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plate of homemade peanut butter cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  • Author: Meredith
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Snack / Dessert
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


Make homemade peanut butter cups in less than 15 minutes! Twice the size of store-bought, these are great to give as gifts or store in the freeze for when you crave that chocolate and peanut butter combination!


  • 12 oz. melting chocolate
  • 1/3 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 Cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • coarse salt (optional)
  • Mini cupcake liners


  1. Stir together 1/3 cup peanut butter, 2 Tablespoon softened butter and 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar in a bowl until smooth.  Stick the entire bowl of filling in the freezer to harden.
  2. Meanwhile, place mini paper cups in a mini muAccording to the package instructions, melt tin. Melt 12 oz of dark chocolate wafers or your favorite melting chocolate according to microwave instructions. With a spoon, drizzle about 1 tsp. of the melted chocolate into each paper cup.
  3. Next, take the chilled peanut filling out of the freezer, and with another spoon, spoon 1 teaspoon of filling onto the chocolate bottom and do a little shake with the pan to even it out.
  4. Using the remaining melted chocolate, drizzle it generously over the filling and do another shake with the pan again to make it smooth.
  5. Let the cups cool and harden before plating or freezing them.


Decoration. I like to take my spoon and create that little dimple that you see in store-bought cups and then sprinkle some kosher salt on top. I’ve decorated them with whole peanuts, drizzled chocolate of another color, and even chocolate-covered espresso beans in the past. Use your imagination or… keep ’em simple.

Powdered sugar ratio. This powdered sugar ratio to peanut butter is based on using natural peanut butter with no added sugar. If sugar is in your peanut butter ingredient list, then I would use a little less than 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar.

Make-Ahead. These can be made days ahead before you need them! Let them fully cool and then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.

Storing. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. You can also freeze them store them for up to 3 months frozen.

Freeze. Let the cups cool and harden before plating or freezing them.


  • Serving Size: 1 peanut butter cup
  • Calories: 163
  • Sugar: 15.8
  • Sodium: 23.1
  • Fat: 10.3
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Protein: 2.7
  • Cholesterol: 3.8

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