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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

peanut butter cups made from scratch

Oh the peanut butter cup.

So simple, so unpretentious, and so heavenly.

You might say well, why make peanut butter cups when you can buy them?

I have a few reasons.

1. I get to use my good chocolate and good peanut butter.

a peanut butter swirl for peanut butter cups

2. I always appreciate things more when I go through the process of making them myself. And I swear I eat less this way.

3. When I make these myself, I know there are only four ingredients. And none of those ingredients are preservatives or other stuff I don’t want in my body.

peanut butter cup from scratch

4. They’re just FUN — My friend Meagan’s kids just have the grandest time banging the pan against the counter like a bunch of whackadoodles.

You start by whipping peanut butter with a little bit of softened butter and confectioner’s sugar:

whipped peanut butter for peanut butter cup filling

And place a little dollop of the whipped peanut butter atop a small layer of melted semisweet chocolate (that’s been frozen for 15 minutes).

chocolate and peanut butter cups

And you see how it’s not a flat surface? Just drop the pan on the counter a few times and it will flatten and smooth itself out, like this:

how to smooth out the peanut butter cup layers

Freeze for 15 minutes, then pour on the top layer of melted chocolate.

two stacked peanut butter cups from scratch

Freeze for 15 more minutes until it hardens, then you’re good to go!

Here’s the full video on how to make the peanut butter cups, if video is your style. I talk a little bit about the different methods of melting the chocolate:

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: Makes 12-18 peanut butter cups (depends on how thick you make the layers)

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1.75 oz confectioner's sugar (1/4 cup+2 tbsp), sifted

Directions:

  1. Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Melt half the chocolate either in a double boiler (the safer method) or in the microwave (the more dangerous, but easier/lazier method). I opt for the latter. If you don't know how to melt chocolate this way, read my Explanation of Chocolate Behavior article.
  3. Distribute the melted chocolate into the 12 muffin tins (I use a cookie scoop to portion the chocolate), only barely filling the bottom of each cup. If the chocolate does not lie flat, drop the pan repeatedly on the counter, and it will flatten and smooth itself out. Place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, whip the peanut butter, butter, and confectioner's sugar together with a hand mixer until mixed and light. Taste it and make sure the sweetness is to your liking. Place small tablespoons of peanut butter into each cup, then drop the pan repeatedly on the counter again, so the peanut butter layer is flattened out. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Melt the last 1/2lb of chocolate, and portion small spoonfuls of chocolate into the cups, one cup at a time, immediately dropping the pan repeatedly on the counter to flatten each cup. In my experience of making these, the chill from the peanut butter (because it was just in the freezer) will harden up that top layer of chocolate very quickly, so you must flatten out the tops immediately after you pour the chocolate into each cup. Place the peanut butter cups in the freezer for 15 minutes to set the top layer of chocolate.
  6. You can either refrigerate them for a peanut butter cup with more bite, or leave them at room temperature for a softer, creamier bite. Just peel the wrapper off, and enjoy!
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  1. mallory @ totalnoms posted on July 16, 2012 at 9:59 am (#)

    OMG. I hope you brought me some of these today.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am

      HAHA! Nah, these didn’t get to come in my suitcase. 90 degree weather and chocolate aren’t friends. See you soon!!!

  2. Denise posted on July 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm (#)

    So, what is your favorite chocolate to use and favorite pb ? pleez ??

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 16th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Denise, My favorite chocolate is Callebaut, it’s a high end chocolate but reasonably priced. People rave about Vahlrona and Scharfenberger…I’ve only tried the Scharfenberger and I’m not a fan, I find it to be too fruity. As far as peanut butter, as long as it’s natural (not the hydrogenated oil peanut butter) then I think it’s fine. Sometimes I get the one from Whole Foods where the machine fresh grinds it for you, but often I just get any brand at the store that’s just peanuts + salt. Hope that helps!

  3. Meg posted on July 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#)

    Delish! My grandmother makes her own peanut butter cups, and they’re absolutely legendary in my family. To the point that when she brings them to family functions, she’s started portioning them out in individual bags (four for you, four for you . . .) and has barred anyone from “stealing” from another’s bag! Haha. It’s a little crazy, but it works. Maybe I’ll be the next one bringing peanut butter cups to parties! :)

  4. Suzie posted on July 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#)

    These looks awesome! I know my son and husband would love it if I made some :)

  5. daisy posted on July 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm (#)

    I LOVE THESE!!!!!

    daisy

  6. Ann posted on July 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm (#)

    You. Are. Brilliant! I’d love to say more, but it would just be more words for brilliant. Like, GENIUS! AMAZING!

    …you rock.

  7. DB-The Foodie Stuntman posted on July 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm (#)

    I love peanut butter and chocolate paired together! I’ll have to try this.

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm (#)

    I am a sucker for peanut butter cups. I am really craving anything peanut butter right now, these look perfect!

  9. Medeja posted on July 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#)

    Yummy! Great idea to make it t home! It is so simple

  10. Mi Vida en un Dulce posted on July 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm (#)

    I love the peanut butter cups, of course I always buy, but you are right, it’s better if can make it at home, so we really know what’s inside and que quality of the ingredients.

