Peanut Butter Cups
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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What is your favorite chocolate treat? Mine is definitely homemade peanut butter cups. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter together is delicious!

I decided I would finally make some of my own and I was so glad I did. This candy was part of my 25 days of Christmas treats. These would also make great treats for your Valentine!

One of the things that makes this recipe so amazing is that it has peanut butter in the middle and in the chocolate. Even if you don’t get a bite from the center, you still taste peanut butter, which I love.

Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Candy Bars
  • Colored Sprinkles (optional)

Equipment You May Need

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Small Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Microwave
  • Miniature Muffin Tin
  • Miniature Muffin Tin Liners

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the purpose of adding butter to the peanut butter mixture? Butter helps create a smoother and more flavorful peanut butter filling. It also adds a bit of richness to the flavor.

How do I prevent the chocolate from scorching in the microwave? Microwave the chocolate in short intervals, stirring between each interval. This helps to evenly melt the chocolate without scorching it.

What’s the best way to chop the chocolate bars? Use a sharp knife to chop the chocolate bars into coarse pieces.

How should I store homemade peanut butter cups? Store them in an airtight container in a cool place or in the refrigerator to prevent melting. They can be enjoyed for up to a week.

Can I make a large batch and freeze them for later? Yes, you can make a large batch and freeze the peanut butter cups in an airtight container for up to three months. Thaw them in the refrigerator before serving.

Crunchy peanut butter in glass jar.
Crunch peanut butter. Photo credit: Yayimages.

Substitutions and Variations

Nut Butter: You can use almond butter, cashew butter, or any nut butter of your choice instead of peanut butter for a different flavor.

Chocolate Varieties: Instead of milk chocolate, you can use dark chocolate or white chocolate for the coating, depending on your chocolate preferences.

Toppings: Customize your peanut butter cups by adding toppings like chopped nuts, sea salt, or shredded coconut to the melted chocolate before it sets.

Layered Cups: Create layered peanut butter cups by adding a layer of chocolate, letting it set, then adding the peanut butter layer, and finally topping with another layer of chocolate.

Pretzel Crunch: Crush pretzels and add them to the peanut butter mixture for a salty, crunchy twist.

Chocolate Drizzle: After the peanut butter cups have set, drizzle them with melted white or dark chocolate for an elegant finish.

Other Recipes You May Enjoy

If you like these Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, you might also like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding or my Mint Truffles. These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars and this Peanut Clusters Recipe are also delicious options.

Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These chocolate and peanut butter treats are quick and easy to make!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen


  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter Divided
  • teaspoons Butter Softened
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 4 1.55 ounce Hershey's Milk Chocolate Candy Bars Coarsely Chopped
  • Colored Sprinkles Optional


  • In a medium bowl, combine ½ cup peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and salt until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, milk chocolate bars, and ½ cup peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.
  • Use a teaspoon to drop the chocolate mixture into paper-lined miniature muffin cups.
  • Drop about a ½-¾ teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate.
  • Top with another teaspoon of the chocolate mixture.
  • Add sprinkles (optional).
  • Refrigerate about an hour or until set.
  • Store in sealed container.
Keyword Chocolate, Peanut Butter

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