Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

If you ever wondered what my idea of heaven on Earth is, you’re staring smack-dab into a stack of it. These are… insane. Addictive and easy to make and positively insane. You could say, in the membrane.

Making a batch of these foolproof, four-ingredient peanut butter cups is pretty much like winning the candy lottery. That is, imagine yourself in that scruffy homemade Halloween costume (so cute!), toting around your little pail, and it’s your lucky night, kid. Because everyone is passing out Reese’s cups. All for you. You don’t have to share them with anyone. They’re all youuuuuurs!

Okay, maybe my desire to make these ran a little deeper than I realized.

Reese’s cups are a rare treat around here (can you tell?)… mostly reserved for Halloweens spent sneaking one or two between passing out candy to costumed kids. Just one of many reasons I’m looking forward to having our very own trick-or-treater next year! More peanut butter cups for Mom and Dad. Hehe.

These homemade chocolate peanut butter cups are terrific fun to make, indulgent and delicious with a glass of milk. Just start with a layer of melted chocolate in a muffin tin, freeze, then plop layers of peanut butter and more chocolate on top. Freeze again, peel the paper off, and enjoy. No bake, no fuss, and no time at all ‘til they’re in your belly.

The best kind of treat!

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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: Makes 12 peanut butter cups

Ingredients:

2 (12 oz.) bags semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions:

Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

Melt one (12 oz.) bag of chocolate either in a double boiler or by microwaving in short increments, stirring after 30 seconds, for about 2 minutes.

With a small spoon or cookie scoop, evenly distribute melted chocolate into each muffin cup. Drop pan repeatedly on the counter to help chocolate flatten and smooth out. Freeze whole pan for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine peanut butter, powdered sugar and butter. Whip with an electric hand mixer until smooth*. Remove pan from freezer and place small spoonfuls of peanut butter mixture on top of each chocolate layer. Drop pan repeatedly on the counter again, to help flatten peanut butter layer. Freeze whole pan for 15 minutes.

Melt remaining 12 oz. bag of chocolate. Working quickly, portion small spoonfuls of chocolate into each cups, three cups at a time, immediately dropping the pan repeatedly on the counter to flatten cups*. Freeze whole pan for 15 minutes to set the top layer of chocolate.

For a peanut butter cup with a firmer texture, serve chilled. For a softer, creamier texture, serve at room temperature. Store refrigerated in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

TIPS

If your peanut butter mixture is not completely smooth, stir in an additional teaspoon of melted butter or vegetable/canola oil.

When portioning out the top chocolate layer, the chill from the frozen peanut will harden the top layer of chocolate very quickly, so you must flatten out the tops quickly after spooning on the chocolate.

You can also make ‘em mini! Use a 24-cup mini muffin tin with paper liners to make double the amount of peanut butter cups in a smaller, kid-friendly size.

Adapted from Fifteen Spatulas

      

44 Responses to “Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 30, 2014 @ 4:58 am

    My biggest weakness is chocolate and peanut butter treats and your sweet PB cups are so pretty! The perfect homemade candy for your sweethearts for V-Day. :) Excellent tips, too. Thanks for sharing, Georgia!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — January 30, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    Gorgeous! The layers look so perfect they’re almost too pretty to eat. Buts that won’t stop me from devouring a few.

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    Kathryn — January 30, 2014 @ 5:45 am

    I don’t think that peanut butter/chocolate combination can be beaten frankly! These are gorgeous Georgia, they look so professional!

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    Monica — January 30, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    Yours came out beautifully! I’ve made these before – mine were a little messy to eat since the chocolate is harder than the PB but utterly delicious nonetheless. Serving them with a paper muffin liner helps. : )

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — January 30, 2014 @ 6:00 am

    These look flawless, wowsers!
    I only had my first Reese’s Chocolate Peanutbutter-cup a few months ago (I know, it’s a crime! They’re not as famous over here in the Northern hemisphere!) and it was deeelicious! Making them yourself is more fun though, and I have made protein-rich version of them before, so so tasty! :D Mmm

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    DessertForTwo — January 30, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    My husband would love it if I made these for him as a surprise! Maybe for Valentine’s Day? :)

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    Katrina @ WVS — January 30, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    So fun!! This would be such a nice snack!

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    Julia — January 30, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    Oh my gosh, these are the most PERFECT homemade peanut butter cups! They’d get snapped up in 2 seconds at my Super Bowl gathering this Sun!

