or regular muffin with paper liners. Squeeze a teaspoon or so of melted chocolate into each cup (or more if you're using a cupcake pan), giving the pan a shake to distribute the chocolate evenly in the bottom of the cups.
- Place in the fridge until just set.
- Add a dollup of peanut butter filling to each cup. Try to keep the peanut butter off of the sides of the cup so that the chocolate can completely cover the filling. Cover the peanut butter with chocolate and refrigerate until set.
- The leftover filling freezes very well. I placed it in a quart ziploc baggie and smooshed it out to an even thickness before sealing. I've broken off a chunk and put it right back in the freezer.
Yields: 1 quart
Estimated time: 3 hours