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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are a good combination – great combination, in fact – which is precisely why there are so many peanut butter and chocolate confections out there. But commercial availability has never stopped me from putting together a homemade version of a favorite treat before, so when I saw a recipe for homemade chocolate peanut butter candies on on Bittersweet, I knew I had to try it.

I first made the candy cups, spreading melted dark chocolate into mini bonbon papers (sold at craft stores, they are basically metallic versions of mini muffin liners, which make a fine substitute) with a small paintbrush that I use for candy-making only. I chilled the cups and prepared the filling, a mixture of organic peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt. The filling is the place where you really get to play. For instance, I used a mixture of crunchy and creamy peanut butters, blending two different brands together, along with vanilla and sugar. I needed to add a bit of extra salt to enhance the overall flavor of the filling, but I might try adding cinnamon or maple next time for a bit of a twist.

The finished candies were fantastic. The centers had a good amount of chew to them, and I loved the fact that there were fairly large pieces of peanut in mine. The chocolate – naturally – was a great contrast to the center. I brought the candies along to a little party this week and they were a huge hit. The only downside is that the recipe only makes about 2 dozen candies, so I’ll have to make another batch for myself later because there were no leftovers from the first one.

Other nut butters would also work in the filling, if peanut butter isn’t your favorite, and you could try doing this with different types of chocolate, if you really prefer to use milk instead of dark, for instance.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
approx 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, chopped (or dark chocolate chips)
1/2 cup creamy organic/natural peanut butter
1/2 cup crunchy organic/natural peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
generous pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Set 2-dozen mini muffin/bonbon wrappers on a baking sheet.
Melt approximately half of the dark chocolate, using a microwave-safe bowl and cooking it in short (30 second) intervals, stirring frequently, until smooth. Use a spoon to pour a little chocolate into each muffin wrapper. Use a small, very clean brush to paint the chocolate up the sides of each wrapper. Alternatively, you could add extra chocolate and swirl it around, pouring out the excess later, to coat the inside of the wrapper.
Chill candy shells until set, about 20-30 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter(s), confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla. When the mixture has come together, heat it in the microwave (again in short intervals, stirring frequently), until it is very, very soft. Working carefully with the hot filling, transfer it to a pastry bag (or plastic bag with the tip cut off) and pipe a generous amount of the filling into each prepared candy cup. Chill again for approx 30 minutes, or until set.
Melt all remaining chocolate and, when the candy fillings have set, fill each muffin wrapper up with chocolate. Chill until set.
Serve cold or at room temperature.

Makes 2 dozen.

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26 Comments
  • Corey
    December 7, 2007

    I’ve ALWAYS wondered how to make these! My father loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and now I’ll be able to make them for him. Thanks, Nicole!

  • Tiffany
    December 7, 2007

    I’ve had similar recipes set aside for years and have never gotten around to making them. Thanks for reminding me to dig them out! Yours look great!

  • Jane
    December 7, 2007

    Oh my gosh, these look so amazing! I love your website!

  • plume
    December 7, 2007

    I bought mini silicone molds looking just like those bonbons paper, I guess they would work just fine for this recipe!

  • Kristin
    December 7, 2007

    These look and sound delicious. I think I’ll have to add them to my Christmas baking list. Thanks!

  • meeso
    December 7, 2007

    My favorite candy is a peanut butter cup! I still have never made any at home, I need to try it…these look good!

  • JEP
    December 7, 2007

    Love your ingredient ratios—I’m trying these soon!

  • Ken Hoyt
    December 8, 2007

    Those sound incredible and very do-able… I’m thinking about what you said about the salt. It might be fun to try a sprinkling of designer sea salt on the top… part decoration, part flavor sparkplug!

  • Nicole
    December 8, 2007

    “Flavor sparkplug” – what a great description!

  • TresAmie
    December 8, 2007

    I was just thinking about the Mallow Cups I used to love. I bet if you added toasted coconut to the chocolate for the topping and put marshmallow creme inside instead of peanut butter filling… you would have a real old fashioned treat!

  • Rachel
    December 14, 2007

    I made these last night, and they taste so good! The only problem I had is that it was very difficult to get the paper to release easily. Any tips on making them so they release easier next time? BTW, I served them straight from the fridge. Maybe at room temp they release?

    Also, instead of piping hot peanut butter into the cup, I pressed in bits of the cold peanut butter “dough.” Much neater, less clean-up, and saved some chilling time! Thanks for the recipe!

  • gremolata
    March 16, 2008

    hugely better than any storebought p’nut butter cups….the one i am thinking about is for me non edible. thanks for great recipe.

  • Shirley
    December 14, 2008

    I have made these on my own and love them. But I am wondering what is the best technique to get them to set up. Even after chilling them I am finding the chocolate gets very soft quickly. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Isabel - Emo Love
    January 26, 2009

    mmm I see you are a great admire of chocolate! that’s great… Finally I found what I needed! you know, I’m such a person that i’m ready to eat chocolate as the 1st, second plate and then to wash it down with chocolate drinks)))

  • Kathleen Nolan
    August 13, 2009

    Great site – by the way I had a recipe that used potato, confectioner sugar and peanut butter. The dough was more on the dry side and tasted just like reeses peanut butter cups. because the dough was drier I was able to roll it out and cut it in shapes and dip in chocolate. I made wonderful hearts for my daughter’s wedding, then drizzled white chocolate on them. Very good!

    Unfortunately – I can’t find the recipe, and I am bummed. Have you ever heard of it?

  • internet telephone service
    November 12, 2009

    I’m thinking about what you said about the salt. It might be fun to try a sprinkling of designer sea salt on the top… part decoration, part flavor sparkplug!

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  • fotografia ślubna
    February 28, 2010

    Looks amazing for my. Now im hungry 🙂

  • Java
    February 28, 2010

    Thanks for this

  • Chocolate Lover
    March 29, 2011

    I’ve been craving chocolate all day – and I stumble across this goldmine! These look absolutely delicious and I’m off to make them RIGHT NOW! Thanks you so much for what looks like an amazing recipe!

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