Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 4-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped
- Colored sprinkles, optional
- 1. Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, butter and salt until smooth.
- 2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining peanut butter; stir until smooth.
- 3. Drop teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture into paper-lined miniature muffin cups. Drop a scant teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture into each cup; top with another teaspoonful of chocolate mixture. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
1 piece: 123 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.
Reviews for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
"Peanut Butter Cup BarsOkay so i tried making the cups prior and it was a mess and looked a mess the paper cups collapsed, I couldn't get them to look perfect.So this time I decided to make peanut cup Bars for Easter gifts thy look perfect. So much easier to make and you lessen the risk of not using the chocolate in time for it going all dry and lumpy.I bought candy/sweet clear bags. I tripled the amount of mixture. I used a non stick reusable sheet and lined an oven tray it covered almost half the tray the layers. I used galaxy bars, no cheap chocolate chips. So much smoother a taste for the chocolate really adds to the taste from what i've been told and I added Himalayan pink salt to the mixture of peanut butter.Microwaves are bad for you so i didn't use one , i don't have one, it changes the cellular structure of food and is harmful to dna. i just used a stainless steel pot on the cooker, filled with water on 3 and a smaller one on there for the chocolate mix and the the peanut butter mix.I did first layer put in freezer for 20 mins then did the peanut layer, easier to spread it when bottom layer is hard, same in freezer 20 mins then last layer of chocolate back in the freezer for 20 mins. Then using a cleaver, I cut it into big bars looks perfect and great.I got 3 pounds 8 ounces worth of bars and 10 big bars out of it. Much much easier to make these than to try make perfect cups. Anyone i've made these for prior, absolutely lovesssssss the taste.So going to wrap in greaseproof paper, then in yellow tissue paper inside the bag, then put into the clear bags, tie on yellow ribbons and glue a chick and an egg on ribbon and hand out for Easter :)Would be great fora photo upload function."
"I made these with gluten-free ingredients for a friend... Yum!"
"Delicious!! I make a ball of the peanut butter filling and push it into the choc. that way I know there is choc. all around the peanut butter."
"Made these with my 6 and 8 year old girls for Halloween. Super easy and delicious and a nice large yield! This recipes a keeper!"
"I'm definitely going to try these with my boyfriend and his family! - how long do they normally have to be refrigerated for until they are set?"
"My 15 year old daughter has been searching for simple recipes to make and share with friends. These were easy and really tasty. Her friends loved them."
"Taste like the real thing!"
"These are so easy to make and they are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly. :)"
"I added a couple ounces of cream cheeseYum- smooth"
"I used only the filling ingredients, plus 1/2 t. vanilla, to fill some melted Belgian milk chocolate disks in silicone molds. Dusted top with toasted, crushed dry-roasted peanuts, using a sieve to keep the big chunks out. Results in a fluffy filling in chocolate. These cups taste best when chilled before eating. I liked the 1" size better than the 2" size I made. Prepared at Saint Paul College Culinary Arts school pastry class. Chef said "Russell Stover move over" when he tasted them for my proficiency grade."
"Made a double batch today ....so easy and sooo good. I added a tsp of mexican vanilla and omitted the salt. I used a honey peanut butter. These will be added to one of my favorites ??"
"Very good and easy to make."
"easy to make and just as tasty as the store bought candy."
"Great recipe and easy to follow instructions. I'll be trying these soon. My favorite!"
"Delicious! I will make these again. Please...what happened to our choices to print recipes?"
"same way you make peanut butter bars"
"Very easy to make and they were quite a hit!!"
"OMGoodness! We are hooked! My family loved these so much they said they should be illegal : ) thanks for the great copycat receipts we love them!"
"These are delicious! I will definitely make these at Christmas and Valentine's Day from now on!!"
"This turned out great and yielded exactly the quantity it stated with no leftover ingredients!"
"These are very good and I make them every Christmas as part of my candy cooking. I use less salt and make one one quarter of the filling recipe."
