Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, in mini form, are delicious little treats made with only 3 ingredients.

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Homemade: The Best Gift of All

These sweet, creamy little bites are every bit, if not more, delicious as the store-bought peanut butter cups that we all know and love. But then, any homemade treat always tastes better, doesn’t it? And, the best thing about these homemade peanut butter cups is that you made them yourself. Homemade gifts are the ones that make the most heartfelt impact, including, and maybe especially, edible ones.

A mini muffin pan full of peanut butter cups

The History of the Peanut Butter Cup

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They’re truly iconic. There is actually a really interesting history of this treat and the chocolate industry in America. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was invented by a man named Harry Reese, who worked for Hershey’s Chocolates in 1928. Check out this interesting site to find out more about this timeless treat: The Fascinating Rise of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups in paper liners

Fun Peanut Butter Cup Fact:

I love fun facts, do you? I like digging them up because I think we all just need them sometimes. They are unnecessary but interesting, and good for a pause.

So, here’s this one: Reese’s makes so many peanut butter cups each year that it could feed one cup to every person in the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan, China, Africa, and India with its annual production.

Chocolate peanut butter cups on a countertop

What Chocolate To Use for Peanut Butter Cups

You can use milk chocolate chips or any milk chocolate for these peanut butter cups, but, if you want to make them special, (and, really, if you are making them yourself, why wouldn’t you?), Use premium chocolate. It will elevate your homemade creation way above the previously mentioned commercial one.

An easy to Make, Delicious Little Treat

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Peanut butter cups are, personally, my favourite chocolate treat to indulge in. And making them yourself is super simple. It’s so easy to just satisfy that craving by grabbing a bar from the store. But these homemade ones make a perfect edible gift or a lovely treat for special someone (no matter what their age).

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What Kind of Peanut Butter To Use

I’m all about pure peanut butter, the one where the ingredient list is just, “Peanuts”. That’s what I buy and love. But, that natural product is not the best for this recipe. And, this being a treat, after all, I’m using commercial peanut butter. It works best for this recipe because it’s firmer and less oily.

More Chocolate No-Bake Treats!

And, If you’re looking for more no-bake chocolate treats, try this yummy Chocolate Toffee Fudge, or these delicious Chocolate Pretzel Patties.

Peanut butter cup sliced in half


Peanut butter cup sliced in half

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are so simple and these ones are mini-sized and perfect for edible gifts.
4.5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Fridge time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 84 kcal


  • Mini Muffin Tin
  • Mini Muffin Paper Liners


  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 400 gr good quality milk chocolate, melted


  • Line a 24 cup mini muffin tin with candy cup liners
  • Stir peanut butter and icing sugar together in a bowl until smooth
  • Drop 1 tsp measures of the peanut butter mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 15 min
  • Put 1 tsp melted chocolate into each paper candy cup
  • Add one peanut butter ball, slightly flattened with your palm to each candy cup.
  • Add 2 more tsp of melted chocolate to each candy cup, smoothing the tops with a spoon, and spreading to the edges.
  • Refrigerate until firm, about an hour, or freeze, in an airtight container. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 48mgSugar: 8gCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword Chocolate, edible gifts, homemade candy, peanut butter
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24 thoughts on “Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  1. OMG I am sooo making these, Colleen! 3 ingredients – wow! I would have never considered making these (or even thought of it) but they are incredibly easy and when that choco/pb craving hits, I’m going for it next time. Thanks for enlightening me πŸ™‚

  2. I have been lactose-free over the past few weeks, and I have been thinking longingly about peanut butter cups. You have inspired me to try making some with some dairy-free dark chocolate. These look amazing!

  3. I love fun sweets like this that I make with the little ones. And two of my favourite ingredients! You cannot go wrong with Peanut butter and milk chocolate – yummy! Thanks for sharing, Colleen. ?❀️

  4. It would be hard to justify buying these from the shop when you can so easily make them at home – especially when they look so delicious!! Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

  5. My girls and i love Reese so much. Definitely trying this homemade version because i know it will be a hit ????. Thanks

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