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Multiple peanut butter cups cut in half, lined up, cut side up.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

A homemade version of Reese's peanut butter cups. This easy recipe comes together quickly and is great for gifting or stashing in your freezer!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 45 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Refridgeration time 1 hour
Total 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 36 cups
Calories 183 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 24 ounces milk chocolate finely chopped (or substitute milk chocolate chips)
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
US Customary - Metric

Directions

  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 for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 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.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one cup

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.