This homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups recipe will satisfy your peanut butter cup craving in only 15 minutes. They taste just like the real thing!
This recipe has been in our family for a long time. It was a recipe originally made by our grandma years ago and it is still a favorite today! These homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are so easy to make and they are always a crowd-pleaser. The filling has the exact same texture as the peanut butter cups that you can buy in the store, but it tastes so much better because it is homemade!
A few quick notes about this recipe
- You can use chocolate melts instead of chocolate chips, but the outer “shell” part won’t be quite as soft like the Reese’s peanut butter cups in the store. They will be a little harder, but they will still taste just fine.
- When you are “painting” the chocolate in the cups it really doesn’t need to be perfect. It just makes it so the “shell” covers the filling completely. Have some extra chocolate chips (or melts) on hand, just in case you need more to cover the peanut butter filling. It seems like every time I make this, the amount of chocolate that I use varies.
- Once these are made and hardened, there is no need to refrigerate them. You can leave them at room temperature until ready to eat. You are just going to love this recipe!
If you want to make things REALLY easy, you can make these “fondue” or “buckeye” style by shaping the peanut butter mixture into balls and just dipping them directly into the chocolate and placing them on wax paper. You will get the exact same taste but you won’t get the cool “Reese’s” look to them. If you are craving peanut butter and chocolate and don’t care about the look– this is a good option to satisfy your craving in about 5 minutes start-to-finish.
This homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups recipe will satisfy your peanut butter cup craving in only 15 minutes. They taste just like the real thing!
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar until well blended, set aside.
- In a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat butter and peanut butter together in microwave in 15 second increments until melted. Stir until combined and pour over graham cracker mixture. Stir until well combined, set aside.
- Melt half of the chocolate chips with half of the butter in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 15 second increments (stirring each time) until chocolate is melted. Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin (mini or regular depending on what size peanut butter cups you want to make-- makes about 36 mini cups or 12 full-sized cups).
- Using a paint brush (I used a flat brush about 1/2" wide), "paint" each cupcake liner with melted chocolate. Be sure to evenly coat the bottom and half way up each cup (if using the "mini" cupcake liners). If you are using full-size cupcake liners paint about 1/3 of the way up each cup. You don't need to paint it super thick, just enough so you don't see any of the liner underneath.
- Place in the refrigerator to cool for about 5 minutes or until chocolate hardens.
- Press about 1 tsp. of graham cracker mixture in each mini cup (about 1 Tbsp. for regular-sized cups) making sure the top is somewhat flat (it doesn't need to be perfect). Just make sure you don't go above where you "painted" the chocolate on the cup.
- Add remaining chocolate chips to remaining melted chocolate in the microwave-safe bowl and melt together with remaining butter (stirring every 15 seconds).
- Spoon a little chocolate over each peanut butter cup until the peanut butter filling is completely covered (you can lightly shake or tap the cupcake pan to even out the chocolate over the filling). You want the top of the peanut butter cup to look completely flat.
- Place in refrigerator or cool area until chocolate hardens, then serve!
More Reese’s Recipes
If you love the taste of Reese’s peanut butter cups and candies, check out these delicious recipes!
- Really Reese’s Cookies – With three different types of Reese’s candies, these are REALLY REESE’S Cookies! Chocolate and peanut butter in every delicious bite.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Swirl – This fudge is so easy to make and it is incredibly delicious! It tasted like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in fudge form.
- Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats – It’s so easy to turn a traditional Rice Krispie Treats into Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Treats. Creamy peanut butter and mini Reese’s cups make it an extra special treat!
- Candy Bar Hot Chocolate – You’ve got to try this Reese’s Hot Chocolate. It is amazing how a little peanut butter can give a creamier, richer taste to hot cocoa!
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake – This cake is so fun! It is a round cake that looks and tastes just like a giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!