  11. Tommy posted on July 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm (#)

    Holy crap! Homemade peanut butter cups are that easy to make?! I had no idea. Beautiful photographs. If it wasn’t 95 degrees today, I’d make these right now.

  12. Stefani posted on July 18, 2012 at 9:39 am (#)

    Found you on via Pinterest – & I’m so glad I did!! These look awesome and I can’t wait to try them! :)

  13. Cody posted on July 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm (#)

    I made these tonight on a whim, and they are SO delicious and easy! I used less sugar than called for and more peanut butter, but I could also eat PB straight out of the container!

    I think if I did it again, I might try using an impromptu piping bag, as I had trouble getting the chocolate into the cups without getting it all over. But nonetheless they were very delicious!!

    • Denise replied on July 19th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Perhaps you can give us more detailed info on “how” to put chocolate into the pans – a spoon? a pastry bag? brush ? I know I’m not the only one who would like to know. :>)

      • Joanne Ozug replied on July 19th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Hi Denise, This is a great question. As I said to Cody, I just poured the chocolate from the bowl, but something that would work well is a glass pyrex measuring cup since it has that small streamed mouth on it, and you could melt the chocolate right in the pyrex measuring cup. Pastry bag might work but too but I haven’t tried it. Seems like more work than the pourable glass cup method.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 19th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Cody, YAY! Good for you for using less sugar LOL. I see, hm…the piping bag is actually a very good idea. I honestly just poured it straight from the bowl but I had a great bowl with a good lip, and steady hands. Another thing that might work well is if you put the chocolate in one of those glass pyrex measuring cups, because it’s got that great pourable mouth on it, and it would pour in a steady small stream.

  14. Javelin Warrior posted on July 20, 2012 at 12:10 am (#)

    On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love how you made these peanut butter cups from scratch so I’m featuring it as part of today’s roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I’m happy to be following along with your creations…

  15. katie posted on July 20, 2012 at 8:17 am (#)

    These look fab! I can’t wait to make my own!!!

  16. The Food Hunter posted on July 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm (#)

    will be making these for sure.

  17. Krash posted on July 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm (#)

    Another reason to make home made peanut butter cups is when you live over seas you can pay up to $3 to $4 just for a two pack :)
    Thank you for sharing!!

  18. RecipeNewZ posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:55 am (#)

    Wonderful peanut butter cups! I can’t believe they are so easy to make. Thank you for sharing this brilliant recipe on RecipeNewZ! Our visitors instantly loved it, so today we are featuring it on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RecipeNewZ Congratulations!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 26th, 2012 at 9:58 am

      YAY Thank you!

  19. Megan posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm (#)

    Try adding salt to the pb mixture for a more “authentic” taste.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 26th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Megan, There’s salt in the peanut butter I buy, but I think this is a good suggestion for those who use unsalted. Thanks!

  20. Winnie posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm (#)

    These are super beautiful and I’m sure delicious
    Thanks so much for sharing :) I’m planning to make these soon

    • Winnie replied on October 10th, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Hi Joanne
      I wrote before that I was planning to make these, and I finally did

      I’ve just posted my cups yesterday, with a credit and a link to your post.
      You are welcome to see here
      http://www.winnish.net/2012/10/blog-post_9.html

      Thanks!!

      • Joanne Ozug replied on October 10th, 2012 at 9:36 am

        YAY! Yours look fantastic Winnie!!! I wanted to leave a comment but don’t understand the language lol. They really look beautiful!

        • Winnie replied on October 10th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

          Thanks Joanne
          Appreciate your compliment very much :)
          As for my blog – you can use the translator (top left side-bar)

  21. thyme (sarah) posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm (#)

    I, like everyone else, want to make these too! But, we’ve nixed sugar in our diet. I wonder if I mix the natural p. butter with a little honey and leave out the conf. sugar. I’ll see if that will work…they look sooooo good.

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm (#)

    I am featuring these on my Facebook page today. OMG!

  23. Sarah posted on July 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm (#)

    Oh yum! what a great idea! I’m wondering how it will work with honey or maple syrup for the sweet? Will have to try. :D

  24. Krissy posted on August 4, 2012 at 9:42 am (#)

    I made these last night-delicious! I followed the recipe but my peanut butter did not whip to a smooth consistency-more like cookie dough. Ideas on what I did wrong? Still fantastic though :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 4th, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Hi Krissy! Do you remember what brand of peanut butter you were using?

      • Anonymous replied on August 5th, 2012 at 10:07 am

        Jif natural

        • Joanne Ozug replied on August 5th, 2012 at 11:58 am

          Hm, I’ve never seen that kind, but natural peanut butter is going to have a bit of a grittier texture than the one that’s processed with hydrogenated oil. Next time if you want a smooth consistency you can use that kind and it will give you that texture you’re looking for.

          • KRissy replied on August 5th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

            Thank You! Great recipe!

  25. Krissy posted on August 5, 2012 at 10:08 am (#)

    Jif natural

  26. BeccaS posted on August 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm (#)

    Yummo!! I’ve made these a couple of times and they are awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 12th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      YAY! So glad to hear it Becca!!!

