The title of this recipe will repulse you or intrigue you.
Hear me out!
Once all three.
I love her.
I hate her.
Jessica… I wish I could quit you.
But I can’t.
And these are for you.
Bacon Peanut Butter Cups
1-1.5 cups chocolate chips of choice (I used Lindt dark)
8 Tbsp butter (divided)
Vegetable shortening (optional)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 strips of bacon-extra crispy bacon (Not peppered bacon!)
24-30, 1 1/2″ candy cups
Melt about 1 cup of your chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp of butter. Add about a half of a Tbsp of shortening if using. Stir until smooth.
- Once your chocolate is melted, use about one spoon full in each cup. Use the back of the spoon to fully coat the entire edge of the cup.
- Once you have filled your cups, place them in the refrigerator to set up.
- Meanwhile, over low heat, melt your 1/2 cup and 2 Tbsp of peanut butter with 6 Tbsp of butter. Mix well. Remove the mixture from heat.
- Crumble your bacon. (I used my immersion blender to grind it up into bits. I recommend this, as it will distribute the bits evenly.)
- Mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar and then 2/3 cup of graham crackers. Finally, add well-crumbled bacon.
- Fill each cup just shy of the top with your peanut butter bacon filling.
- Top cups with remaining chocolate. Place in refrigerator to set.
In a failed attempt of reverse psychology, Lloyd tried to persuade me not to do this.
I was nearly convinced, until I caught him eying the bowl of crumbled bacon.
Some things never change.
I anxiously waited for them to set before finally shoving one in Lloyd’s face and demanding he try it.
My human guinea pig gave it the stamp of approval.
Curiosity got the best of me, and I knew I couldn’t possibly write a post dedicated to such an unusual combination without taking a little bite, cough, or two, cough.
One word: INCREDIBLE.
Completely unexpected, but it just works. More salty than sweet, but the smoky, maple flavor from the bacon hit the spot. I’d describe the taste to you, but I simply can’t. You just need to try these yourself to see that I am not crazy.
Then again, crazy is subjective.
And then again (again), I am kind of crazy,
I would be lying if I didn’t add that creating and then eating this concoction made me feel like I’d reached the epitome of gluttony. In retrospect, I’d probably reached the epitome of gluttony back when I did a Google search for a recipe.
If loving Bacon Peanut Butter Cups is wrong, I don’t want to be right.