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homemade peanut butter cups stacked up 4 high on a teal tea towel
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups are seriously easy and amazing! They taste SO much better than store-bought and use pantry ingredients you probably have on hand!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Candy, No Bake Desserts
Cuisine: American, Dessert
Servings: 16 cups

Ingredients

  • 16 oz (1 package) chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  • First, make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine the softened butter, light brown sugar, peanut butter, pure vanilla extract, confectioners' sugar, and salt and use a handheld electric mixer to cream the mixture together. The mixture will be thick and doughy, like a cookie dough. Set aside. Meanwhile, line 2 muffin tins with about 16 paper liners.
  • Melt the chocolate candy coating according to package directions, or until melted and smooth. Spoon about 1 Tablespoon of the melted chocolate into the bottom of each paper liner and use the back of the spoon to kind of brush it slightly up the sides of the paper liner.
  • Take a heaping Tablespoonful of the peanut butter filling and form it into a little disc. Place the disc into the bottom of the chocolate cup. Top the peanut butter disc with another Tablespoon of the melted chocolate and smooth it over the top of the disc in an even layer.
  • Allow the peanut butter cups to set and firm up, about 30 minutes at room temperature, or expedite the process by placing the peanut butter cups in the fridge. Store any leftovers at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

The best peanut butter to use is a regular kind like Skippy or JIF. Do not use natural peanut butter, as it is prone to separating. 
You can find chocolate candy coating at most grocery stores, Target, Walmart, etc. by many brands like CandiQuik, Ghirardelli, Loghouse Foods, etc. These melt better than chocolate chips as they have a higher melting temperature and are less prone to seizing.