  27. Sara posted on August 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm (#)

    Is it ok (permissible) to pin this recipe?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 14th, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Hi Sara, Yes absolutely that’s fine! Thank you. I get people copying and pasting my entire post (pictures and writing) without linking back or asking, and that’s what I don’t like. But pinning is definitely okay =)

  28. Joanne posted on August 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm (#)

    These look fab! can’t wait to try, the only thing I would change would be to use homemade peanut butter. Dump a 16oz bag a trader joe’s honey roasted peanuts into a food processor and push the on button. let it go until it’s the consistency you like. Can’t wait to try this.

  29. Joanne posted on August 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm (#)

    These look wonderful! can’t wait to try, the only thing I would change would be to use homemade peanut butter. Dump a 16oz bag a trader joe’s honey roasted peanuts into a food processor and push the on button. let it go until it’s the consistency you like.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 15th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Another Joanne…cool! haha. You know, I need to try doing my own peanut butter again. I tried doing that in my food processor and it never really turned into nut butter. Maybe I didn’t put enough in. You’ve inspired me to try it again!

  30. Jenn posted on August 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm (#)

    Made this tonight, told my husband who was coming home from another Air Force trip about them, and only had 2 left when he got here . . . ooops! Thanks so much for this great idea. My kids loved helping and I loved knowing what was in them.

    Would it be alright to do my own blog post on this recipe? I would absolutely give you credit, tell people where the recipe is from and link them to you. If not, I completely understand.

    ps- your site is awesome. I wasted a whole bunch of time on here today!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 18th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      HAHAHAHA. That is too funny! I’m so glad you and the kids had a great time making them! Yes it’s always okay if you do your own blog post as long as you write the recipe according to how you made it/in your own words and take your own photographs of the process. I just get people who copy and paste all my photos and recipe and claim it as their own, that’s why I have that copyright notice up there. I’m so glad you enjoy the site and please say hello every once in a while! Happy cooking! Also let me know if you do the PB cups on your site =)

  31. Tia posted on August 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm (#)

    This was awesome, better than the store-bought one!

  32. Jenn posted on August 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm (#)

    Hello! I made these again to post on my blog (and ate most of the second batch, how I suffer for my blog ;-) ) I just added more salt to them, because I love salt. And high blood pressure. Anyhow, thank you again so much for sharing this recipe. It’s a big winner around here.

    http://jennyrambles.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/salted-peanut-butter-cups/

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 23rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      LOL! You love salt and high blood pressure, you are too funny! I’m so glad you all liked them!

  33. Rachel Cunliffe posted on August 28, 2012 at 4:57 am (#)

    Oh wow, didn’t realise they could be so simple to make. Definitely going to give this a try – thanks! (PS We can’t buy them in stores here, so I’m very keen to taste them again haha!)

  34. stephanie posted on August 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm (#)

    do you have to use foil baking cups?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 31st, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Hi Stephanie, I’ve never used foil baking cups for these, I always just do the paper ones. No need to pay extra for the foil ones =)

  35. Kim posted on September 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm (#)

    Joanne,
    Another great recipe! Made these today for the gluten free crowd in my house. I used milk chocolate for one batch and dark chocolate for batch 2… now I will admit batch 2 came out much better in every way because I figured out a melon ball scoop worked great for scooping in the chocolate and peanut butter…thanks for the inspiration

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 1st, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Hi Kim, so glad to hear it! Did everyone like the milk chocolate or dark chocolate better? I like the dark =)

  36. Vicki Bensinger posted on September 4, 2012 at 2:34 am (#)

    I’ve never made these from scratch before. Yours look better than the store bought ones and who knew they could be this simple. I can’t wait to make these.

  37. Ashleigh de Vos posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:52 am (#)

    I can’t wait to try this! I was in USA in 2010 and that’s when my addiction to peanut butter cups started! They don’t sell them in South Africa and when you do find them-they are extremely expensive! I can’t wait to make my own! Thank you for sharing :)

  38. Tara posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm (#)

    I just made these. I used Ghiradelli 60% cocoa choc chips and some creamy PB. I did not add butter and I only added 1/8 cup powdered sugar. They came out great! My husband says they taste even better than the Newman’s Own Dark Chocolate PB cups we used to buy. Plus I love that the PB isn’t dry and powdery like a lot of those end up being when bought from the store. I think next time I will try making them in the mini cups and using a pastry bag to pipe the stuff. But what I did was, I used a combo of foil and paper liners and I just held the liner in my hand and used a spoon to put the chocolate in, and then just swirled the liner around a bit to spread it. It worked fine. Thanks for posting this!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 14th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing your method with us Tara! So glad they turned out so well.

  39. Amanda J posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm (#)

    Oh. my. goodness. Do these ever look yummy! I am definitely trying these and I won’t care how they turn out or what they look like. I plan to eat them all just based on your recipe and photos. Thanks so much for posting, I just found your site so I’m off now now to look at more of your recipes!

  40. Kelli posted on September 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm (#)

    Did those of you who have made this try milk chocolate or milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet chocolate? I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter together! Thanks for the recipe! Will have to try the next time my girls are home from college.

