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DIY: All Natural Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Treat yourself with these amazingly delicious treats! They are so easy, and a sure way to brighten your day!

Makes 24 Peanut Butter Cups
Approximate Time: 45 Minutes

What You’ll Need: 

Organic Powdered Sugar
Natural Peanut Butter
2 Bags Natural Chocolate Chips
Mini Cupcake Liners
Mini Cupcake Pan

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Step One

Boil water in a deep pot, and put a smaller pot inside the boiling water. This helps the chocolate chips melt without burning. Pour a full bag of chocolate chips into the small pot. Don’t put the pots up!

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Step Two

Once the chocolate is completely melted, spoon a small amount into the cupcake liner. Bring the chocolate up on the sides of the liner. Place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.

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Step Three

While the chocolate is in the freezer, grab a bowl and mix 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar together.

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Step Four

Once the chocolate has hardened, spoon in a very small amount of your peanut butter/powdered sugar mix into the cupcake liners.

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Step Five

In the small pot, pour in half a bag of chocolate chips. Once melted, spoon on top of peanut butter and fill the liners as closely to the top as possible.

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Step Six

Put the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes, or until completely cooled.

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DIY: Tie-Dye Cupcakes

These tie-dye cupcakes are so much fun because not only are you baking, but you are also sparking your creativity. What is better than a little sweet artistry in your life? Let’s get cupcaking!

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What you’ll need:

Any WHITE cake mix, with eggs, oil, and water (use your own recipe if you would like!) Gluten free recipe below.

Any WHITE frosting

Cupcake liners

Lots of bowls

Toothpicks

Liquid food coloring

Gel food coloring

Paper towels

Sprinkles (optional)

 

Step One

Mix all the cupcake ingredients together, following directions on the box (or you can use your own recipe). See a GLUTEN FREE white cake mix recipe here.

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Step Two and Three

Divide cupcake batter into bowls (I used six, but depending on how many colors you want, you can use however many you like). Add the liquid food coloring to each bowl as shown.

Spoon a dollop size amount of each colored batter into each cupcake liner as shown and bake as the box directed (usually 350 degrees at 20 minutes).

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Step Four

After the cupcakes have cooled, thickly apply the white icing.

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Step Five

Using the gel food coloring tubes, lightly make designs; I usually make circles, spirals, or dots. Circles are shown in this photo. Try not to apply too much gel (It is okay if there are gaps in the lines).

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Step Six

Using a toothpick, lightly press into the icing and gel coloring, and draw a design. The one shown was drawn with straight lines. Make sure to clean off the end of the toothpick frequently with a paper towel so the colors do not smear.

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These are just a few designs. My favorite one to do is the swirl (shown on the top right): lightly apply different colored gel dots to the cupcake, and move the toothpick in a swirl motion until it is completely covered in tie dye. I also like to buy the clear crystalized sprinkles to add some extra pop so they don’t look so uniformed. These are so much fun to make! Get creative with your designs; not only will the taste amazing, you will feel great about baking something so unique. Happy cupcaking!!! For more fun reading, check out Lindsey’s amazing blog here!

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