Let’s be honest: All Halloween candies aren’t created equal, and peanut butter cups take the cake. They’re pretty much the best invention since, well, chocolate. So to pay homage to our favorite treat of all time, we’ve created the world’s biggest peanut butter cup. (OK, it might not *actually* be record-setting, but it’s BIG. Look at it!)
With just seven ingredients and a straightforward set of instructions, this mega-Reeses isn’t difficult to make, but there are a few tricks you should keep in mind for success. When melting the chocolate, you’ll use a double boiler: basically, a bowl set over a small amount of simmering water. Be careful with the heat—you don’t want to burn the chocolate—and don’t get any water into the bowl, or that silky melted chocolate will seize up and you’ll have to start over. Finally, when slicing into this beauty, let it come to room temperature for about ten minutes and run your knife under hot water to avoid cracking. (But even if it cracks, it’ll still taste good.)
We give you permission to conjure one of these up for every single Halloween party this season. The only catch is you have to invite us over.
12 ounces dark chocolate
10 ounces milk chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1½ cups creamy peanut butter
1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Bring a medium saucepan with 2 inches of water to a simmer over medium heat. Combine the dark chocolate, milk chocolate and coconut oil in a medium-size heatproof bowl and place it over the saucepan. (The bottom shouldn’t touch the water.)
2. Heat the chocolate over the water until it’s melted and smooth. Pour half of the chocolate into a 9-inch tart pan with a removable base. Gently tap and swirl the pan until the chocolate fully coats the base. Refrigerate the base until fully set, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the salt and vanilla. On a piece of parchment paper, form the mixture into a 9-inch circle.
4. Remove the tart pan from the refrigerator and carefully place the peanut butter disk on top of it. Press the peanut butter layer into the edges of the pan. Pour the remaining chocolate over the peanut butter and gently tap and swirl until it fully coats the peanut butter layer.
5. Refrigerate until the top is fully set, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator 10 minutes before serving. To slice, run a sharp chef’s knife under hot water and carefully cut the peanut butter cup into wedges. This ensures the top doesn't crack while you're slicing.