  41. Crystal Sell posted on September 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm (#)

    I made these last night, and while they were delicious, the chocolate was hard and the peanut butter squished out when you bit into it. Did yours do that! I used semisweet chocolate.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 24th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Crystal, did you eat them immediately after freezing, or did you let them come to room temperature? They’re definitely going to be harder than regular Reese’s since Reese’s uses milk chocolate. If you prefer a softer texture you can definitely use milk, but you may want to adjust the peanut butter filling since milk chocolate has more sugar. Also, what brand of semisweet chocolate did you use?

  42. Paula posted on October 3, 2012 at 1:50 am (#)

    Hey Joanne, first of all- thank you for this recipe! My husband’s favorite candies are peanut butter cups! I made these the other night and he loved them. His only complaint was the that the chocolate was too hard, and the peanut butter middle was too soft. I used tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips, so maybe that was the problem? I left them out on the counter and the chocolate got kind of discolored and weird looking, so I put them in the fridge. They are just too hard to bite into when cold, but when room temperature, the middle just squishes out.

    I really love the flavor of these and I love making things homemade whenever possible. Do you have any suggestions for the next time I make these? Thanks again! I love your site! :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 3rd, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Paula, semisweet chocolate will definitely be harder than milk. I would suggest using milk chocolate next time if you guys like that kind of chocolate (it will definitely be sweeter). I don’t use tollhouse but I’ve looked at their labels…I think I recall some fillers in there. It sounds like with your chocolate, the cacao butter separated from the cacao solids. I would suggest trying to get Ghirardelli or Callebaut, which aren’t too expensive but are still good quality.

      • Paula replied on October 3rd, 2012 at 8:56 pm

        Thanks so much! I will definitely try that :)

  43. Monica posted on October 4, 2012 at 10:06 am (#)

    Hi! I made these yesterday and it was a fun project! I love how these peanut butter cups look, the way we can see the layers of chocolate and PB. They are a little messy and the chocolate layers are naturally harder than the PB layer but I find that if you set them out just a teeny while before eating and serve them in a cupcake liner to contain the mess, it’s not too bad. Plus, they taste great so what’s a little mess anyway. Next time, I think I’d go with mini size so you can pop one whole piece in your mouth and have no problems with messy fingers. : )

    Thanks so much for this recipe! What a great blog!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 4th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Monica, I’m so glad you liked them! If you wanted a softer chocolate next time you could try milk chocolate instead. I also think the mini size is a brilliant idea…you’re right, it wouldn’t matter if the peanut butter squishes out of the sides at all. Happy cooking!

  44. Carlo/Carlo At Your Service Productions posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm (#)

    I haven’t been this excited about a blog/website in a long time… especially excited enough to sign up to receive the newsletter. But I just did! I can’t wait to share this with my friend, Bridgett. We both love to make food from scratch so that we know what’s in it too.

    This is a wonderful recipe and I can’t wait to make it.
    Yummers!

    I am SO looking forward to getting your newsletter. Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 7th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      What a nice comment, thank you!! I’m glad to have you as a new reader and please keep me posted on your cooking adventures =)

  45. Connie Fowler posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:50 am (#)

    Peanut butter & chocolate, what is not to love – my hubby just told me not to make them as he feels he has NO, ZERO, ZILTCH self control. Will be making them soon! :)

  46. Nancy posted on October 10, 2012 at 1:31 am (#)

    These are yummy! Just finished making them, too good for words! I’m an American living in Australia and peanut butter cups don’t exist, so to make my own is a real treat!

  47. Amy posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am (#)

    Oh, these are just what I was looking for! My 5-year old and I need a cooking project, these will be fun and yummy! :) Found your recipe on Pinterest and had to check it out “in person” I’ll be pinning this too!

  48. Jess posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:50 am (#)

    Hi Joanne,

    I found this post via Pinterest and it helped inspire me to make my own peanut butter cup “concoction”. I have to say – very delicious and easy to make! I wrote about it on my blog, and of course credited you and linked back to this post. Don’t worry – I wrote out my own instructions and used my own photos! ;-)

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  49. Jess posted on October 12, 2012 at 1:54 am (#)

    Sorry, I forgot to include the link back to my post for you to review if you so choose!

    http://ichooseawesome.blogspot.ca/2012/10/easy-home-made-peanut-butter-cups.html

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 12th, 2012 at 8:40 am

      Hi Jess, loved your post! I wrote up a comment for it but sadly I can’t post it since there’s no Name/URL option for your comment section. I’m now eyeing those pumpkin pie PB cups!!!

  50. jessica posted on October 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm (#)

    I am living abroad and finding peanut butter cups is nearly impossible, and when you do find them, they’re insanely expensive! This was a GREAT find. I added a little maple syrup to the peanut butter mixture and it really made it taste more “reeces” like!! I strongly recommend it.

