White & Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure Reese’s Cups are America’s most-beloved candy. There’s just something so seductive about peanut butter and chocolate together that it can turn even the most civilized person into a savage candy fiend. Ever participate in the epic battle for the last Reeses Cup in the candy dish while trick-or-treating? ‘Nuff said.

Now, I myself am I big fan of Reese’s Cups. I mean, it’s chocolate and peanut butter. What’s not to love? However, like almost everything else in the world of food, I have found that homemade is a thousand times better. That may sound ludicrous when it comes to peanut butter cups. Reese’s cups are already awesome. How could you make them any better?

Well, if you don’t believe me, then perhaps you should try these sweet and salty treats for yourself. They are about twice the size of your average PB cup with a mound of creamy peanut butter filling stuffed into the center. The chocolate shell surrounding all that peanutty goodness is easily four times as thick as the puny, flimsy chocolate film that coats a regular Reese’s Cup. So, you get a much better chocolate to peanut butter ratio, creating mind-blowing chocolate-PB impact with every bite.

These are so indulgent. You’ll wonder why you ever bought peanut butter cups in the first place when you can make such delicious ones at home. They require basically no skill what-so-ever, so anybody can make them. Plus, they’re no-bake, which means that even those of you who may be challenged in the baking department can make these, no problem.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups make a GREAT gift. I’ve done them for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and everybody loves ‘em. People can’t believe you made them yourself, or that they’re so crazy delicious. This year, I gave these chocolate cups of peanut butter paradise a new twist: I made half of them white chocolate. The only thing I love more than milk chocolate and peanut butter is white chocolate and peanut butter. White chocolate is the sweetest and creamiest of the chocolate family, but peanut butter is so salty in contrast. It is perfect.

Both chocolate variations are delicious, and I’ve included each of them below. Whichever path you choose to follow is up to you. There is no wrong decision; you’ll find heavenly, dreamy chocolate peanut butter cups at the end of your journey either way.

“Hello, I’m Peanut Butter. I don’t think we’ve met before.”

“I don’t believe we’ve met either. I’m Chocolate.”

“Well, Chocolate, are you always this sweet, or is just my saltiness?”

“I think you bring out the best in me, Peanut Butter. We could be quite the team.”

The rest is history.

A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. For the white chocolate cups, you must use a mix of baking white chocolate and white chocolate chips. If you use chips only, the mixture never melts or becomes pourable. You just get a blob. Adding the baking white chocolate is what allows it to melt and become smooth so you can spoon it into the cups.
  2. You can, however, use only chips for the milk chocolate cups. Those will melt fine. I still, however, recommend using the milk chocolate bars too because they give the cups that classic Reese’s flavor.
  3. This recipe is easily doubled or halved.
  4. The cups can also be made in mini-muffin tins for mini-cups.
  5. Use fun colored liners and sprinkles to match whatever occasion the cups are commemorating.
  6. No, that’s not a typo. It really says “teaspoons” of butter. I was thrown off by this. The best way I found to measure it (since butter is typically marked in tablespoons) is to soften it and then use a teaspoon to scoop out the 4 1/2 teaspoons of butter you need.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Ingredients:

For milk chocolate cups:

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 4 bars of milk chocolate(1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: colored sprinkles for garnish

For white chocolate cups:

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 4 bars of white chocolate (1.55 ounces each), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: colored sprinkles, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until smooth; set aside.
  2. In a microwave, melt the chocolate chips and candy bars and stir until smooth. If making milk chocolate cups, also add the remaining 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the chocolate mixture.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 1/4 full with chocolate mixture. Top each with about a tablespoon of peanut butter mixture; top with another spoonful of chocolate mixture so that peanut butter is completely covered. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: About 18 large cups or 3 dozen mini-cups.

15 thoughts on “White & Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  1. Maggie

    I really wish I hadn’t already made all my Christmas treats for the year…these look utterly divine. Maybe I’ll have to make some anyway…my mouth is watering like crazy. I know you adore blizzards, so you will appreciate that my fav is the reese’s pb cup blizzard. I never ever stray from it. Can you imagine these in a blizzard?? Mmmmm….
    Merry Christmas Colleen! Its been a pleasure getting to know you and sharing recipes this year!

    Reply
    1. The Smart Cookie Cook Post author

      That is a solid blizzard indeed! Oh my…homemade PB cups in a blizzard? It’s only 7 o’clock in the morning and that’s got me drooling! And Merry Christmas to you too Maggie :) Thank you for all your wonderful comments. I’m always happy to hear from you!

      Reply
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  4. Maggie @ kitchie coo

    Colleen, me and my best friend’s daughter made these today and they were AMAZING! She’s 14 and loves to cook and bake, so I showed her your blog and picked these to make. It was so much fun. Thanks and hope you’re having a great weekend!

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