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The BEST Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

The BEST Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


These incredibly delicious homemade peanut butter cups are the perfect dessert to serve this Halloween, or any party! Not only are they a great treat to give to kids, but they are also fun for kids to make with you! These are really the BEST homemade peanut butter cups!  

What’s your favorite candy? Mine is definitely peanut butter cups. I just love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Everyone in my family agrees too – we are peanut butter cup addicts!

how to make homemade peanut butter cups

Rather than just buy peanut butter cups at the store, I like to make my own at home. Making peanut butter cups also makes a sweet treat that is better than anything you can buy in the store. Homemade peanut butter cups are so fresh, rich and more irresistible than any other candy out there. You can really tell the difference between homemade peanut butter cups and the ones bought in the store.

homemade peanut butter cups recipe

Are you ready to make delicious and the BEST homemade peanut butter cups? Good! Because I am here to share all my tips, tricks and secrets!

Ingredients for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

There’s a good chance you already have everything you need to make peanut butter cups in your pantry.

homemade chocolate peanut butter cups

Here are what you will need to make this recipe:

  • peanut butter- I prefer creamy but you can definitely use chunky if you want your peanut butter cups to have a crunchy texture.
  • butter- Room temperature butter will blend into the filling best. This will make a very creamy peanut butter filling.
  • powdered sugar- use powdered sugar which melts into the filling very easily and does not leave a grainy texture behind.
  • salt- salt always enhanced the flavor of everything
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips- you can also use milk chocolate for a sweeter candy
  • milk chocolate candy bars- Use dark chocolate for a richer peanut butter cup.

This recipe will make about 12-18 peanut butter cups but you can easily double it. It even works well in a triple batch for when you want to make lots of candy for a party or event (Halloween is coming up!).

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

It takes about 30 minutes to make homemade peanut butter cups, even less time after you master the recipe. Here is a quick look at how to make peanut butter cups that are incredibly delicious.

homemade peanut butter cups

  1. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners- any color will work!
  2. Blend the peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter together until smooth.

how to make homemade peanut butter cups

3. Melt the two kinds of chocolate a little of the butter together using the microwave.

homemade peanut butter cups

4. Pour a little chocolate into each paper liner, covering the bottom completely.

how to make homemade peanut butter cups

5. Add a scoop of the peanut butter mix to each chocolate lined paper cup.

6. Top the peanut butter layer with more chocolate.

7. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set and then enjoy!

Seems pretty easy, right?! It’s essentially just mixing, melting and scooping! The waiting is definitely the hardest part. I always want to peanut a peanut butter cup right away! Being patient is so hard…

Tips and Tricks for Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

After making homemade chocolate peanut butter cups many times, I have found a few tips and tricks that work well. Hopefully, these little secrets will help you make the best candy possible.

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Roll the filling – Sometimes the peanut butter filling can be a little thick and hard to spread evenly in the paper cup. I like to scoop about a ½ -1 teaspoon of filling into my hand and roll it into a little ball. I then put the ball in the chocolate lined cup and press it flat with my finger. This makes the perfect layer!

Use chocolate bars AND chocolate chips – Chocolate chips are not always tempered perfectly which means the chocolate does not have a nice shine or crisp crunchy texture. Chocolate bars, on the other hand, do have that amazing mouth-feel. Blending chocolate bars with chocolate chips is an economical way to get the best taste and texture as possible.

Make mini peanut butter cups – Use a mini muffin tin and mini muffin liners to make bite sized peanut butter cups. These are perfect for dessert buffets, goodie bags and passed desserts at parties. This recipe will make about 36 mini peanut butter cups.

Use dark chocolate – For a super rich peanut butter cup, use dark chocolate bars and semi sweet chocolate chips for a very decadent dessert.

Try almond butter – Replace the peanut butter with almond butter to make a chocolate almond butter cup. You may also need to add about ¼ cup more powdered sugar to make the filling nice and thick- almond butter can be a little runny.