"I've been making these for years at Valentines Day. They're very cute. Putting the peanut butter in with the melted chocolate gives them a softer texture. My daughter loves them. They are a fun and inexpensive candy to make."
"Excellent! Change of sprinkles and mini liners make them perfect for any party. They are a hit on any holiday tray!"
"easy peasy! I made another 1/2 batch so I was expecting to get 44 peanut butter cups. I ended up with 8 1/2 dozen. I had to melt some more chocolate. Maybe I wasn't using enough peanut butter mixture in each one? At any rate they were a hit. I can't eat them but my kids & hubby said they were awesome :)"
"Yes these are the best!!! My brothers LOVED them."
"I like peanut butter cups, but was amazed at how good these really taste!! They taste better in my opinion than the name brand. And my 3 yr old daughter had a blast helping me make them, as well as putting her own sprinkles on top. I would definitely make again!"
"Loved this recipe. Made for Valentine's Day! easy and yummy!"
"I'm not a fan of chocolate & peanut butter together, but my friends loved them & wanted the recipe."
"I have made these peanut butter cups quite a few times! I really enjoy them! They taste better without the sprinkles but this is a personal preference. I make them at Christmas!"
"I have made these a couple of times now. My family loves them just as much as Reeses'. I no longer take the time to make individual cups. I spread half the chocolate mixture in a bar pan lined with wax paper sling. Chill the bar pan until the chocolate is set enough to spread on the peanut butter mixture. Spread on the remaining chocolate (it may have to be reheated). Then cut into pieces."
"These were delicious and pretty simple. The filling is so tasty by itself! Just like Reese's. The hardest part was finding the right chocolate to peanut butter ratio. Mine did melt really easily in my hand, but that is my only complaint."
"Can be easily poured into silicone molds. Skip the cups and it's much less time consuming. These were a hit. Did not modify the recipe at all."
"These were a hit at potlucks. Very easy to make and can be poured into themed silicone molds for different occasions. Did not modify the recipe at all."
"well i did something completely different .. I made Peanut Butter eggs ... took a deviled eggmold & made a chocolate shell filled with peanut butter mixture & OMG they rocked much much better than a Reeses cup ! xoxoxox Sue"
"love it, husband begs me to make this over and over again"
"YUM! Time consuming, but worth it."
"These treats were so easy and delicious. The recipe is simple to follow and the Peanut Butter cups look professional. I made them for Valentines Day and my family keeps asking for them again!"
"I have a son who is allergic to peanut butter. Before he became allergic he ENJOYED peanut butter cups. Hasn't had one in 6 years. So for Valentine's Day I decided to substitute soy butter for the peanut butter in this recipe and it turned out AWESOME!!! You really can't tell the difference and he got to enjoy a long lost treat. I did prepare the soy butter filling ahead but only added an extra 1/2c conf. sugar because the soy butter is a little dryer than peanut butter and didn't want filling to crumble. Think next time I will add some crushed up pretzels to this and enjoy 3 great tastes together :-) Excellent alternative for people allergic to peanuts!!!"
"I know I already posted a review but have some other helpful hints. I used a teaspoon melon baller to scoop heaping spoon of melted chocolate into cups then a slightly smaller one for peanut butter then back to larger one for top chocolate. Also put your cups on a tray covered in foil or pretty paper then you can refrigerate and serve on same tray. I don't think it was messy at all and when I melted chocolate and peanut butter I put pb on bottom glass dish then Choc. Melted about 45 secs stirred then another 45 secs. Wonderful and Very easy!"
"Very good! I had no trouble melting the chocolate mixture in the microwave. I used half power and checked (and stirred!)every 30 - 45 seconds~~no problem. I did increase the powdered sugar to 1 cup and rolled the mixture out into 3 logs each 9 inches and them scored them every 3/4 inch and refrigerated them until firm. Then followed the directions for putting them together in the recipe putting the little "chucks" of peanut butter mixture in each cup instead of having to spoon it in. I was really impressed that this recipe worked out perfectly with the quantities given and made the 36 cups exactly. I'll use it again."
