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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like using pretty mini muffin liners and topping these homemade peanut butter cups with colored sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday we're celebrating. People can't believe how simple it is to make this irresistible candy with gooey peanut butter centers. This is how to make homemade peanut butter cups. —LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped
  • Colored sprinkles, optional


  • Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, butter and salt until smooth.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining peanut butter; stir until smooth.
  • Drop teaspoons of chocolate mixture into paper-lined mini muffin cups. Drop a scant teaspoon of peanut butter mixture into each cup; top with another teaspoon of chocolate mixture. If desired, decorate with sprinkles. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Tips

What's the best chocolate to use?

The best chocolate for you will be your favorite, of course! Ours is 365 Everyday Value from Whole Foods..

What's the best peanut butter to use?

Creamy peanut butter mixes best with the other ingredients. Use your favorite brand or make your own homemade peanut butter.

How do I store homemade peanut butter cups?

Since they'll get too soft after more than a day at room temperature, store them in the fridge for a month or in the freezer for up to three months (if they last that long!).
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 123 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


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  • Maria
    Dec 28, 2020

    A bear to make unless you have a steady hand.

  • ColGee
    Dec 24, 2020

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  • Mary
    Oct 22, 2020

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  • Norma Teresa
    Jun 25, 2020

    These are dangerous! My family all agreed they tasted better than Reese's peanut butter cups -- our favorite candy! This recipe was easy to follow and perfect as written but I tried some variations. I made them regular muffin sized and another time, I substituted white candy melts for the regular chocolate coating. Make these at your own risk!

  • Russell
    Feb 9, 2020

    John Harvey Kellogg was not the inventor of peanut butter. The credit goes to Marcellus Gilmore Edson, who obtained the first patent for peanut butter in 1884. Fourteen years later, Kellogg was granted a patent for a slight variation on Edson's original process.

  • Jackie
    Dec 11, 2019

    This is similar to a recipe I make. I found the recipe years ago but I don't care for peanut butter. So I simply use marshmallow cream and whip it up in the mixer and then continue with the recipe replacing the peanut butter with the marshmallow cream. These make great mallow cups. I keep the recipes ingredients around for when I get the taste for some chocolate. I make them in a regular cupcake pan and then wrap and take them to church for others so I don't pig out on them

  • gk33061
    Dec 10, 2019

    Could milk chocolate chips be used instead of the milk chocolate bars?

  • Jessica
    Mar 25, 2019

    We made these today with our daughter. It was an excellent recipe!

  • Nauriel
    Feb 3, 2019

    Looks great! Haven’t made them yet but was wondering if natural peanut butter will work. That’s all I buy these days but would love to make these and don’t want to ruin them. Thanks!

  • Jane
    Feb 1, 2019

    Was a hit with everyone who tried them. They are better than R-----!