Add vanilla extract – I like to keep my recipes as simple as possible. However, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract in the peanut butter filling is an amazing touch. It really makes them taste homemade.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups for Halloween

Halloween is coming up and these homemade chocolate peanut butter cups are the perfect dessert to serve at your party. Not only are they a great treat to give to kids, but they are also fun for kids to make with you!

Give this homemade peanut butter cups recipe a try and let me know how many you end up eating. I have definitely had more than one! Enjoy!

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The BEST Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-18 1x

Ingredients

Scale

1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided

1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 bag (11.5 oz) chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk

4 (1.55 oz each)milk chocolate candy bars, coarsely chopped


Instructions

  1. Add cupcake liners to muffin tin and set aside
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ½ cup peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and salt until smooth
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips, chocolate bars and remaining peanut butter
  4. Heat for 1 minute, then stir. Continue heating for 10-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating and stopping just before chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Stir until chocolate is completely melted
  6. Using a cookie dough scoop, add chocolate into paper liners
  7. Top each with about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter mixture ** see notes
  8. Add remaining chocolate on top
  9. Place in refrigerator to set
  10. Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve
  • Category: desserts

Keywords: peanut butter cups, homemade peanut butter cups, chocolate peanut butter cups

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51 Comments

  1. 02/03/2022 / 8:23 am

    I think that if I made this I would be too tempted to eat every one

  2. 01/30/2022 / 5:07 pm

    I love peanut butter cups, and I’ve never tried to make my own. These look amazing!

  3. 01/30/2022 / 5:00 pm

    I prefer almond to peanut, so I am gonna try this recipe with some almond butter 😊

  4. 01/27/2022 / 6:47 am

    For how many days can i store them?

  5. 01/26/2022 / 8:47 pm

    Yum! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. 01/26/2022 / 6:09 am

    Nnnnniiiicccceeeeee…these are really good, honestly! It’s a good thing you have shared your recipe here. I will keep on looking back for guidance as I make myself a serving of the butter cups!

  7. Alexis
    01/26/2022 / 2:18 am

    This dish was super simple to put together. My kids loved this treat after school this week.

  8. 01/25/2022 / 11:40 pm

    This turned out really well when we tried it. I think I can make this again and again

  9. 01/25/2022 / 12:55 pm

    I want to sink my teeth into these! Yum, they’re so thick and full of my favorite flavors.

  10. 01/25/2022 / 12:30 pm

    This is such an amazing dessert! My kids couldn’t get enough of these!

  11. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    01/25/2022 / 10:54 am

    These are so yummy. I’ve made them myself once. I should give your recipe a go. The kids would love them.

  12. Freya
    01/25/2022 / 7:05 am

    These look absolutely divine! I could definitely eat more than one!

  13. 11/01/2021 / 10:31 pm

    The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is mouth-watering. My children would definitely love this.

  14. 10/17/2021 / 4:18 pm

    This seems like a good substitute with Reeses! I will definitely try this out! Excited how will it turn out.

  15. 10/15/2021 / 4:24 pm

    Finally, something different apart from having peanut butter as plain sandwich spread!

  16. 10/15/2021 / 9:32 am

    These Homemade Peanut Butter Cups look and sound delicious. I cannot wait to give them a try>

  17. 10/15/2021 / 7:01 am

    These turned out great and so much fun to make!

  18. 10/15/2021 / 12:49 am

    This homemade peanut butter cups looks delicious I would love to make it for my kids/

  19. Catalina
    10/14/2021 / 7:48 pm

    Chocolate and peanut butter are so great together! My favorite flavor!

  20. Carmen
    10/14/2021 / 5:16 pm

    These look so great! I’ve got to make these for my family.

  21. 10/14/2021 / 4:50 pm

    I am a big fan of Reeses and this is definitely something i would love to try… Also i love the fact that this is a no bake dessert and something everyone can try..
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.. Will definitely try this one day

  22. Ruth I
    10/14/2021 / 2:09 pm

    Oh yum! one of my favorite chocolate is Reese. It’s the same as this so I will be trying this recipe soon!