"Was so easy to make for my valentines!I added 1/2 cup chopped fine salted peanutsTo filling for the same texture as Reese's and they are the bomb! Husband and son love them! Said better than Reese's.thank u"
"Made these last evening after receiving the e-mail. Took about an hour start to finish. Yummy, easy, & look fabulous! More delicious than Reeses! My Valentines will love them, just like I do!"
"I made these last night for V Day. They look great and the one I ate was delicious! I am glad the weather is cool as I am sure they have a low melting point. The piping bag suggestion for the filling was so helpful. I wonder if that would work with the chocolate also?"
"Everyone loved these! I did alter them slightly: instead of using 1/2 cup PB with the chocolate, I used 1 TBS oil. It made the chocolate very rich and creamy. I also needed extra powdered sugar to get the PB to hold together, and added a splash of vanilla as an afterthought. A great, basic and quick recipe that can be altered to fir your tastebuds!"
"very good but too messy to be practical. It does not set up well and must be refrigerated. I made them for Valentine gifts but can not include them on a tray. I will have to give them out separately- from my frige to theirs. I will not make again!"
"I am so disappointed in this recipe. When I went to melt the chocolate ingredients, it never melted, I tried mixing with an electric mixer, nothing, it turned out lumpy no matter what I did. I spent abougt $8.00 on ingredients I have to throw away. Maybe you should explain better the melting process of the chocolate."
"So easy and delicious! Everyone loved them at work =)"
"Very tasty. Try increasing confectioners' sugar to a scant 2 cups, knead with hands as it is much drier in texture. Roll into one or two logs slightly smaller in diamiter than the paper cups you are using, chill. Cut into rounds. Follow directions for filling paper minature muffin cups. Much faster and easier."
"Very easy to make and they were gone in a flash!"
"easy to make and absolutely delicious!!"
"These were very good, I found it easier to pipe the filling in, I could push it down into the chocolate and get more into each cup :)"
"Made these for the holiday.......big hit, better than Reese's peanut butter cups and very easy."
"Grandchildren and the holidays are beautiful. Today made these chocolate peanut butter cups with my Grandsons. I should say, the kids made them start to finish. I just supervised and answered questions. Along the way, we practiced reading, reading fractions and division (cutting things in half). Both did VERY well and we all got ?decorated? along the way. They had fun. Just call me Disneyland Grandma. I do not care for peanut butter so I have not tasted them. However, the rest of the family thought they were wonderful and tasted just like Reese's cups and they were not just saying that to encourage the kids."
"This is alot like the receipe I have used for over 30 years, I use chocolate almond bark I dont see the reason for adding salt it does not need it"
"So easy and soooo good! Took a while since I only had one tray to use but i was able to make a batch between cooking my cookies so it worked out perfectly! Will make again."
"I, like Senzascusa, also rated these before but the review also disappeared. Although, I found them time consuming, it was worth it. These are delicious & I would make them again."
"make them every year as Xmas gifts"
"These are Excellent! Everyone loved them. The extra time it takes to put them into the cups makes it all worth it."
"I HAVE rated these before, but my review has disappeared as have all the others. Weird. Anyway, these are amazing and taste very much like real Reese cups. Really loved then and should really make them again soon! Time consuming on the whole filling the cup thing, but worked well. I also tried making some into Easter egg shapes, but the chocolate didn't harden very hard, so they didn't keep their shape well. In the cups it was fine."
"easy to make, delicious, & popular!"
"Fantastic and tasted VERY similar to a REESE CUP. When I first put in the salt and tasted it I got scared it ruined it, but then realized it was perfect and tasted just like Reese! The chocolate/PB mix is GREAT too however I found it quite soft--but then so are Reese cups. However I made these into Easter Eggs and for that the choco was too soft and the eggs crushed easily. Nonetheless they tasted fab and my 5-yr old said I should make them EVERY DAY!"
"This recipie is a gold mind because you can improvise like take out the penut butter and put in caramel but penut butters fine these are fudgy and yummy"
"I have to make these for every family function! Everyone absolutely loves them! They melt in your mouth!"
