3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

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3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

These 3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups are absolutely the easiest recipe I’ve ever made. With just three simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry and 15 minutes, you can have your own homemade Reese’s cups for a small fraction of the cost!

 

These peanut butter cups are a deliciously fun idea to add to Easter baskets or to make for a Halloween treat! Or even enjoyed during a Saturday night movie on the couch. And there’s absolutely no cooking or baking (other than a quick zap in the microwave), so get the kids involved in making them too!

 

The only additional things you’ll need are a cupcake pan and paper liners. Depending on the size of homemade peanut butter cups you’d like to make, you can use either a standard size cupcake pan or a mini-cupcake pan. I made the standard size, but am now thinking that if I had used the mini one instead, there would be even more mini-cups to enjoy! This recipe will make at least 12 large peanut butter cups.

3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Ingredients

1 c creamy  peanut butter

1/2 c + 2 Tbsp powdered sugar

2 c chocolate (any kind you like – I like to mix semi-sweet and milk chocolate in a 50/50 mixture)

3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

How To Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Place chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments, then stirring, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

 

In a separate bowl, warm up peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. It shouldn’t be very sticky anymore and you should be able to press it between your fingers and it holds together.

 

Using a teaspoon (the one from the silverware drawer), scoop up a bit of the melted chocolate and drip it into the cupcake liners. Using the tip of the spoon, gently nudge it to the edge of the liner, so the entire bottom is covered in a thin layer of chocolate.

3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Next, scoop up a small bit of the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a 1″ ball. Press the ball flat between the palms of your hands to form a disc. Place this disc of peanut butter on top of the chocolate layer in the cupcake pan.

3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Oops, I was so excited, I got a little ahead of myself with this photo! (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Finally, using a teaspoon again, scoop up some more of the melted chocolate and drizzle it over top of the peanut butter in a thin layer. Again, using the tip of the spoon, gently nudge it around so that it drips down all sides of the peanut butter. Although even if some of the peanut butter shows through the sides when all is said and done, that’s okay too!

3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill. Then just remove the cupcake liners and enjoy!

3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

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3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

3-Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These 3-ingredient homemade peanut butter cups are absolutely the easiest recipe I’ve ever made. With just three simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry and 15 minutes, you can have your own homemade Reese’s cups for a small fraction of the cost!
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12 peanut butter cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 c chocolate (any kind you like – I like to mix semi-sweet and milk chocolate in a 50/50 mixture)

Instructions
 

  • Place chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments, then stirring, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, warm up peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then stir in the powdered sugar until smooth. It shouldn’t be very sticky anymore and you should be able to press it between your fingers and it holds together.
  • Using a teaspoon (the one from the silverware drawer), scoop up a bit of the melted chocolate and drip it into the cupcake liners. Using the tip of the spoon, gently nudge it to the edge of the liner, so the entire bottom is covered in a thin layer of chocolate.
  • Next, scoop up a small bit of the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a 1″ ball. Press the ball flat between the palms of your hands to form a disc.
  • Place this disc of peanut butter on top of the chocolate layer in the cupcake pan.
  • Finally, using a teaspoon again, scoop up some more of the melted chocolate and drizzle it over top of the peanut butter in a thin layer. Again, using the tip of the spoon, gently nudge it around so that it drips down all sides of the peanut butter.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill.
  • Then just remove the cupcake liners and enjoy!

 

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