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« on: January 20, 2011 01:18:30 PM »

Does anyone here read Martha Stewart Living magazine?  I love it...but no matter how hard you try...I guarantee nothing you make will ever look as good as hers.  She must be some kind of magical creature.

Anyway, to prove my point, I tried to make homemade chocolate peanut butter cups that were mentioned in the February 2011 issue.  This is how they turned out:

I couldn't get the paper off without the cups completely falling apart.  I'm sure it would work if I made the chocolate on the sides thicker but at this point, I've lost all interest.  I'm going to use the chocolate bits to make cupcakes tomorrow.

I was frustrated...I even had to blog about this experience.  Hah.  I could post a tutorial on how to make these if you'd like...just kidding...
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011 02:02:37 PM »

Maybe give this a shot??

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011 02:04:46 PM »

You know I've also read some where a few years ago, how someone else was complaining that all of the recipes were simply un-do-able! Now that you've posted your failure, it clinches it for me. This is going to be a little strange to say it, but - - Thank you for posting your failure!  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011 02:07:21 PM »

Keep in mind Martha has a full staff of helpers, she is talented and they post the prettiest ones. So don't beat yourself up.
I made some Christmas 09, and they weren't Martha level but okay. If you have a tiny muffin tin, or candy mold it is easier. You will have some thing to hold up the sides of the paper. Put the chocolate in the bottom of the paper, then pull it up the sides. As it begins to cool it will stick better. (But don't wait too long) if you can roll the filling into small balls it will help. Then put them in the chocolate papers. When you put the chocolate on top, it will go around the ball and fill in any gaps.  (This is how I did it anyway)  Hope it helps.

« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011 02:28:27 PM »

This is AWESOME!  Thanks!!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011 03:08:54 PM »

Awe sorry about the disaster, I have never tried any of Martha's recipes, but I bet they still taste good even if they are not to pretty.

I made some peanut butter cups last year for valentines day. What worked for me was using a mini muffin tray and mini paper muffin cups. Some recipes called for actually "painting" the chocolate on the sides of the cups, but I read a one review that said to just use a icing bag. So I got everything ready, filled the bottom of each cup a little bit with melted chocolate in the icing bag, put a ball of the peanut butter mixture on it, then covered it with chocolate again using the icing bag. It worked really well and went quickly.

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I've got silicone cupcake and mini cupcake molds and they work amazingly, they hold the shape well, and come unstuck like a charm! Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011 04:08:20 PM »

i use a totally diff recipe for this so I actually don't know how these are made (surely not much has changed I would think) but I have to ask did you refrigerate them at all?

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011 04:11:14 PM »

Eeeek! Never try to match The Martha...it only ends in craziness! (She does have minions to help her out...) I bet if you tried it again, they would turn out fine. Good luck!

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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011 06:29:46 PM »

She must be some kind of magical creature.

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