Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These are made of only 5 ingredients and are quick and easy to make. They are perfect for holiday baking or whenever you’re looking for a chocolate pick me up. They freeze great, making them a perfect make ahead treat.

Make your own Homemade Peanut Butter Cups at home! They are so easy to make and taste even better. They are always a huge hit whenever I make them. My mom started the tradition of making them around the holidays and I continue making them while also hoping my kids continue the tradition.

No one can resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, so they are always a hit! They make great additions to holiday charcuterie boards, gift giving goodies or even just to snack on at home.

I’m in full holiday baking mode right now and soon I’ll be making some microwave caramels (YES! Made in the microwave. So easy!) and then a new creation of mine, turtle bars.

Simple Ingredients

I know that a lot of people will add shortening to their chocolate to help make it smoother, however, I’m not a fan of shortening so I just leave it out.

Peanut Butter: I prefer to use creamy peanut butter. You can use chunky peanut butter to add in a little texture.

Powdered Sugar: This helps the peanut butter mixture not be so dense and heavy. Using powdered sugar over convectional sugar makes it not gritty.

Butter: I like to use salted butter. Unsalted would work just fine as well.

Vanilla Extract: I mean, doesn’t vanilla just make everything better?

Milk Chocolate Chips: We prefer milk chocolate but feel free to use dark chocolate or white chocolate as well.

How to make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

You’ll want to make the peanut butter mixture first.

Add peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla to a bowl and mix together.

Roll the peanut butter mixture into balls about the size of a quarter.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals, making sure to stir after each interval. I prefer to only melt half of the chocolate so that it doesn’t get hard before I can get to it. You can also use a double boiler, so the chocolate stays warm while assembling the peanut butter cups.

While the chocolate is melting, line your mini muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Once the chocolate is melted, spoon enough chocolate to just cover the bottom of the cupcake liner.

Take one of your peanut butter balls and flatten just a little bit and place it in the cupcake liner on top of the chocolate.

Next, take more chocolate and cover the peanut butter completely.

Repeat until all the peanut butter balls are used up.

Refrigerate until the chocolate has set up.

How to store Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like to store mine in an airtight container in my pantry. This way, they are softer to eat. They don’t last this way, however, they never last long in my house!

If you want to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they can last up to a month.

If I make a lot, I will freeze some. They will last for months (again, if you’re family doesn’t find them, so they actually do last that long) in an airtight container. They are some of my favorite things to grab one from the freezer when I’m needing a little bit of chocolate and peanut butter fix.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Simply Heidi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Peanut butter
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 cups Milk Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • Add peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla to a bowl and mix together.
  • Roll the peanut butter mixture into balls about the size of a quarter.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals, making sure to stir after each interval. I prefer to only melt half of the chocolate so that it doesn't get hard before I can get to it. You can also use a double boiler, so the chocolate stays warm while assembling the peanut butter cups.
  • While the chocolate is melting, line your mini muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, spoon enough chocolate to just cover the bottom of the cupcake liner.
  • Take one of your peanut butter balls and flatten just a little bit and place it in the cupcake liner on top of the chocolate.
  • Next, take more chocolate and cover the peanut butter completely.
  • Repeat until all the peanut butter mixture is used up.

Notes

TIPS: 
  • How much chocolate you need will vary depending on how big your peanut butter balls are. The smaller the balls, the more chocolate you will need. 
  • You can also use dark chocolate or another favorite of mine, white chocolate chips. 
  • The bigger your peanut butter balls, the less peanut butter cups you’ll have. The more you make this, the more you’ll know how big you like your peanut butter mixture balls. 
  • Remember to only melt about half of the chocolate at a time so that it doesn’t go hard before you finish your peanut butter cups. 
Storage: 
  • One the counter for up to a week. 
  • In the fridge for up to a month. 
  • In the freezer for months! If you want them to last even longer in the freezer, you can wrap the peanut butter cups in butcher paper, or even newspaper, and place them in an airtight container. That will help keep the freezer burn at bay. 
For more recipes, visit https://lifewithsimplyheidi.com

  • How much chocolate you need will vary depending on how big your peanut butter balls are. The smaller the balls, the more chocolate you will need. 
  • You can also use dark chocolate or another favorite of mine, white chocolate chips. 
  • The bigger your peanut butter balls, the less peanut butter cups you’ll have. The more you make this, the more you’ll know how big you like your peanut butter mixture balls. 
  • Remember to only melt about half of the chocolate at a time so that it doesn’t go hard before you finish your peanut butter cups. 

Storage: 

  • One the counter for up to a week. 
  • In the fridge for up to a month. 
  • In the freezer for months! If you want them to last even longer in the freezer, you can wrap the peanut butter cups in butcher paper, or even newspaper, and place them in an airtight container. That will help keep the freezer burn at bay. 

For more recipes, visit https://lifewithsimplyheidi.com


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