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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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These rich, delicious homemade peanut butter cups are easy to make with just four ingredients.
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  1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
  5. More Recipes You’ll Love
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With our homemade peanut butter cups recipe, you can recreate classic Reese’s candy, with just four pantry staples. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter center makes this tasty homemade treat utterly irresistible.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Ingredients

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You’ll need: 

  • 14 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHOCOLATE: Milk chocolate can also be used, or even a combination of semi-sweet with milk chocolate. Use your favorite kind of chocolate!

PEANUT BUTTER: Crunchy peanut butter can be used in place of creamy peanut butter. If you wanted to give these a try with an alternative nut butter, try cashew butter or almond butter for this easy peanut butter cups recipe.

How To Make This Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This recipe is super easy to double, freezes really well, and makes excellent gifts to share.

STEP ONE: Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a small microwave-safe bowl, place half of the chocolate. Melt the chocolate by heating in 30-second intervals and stirring in between. This should take 30 to 60 seconds in total. The chocolate should be smooth.

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STEP THREE: Scoop about ½ tablespoon of melted chocolate into each cupcake liner. This can be done by scooping the chocolate with one spoon and scraping it off with another.

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STEP FOUR: Shake the pan periodically back and forth to help spread the chocolate so that it covers the bottom of the liner. 

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STEP FIVE: Freeze for 15 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Don’t rush the chilling process. You need to make sure the chocolate is set before adding the peanut butter.

STEP SIX: While the chocolate is freezing, prepare the peanut butter mixture. Measure peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter into a medium bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until creamy.

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STEP SEVEN: Put 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter filling on top of the frozen chocolate layer, making sure the filling does not touch the sides of the cupcake liner.

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STEP EIGHT: Freeze for 5 minutes.

STEP NINE: In a microwave-safe bowl (use the one from step 2), melt the remaining chocolate in the same way as explained in step 2.

STEP TEN: Cover the peanut butter layer with the melted chocolate.

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STEP ELEVEN: Freeze for 10 to 15 minutes or refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes until hardened. 

How To Serve

This chocolate peanut butter cup recipe makes the perfect confection for anyone who loves this classic combo. If you can resist gobbling up these treats right away, they would make perfect gifts, along with our Martha Washington candy and peppermint bark.

Do you love the chocolate and peanut butter flavor profile? Then, you have to make these no bake peanut butter bars and peanut butter balls next.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store your homemade peanut butter cups in an airtight container. You can place them in the fridge, to keep them cool and make sure that they do not melt. They can also be left out at room temperature.

IN THE FREEZER: You can place your homemade candy in the freezer for longer storage. We recommend letting them thaw before eating, to make sure that the peanut butter is nice and creamy.

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Chocolate chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter are all you will need to make your own peanut butter cups at home. While making this recipe might be simple, it is not lacking in delicious sweetness. The creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate treat is always a huge hit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you use natural peanut butter for this recipe?

We wouldn’t recommend using natural peanut butter in this recipe. The oils tend to separate and won’t give you the creamy texture you want.

Can I store these peanut butter cups on the counter?

Our homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups can be kept on the counter, but we do recommend keeping them in the fridge, so they don’t get too soft.

Can I use a different type of chocolate?

If you would prefer dark or milk chocolate for this peanut butter cup recipe, they would be just as delicious.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

5 from 2 votes
These rich, delicious homemade peanut butter cups are easy to make with just four ingredients.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened

Instructions
 

  • Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, place half of the chocolate. Melt the chocolate by heating in 30-second increments and stirring in between. This should take 30 to 60 seconds total. The chocolate should be smooth.
  • Scoop about ½ tablespoon of melted chocolate into each cupcake liner. This can be done by scooping the chocolate with one spoon and scraping it off with another.
  • Shake the pan periodically back and forth to help spread the chocolate so that it covers the bottom of the liner.
  • Freeze for 15 minutes.
  • While the chocolate is freezing, prepare the peanut butter filling. Measure peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter into a medium mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, mix until creamy.
  • Put 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter filling on top of the chocolate layer, making sure the filling does not touch the sides of the cupcake liner.
  • Freeze for 5 minutes.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl (use the one from step 2), melt the remaining chocolate in the same way as explained in step 2.
  • Cover the peanut butter layer with the melted chocolate.
  • Freeze for 10 to 15 minutes or refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes until hardened.

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Notes

  • This recipe is super easy to double, freezes really well and makes excellent gifts to share.
  • Don’t rush the chilling process. You need to make sure the chocolate is set before adding the peanut butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Deb Carmicheal says

    5 stars
    I’m giving this 5 stars, I haven’t made them yet. This looks so easy to make and I love anything with peanut butter. Can’t wait to make these.

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