  51. Lisa posted on October 20, 2012 at 10:11 am (#)

    Can’t wait to try these I have skippy peanut butter hopefully it will work thanks for sharing ur recipe

  52. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted on October 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm (#)

    For every American (like me) who lives outside the US, this recipe is just perfect because you can’t get these candy bars in Australia. These folks don’t eat chocolate and peanut butter together – I know, I can’t believe it either. :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 22nd, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I can’t imagine a life without eating lots of chocolate and peanut butter together ;)

    • Anonymous replied on November 6th, 2012 at 2:01 am

      Oh you obviously don’t live in Melbourne!

    • Maryam replied on December 9th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Yep, we’re expats and this recipe hit the spot! We made them tonight and they turned out great! I had the same experience of the chocolate being a bit hard and the peanut butter softer but that was ok with us. I’m a recipe tweaker so I made a small second batch and instead of putting the chocolate in the freezer I immediately put the peanut butter on it so that the chocolate would “rise” around the sides of the peanut butter just like the store bought ones. Then I put the melted chocolate on top to conceal the peanut butter. Worked out nicely! Thanks for the recipe!

      • Joanne Ozug replied on December 9th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

        Cool, thanks for sharing your method!

  53. Jennifer posted on November 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm (#)

    This is just wonderful. We’re trying to eat non-processed and this recipe satisfies a certain name-brand chocolate and peanut butter cup craving. Of course, mine didn’t turn out looking so pretty, they sure tasted awesome. I might cut down even more on the sugar next time (used less than 1/4 cup) since my dear husband found them a bit too sweet and we’re not crazy about a lot of sugar anyway.
    Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 13th, 2012 at 4:06 am

      Hi Jennifer, YAY! Good for you to cut back on the sugar. I’ve done that in general with my diet and it’s amazing how sweet some of the snacks I used to eat taste now that I’ve cut back!

  54. Adie posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:25 am (#)

    Do you think these could be made with milk chocolate? I’m not a huge semi-sweet fan.

    • Shawna replied on December 17th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      I just got done making mine with milk chocolate. I haven’t tried one yet but they seem to have come out ok.

      I also added more powdered sugar. Guess I like my pb sweet lol

  55. Adie posted on November 14, 2012 at 8:26 am (#)

    Oops – one more question. Do you think they would work in mini-muffin pans? I think they would look so cute as a holiday gift in a clear jar.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 14th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      These would work great in mini muffin pans, just make sure you get good quality (sturdy) mini liners. And milk chocolate is fine too. You might want to cut back on the sugar in the peanut butter since the milk chocolate is sweeter, but you can just sweeten it to taste.

  56. Crystal Sellers posted on November 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm (#)

    I tried these and the chocolate came out really hard, even at room temp. Anything I can do to soften it up?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 22nd, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Crystal, if you want a softer texture, milk chocolate would do better. The semisweet is not going to be very soft just melted on its own. However, what you could do next time is make a chocolate ganache (add heavy cream to the chocolate) which would give it a softer, creamier texture but still have the darkness of the semi-sweet (I do semisweet or bittersweet because milk chocolate is a bit too sweet for me). Hope that helps.

      • Ellie W. replied on December 28th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Another thing you can do is add a small amount of peanut butter to your chocolate. It makes it slightly softer & tastes amazing! :)

    • Webwopper replied on November 30th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Crystal,
      If you use 1/4 to 1/2 (of total chocolate used) unsalted melted butter or ghee, the chocolate will be softer, even if frozen.

  57. jennifer posted on November 29, 2012 at 12:58 am (#)

    can i use crunzy peanut butter? and do the liners need to be wax based?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 29th, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Yes crunchy is fine, the middle layer won’t’ be as smooth but you can add some vanilla extract to smooth it out if it’s too thick. I use paper liners for mine and they work fine.

  58. Webwopper posted on November 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#)

    These look great Joanne :) I don’t bother adding extra sugar, etc to the peanut butter before making these and they still turn out ambrosia.

  59. Lori posted on December 2, 2012 at 11:20 am (#)

    I would like to make those as gifts, but my intention is to make them today and give them at the end of the month.
    Where do you recommand i keep them? In the refrigerator? In the freezer? Room temperature?

    Thank you

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 2nd, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Lori, you shouldn’t keep them at room temp because of the butter, it won’t last that long. I suggest freezing them in your case. Put them in an airtight container and do not remove the peanut butter cups from the container until it has reached room temperature (this will prevent condensation from forming on the peanut butter cups). I have some peanut butter cups in my freezer at this very moment actually =)

      • Lori replied on December 2nd, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        Thank you Joanne!

        I made a batch today and they look and taste amazing!

  60. Julie posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm (#)

    My husband wants to marry me all over again after having made these. Delicious and easy! thank you!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 6th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      haha that’s awesome Julie!

