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Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Cups


With the flurry of activity during the holidays, it’s easy to get swept up in the insanity of it all but I always insist on making homemade gifts for all my friends and family.  This may sound bonkers but I’ve realized the only way to maintain a semblance of sanity here is to keep it simple, {especially if you’re building several gift baskets like I am.}  These homemade peanut butter cups are heaven sent as they only ask for 2 ingredients and couldn’t be simpler to whip up on the fly.  More 10 minute, 2 ingredient recipes are what the holidays need.

When’s the last time you read the package of your store bought  “Reeses peanut butter cups?”  Even some of the “natural” brands have ingredients like soy lechitin {more on that here}.  Making chocolate peanut butter cups at home ensures that what you end up with is just quality chocolate and peanut butter, as it should be.  Why should enjoying a treat be a guessing game?  What’s more is when did enjoying a simple treat of chocolate and peanut butter get complicated?  These little nuggets are just pure, unadulterated chocolate and peanut butter.  You know, that oh so familiar perfect match made in heaven.  This recipe is just a matter of melting and pouring.  Easy, right?  With all the time you’ll be saving, you could of course get really fancy.  You could make a thicker ganache in substitution for straight up chocolate for a velvetier mouth feel and make the tops sparkle with finishing salts or add in a small hit of espresso to enhance the chocolate flavor and really, anything else you feel like doing.  Orange liquor anyone?  With less foreign food stuffs, you have the freedom to allow the star ingredients to really shine like they’re suppose to.  These are homemade chocolate peanut butter cups like they were always meant to be.  Merry Christmas!




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Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
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Serves: 1 Dozen Minis

  • 1 c semi sweet chocolate
  • ½ c peanut butter
  • Optional: finishing salt and instant espresso

  1. In a heat safe bowl, slowly melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20-30 second bursts, stirring in between. Heat until almost all the chocolate chips have melted but allow residual heat the melt the rest.
  2. In another heat safe bowl, gently heat the peanut butter for 10-15 seconds, just until its loosened up a bit so it pours easier.
  3. Layer the chocolate and peanut butter in a lined cupcake tin. Only pour the first bottom layer of chocolate and second peanut butter layer.
  4. Rap the tin on a flat surface to dislodge air bubbles and smooth out the surface.
  5. Pop the entire tin in the freezer to set for about 15 minutes.
  6. Smooth on the top layer of chocolate and repeat.
  7. Enjoy at room temperature.


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25 thoughts on “Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I love me some homemade PB cups! Gorgeous treats you made here girl! Happy holidays! Have a great one and eat lots of cookies!

  • Louise says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this “gift” Angela, lol…I’ve been craving something candy like for days now and just haven’t had the time to find a recipe that fits into my new “diet.” I’ve seen recipes for peanut butter cups before but never thought they were so easy and so fitting into my new lifestyle. I will definitely be making these with dark chocolate and a healthy nut butter. Thank you so much for sharing, Angela. A Very Merry Christmas to You and Yours, Angela. Your family is going to love these in their gift baskets!!!

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz says:

    Oh one of my ultimate candy bar weakness, even less resistance to an amazing homemade version. Merry Christmas to you and family!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    I bet your family and friends love your home made gifts Angela! I would love a batch of these-they look so much better for you than the commercial ones

  • GiGi Eats says:

    You just opened the flood gates for so many people – lol! They no longer have to go to the store and buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, they can make 129877238432 of them and have them on hand when that “OMFG GIVE ME ALL THE DAMN PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE AND NO ONE GETS HURT” moment… Erupts. LOL

  • brian says:

    cool! did u use/recommend all natural PB or any PB would do?

  • allen says:

    Merry Christmas , peanut butter ROCKS!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    These peanut butter cups look absolutely incredible! Reese’ are my favorite and these homemade ones are probably way better than anything at the store! Love them! Hope you guys have a wonderful wonderful Christmas!!

  • Lady Lilith says:

    Oh my. These just look perfect.

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    YESSS-so much better than storebought!

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime says:

    the look fantastic! What a stunning gift

  • cailee says:

    YUM!!! I Love some good peanut butter cups! I’ve had homemade vegan almond butter cups before by a friend of mine and they were delicious!! Great recipe!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    The American in me loves chocolate and peanut butter but we can only buy Reese’s at specialty stores and for a lot of money. I don’t make these often but I should and now I want some today.

  • Sarah @ Savoring Spoon says:

    I like how you layered the peanut butter in between the chocolate layers instead of enveloping the peanut butter in chocolate. How creative, and pretty!

  • Joanne says:

    Yum! My most favorite things!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you, Allen!!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Hi Brian! I used homemade since it seems like store-bought has recently gone way up in price {I wonder if it’s just here or everywhere?} but I personally like ones without any added sugar, especially if I’m using it in a recipe and if I need to, I like to drizzle in my own amount of agave or honey. It’s insane how much sugar goes into some brands. Also, I like to pay attention to the salt content which can be a sneaky ingredient in peanut butter. Any pb should do though—whatever Brain likes or has =)

  • Janet Rudolph says:

    Very clever! I love these, but then I’m always ‘dying for chocolate’… they’re different from any that I make, so I will have to try them. Love your photos, too!

  • Saskia Ericson says:

    Did you say TWO ingredients?? Wow, I am absolutely making these. My sister is obsessed with the Reeses version, so I think a batch of home-made beauties will earn me a big hug. Happy New Year Angela!

  • Gourmet Getaways says:

    Oh wow, these look much, much better than the ones I see being sold! These peanut butter cups are a perfect gift

  • francesca says:

    I’m all about simplicity around these times – it’s the only thing that keeps me sane

  • K / Pure & Complex says:

    There’s nothing I love more than a good peanut butter reeses cup. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I hope you had a great holiday

  • brian says:

    i usually use all natural peanut butter from store…i like to have to stir it when it separates! hahaha

  • allen says:

    Happy New Year

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext says:

    I’ve always wanted to make my own reeses! These look ah-mazing! Love them!

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