"Will definately make these again. A big hit!"
"I only have ghirardelli (don't know how to spell it) milk chocolate chips....snow storm so I will be snowed in for a few days....is that ok to use? or will it not taste good? thanks!"
"To answer the last question...yes it is 4 and 1/2 tsp. This is a super recipe! Always yummy. Chooclate and Peanut butter. You can't got wrong! easy and great to eat!"
"It's 4 1/2 teaspoons. These are SO good!"
"I want to make sure I do this right, just wondering is it 4 and a half teaspoons of butter or 4, 1/2 teaspoons of butter? Thank you."
"I've been making peanut butter cups since I was 10 years old. Finally I found the perfect ones! Everyone loves these. You can't make enough of them!"
"These are absolutely delicious..... Everyone loved them & I would difinately make them again!!"
"My co-workers love Peanut Butter cups so; I made these for treat day tomorrow. I had to taste one they are great. I made them exactly as the recipe is written."
"they are good but not as great as everyone is raving about."
"I made these and they are YUMMY!Thanks for sharing this great recipe!Jesus is my King, is He yours?Abigail"
"So much better than Reese's! These are so yummy! I used an actual teaspoon to drop out the chocolate mixture (it was nice and runny) and used a baby spoon for the peanut butter mixture just to make sure I eyeballed it correctly. I halved the recipe and still came out with 24 cups. I am definitely making these again! Super easy, too."
"100% Delicious!!!!! This recipe is a winner to my family and I. Very easy and FUN!!!!"
"They were very good and easy to make. Thank you"
"These are so delicious and so easy to make!"
"I used more peanut butter and confectioners sugar to give it a less soft texture. Very delicious."
"Made for Christmas and they were a hit. I used less salt because of high blood pressure but they still were great."
"People just rave every time... "Way better than Reese's!""
"BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!! It was the best thing i ever made and had"
"This is always a birthday gift request from one of my grand-daughters. Of course they are always made with love."
"These are to die for! One warning: taste these and store-bought will never taste as good again. These are so creamy and delectable, really nothing else compares. Plus, no additives! Better all around."
"I made these for Christmas as well and they were delicious. Everyone loved them and there were no leftovers! I will definitely make these again!!"
"Loved the peanut butter cups! Made them as gifts over Christmas and used the leftovers on a party platter. They were the first things to go and everyones favorite!!!!"
"Way too much salt! I should have followed my instinct and added only 1/4 t instead. They were good aside from that."
"The Peanut Butter Cups are wonderful. Takes a bit of time to make, but well worth it. They are so much better than the commercial peanut butter cups.Jbay"
"do you store them in the fridge after they set or store at room temp?"
"This is an AWESOME recipe! :D :D "
"I'm planning on makeing these overly-delicious candies for Christmas. I think I'll hand them out to all I know (I'm NOT gaining weight alone this year)!"
"How long will these last after they're made? Stored in the airtight container in the refrigerator? I'm so looking forward to making them!!"
"These were a big hit when I made them. Not dry like the store bought kind that are made months in advance. I keep these in the refrigerator until ready to serve because they do tend to get a little soft at room temperature. You can use papers and sprinkles to fit the occassion or holiday."
"Made these for my husband to take to work for Valentine's Day. They were a big hit and a coworker asked for the recipe. Very easy to make."
"These are excellent! I love reese's peanut butter cups and these are just as good!"
"I plan to make these with my daughter for valentines day. We are going to give them to family and friends. Can't wait to try them; should be fun to make. "
"My significant other and I just absolutely love these little chocolates! We doubled the recipe so that we could give them away! These little beauties are wonderful!"
"Very easy recipe the kids made them and they are great! Will keep this recipe around. Thanks"
"These are fantastic! My 5 year old and 2 year old helped me make them the first time, and we've made 2 or 3 more half batches in the last two weeks! They're a big hit when my husband's friends come over to hang out."
" This sounds great (and looks good too) - I can't wait to try it out