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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are quite possibly the easiest candy you can make, and in my opinion one of the tastiest. Add special sprinkles to the tops for a fun holiday treat, wrap them up and give as gifts, or add to the dessert table. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups on orange towel

This Homemade Peanut Butter Cups recipe has just a handful of ingredients, and I bet you have all of them in your pantry. 

While we love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, there is really nothing that compares to the richness of a Homemade Peanut Butter Cup.

Ingredients to make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups 


  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips – semi sweet or milk chocolate
  • Chocolate Candy Bars 
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Full printable recipe and instructions are below

Kitchen Essentials Needed

  • Large Bowl
  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Spoon or Cookie Dough Scoop
  • Mini Cupcake Pan
  • Mini Cupcake Liners

How to make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

How to make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Fill mini muffin tin with mini paper liners
  2. In a small bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, powdered 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. Begin by heating for 1 minute, stir then continue heating for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate chips are almost melted, stir until completely smooth
  4. Using a cookie dough scoop or large spoon, drop chocolate mixture into paper liners
  5. Top each with a scant teaspoon of peanut butter mixture
  6. Cover each with chocolate mixture 
  7. Decorate with sprinkles if desired
  8. Refrigerate until set

One of the best things about this Homemade Peanut Butter Cups recipe is how versatile it is. The ideas are endless for colors of cupcake liners and sprinkles. 

You can make them for Bridal or Baby Showers and use pink, blue and white – or match the theme of the shower. 

Birthdays, Potlucks or Backyard Parties are also great ideas. And let’s not forget gift giving, who wouldn’t love to receive a box of Homemade Peanut Butter Cups.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups cut in half

This recipe also makes a lot – 35-40 candies, so one batch will go a long way, especially as gifts. Add them to cellophane bags, tie with baker’s twine or a ribbon and you have a fun little gift for teachers, neighbors, co-workers and more. 

Looking for more quick candy recipes? Click on the photo for the recipe!

Change the flavors or colors on any of these candies to fit the holiday, season or occasion.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries    Homemade Gumdrops Recipe   Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe    Cream Cheese Mints

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups on orange towel

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: 35-40 candies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy to make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter, divided
  • 1+1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips or Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 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 1/2 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 teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture into paper liners.
  5. Top each with a scant teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture
  6. Top each with chocolate mixture to cover.
  7. Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
  8. Refrigerate until set


Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

You may have some peanut butter mixture left over depending on how much you add to each cup.

For the Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cups, fill a piping bag with chocolate mixture, fill a heart shaped silicone ice cube mold about 1/2 full with chocolate mixture.

Add a small amount of peanut butter mixture, fill to the top with chocolate, covering the peanut butter.

Place in fridge until set, turn over and pop out of mold.


  1. Oh yum! These look so good! Wish I had a few to munch on!

  2. Shannanb aka Mommy Bits says:

    You make it look so easy. Are they sticky? I know nothing about candy making but I remember my Mom melting wax with chocolate as a kid to make it smooth/harden. Do you need that here?
    .-= Shannanb aka Mommy Bits´s last blog ..Mouthwatering Monday – Eggplant Parmesean =-.

    1. @Shannanb aka Mommy Bits, The Peanut Butter Cups are not sticky, they harden while setting up in the frig. No, you don’t need wax, just the chocolate and peanut butter. Thanks for visiting!

      1. Shannanb aka Mommy Bits says:

        @CupcakeLady, Thank you! Like I said my cooking skills are in the early stages!

  3. oh my! As my husband would say “I’m all over that” !
    I love peanut butter and he loves peanut butter cups. Wouldn’t he be impressed with me if I made these for him?! hmmmmm….. thanks for the post!
    .-= Jeanette´s last blog ..TEN MOST UNIQUE CHURCHES =-.

  4. WOW!
    My fam will love these!
    Thanks for sharing this.
    .-= Netta´s last blog ..Opening Day! Real Church Midtown Detroit =-.

  5. I saw this post yesterday and had to run out to the shops this morning to buy all the ingredients! I’ve just made them and they are delicious!! I used crunchy PB and caster sugar, as that is what I had to hand already but they are still super yummy!! Thanks 😀

    1. @Sabrina, Wow, you were up bright and early to make them already. I’m so glad you like them. Thanks for visiting!

  6. These are unbelievable. They are the combination of the best tastes. I must make these for my class. They say thanks, in advance. So do I.
    .-= Chaya´s last blog ..Omelet Muffins =-.

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