homemade peanut butter cups



Everybody likes getting candy, even if they are (ahem) maybe a bit too old to be Trick or Treating. (If that's even possible.) Here's a cute idea to dress up a sweet candy gift for a friend or coworker, preset your candy in decorative jars! Simply use mason jars (or other canning jars) and cover the tops with colorful fabrics. You can use store-bought candies, or you can make your own! Here's how to make homemade peanut butter cups:




Needed: mini cupcake pan plus mini sized cupcake liners (we used brown ones), 1 bag (about 2 cups) dark or semi-sweet chocolate, 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 3/4 cup powder sugar.


First, line your mini cupcake pan with liners. In a microwave safe bowl melt half of the chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon oil. I've found the best way to melt chocolate in the microwave is to melt for 30 seconds, stir, melt another 30 seconds, stir and repeat this until things are creamy. Once the chocolate is melted pour a tablespoon or so (it's not necessary to measure, I'm just giving you an idea of how much to pour) in to each cupcake liner. Give the pan a little shake so that the chocolate evenly distributes in each hole, then place in the refrigerator.

While that is cooling, make the peanut butter filling. In a pot on the stove or in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave melt the peanut butter, brown sugar and butter together. Add the powder sugar, 1/4 cup at a time and stir in between until it's all been added and you have a nice thick, creamy batter. Shape these into small balls and slightly smash so they become small disks. Place these in each chocolate filled cupcake liner.

Now melt the remaining chocolate with 1 tablespoon oil. Pour over the top of the peanut butter disks. Once you've filled all the the liners give the pan a good shake or tap on the counter top so the chocolate settles into all the cracks. Refrigerate this overnight until firm.




Have fun making your own peanut butter cups! Enjoy. xo. Emma and Elsie


  • I’ve had this recipe pinned forever, but, I finally made these last night, and, they turned out absolutely amazing. I want to try them again with caramel and a sprinkling of salt. Delicious!

  • love them!!! DO u know for how long can they last and still be good enoguh to eat???

  • oh how delicious!

    A guilty ramp up could be… Filthy Brownies


    Think cookie dough, peanut butter cups, brownie!

    Laura x

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  • I just made these! Theyre wonderful! And very easy and fun to make! C:

  • Hi, I was just wondering how many your recipe makes? xx thank you, peanut butter cups taste amazing I really want to make some! 🙂

  • super cute and easy to make thay turned out great! plus it’s a siple way to make something “homemade” lovee it:)

  • JUST made a batch of these. I ended up with a little too much PB filling and not enough chocolate (I followed the recipe exactly) BUT I just melted down some more chocolate to finish and ate my way through the surplus PB filling because it was sooooo delicious!! They are ‘curing’ in the fridge now. My husband is going to go bonkers when he gets home :)!!!

  • How many peanut butter cups does one batch make? They look soo good; I can’t wait to try them!

  • fab recipe, thanks! here’s another way to make them: use the moulds from toffifee! you will have a mini-version of them and it’s super easy to do.

  • Peanut butter cups are in the fridge. I can’t wait to taste them. Thanks for the post!

  • whoops! i forgot the link to my mini cups!


  • love making dark chocolate peanut butter cups but whenever i would make them it would stick to the liner! now i know the key is oil! great post!


  • YUMMMMM!!!! those homemade peanut butter cups look AMAZING!!!!!
    i want to eat them right now.


  • They look great 🙂 I made some one time and used a mixture of cream cheese frosting and peanut butter to get a good filling. They didn’t last too long after I made them!

    xo Amber P.

  • omg, as someone who CANNOT be without chocolate… i love this idea! definitely need to try it out.

  • oh my gosh i love this idea!

    i’m totally going to make these as little holiday gifts!

  • These look so delicious! I haven’t tried making homemade candy before this recipe inspires me to try!


  • Yum amazing!!In fact your whole darn blog is pretty amazing, keep it up!

  • ummm, yes, totally trying these babies! 🙂




  • Thanks for writing a blog with NOT JUST images that inspire (your photography is lovely) but also ideas for projects and decorating. Yes, I love seeing cute girls in nice clothes, but that seems to be the bulk of the blogs I’ve been reading lately. Your posts actually give me a creative nudge, which I have been needing lately. So thanks.

  • Hello!
    I just discover your blog, so many things to see and read, it’s stunning. I really like the design of your site. I just start one and it’s not easy so bravo for your work.
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  • amezing!love it!such an idea!!!


  • Peanut butter cups are one of the favorite candies of choice in our house. Might try this with white chocolate, since it’s so hard to find the white chocolate Reese cups around here.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • This is a great idea that I would like to try. Do you know if it turns out any different if you use milk chocolate instead of dark or semi-sweet? I don’t think it would, I just wanted to ask. -Shirley

  • Looks so yummy! You’re never too old for candy, thanks for sharing.


  • Great post! I’ve never like the Hershey ones we can get over here, but I might love a homemade combo (I do love chocolate and peanut butter afterall!)

    Have a great weekend!

  • so peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite! thank you for this.. I will definitely be making these soon!


  • love this but I am totally cheating and buying the candy, it would definitely be more of a “TRICK” if i attempted to make treats lol

  • Halloween and candy are never things you get too old for! I used to make these when i was younger. Maybe it’s time to do it again….. 😉

  • The fabric covered jars are such a cute idea! Never would have thought of that!

  • This is fun and easy!! I think I will this for Christmas and hand them out to my neighbors!

  • Yummmm…its like you knew what my most favorite candy treat in the world was and delivered it to me in a great big bow! Thanks Ladies!!! Hearts, janna lynn

  • Peanut butter cups are one of my favourite treats – I’d love to try to make some of my own!



  • What are the red things in the jar? It’s pretty! I think I’ll be making these as Christmas gifts!

  • i LOVE the packaging on these! too cute = )


  • everything you do is fab, and I would NEVER give you an idea, but with mine I use graham crackers (crushed in blender) gives them a little texture. Try it!

    Happy everything!

  • What a cool idea! 😉 And Emma looks so cute in that pic, hehe.

    Hope you girls have a wonderful weekend! ;D


  • aww i have made these on my blog before. they taste so much better than the shop bought ones!

    – Ani x

  • Yummy! Not kidding I’m eating Reese’s pieces right now… should NOT have bought Halloween candy this early!

    A Collection of Passions

  • I love the presentation of the candy in mason jars! And the peanut butter cups sound amazing, I’ll definitely be trying these before Halloween.

  • These look absolutely amazing! It wouldn’t have occurred to me to try making these…thanks for the inspiration!

  • I love getting candy 🙂 I got halloween candy on my lunch break today 🙂 I like to pass it out at work. This is such a cute way to display it or gift it. Mmm…recipe looks great too!

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