  61. DD posted on December 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm (#)

    I tried them with Honey Soy Nut Butter because my son is allergic to peanuts. Has anyone else tried them with an alternate nut butter? The “butter” part was too creamy (not firm at all), and the chocolate was too hard. Next time I am going to try omitting the softened butter and sugar altogether. I am also going to try them with almond butter.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 7th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Hi DD, since the chocolate is semisweet, it’s going to be harder than milk chocolate. You can counteract this by making a chocolate ganache instead (adding cream) or adding butter to the chocolate (some sort of fat, to soften it). I think almond butter would be nice with these =)

  62. Shawna posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm (#)

    So I just literally finished making mine! They are ok. My peanut butter was really all that smooth. And my layer of chocolate is really thick on top and thin on the bottom. When I bite into it frozen it kind of comes apart. Like the chocolate slides away from the peanut butter. Not really sure if I did something wrong or just simply wasn’t paying full attention since I started at 9 tonight. I also used Jif peanut butter and milk chocolate. I also didn’t use room temperature butter either. I know I am inpatient and don’t read all the instructions before I start. None the less they taste delicious!!! Hopefully the boys in my sons Cub Scout Den like them!!! I will bring extra napkins because they are gonna be super messy!!! Thanks for such a great recipe!!!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 18th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Shawna, I’m glad you thought they were delicious! Yes, it’s important not to make the layers too thick or it will be hard to bite through. Happy holidays!

  63. MK posted on December 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm (#)

    These were awesome! I filled everyone’s stocking with them for the holidays! Thanks! I did, however, make a few adjustments after the first few:

    -I used a mini-muffin tin and liners, because the standard size were just too huge! :)
    -I also didn’t bang the pan to flatten out the peanut butter layer, because I found that when you do that and the peanut butter is visible from the outside of the peanut butter cup, the peanut butter all oozes out when you take a bite because the chocolate layers are much stronger than the middle layer.

    So much fun, these were a hit! Love your blog and thanks for sharing!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:52 am

      That’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing all your personal tips with us.

  64. Alexandra @ Creative Simple Life posted on January 2, 2013 at 1:03 am (#)

    I love how pretty these came out! I recently tried my hand at homemade peanut butter cups using ice cube trays (http://www.creativesimplelife.com/organic-ice-cube-tray-peanut-butter-cups/). They turned out really great, but I love the idea of using a prettier mold like you used. Enjoyed the video too! So glad I found your blog.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Thanks Alexandra! Your ice cube tray peanut butter cups were so smart!

  65. Nikki posted on January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm (#)

    I just made these (the last layer just went into the freezer). I used a mini muffin pan cause I thought a regular muffin size was very big..I used ghiradelli semi sweet chips and peter pan PB..i am not sure where I went wrong but my PB mixture wasn’t very smooth or easy to spread. i think i may try more butter next time unless you have a suggestion. However, I tried one before they went into the freezer this last go and think they are very yummy and my sweets-loving family will probably gobble these up by the end of the weekend! thank you for such an awesome recipe!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on January 5th, 2013 at 2:26 am

      Hi Nikki, that’s smart to make it the mini-size. I have never used Peter Pan so I’m not sure, but adding softened butter would definitely give it a smoother consistency. Cheers!

    • Heidi replied on July 27th, 2013 at 12:23 am

      My PB was peter pan as well, and it was not as smooth to. But if u have a family that loves sweets (like mine) even if it is not smooth they will eat it, and love it.(My family did not notice that it was not smooth) And I spread it with my finger.(Just make sure you wash your hands before)

  66. Julia posted on February 1, 2013 at 9:39 am (#)

    These look SO good! I love PB Cups and making them myself sounds even better. I love being able to control exactly what goes into them. I can not wait to try them. Pinned for later! Happy friday!

  67. Lilie Reddaway posted on February 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm (#)

    Omg! Thnx so much! But do you think i could replace the chocolate with nutella???

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 21st, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      The nutella would be too soft on its own, but you could probably swirl some nutella into some melted chocolate.

  68. Margot posted on March 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm (#)

    just made these! kids have a blast banging the pan on the table! I made them do it outside so I wouldn’t get a headache! hahah. I love the simplicity of it all, and they were all gone the next day so that has to say something!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 24th, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Hi Margot, that’s wonderful! I’m glad it was a good time for you and your kids =)

  69. ELIZABETH VALADEZ posted on March 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm (#)

    I wanted to know if the butter I use will be okay?? Or does it have to be unsalted?I didn’t see a specification in the recipe :) THANK YOU !!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 24th, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Unsalted or salted butter are both okay here.

      • ELIZABETH VALADEZ replied on March 24th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        okay thank you soo much cant wait to make these for easter :)

  70. Brenda Daykin posted on June 30, 2013 at 11:15 am (#)

    Hi There,

    Do have the breakdown of nutritional values for each of your recipes? I try to cook from scratch as well but I do have to count carbohydrates as my son has Juvenile Diabetes. I love your recipes that you share and I agree that cooking from scratch does not have to be hard. If have ideas of some of the values can you pass them along to me…?

    Thanks so much!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on June 30th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Brenda, I imagine that must be a challenge to count carbs for your son. I commend you for doing that! As far as nutritional information, I can’t put them on the site since it’s a big legal liability, but there is this fantastic website where you can copy and paste the recipe and it calculates everything for you. It’s great and I use it all the time! Here it is: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

      • Brenda replied on July 1st, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        Thanks so much for the information and getting back to me…Take Care!

  71. barbara posted on July 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#)

    Hi,
    I just made these, ate 2 and they are delicious. I will never buy another Reese pb cup again! My pb was very smooth and taking the time to bang the tin on my counter was helpful. These will be added to my Christmas cookie list, as I do a lot of chocolate dipping cookies. I may use a mini tin next time.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 8th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Barbara, that’s wonderful! I’m glad you will add these to your cookie list for Christmas. I think using the mini tin is a great idea, it’d be easier to pop them in your mouth in one bite!

