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chocolate peanut butter cups

Believe it or not, it wasn’t until I was nearly 20 years old before deciding to give peanut butter a taste test. It all started with a Reese’s Cup.

Everyone always raved about how good these cups were, but I just couldn’t get myself to eat them. Buttery, spreadable peanuts were not my kind of a snack. If I was going to spread anything on a piece of bread, it was going to be Nutella or Eurokrem (hazelnuts and milk spread), not peanuts.

Until that one day at Speedway.

chocolate peanut butter cups

I was waiting to pay for the gas I had just pumped and these candy bars were all just staring at me…errr I was staring at them. I eliminated every candy bar that had  peanuts in it. I then changed my mind. I wanted to be daring! I put all the peanut candy bars back in play and I got rid of the favorites. After some deliberation, I made a choice – Reese’s and I were going to get to know each other, and like it.

Like it? I loved it! I ate up both cups while driving, and then I pulled over at another gas station to buy some more!

Soon enough I learned that I could make my own at home, but would they taste the same?

chocolate peanut butter cups

After very many trials and errors, in my opinion, Miss Martha’s recipe for Peanut Butter Cups is pretty darn close to it, if not better. This recipe contains white chocolate, as well as semi-sweet chocolate, and peanut butter, of course.

Recipe featured on Foodbeast 

Peanut Butter Cups

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WW Freestyle: 6
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
There's no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter—especially in homemade peanut butter cups!
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 mini cups
Calories: 142


  • 4 ounces white chocolate , chopped
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter ( my favorite to use is Natural Peanut Butter by Smucker’s)
  • 12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate , chopped (I like to use dark chocolate)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted roasted peanuts , chopped


  • Line two 12-cup mini muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate and peanut butter. Microwave, until almost melted, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, place semisweet chocolate in another microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave, stirring once or twice, until almost melted, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Dividing evenly, use a spoon to layer semisweet chocolate and peanut butter mixture into liners, beginning and ending with chocolate; sprinkle with peanuts.
  • Place muffin pans in freezer until peanut butter cups are firm, about 15 minutes.
  • Bring to room temperature before serving.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 6
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: homemade peanut butter cups, homemade reese's peanut butter cups, vegan peanut butter cups

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39 Responses
  1. Liz

    I have never eaten more than one bite of a peanut butter sandwich in my life, but I could eat a couple dozen of these gems! YUM.

  2. Danielle @ Runs With Spatulas

    Mwahaha, you have come over to the dark side! Peanut butter cups are awesome! I have to convince myself not to make them at home as that will for sure be the end of me. Although I guess death by peanut butter and chocolate isn’t exactly a bad thing…

  3. spcookiequeen

    Kate, you are killing my sweet tooth with all the goodies you have been making for me. Peanut butter cups are the best. Hope you have a great weekend.

  4. Debbie

    I don’t know how you survived without a peanut butter cup till you were 20! Although I wish I still haven’t discovered them, because they are my ultimate snack! Whats funny is that I still have yet to make my own! I love the addition of crumbled peanuts on yours, great idea!

  5. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    I can’t believe you didn’t have peanut butter as a kid! That’s insane. These look delicious?!

  6. Firefly

    How did I miss this post??? I love peanut butter cups and have two or three different recipes, but I need to try yours 🙂 they look delicious.

    And I didn’t like peanut butter till I was 23 and pregnant LOL

  7. Nancy

    I have a very good recipe for peanut butter cup bars that is so simple, and they taste just like Reese’s too. I will share it with you if you’d like to try them. I got the recipe from my 6th grade teacher and have been making them since; they are always a hit!

  8. Geni

    Beautiful peanut butter cups! I’m glad you gave peanut butter candy a chance that day at the gas station! It’s delicious!

  9. Dana Salvo

    I’m drooling over here! Cut it out would ya?! lol I’m trying to be good and eat healthier. These are a def. cheat day goodie!

  10. Marmande in the Kitchen

    These look great, and such good pictures! I love the peanuts on top – that’s a really nice finishing touch!

  11. Candace

    I’m not a big peanut butter cup fan, but my hubby would LOVE these!! Perhaps I’ll make them and surprise him with a special treat. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Parsley Sage

    20!? Good lord, that’s a tragedy! Well, I’m glad to see you’ve been convinced. These peanut butter cups looks outstanding! You gonna do a nutella version? 😉

  13. BigFatBaker

    Oh Kate…you are my hero. I love reese’s but homemade ones have to be so much better. The crushed nuts on top were a great addition. I love texture combinations!

  14. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    i’ll bet these are a 10x better than reese’s!! yours looks like my kind of PB cup – more PB the better! 😉

  15. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Peanut butter cups are quite addictive and hard to eat just one. Yours look simply delish!!!

  16. Vicki @ WITK

    Peanut butter cups are my favorite and yours look delicious! Love the added peanuts on top totally make it!

  17. kitchenarian

    I am racing over to Foodbeast for this recipe. These look amazing; You’ve done it again Kate. Great post.

  18. Adriana

    I was not the same after my first Reese’s either. Back in the eighties, I was one of those kids E.T. suckered into buying Reese’s Pieces, which I loved and still buy sometimes to this day. The Pieces inevitably led to the PB cups. Your cups look wonderful, especially that broad buttery stripe. Awesome post, Kate!

  19. Krissyp

    Oh Kate, bu uu uu zzzzzdddd! These look fabulous. So thick and chocolately and peanut buttery! I havn’t tried to make these yet but they are on my list and I will be following your recipe now that I have seen those gorgeous picks. We both have peanut butter on the brain, I will be posting a frozen chocolate peanut butter pie later this week 😉 Thanks for sharing. Great job as always!

  20. Amy

    Peanut butter cups were always my favorite candy as a child! These are beautiful, and they look delicious! I love the addition of the crunchy peanuts on top!

  21. Happy When Not Hungry

    Wow I can’t believe you didn’t try pb until you were 20!!! I’m so glad you liked your first peanut butter cups. Will definitely be trying to make my own!

  22. Becky

    i saw your recipe on FoodBeast, so I had to leave a comment here, too. We eat a lot of Smucker’s Natural peanut butter, chunky Style, so I’ll have to try them in peanut butter cups.

  23. Carolyn

    One taste and you were hooked, it seems! I am definitely hooked. Had PB for breakfast, had it again for lunch. Your homemade cups look delicious.

  24. Kim - Liv Life

    I have seen recipes for homemade PB cups a couple of time and I keep saying I’m going to make them. I LOVE PB cups. Frankly they (and butterfingers) are the only candy that I eat. When I ski I always tuck a few into my pockets for quick energy and at Halloween I always sneak a few from the kids bags . I’m off to check the recipe!! Love Foodbeast!!

  25. Sandra

    I tell ya that Speedway will get you everytime! Love the layered look, and despite all the sweets I’ve had over the last couple of days I would love one of these.

  26. Megan @ pipandebby

    I have homemade peanut butter cups in my ever-growing “stack” of things to make. You may have just inspired me to move it to the top! Yum! Yours look amazing!!

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