Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

There is absolutely no question about where my heart lies when it comes to candy. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Pieces are it for me. (I know, huge shocker.) Reese’s cups were my favorite Halloween candy as a kid and they were what my Chief Culinary Consultant bought me to celebrate liberation from a quarter-life-peanut-allergy-crisis a couple of years ago. So it’s only natural that I immediately cozy up to recipes like buckeyes and peanut butter cup bars.

One of the most wonderful things about blogging is receiving emails from my readers. I get emails from high schoolers, college students, busy moms, grandparents, and even widowers. Each and every one of them gives me the warm fuzzies. And I especially love when a reader wants to share with me one of their own recipes. Lissa B certainly knows me well, as she sent me the recipe for this filling, which she said she perfected to taste just like the inside of of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. She served it in bar form like the peanut butter cup bars, and I adapted it to make actual homemade peanut butter cups. She nailed this mixture – these taste every bit like the real thing! Thank you, Lissa!

These are really super simple to make, and don’t require special equipment.

First up, line your mini-muffin tin with paper liners…

Then roll the peanut butter mixture into balls, then flatten then slightly…

Add some melted chocolate to the bottom of the paper cups, then refrigerate everything…

Next up, drop a peanut butter filling on each chocolate base…

Finally, cover everything up with more melted chocolate. Refrigerate again, then voila! Your very own peanut butter cups!

So, so delicious.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: About 3 dozen peanut butter cups

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


1 cups creamy peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
1¼ cups powdered sugar
4 cups milk chocolate chips (two 11.5-oz bags)
¼ cup vegetable shortening


1. Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Line a baking with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool.

3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, until completely melted, stirring after each burst.

4. Using a small cookie scoop or a couple of teaspoons, spoon melted chocolate into the bottom of each lined muffin cup.

5. Use a heaping teaspoon to scoop out the peanut butter mixture. Roll it into a ball, and then flatten it slightly into a disk. Place on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once finished with all of the peanut butter mixture, refrigerate both the muffin tins and the peanut butter patties for about 30 minutes.

6. Place a peanut butter patty on top of each chocolate-lined muffin tin. Then use a scoop or spoon to add more melted chocolate on top and around each peanut butter patty. (If the melted chocolate firmed up, just pop it back into the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds or so to re-melt.)

7. Refrigerate again for 30 minutes, then they're ready to serve! Store in the refrigerator or freezer. You can keep at room temperature in an airtight container if you're going to serve them the same day, but they'll start to get soft if not at cool room temperature.


192 Responses to “Homemade Peanut Butter Cups”

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  1. Jen of My Tiny Oven on August 2, 2011 at 12:34 am

    My absolute favorite!


    • Barbra on March 30th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      I made these tonight and had the powdered sugar sitting to the side for the peanut butter mixtue and COMPLETELY FORGOT TO INCLUDE IT IN THE PEANUT BUTTER! But guess what, you don’t need it !!!! Yes the peanut butter mix was soupy, but all you need to do is put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes and it hardens up enough to pat into balls then pat down. Also, I had added about 1/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs to the mix. So instead of adding all that sugar to add calories you don’t need it,, they came out very good, the grandboy says they are better than Reeses’, how about that???. Great recipe, a keeper for me!!!! Thanks


  2. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on August 2, 2011 at 12:40 am

    Oo I just got mini muffin pans (I meant to get regular sized ones, but ended up with mini…long story), and have been wondering what I should make with them. Thanks for answering my question!


  3. Katrina on August 2, 2011 at 1:09 am

    These are my favorite! Yum!


  4. Blog is the New Black on August 2, 2011 at 5:29 am

    MY fav candy, also. I’ve made homemade ones and they did NOT last long!


  5. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 2, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Reeses have nothing on these babies :)


  6. Rescie on August 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I’m thinking I’m going to have to unsubscribe soon. I keep trying your recipes and if I continue this way, especially with this recipe, I’m going to gain a ton and be unable to leave the house. Only half kidding, am gleeful when I see your emails listed in my inbox. Love Reese’s candies and am going to try this one tonight. It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t run my business from home.


  7. Lisa Maria on August 2, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Yummy.. definitely a keeper! Ever thought of mixing these in with vanilla ice cream? My children adore peanut butter cup ice cream, which is not always available where I live. Hmm, think I’ll make a trip to the supermarket for some stuff!

    Thanks so much for sharing


  8. Penny Wolf on August 2, 2011 at 7:10 am

    You make it look so easy!