    • Heidi replied on July 27th, 2013 at 12:09 am

      I used the mini tin, and I think its more the serving size. My dad looked at a mini one and wasnt quite sure if hes goin to eat the whole thing.

  72. Roxannefw posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#)

    I had a recipe years ago and the only thing it didn’t call for was the butter. It was just p-nut butter and the confectioners sugar, maybe that would keep the p-nut butter firmer when you bite?

  73. Heidi posted on July 27, 2013 at 12:04 am (#)

    I made them in the small cupcake tins, and me and my family LOVED IT. I think the small ones are more serving size. Thank you SOOOOOOOOOO very much for posting this!!!! One of my family members said it was 3 times better then the store bought ones. (And I agree) :) :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 29th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Hi Heidi, it’s wonderful to hear that! Glad everyone enjoyed them!

  74. Tori posted on August 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm (#)

    Hi Joanne,

    I was wondering if I could use darker chocolate, like 60% for this recipe?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 9th, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Hi Tori, you definitely can, however I would recommend turning the chocolate layers into a chocolate ganache, otherwise the chocolate will likely be too hard to bite. Enjoy!

  75. Alyssa posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:39 am (#)

    Hi, I would like to try making these. I’m in Australia, what do you mean by semisweet Chocolate? And do you use Dark or Milk Chocolate. Many thanks for the recipe!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 29th, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Hi Alyssa, it must have a different name there because semisweet chocolate is probably the most common variety here. But you can use any sort of chocolate you’d like! Milk will be sweeter, so just go according to your tastes. Enjoy!

  76. Angie posted on September 1, 2013 at 1:05 am (#)

    Just made these for my family and we LOVED them! Thank you for the great recipe and easy directions.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 2nd, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Angie, I’m so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed these! Hope you enjoy them time and time again. Happy cooking!

  77. Max posted on September 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#)

    Hi Jo! I’m not sure if you remember me I am Crimefighter5690 or Kuchisake Onna on YouTube.

    Yes I thought They would taste fine, but not look as good. I was wrong! They looked just as good as they tasted but there was one problem the first time I tried it.

    Semi-sweet gives you a chocolate rush alright! It is almost dark chocolate.
    That’s a big no-no in my home. Hahah everyone was complaining how bold the flavor was so I took them from the fridge and ate them all. (12) at 9:00 at night.

    So next time I went to the store I picked up milk chocolate and they were gone as soon as I finished them.

    Thanks Joan.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 21st, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Max, it’s great to see you here on the blog! Haha yes, some people don’t like semisweet chocolate because it’s not traditional, and it’s on the darker side. Glad everyone liked the milk chocolate version! Happy cooking =)

  78. vanessa posted on September 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm (#)

    what if I don’t have any butter? will it still come out the same? or could I substitute the butter with something else??

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 28th, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Hi Vanessa, you can leave it out. Enjoy!

  79. Vikki posted on October 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm (#)

    Was searching the web yesterday for a recipe for peanut butter cups and found yours. Glad I did, made them today and they turned out awesome. Well I haven’t tried them yet, but my family told me they were awesome. Also tried the tortellini soup today and the family loved that too. So glad I found your blog. I’m going to try one of your pasta dished for tomorrows dinner. There are so many recipes that I want to try.

  80. Elizabeth Clarke posted on October 19, 2013 at 12:01 am (#)

    I am just a little bit passionate about peanut butter…. these look incredible!

  81. David posted on October 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm (#)

    I made these and then googled for tips on how to get them neater. So now I have to try banging the pan! But I just used melted chocolate chips and smart balance peanut butter. No added sugar or butter. And they came out delicious. Does adding butter and sugar make it easier to spread evenly? Even if so, not surer it is worth the extra calories.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 26th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Hi David, the butter and sugar are not necessary, they just make it a richer experience. If you’re already happy with what you’ve created, definitely no need to change it. Have fun!

  82. Mom of 3 posted on November 3, 2013 at 9:33 am (#)

    Hi there! This recipe looks so easy. I was looking for a home-made recipe for peanut butter cups so the next time I make some home-made chocolate ice cream, I could chop them up and put the little pieces into it for a yummy treat. I can hardly wait to try this! Thank you!

  83. Sanjana posted on November 7, 2013 at 10:39 am (#)

    If I keep this at room temp, will they melt and make a mess? I might use dark chocolate because the person I am going to gift these to loves the stuff. If I hide the dollop of PB inside the chocolate layer is there any chance of seepage?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 7th, 2013 at 11:43 am

      The chocolate shouldn’t melt at room temperature, provided you don’t live somewhere crazy hot. Dark chocolate is fine, but if you want to have a softer texture, maybe add cream and make a chocolate ganache. I don’t think it will seep out if you make the chocolate layer thick enough on the side. Enjoy!

