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Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
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Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

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The classic combination of peanut and chocolate is one my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can't resist. They gobble up this candy all year long!—Doris Price, St. John, New Brunswick
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening


  1. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and vanilla; cover and set aside.
  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Pour teaspoonfuls into paper-lined muffin cups.
  3. Drop a rounded teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture into each cup; top with another teaspoonful of chocolate mixture. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cups in Christmas Cookies & Candies 2008 2008, p55

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"I only had crunchy peanut butter and it did not work well. I had to double the amount of peanut butter (which in effect cut the sugar in half!) and add more butter to get a decent consistency. My husband tasted it and gave it approval. If I make them again, I will add honey to get a thinner consistency. Only use a teaspoon of chocolate and spread it thin on the bottom, I used too much and ran out."

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