    I wish you had a CLARK bar recipe too. The closest I could get was chocolate covered RITZ and peanutbutter crackers. We have a devil of a time finding them anymore.
    Cracker Barrel is the only place where I could find them around here.


    • Elaine on August 2nd, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      I’ve seen Clark Bars at Big Lots.
      Clarks RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. The Sky was never the Limit on August 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Peanut butter cups are so hard to find in Australia, so glad I found this recipe!



  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) on August 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

    oh man. this is danger at it’s finest. they look sooooo good!


  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on August 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

    These look fantastic!


  12. Jeannette Dailey on August 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

    This is one of my hubby’s favorites. I am going to have to try this. Who does not love chocolate and peanut butter. Thanks for sharing this wonderful treat.


  13. Cindy on August 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Thanks so much for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Looks so easy!


  14. Jamie (@ One Piece of Cake @ a Time) on August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for sharing! I will save these for my Christmas candy list. Yum!


  15. Rodzilla on August 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

    The brown sugar is interesting, it’s not in regular PB cups but molasses is in the reese’s jarred PB.

    Did you use herhsey’s choco chips? I thought it might be fun to try other brands like Scharffen Berger and the like.


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2011 at 9:52 am

      I actually used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips, they are delish!


  16. Sweet Freak on August 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Dee-lish. And I would even pop a couple of these lovelies in my maw for breakfast!


  17. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on August 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Oh My these look fantastic, and not all that hard to make.

    Thanks Lissa!!!


  18. Brooks at Cakewalker on August 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Hi Michelle, I’d say you hit the Peanut Butter Cup goldmine with these! How sweet a reader graciously shared what looks to be THE peanut butter filling. I’m in line with other comments here – peanut butter cups evoke wonderful memeories tracing back to when I was just a little guy.


  19. Steph@stephsbitebybite on August 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm



  20. Ashley on August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Yum! After seeing the picture I began to really crave peanut butter and chocolate so I made some peanut butter chocolate chip quesadillas to hold me over until I can make these! Nevermind that it was 9:00am and I might have had 2 giant quesadillas…peanut butter cups this weekend!


  21. Patty on August 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I want these! I’m definitely pinning this….


  22. Dani Katarina on August 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    My weakness!!! i LOOOOOOVE peanut butter cups :)


  23. Christy on August 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I’m in love! as will my husband and daughters be when i make these asap. Thank you! Thank you! from us all. :)


  24. Malissa on August 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you! I know what I’ll be making soon!


  25. Lacy on August 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, everything you post looks so fantastic! I LOVE peanut butter cups! I will definitely have to try this one out!


  26. sarah on August 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    i drool every pic u put up, every recipe!
    i can’t wait to try more things after i have my baby. only 5 weeks left :)


  27. Leah on August 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    These look heaven!! Can I replace the chocolate chips with a chocolate bar? If so, what type?


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Leah, Sure thing! I would recommend the Ghiradelli milk chocolate bar (they are sold in the baking aisle, 4 ounces each). I actually used a combination of the chips and a leftover bar since that’s what I had in my pantry. Chips are cheaper though :)


  28. Lissa B on August 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I am on such a high seeing my recipe on your blog. Thank you so much for posting it!


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      You are very welcome! It’s totally amazing, thank you for sharing it! I am going back to edit the post and include a link to your blog (didn’t have it before).


    • Nancy on December 20th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I made these and the did not turn out the way they are pictured. I have read this recipe over and over and I followed the recipe to a tee. Too much chocolate in the bottom, peanut butter balls too big. too much powdered sugar. The whole thing is a mess. I happen to be a good cook and like to experiment, but these need to be tossed and 4 cups of chocolate chips are expensive. This recipe needs some work.


  29. Nicole on August 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Will this recipe work with natural peanut butter?


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      It will work with the no-stir kind. I actually used Jif natural for this. However, if it’s the kind you store in the refrigerator that needs to be stirred, it will likely be too oily for this.


      • Trisha on June 5th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        This is just an idea, I’m not sure if it would work or not. But maybe if you wanted to use the natural peanut butter that you had to stir, you could remove one of the oily type ingredients from the recipe. The oil in the peanut butter would replace it and the recipe would still work, wouldn’t it? I haven’t made too many things like this, but it usually works in recipes for meals. I’m just now learning about dessert type dishes. I’ don’t know. Just a thought.


  30. Ally on August 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I always make my Reese peanut butter recipe in square form but I’m lovoing the idea in individual wrappers! xo


  31. mis-cakes on August 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    These look fantastic! I love the peanut butter and chocolate combo and to top it off it’s no bake. i feel these already adding to the junk in my trunk 😉


  32. James on August 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    This looks both simple and so amazing. I see you suggest melting choc chips, but do you think you could use any chocolate? Melting a good belgian milk chocolate for example?


