Peanut Butter Cups

There are a lot of great marriages in the dessert world — but nothing compares to chocolate and peanut butter together. These two flavors pair perfectly to make these Peanut Butter Cups!

I added one secret ingredient that gives it a more sophisticated flavor….sea salt!

Peanut Butter Cups

I am such a fan of sea salt and chocolate. Whereas butter makes everything taste better, I think sea salt makes chocolate taste better.

Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe has only a few ingredients but it’s the process that makes it take a while. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Start by melting half of the chocolate chips together with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Make sure you are using a creamy peanut butter. I found a great one at Costco. This peanut butter is organic and very creamy.

I also used this peanut butter to make my Peanut Butter Balls with Chocolate Chips.

Peanut Butter Cups

Using lined cupcake tins, I poured a little chocolate in the bottom to create a base for the peanut butter cups.

Then I put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the chocolate harden.

Peanut Butter Cups

While that is hardening, I mixed together the softened butter, 1 1/2 cups peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. This was really easy combining because the butter helped soften the peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cups

I poured the peanut butter on top of the hardened chocolate. This is the middle layer of the Peanut Butter Cups. Again I put this in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden.

Peanut Butter Cups

The next step was a repeat of the first. I needed more chocolate and peanut butter for the top layer.

Peanut Butter Cups

The next step was to pour that final layer of chocolate over the top.

Peanut Butter Cups

Before it goes back in the fridge, I added a pinch of sea salt to the top. This will give it the perfect combination of sweet and salty.

Peanut Butter Cups

This final step takes a bit longer. Keep it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. I kept mine in overnight and it was perfect.

Peanut Butter Cups

I love these for dessert or a dinner party. It’s the perfect dessert size for everyone.

Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 stick Butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Line 12 cup cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  2. In small saucepan, heat up 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter over low heat
  3. Evenly pour chocolate/peanut butter mixture into cupcake liners
  4. Cover and put in fridge for 30 minutes
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine softened butter, 1 1/2 cups peanut butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 cup of powdered sugar until smooth
  6. Pour evenly on top of the chilled chocolate
  7. Cover and put back in the fridge for another 30 minutes
  8. In the saucepan, heat up 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  9. Pour on top of the chilled peanut butter
  10. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture of the cupcake
  11. Cover and put back in fridge for at least 2 hours
  12. Serve cold and keep refrigerated

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from one I found on Halfbaked Harvest -- its perfect for a party or after dinner.

 

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11 Comments

  1. i love finding ways to make my favorite snacks at home. I have been a long time fan of reeses.

  2. I love peanut butter cups, there is just something about the combination of chocolate and peanuts that make it one oh-so-yum treat!

  3. LOVE peanut butter cups! I’ve never tried making them at home though. I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t now! These look and sound so good!

  4. Ohhhh I’ve bookmarked this recipe. I cannot wait to try this. Looks amazing and doesn’t look too difficult. Thank you so much!

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