Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These delicious homemade peanut butter cups have been a favorite around here for years. I originally got the recipe from a food allergies yahoo group I was in, but later learned that the credit for this delightful treat goes to Todd Wilbur at Top Secret Recipes.


Only three ingredients are needed:

  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar

They are also easily adapted to be more allergy-friendly; simply use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (gluten, dairy, soy & corn free) and a substitute butter (cashew is yummy as is sunflower butter.) If corn is an issue, you can make your own powdered sugar by grinding organic cane sugar in a mini coffee grinder until fine and powdery.


First, you’ll want to dump the bag of milk chocolate chips into a saucepan over low heat. (I know many people use a double boiler for this purpose; but I don’t have one. I’ve never had my chocolate seize up on me though. Just keep a close eye on it.) You can also use the microwave to melt your chips – use 50% power for about one minute, checking and stirring halfway through.


Coat the entire inside of your muffin cups with chocolate. (I do this part since the chocolate is rather hot at the start; the kids easily help with the rest.) *Make sure to spritz the inside of each cup with little bit of baking spray to ensure easy peeling. It makes a big difference! Pop in the freezer to harden.


Stir the powdered sugar into the peanut butter. While my son was working on the peanut butter mixture, my daughter took 12 muffin cups and cut them in half horizontally to make them shorter and more Reese-cup-like.


Fill chocolate lined muffin cups with the peanut butter mixture. Pop back in the freezer to harden up for about twenty minutes.


Use the remaining melted chocolate to put a final top layer on your peanut butter cups then back in the freezer one last time for about 5 or 10 minutes.


Peel and enjoy!


Store in your refrigerator or freezer, though these never last more than one day in my house!


Be sure to check out more candy ideas on my Recipe Page, including these:

Homemade Peppermint Patties     Easy Honey Crunch Candy Recipe     Honey Bunny Easter Candy Recipe


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8 Responses to Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  1. carole says:

    wowwwwwww- i saw your comment on moneysavingmom.com and had to come see this recipe – and it does not disappoint! Looks very easy! Does the cooking spray affect the taste of the chocolate?
    I’m almost afraid to try it- we might eat them all in one sitting! :-) Maybe i’ll try mini-muffin pans!
    Thanks for the inspiration- i just gotta taste these!

    • Jan says:

      Hi! When I spray the liners, I hold the can way back and do a very light spritz so it’s barely there. I used to not do the spray, but peeling the paper off was a pain! If you use the metallic liners, they will come off easier than paper ones, sprayed or unsprayed. My cousin’s wife just made these using mini-cups and she said they worked perfectly that way! Between my husband and two kids, ours were all gone in less than 24 hours, so probably mini-sized is the way to go! I hope you have great luck with them and enjoy!!

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  4. Vanessa says:

    This recipe has officially changed my life….I am in awe….cannot WAIT to try!

  5. Sandy Gray says:

    Sound great. Going to make some tonight. Thank you.

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