Homemade for the Holidays:Peanut Butter Cups

Welcome to the Homemade for the Holidays series! During the next couple weeks, I will share some fun ideas to create Homemade gifts for the Holidays.

I’ve made goodies for friends and family for years, giving them in a special package can sometimes be overwhelming. So, I’ve searched around for ideas and will be sharing them with you.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I’ve shared my recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups before, but since they are so delicious, and well, I have LOTS of new readers now, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them again.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
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Much better than the original. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
  • 4½ teaspoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup Confectioners’ (powdered) Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips (I used Milk Chocolate)
  • 4 Milk Chocolate Candy Bars (1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped (I used Hershey’s)
  • Colored sprinkles, optional
  1. Fill mini muffin tins with mini paper liners
  2. In a small bowl, combine ½ cup peanut butter, butter and confectioners sugar and salt until smooth, set aside
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining peanut butter, stir until smooth. (this usually takes about 2 minutes)
  4. Drop a teaspoonful of chocolate mixture into paper liners.
  5. Top each with a scant teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture (I rolled mine into small balls)
  6. Top each with chocolate mixture to cover.
  7. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate until set.
  8. Store in refrigerator, serve cold or room temp

Gift Giving Ideas:

Fill a cellophane bag with Peanut Butter Cups, tie with a ribbon, attach a tag and surprise someone.

You could also fill a Christmas mug with the Peanut Butter Cups, then after the candy is all gone, they have the mug to use.

These are quick, easy and I might add frugal, gifts for teachers, neighbors or even co-workers. A single batch makes about 30-40 cups, depending on how large you make them.

My oldest son LOVES Peanut Butter Cups and thinks these are much better than store bought.

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  1. Beth S. says:

    for those with a peanut allergy, you can use other nut butters for things like this. Almond butter is yummy and also using white chocolate is another yummy option!

  2. amandab says:

    I love these, and am lucky that I now live somewhere that I can now get them whenever I want, but they really aren’t that popular in Oz and are hard to come by. Have bookmarked your page so I can make my own :)

  3. Melissa says:

    Those look delicious, and what a great idea for a gift! Thank you!
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  4. i hadn’t seen this recipe of yours before so i’m happy you posted it again! I could live off of peanut butter and chocolate
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  5. Melinda says:

    We just might need to make these with my mom when she comes this weekend – if I can wait that long!
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  6. Amanda says:

    Love your website! These peanut butter cups look like a great gift idea!
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  7. Sharee says:

    You are an angel! I can’t wait to make these. I’m so glad you decided to post them again.

  8. Peanut butter cups, my favorite!!!

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  9. Christina says:

    How far in advance could I make these? What about making them now, freezing, and then giving away for a Christmas gift?

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Christina,
      I have never tried to freeze them, they get eaten too fast around here. But I don’t see why you couldn’t, the only thing is the chocolate might get a little sticky when you defrost. Maybe try a few first, before you freeze a whole batch and lose them. You can certainly make them a couple wks in advance and store them in airtight containers in the fridge.
      Hope that helps! Merry Christmas!

  10. Nadine says:

    My husband makes something very similar to this. For those who don’t like nuts or peanut butter (our son) he made some some filled w/mini marshmallows. He also did some with pecans in place of the peanut butter. They were a HUGE HIT at Thanksgiving.

  11. Kim F says:

    What a great recipe. My husband is away in a new city starting a new job and took my oldest (5 y.o.) and when they came home this past weekend, I surprised them with these….and they LOVED them! They are peanut butter cup junkies and were so appreciative. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. ann b says:

    How far in advance can we make these ? I’d like to get started with candy and cookies just don’t want to start to early


  13. Made these, they were delish and I will be linking to your site tomorrow!
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  14. Patrice says:

    I made these for gifts for my kids teachers and our neighbors. I had to put a few less than planned in each package since my husband kept asking if he could have more! I am linking to your site.

  15. Cindy says:

    Is this the recipe that was in the Feb.-Mar. 2008 Taste of Home Magazine? That is the recipe that I use and they seem to be the same one. They are certainly yummy!!

  16. Tiffany says:

    You always have the best ideas!

  17. The great thing about being the new girl is that everything is new to me! Love this! Lucky kiddo!
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  18. Oh my gosh! I L-O-V-E peanut butter cups and this look so easy that even I could do it! I’m printing this off right now. I’d really love for you to swing by Etcetorize to share this. The party is open now: http://etcetorize.blogspot.com/2011/12/make-it-great-monday_18.html ~
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  19. NYOA says:

    I love love love making these! Yum! Great site you have here too!
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  20. Tara says:

    These look fabulous! But I’m curious – why do you need candy bars in addition to the chocolate chips? Couldn’t you just use more chocolate chips of your choice? My daughter is dairy free and it’s expensive to buy dairy-free candy bars, but I usually have dairy free chips around.

  21. These are great! We usually make peanut butter balls, and this is just a little bit fancier. CONGRATS on having this recipe featured at Gooseberry Patch. NICE!
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