Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups

You can buy a boring bag of peanut butter cups from the store OR you can make your own peanut butter cups that are absolutely phenomenal!

As I mentioned yesterday in my Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies post, for Valentine’s Day this year, I am giving my hubby a little treat or gift for the seven days leading up to Valentine’s Day. One of his favorite candies is peanut butter cups, so instead of buying a boring bag from the store, I decided to make my own homemade peanut butter cups!

I’ve made peanut butter cups before, but the recipe I’ve used in the past just had peanut butter mixed in with the chocolate. There was no peanut butter in the middle. Half the fun of peanut butter cups is when you bite into them and find peanut butter! This is a new recipe that I tweaked a bit and they turned out just perfect, and are so simple to make.

Other things I love about this recipe: swap out the sprinkles and you can use these peanut butter cups for any time of the year. They taste better than store-bought. The recipe makes 3 dozen which means you’ll have plenty to keep and [hopefully] plenty to give away. Enjoy!

*Note: Make sure to use sea salt. There is a distinct difference in taste and it’s SO much better than table salt in this recipe.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups

Prep Time: 20mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 20mn


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter – divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups (1- 12 ounce bag) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 Hershey’s candy bars (1.55 ounces) broken into pieces
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Sprinkles
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  1. In the bowl of your mixer, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add chocolate chips, candy bars, and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Melt in the microwave. I initially started with 1 minute on 50% power, stirred, then continued heating in 20 second increments until everything was melted.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  4. Use a spoon or a squeeze bottle to fill the bottoms of the mini cupcake liners with about 2 teaspoons of chocolate – enough to just fill the bottom.
  5. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture from step 1 in each cup. Top with an additional teaspoon or two of chocolate to cover the peanut butter. Top with sprinkles.
  6. Place the tray in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.

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  1. I’m so excited to make these for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I can’t wait to try these. Reese’s are a favorite candy of everyone in my household. Got any recipes for how to make copycat York patties?

  3. GOSH I will try it out! I love to baking this is one of my hobby

  4. I have made this five years ago when my sisters daughter was alive. I showed her how. It came off of the top of my head. Its a really good one.


  6. I have made these as Christmas gifts. They were a huge hit.

  7. This looks like a really great recipe and I cannot wait to make them. I have made some of your recipes before and have never been disappointed, can’t wait to add this awesome looking recipe to the list. Thank you for the care and effort that you put into this website.

  8. Can I use anything besides chocolate bars (especially Hershey’s – can’t stand the stuff!) perhaps a Godiva or something similar? Or does it need a specific amount of fat /cacao ratio therefore Hershey’s are necessary.


  9. Sweet! Perfect little homemade item to make for my grandkids.
    I was wondering tho. How many does this recipe make?
    Thank you

  10. Can’t wait to make these for our upcoming staff luncheon.
    Could you please tell me which brand/type of peanut butter you used?
    Thanks, Becky

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