These Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are so easy to make! Customise them with your favourite type of chocolate and toppings – and yes, they’re way better than Reese’s!
You need to make these! They’re so ridiculously easy to make and they’re sooo addictively good! I gifted most of the batch I made to some friends who just raved about them. Prepare to amaze (you really made these yourself?!) and impress everyone with these!
SO you can make peanut butter cups at home and they’re totally easy and way better than the factory made stuff, just like homemade nutella! What do we even need these big corporations for?
I know I say everything is easy to make, but really, we’re talking a no-bake, four ingredient recipe here. If you can operate a microwave and hold a spoon, you can make these! All we need to put together these Homemade Peanut Butter Cups: peanut butter, chocolate, icing sugar, and butter. Simply melt a couple of tablespoons of butter, stir it into your peanut butter, add icing sugar to taste, and enclose that deliciousness between layers of chocolate.
So simple, and they’d be great fun for kids to try their hand at making too. I couldn’t resist trying out some different things when I was topping my cups – sea salt, salted pretzels, and plain. These would be so cute with some heart shaped sprinkles for Valentine’s Day too.
You can make these homemade peanut butter cups with crunchy peanut butter or smooth, or even make a mixture! If there’s a particular type of chocolate you love, use that – these would be divine with really good dark chocolate. I also love that you can adjust the sweetness in these peanut butter cups to your taste – you could even use straight peanut butter with no added sugar, or just add a little touch of honey, maple syrup or agarve instead.
Okay so if you’re thinking, but why would I bother making these when Reese’s peanut butter cups are incredibly tasty? Well, these taste like a million times better (sorry Reese’s!). Good quality chocolate, a less sickly peanut butter filling and a pinch of sea salt make them a delicious artisan like treat rather than mass-market candy. Enjoyed as a treat, they’re the sort of thing I feel good eating since I know exactly what went into them – just four natural ingredients (and no scary sounding stuff!).
- 140g / 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 60g / 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 450g / 15 ounces plain chocolate
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- coarse sea salt
- salted pretzels
- To start, prepare a 12 hole muffin tin with small (fairy cake sized) liners. The ones I used were about 2 inches across.
- Next, make your peanut butter mixture. Melt your butter in a large heatproof bowl in the microwave, and then stir in the peanut butter until it's incorporated. Add vanilla bean paste and a pinch of salt, and then begin adding icing sugar a tablespoon full at a time (60g is four tablespoons) until you're happy with the level of sweetness - there's no need to add it all. If you want your filling a little more salty/sweet, add more salt to taste at this point too, then pop your peanut butter mixture into the fridge.
- Next, melt your chocolate in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring well after each burst. Using a teaspoon, spoon a heaped spoonfull of chocolate into the bottom of each cupcake case. Set aside for five minutes.
- Next, spoon 2 teaspoonfulls of the peanut butter mixture into the centre of the chocolate (as best you can, don't worry if it slides around a bit!). Then, top each peanut butter cup with another heaped teaspoonfull of the melted chocolate.
- What happens here (and you can use your spoon to gently guide it) is that the warm chocolate melts the peanut butter mixture a little, which helps it to flatten and take on the traditional peanut butter cup shape! Use your spoon to also guide the chocolate to cover up any gaps in your cup.
- Once you've done all your cups, take the tray and carefully bang/rap it on your kitchen counter to help the cups level out even more. Finally, top with maldon sea salt, salted pretzels, or whatever you like! Leave to set in the fridge or a cool place. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week (haha, right).
There are so many different things you could do with these cups – what about peanut butter and jam? Or cookie dough cups? The possibilities are endless!