Homemade Peanut Butter Cups


Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

1 dozen
2 Hr 30 Min
5 Min

Who doesn't love the irresistible combo of chocolate and peanut butter? Our Test Kitchen has created what is sure to be your go-to chocolate candy recipe. Once you make our Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, you'll never buy store-bought again.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (11-1/2-ounce) package milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

What to Do

  1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cups.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt 1-1/4 cups chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons shortening over low heat, stirring just until mixture is smooth. Allow to cool slightly; mixture should still be pourable.
  3. Starting halfway up each paper cup, spoon about 2 teaspoons mixture over inside of cups, completely covering bottom half of each cup. Chill cups about 30 minutes, or until firm.
  4.  In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, and butter; mix well. (Mixture will be dry.) Spoon evenly into chocolate cups and press down firmly. 
  5. Place remaining chocolate chips and shortening in saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring just until mixture is smooth. Spoon equal amounts into cups, spreading to completely cover peanut butter mixture. Cover and chill at least 2 hours, or until firm.


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can I use vegetable oil instead of shortening?

Yes, you can use vegetable oil instead of shortening. Enjoy!

I've been making this recipe without even knowing there was a written recipe. I just always mix a little butter with peanut butter, a splash of vanilla and powdered sugar and form it into balls. I put a 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate in the bottom of mini baking cups and then drop in the ball. Next I spoon on more melted chocolate to finish each cup. My family and neighbors love these. Thanks for a written recipe and can now give family and friends. My a pinch of this and splash of that doesn't always translate well.

sounds good want to try but can u use the new silicone mini cups ?

I made 12 of these in the regular sized cupcake tin, then decided to make another batch in the smaller midget baking cups. I got 24 out of one pan of those and they seem plenty big enough for little mouths on Halloween. Along with popcorn balls and brainy cupcakes.

love this homemade candy that I can make for a lot less than buying it in the store.

This was very good. I clubbed up the top part though. I know better what to do next time.

What does clubbed up mean?

No as I do not know what clubed up means.

Clubbed up means someone who like messed up

In Mini muffin tin, will they stick? Would we have trouble getting them out of the Mini???

I used the midget papers in the mini muffin tin.

Absolutely fantastic!! This recipe is a keeper!

mmm v good

These are wonderful and easy to make. I made them in smaller cups and had more to serve. I give them 5 stars!

what can be used in place of shortening to make it a more heart friendly recipe?

Looks "Oh So Good" and will be made for Easter Baskets both for adults as well as children.

Only use 1 14 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup of light brown sugar. Makes it have that texture and tastes EXACTLY like store bought. The original recipe was too creamy, but still good.

A little hard to make, but well worth it.

can't wait to try


I can't wait to try these...

those are really gooood.

got to top them off with coconut though --or at least chopped walnuts

I made these today. They were delicious. However, next time I make them I will use less chocolate for the bottom layer.

cant wait to try this one out for for my husband he loves getting to be my sampler i know he will love this because peanut butter cups are one of his all time favorites as well as mine.thanks for sharing with us mr. food

I am going to try this recipe and use white chocolate.... sounds so good....



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