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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 30 cups

2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
30 (1 3/4 by 1 1/4 inch) mini paper cups
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

In 1-quart saucepan combine chocolate chips and shortening. Cook
over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth (3
to 5 minutes).

Loosen top paper cup from stack, but leave in stack for greater
stability while being coated. With small paint brush, coat inside
top cup evenly with about 1TEASPOON melted chocolate to about
1/8-inch thickness, bringing coating almost to top of cup but not
over edge. Repeat until 30 cups are coated; refrigerate cups.

In 2-quart saucepan combine butter or margarine and peanut butter.
Cook over medium heat, stirring ocassionally, until melted (4 to
6 minutes). Stir in confectioners' sugar and graham cracker crumbs.
Press about 1/2 tablespoon filling into each chocolate cup.

Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon melted chocolate on top of filling; spread
to cover. Freeze until firm (about 2 hours) carefully peel off
paper cups. Store refrigerated.


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