  23. 10/14/2021 / 12:38 pm

    Ooh these look so good. Me and my partner love peanut butter, and I know he would be obsessed with these peanut butter cups!

  24. Angeline
    10/14/2021 / 12:27 pm

    I love how thick the chocolate layer is! Will definitely be trying for my fall spread 🙂

  25. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    10/14/2021 / 11:50 am

    These sound delicious. We haven’t made peanut buttercups for ages although the kids love them.

  26. Richelle Escat
    10/14/2021 / 6:18 am

    I super love this combination! They’re not to sweet, so mouthwatering and addictive!

  27. 10/14/2021 / 5:40 am

    considering reeses are among my top 5 candies, i need this.. definitely trying it out..

  28. 10/14/2021 / 5:05 am

    I would really like to try this Homemade Peanut Butter Cups. Seems like so tasty! This is perfect for Halloween.

  29. Anna
    10/14/2021 / 2:03 am

    I used to make homemade peanut butter cups all the time – not sure why I haven’t lately! I’m going to give your recipe a try. I love your tip to use a mix of chocolate bars and chocolate chips – I didn’t know about the difference with tempering.

  30. 10/14/2021 / 1:32 am

    They look delicious and so rich! Even so, I could probably eat two or three with a tall glass of cold milk.

  31. Tasheena
    10/14/2021 / 12:56 am

    Peanut butter cups are one of my favorite treats, looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

  32. Dominique
    10/14/2021 / 12:47 am

    Oh my gosh these were SO good! Thank you for sharing!

  33. 10/14/2021 / 12:34 am

    Wow, these look FAB! Something fun to tries over the weekend for me.

  34. 10/14/2021 / 12:32 am

    I have never attempted homemade peanut butter cups, but they sound amazing. Peanut butter and chocolate are seriously the best pairing!

  35. 10/14/2021 / 12:04 am

    This is my new favorite candy! I love how simple it is to prepare and make

  36. 10/14/2021 / 12:03 am

    This is perfect for small gatherings at home, or even parties. I cant ait to try this weekend

  37. 10/13/2021 / 8:11 pm

    I’ve never tried making homemade peanut butter cups. Sounds absolutely delicious! I’d love to give this a try.

  38. 10/13/2021 / 7:12 pm

    Peanut butter cups are my favorite! I love how shiny that chocolate looks on the outside.

  39. 10/13/2021 / 6:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, this recipe looks absolutely mouth-watering! I’m definitely going to give it a try one of these days.

  40. Rachel
    10/13/2021 / 4:57 pm

    I’ve never made homemade peanut butter cups. They look so good! And I love that you included variations.

  41. Amber Myers
    10/13/2021 / 2:35 pm

    Oooo I will be making these for sure. I just love peanut butter cups.

  42. Anne Marie
    10/13/2021 / 1:53 pm

    These look better and more rich than Reece Cups! Would love to try for Halloween!

  43. 10/13/2021 / 1:35 pm

    These look so yummy! We love all things peanut butter here so will have to try making this at home some time.

  44. 10/13/2021 / 11:46 am

    Yum! These look gorgeous! I’d love to try making these myself.

  45. 10/13/2021 / 11:43 am

    I love your recipes but this is probably my favorite. I am definitely trying this one at home

  46. Monica Simpson
    10/13/2021 / 2:46 am

    Thanks for the tip about rolling the filling into a ball. I will be making these for sure. I love how simple the ingredients are.

  47. 10/13/2021 / 1:29 am

    Even though I don’t eat peanut butter my husband and boys would love this! It would be a great fun thing to make together over the weekend.

  48. 10/13/2021 / 12:32 am

    I could use my vegan butter and chocolate chips to make these. Now I can finally enjoy peanut butter cups.

  49. 10/12/2021 / 11:42 pm

    Homemade peanut butter cups are one of my favorite things to make. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  50. 10/12/2021 / 11:35 pm

    I have never seen anything more delicious in my entire life! I love this homemade version of one of my favorite sweet treats!

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