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    marcie — January 30, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    These are so gorgeous, Georgia! Much better than any store bought candy. :)

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 30, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    CAN’T. EVEN. SPEAK. FULL. SENTENCES. WANT. ALL.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — January 30, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    These are lovely!!! I cannot get over how perfect they look!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 30, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    Peanut butter cups are the best! Yours look absolutely perfect!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 30, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    THESE ARRRE HEAVEN!!!

    oh beautiful peanut butter cups…..I love you

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — January 30, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    Please send about 50 of these my way! They’ll travel well in this crazy cold weather! ;)

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    Becca @ Crumbs — January 30, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    Oh my god I want one of these right now so much!!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — January 30, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    I can’t believe how perfect these turned out! They look even better than the packaged variety. Yummy, Georgia!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — January 30, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    I love the layered effect. These are my all-time favorites.

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    Megan — January 30, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

    They look so perfect!! Gorgeous!

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    Monet — January 30, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    So easy! So pretty! So good! Why haven’t I been making these for years? Thanks for the recipe Georgia. Hope you and sweet baby June are doing well ;-)

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    Choc Chip Uru — January 30, 2014 @ 10:47 pm

    Such simple and delicious cups, I need them :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Tieghan — January 30, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    Perfection in a bite! LOVE these! :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 31, 2014 @ 12:13 am

    Reese’s cups are my favorite, these are perfection!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — January 31, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    These are so perfectly formed Georgia – I’m so impressed!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 31, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Now I’m singing insane in the membrane, and I want to go trick-or-treating. These… Oh how these rock my world. Love!

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    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — January 31, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    Georgia, these look bomb and I cannot wait to make them! #pinning :)

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — January 31, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    What a terrific idea to make your own peanut butter cups…they are perfect. I like that I can make them with dark chocolate. :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 31, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

    These look amazing Georgia, and would blow packaged candy out of the water. Dark chocolate is my favorite, so I love that I can use it to make my own custom cups.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 31, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

    PB and Chocolate is the ultimate PMS Hormone Calming Combo – I can’t help it, but I eat a spoon dipped in PB and then tucked into a bag of chocolate chips once a month. I think these would be even handier!! Beautiful, G!!

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    Jeremy Norton — January 31, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    This seems easy to make. And the ingredients are so few. I’ll surely try this for the weekend.

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    Gaby — January 31, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    What a fabulous treat for your sweetie!

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    Jess — February 2, 2014 @ 4:49 am

    Wow, these look delicious and so pretty! I’ve never tried Reese’s pieces, so I will need to give your recipe a go! :)

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    Ramona — February 2, 2014 @ 6:28 am

    I could eat them all… I love reeses pb cups and these look so much better than the store bought kind. :) Awesome job. :)

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — February 3, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Uh yum! These look so so delicious and are beautiful with a capital “b!” And I think you are ok not sharing–you already have to share your food with one! ;)

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — February 3, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    I recently made some peanut butter cups, but yours are much prettier. I’ll have to give you recipe a try!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 5, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    GEEZ! These are the most perfect peanut butter cups EVER. You know all the other food bloggers (including myself!) are super jealous right now. ;)

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    Paige — February 5, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    Are these full size muffin tins or mini?

    • Georgia — February 5th, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

      I used a full-sized muffin tin, but you can also use mini if you prefer them smaller. This would probably yield double as many cups (24).

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — February 6, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    These look so good! I love the layers!

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    Dendy — March 26, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    These look delicious
    they are so easy to make :) just made my first batch
    after the last 15 mins in the freezer will be trying these for the first time
    I might stop buying reeses at the store and fix these from now on

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    Athena — March 29, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    If I don’t have powdered sugar, will regular sugar work?

    • Georgia — March 29th, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

      No, just use powdered sugar – granulated will make the texture too grainy; it needs to be smooth.

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    Brittany — April 16, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    I mistakenly came across a way to prevent the super hard frozen chocolate next to the not-as-hard PB! The first 12 oz of milk chocolate chips I microwaved to melt and I accidentally did it at too high of a heat making it a big chunky mass. :( I decided to add a bit of milk and that made it all fluid and melty. The second 12 oz batch of chips I melted just fine. Oddly the top layer froze really hard and the bottom layer (with the milk added) froze perfectly! Haha. It was actually a softer, chewier frozen. Next time I might just add a bit of milk to both batches!

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    Stephanie — July 3, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

    Has anyone tried using regular salted butter instead of the unsalted butter in order to get that slight salty flavor like in Reese’s?

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    Rachel — July 4, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    Ohmygoodness. These were so easy to make and they are deadly rich and delicious! I used my mini-muffin tin so that they weren’t too big, and did the peanut butter and top chocolate layers in one go (rather than waiting for the peanut butter to freeze).

    I used most of them to make peanut butter cup stuffed Oreos (http://www.recipeboy.com/2012/08/chocolate-dipped-peanut-butter-cup-stuffed-oreos/).

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