    • James on August 2nd, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Rats. I see too you’ve already answered that. Thanks for such a brilliant food site. I love how you embrace the fact that there’s not only one way of doing something, and how you research and celebrate the diversity. So inspiring.


      • Michelle on August 2nd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

        Thank you so much for the very kind words! Much appreciated :) I’m so happy that you enjoy the site!


  33. Joanne on August 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Is it just me, or did anyone else notice the 3-d effect as you scroll quickly by the empty muffin tin picture? Try it – back and forth…..you’d swear you had embedded some cool effect! Even my high-school aged boys were impressed when i showed them – well done! However, we all like the pic of the finished product better :) and now that they know i have a Reese’s PB cup copycat recipe, they’ll not let me rest until they taste it, too! Thanks for sharing. Love all your recipes. Gonna try the Primanti Bros. sandwich tonight. Can’t wait.


  34. Evan Thomas on August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I’m with you; peanut butter cups are the best candies around. Swedish fish take a close second, but nothing can beat Reeses. Except maybe these.


  35. sherri lynn @ life of a wife on August 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    These look like the real deal! I’m so excited to try to make them!


  36. Melinda on August 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh man! My 2.5 year old appears to have outgrown his peanut allergy (he was anaphylactic just 17 months ago), and once we go through the testing with his doctor to know 100% for sure, I’ll be making these. I have a feeling I’ll be ODing on peanut butter goodies!


  37. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride on August 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wow! And the recipe makes three dozen! Probably way cheaper to make these than shelling out $4 for a little bag at the store. Yum!


  38. Memoria on August 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    No special equipment? Hmmm, well, I don’t think everyone has a mini-muffin tin and mini-paper liners. . . or is that just me? haha I guess I will have to get some special equipment to make these cups when I have more time. They look fantastic. Your photos are always so amazing.


  39. bakingaddict on August 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. These are one of my favs and knowing I can make them at home could be quite dangerous! They look just like the Reece’s ones!


  40. Ashley on August 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    This sounds soo good!! I can’t wait to try it!
    Does the shortening add something to the chocolate shell? Basically, can you just eliminate it, and just have more chocolate?


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Ashley, I always add shortening to melted chocolate for things like this, buckeyes, chocolate-dipped strawberries or pretzels, etc. It thins out the chocolate a bit, gives a smoother consistency and keeps it from being a bit “gloopy”. I’ve found it’s much easier to work with.


      • Emilie on December 17th, 2013 at 5:43 am

        Hi! I know this post is on the older side but this recipe looks delish and my sister and I are planning on making homemade Reese’s for Christmas. The only problem is that we live in Switzerland and shortening isn’t available. any ideas how we could replace it??


        • Michelle on December 17th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

          Hi Emilie, You could replace it with coconut oil.


  41. Shelly Knight on August 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Michelle, congrats on getting posted on Foodgawker! I can’t wait to try these…this weekend I think!


  42. Deb @ knitstamatic on August 2, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Oh there goes my diet! Simple and easy adn I can’t wait to give them a try!


  43. Tameka Downing on August 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Just like you my husband loves Reese’s Peanut butter Cups. I will definitely be trying these soon.


  44. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking on August 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Oh my! These look fabulous and so easy to make!


  45. sarah on August 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    My hubby loves these and especially the ones at the chocolate candy stores. I’m trying really hard not to make these right this moment, but i might be fighting a losing battle. Might just have to find something sweet to hold me over.


  46. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on August 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    whoa, these look fantastic! can’t wait to try them! i just had a pb+chocolate+banana quesadilla and that was good, but these look even better!


  47. Kim on August 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I am SOOO making these…there’s NOTHING I love more than peanut butter and chocolate…Reeses ALL the way!!! I’m SO excited to make these…Thank you!


  48. Ann on August 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    My absolute favorite combination… my sisters would love this one!


  49. Jennifer Eloff on August 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Thud! Awesome!


  50. The Chocolate Priestess on August 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    These look awesome, good enough to sell in a candy shop.

    How did you get over your peanut allergy? Just out grew it?


    • Michelle on August 7th, 2011 at 12:02 am

      I was diagnosed with multiple environmental and food allergies in my mid-20’s. I avoided all of the food completely for 5 years and underwent allergy shots for a full year. I re-tested five years after I was diagnosed, and there was no trace of any of the food allergies. I gradually started trying the foods and haven’t had a problem with them since!


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