  84. theveggieglutton posted on November 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm (#)

    Hi there!! These sound great! I would love to make these and add them to the holiday gift baskets that I give my family every year. But I was wondering if you know how long they will keep unrefrigerated? I was thinking of coating the sides with chocolate as well so that the peanut butter is completely covered (even though your way is much more appealing to look at).

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 7th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      You can use a peanut butter that’s shelf stable and already has sweetness and oil added to it to give it a smooth texture. Then you can skip adding the butter so it’s shelf stable for weeks.

  85. Jason Templeton posted on November 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm (#)

    My youngest son has a dairy allergy so would dairy-free butter be okay to substitute? I know you mentioned that it isn’t needed, but I’d prefer to use it as directed.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on November 8th, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Hi Jason, I’ve never worked with dairy free butter but I’m sure it would work just fine. Oil would work too, or you can buy a peanut butter that already adds oil to improve texture. Enjoy!

  86. Michael Belaong posted on November 24, 2013 at 6:01 am (#)

    I want a pb..but if you put on the top. Of the cups..?its ok ?

  87. Anon E Mouse posted on November 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm (#)

    FYI, this was the second result on a google search for reese peanut butter cup. I’ve never been here before either.

  88. Sherena posted on December 1, 2013 at 3:58 am (#)

    Hi. When I try to make these, I put peanut butter in and then freeze it but the peanut butter doesn’t harden up. The peanut butter has quite a runny texture normally, any suggestions as to how I can fix it?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 1st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Sherena, are you making your own peanut butter or purchasing it? Generally it shouldn’t be runny, but it really depends on the brand. You could omit the butter to retain a firmer texture.

  89. Lucia posted on December 16, 2013 at 11:52 am (#)

    Hi, can’t wait to try these. I am making them ahead for Christmas Eve. Can I keep them in the freezer until then? She should I take them out for serving? Thank you so much!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 16th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Lucia, I recommend storing them in the fridge. And yes, take them out and let them come to room temp before serving, otherwise they will be too hard. Or, you could layer the peanut butter with chocolate ganache instead, and they will have a softer texture and you can serve them cold out of the fridge.

      • Alyssa replied on December 16th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        I freezed mine and took them out just before serving and they are totally fine. I live in Australia so we have 35 degree days through Christmas so the colder the better!

  90. Shelley posted on December 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm (#)

    I made thesse but instead of mixing peanut butter and powdered sugar, I just put in a miniature reeses peanut butter cup and it’s a lot easier and quicker.

  91. Marita posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm (#)

    Looking forward to this, especially since commercial Reese’s has the PGPR and what-not in it…

  92. Mina posted on February 6, 2014 at 10:04 am (#)

    Whats the peanut butter you’re using?it looks so rich and cool.or its one u made by hand ?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 7th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Mina, I’m using Smucker’s natural peanut butter in this post. I now make my own with my Blendtec though =) Tastes so much better when it’s fresh!

  93. SueBee posted on February 17, 2014 at 10:34 am (#)

    I love your site!! Your videos are well-made and very easy to understand. Recipes are easy to understand and easy to print. Already have printed out a couple of recipes to try.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on February 18th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy the recipes and thanks for saying hello. Happy cooking!

  94. Joanna posted on March 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm (#)

    I need to make these now, I love peanut butter cups! I’d love to try it with other butters as well.

  95. Sam posted on March 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm (#)

    How long will these keep? I don’t want to freeze them and discolour the chocolate. Tx.
    Sam

  96. Carla posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm (#)

    I made these two nights ago. The instructions you gave were spot on & easy to follow. I think I may use milk chocolate next time in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chips I used this time. It was just a little to bitter for me & my family. But, you’re right . . . I too tend to eat much less than the store-bought peanut butter cups. Thank you for sharing!

  97. Mademoiselle Gourmande posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am (#)

    I love this recipe… It is so easy, should be nice to sprinkle a few chopped peanuts on top. I really like you site, great pictures and recipes.

  98. hillcountrynell posted on June 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm (#)

    My son is absolutely addicted to peanut butter cups but the name brand ones have a chemical in them that he is sensitive to and he gets very sick every time he eats them. So I told him I would find a recipe we could make together so he can still have his favorite treat. Haven’t made them yet, but they look perfect and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  99. Joelle posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm (#)

    Now that Reese’s has the awesome cups with Butterfinger, you gotta try adding that next!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 20th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Oh WOW, haven’t seen those yet!!! Must find them!

  100. Audrey Seaner posted on August 17, 2014 at 12:15 am (#)

    I found that when I bit into the pb cup the cups weren’t sticking to the pb and the pb fell out the sides. any suggestions?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 20th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Audrey, there are two things you could do. You can tilt the chocolate layer on the bottom all around to come up the sides of the cupcake liners to enclose the peanut butter. Additionally, you could make the chocolate softer by doing a chocolate ganache instead (adding cream will soften the texture).

  101. Dinel Per posted on September 26, 2014 at 9:44 am (#)

    Hi, love your recipe it’s spot on! One question though, the milk chocolate I’m using turns into a small rock texture and it hardened while heating. What went wrong?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 29th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Dinel, it sounds like your chocolate seized. Was your bowl wet at all, or did you accidentally get water in it? That is usually the culprit.

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