Those who know me understand just how obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate I am. Reese’s peanut butter cups used to be my favorite candy, but I try not to eat them as much since they have palm oil (palm oil is bad for the environment, read more about it here). With that in mind, I wanted to create my own with simple ingredients, so I’m sharing a recipe for easy homemade peanut butter cups. These peanut butter cups are made with only five ingredients and you won’t be able to have just one..!
Creating the chocolate shell around the peanut butter filling is a lot easier than you’d think. You simply place melted chocolate in a paper muffin cup and then using a spoon or butter knife you’ll brush the melted chocolate up the sides of the paper cup. You’ll then freeze the chocolate to harden it before adding the peanut butter mixture to it.
I learned this method when I made chocolates at a local chocolate shop Farris & Foster’s. The chocolate shop is a great date night activity or even a fun girls night idea. They have a conveyor belt (nicknamed Lazy Lucy) that will cover whatever you desire in chocolate, you can dip your goodies or add them to a chocolate mold! It’s really fun and you can get as creative as you’d like and make whatever your heart desires. An added bonus, you can bring your own drinks (hello wine and chocolate)! Read the recipe below for the ingredients and full instructions for these homemade peanut butter cups.
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened, (5 tablespoons)
- 1 cup + 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (I prefer one)
- 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips divided
- Fill a mini muffin tin with 24 paper muffin cups.
- Melt 1 cup of chocolate with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. I prefer the double boiler method: boiling a pot of water and sticking a bowl on top (bowl cannot touch the water) then melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the bowl. You could also melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl in 30-second increments, be sure to stir every 30 seconds.
- Pour a little less than a tablespoon of the chocolate mixture in one of the paper muffin cups. Using a spoon or knife, spread the chocolate up the sides of the paper cup. Repeat this process with the remaining paper cups.
- Place the muffin tin in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Next, in a medium bowl, mix 1 cup of peanut butter, the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Once the chocolate shells have hardened, scoop a little less than 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in the shells. Leave about a quarter of an inch of space to allow for more chocolate on top. Place the tray in the refrigerator once finished.
- Mix 1 cup of chocolate with the remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. You can use the double boiler or microwave methods explained above.
- Pour a little less than a tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter mixture. Once all of the chocolate has been poured on top of the peanut butter mixture, take the muffin tin and lightly tap it against a table. This will help the chocolate smooth out on top. Refrigerate until the chocolate has solidified. Store peanut butter cups in an air tight container.
What are some of your favorite peanut butter and chocolate desserts? We know one of mine are these easy homemade peanut butter cups..! 🙂 Share yours in a comment below!