Homemade Peanut Butter Cups #SundaySupper

homemade peanut butter cups

Happy Sunday Supper day! Today’s theme is Halloween Party, which of course prompted me to reminisce about Halloween as a kid. It was always so much fun. We got dressed up in costumes, there were always parties to attend, and our neighborhood got into the spirit quite a bit. We’d always have friends we trick-or-treated with, and most of the neighbors were so sweet about decorating their houses and handing out candy. Except for the one family of weirdos who made kids sing “Jesus Loves Me” or recite a Bible verse to get any candy. Yeah… I guess it does demonstrate the lengths kids will go to just to get a piece of candy, because we always did it.

first layer of chocolate

second layer peanut butter

And then we’d get home and the serious business of Halloween would begin. My parents were very health-conscious, so they didn’t love the idea of us bringing home all that candy. Megan and I were fully aware of this, so we had a system of keeping track of exactly what loot we’d gotten, what we’d already eaten, and what we had traded each other. This way, Mom couldn’t sneak in and throw it out little by little.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

One of my favorite treats to get in the plastic jack-o-lantern was Reese’s peanut butter cups. So I figured that’s what I’d make today. It’s a nice, nostalgic throw-back. These are really fun to make and taste waaaaayyy better than the store-bought candies. The lack of preservatives or stabilizers creates a lovely and uber-satisfying goosh in the center – not to mention way more flavor. They were really awesome. Matt went nuts over them (as did his coworkers).

homemade peanut butter cups

Let’s see, recipe notes. The only one I have is to make very, very certain you use chocolate bars and not chocolate chips. Chocolate chips have emulsifiers in them that detract from melting, and you want really smooth chocolate for this dish. Happy Halloween y’all! And be sure you check out the rest of the amazing Sunday Supper team!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

homemade peanut butter cups

{One year ago: Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash, Onions, Apple and Bacon}

Source: The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

1 lb. good quality semi-sweet chocolate bars (I used 4 (4 oz.) Ghirardelli chocolate bars)
1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
2 tbs packed brown sugar

Set up a double boiler. If you don’t have a proper one (I don’t either), just fill a small skillet with about 2 inches of water and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then place a glass bowl over top. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.
Leave the chocolate bars in their wrapping. Using a small frying pan or meat mallet, whack them several times all over. Carefully unwrap them on one side and dump the chocolate pieces into the makeshift double boiler. Let them melt completely, then stir to make sure the chocolate mixture is extremely smooth.
Meanwhile, lay out 30 mini muffin liners on a baking sheet. When the chocolate is completely melted, turn the heat to low.
Scoop up a bit of chocolate with a small spoon, pour it into a mini muffin liner, and use the back of the spoon or a small paintbrush (thanks to Genius Tracey for that idea!) to spread the chocolate around the entire inside of the liner. You want the chocolate to be thin, but not so thin that it won’t hold up when it dries and gets peeled out of the paper. Repeat with the remaining 29 cups. Set them aside to harden a bit, 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature. Set aside the remaining melted chocolate, off the heat.
Make the peanut butter filling. Combine the peanut butter, vanilla, salt, and brown sugar in the food processor. Process until very smooth and uniform, scraping down the sides of the bowl and re-processing as needed.
Even if the chocolate is not yet hardened, use a small spoon to fill each cup about ¾ of the way with the peanut butter mixture.
See how the remaining melted chocolate is doing and rewarm if necessary. (Mine didn’t need it at all). Using another small spoon, cover the peanut butter with more melted chocolate to seal in the filling. Try to get the chocolate to the tops of the liners.
When all the cups are filled, leave them to set up at room temperature for about 3 hours. If they are not set up to your satisfaction after the three hours, then you can refrigerate them for a bit. I preferred them chilled.

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63 responses to “Homemade Peanut Butter Cups #SundaySupper

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  2. My daughter will eat this super fast. Thank you for sharing

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  9. YUM! These must taste amazing!!! They wouldn’t last long at my house!!!

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  14. This is such a fun idea. Looking forward to trying it with my kids.

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  16. These look delicious and I bet they would work with SunButter too. (for those with food allergies!)

  17. Nothing like homemade, good for you PB Cups! I love it!! I love that you didn’t add a lot of sugar to the PB.

  18. Love. Love. Love. If you can’t tell Reese’s PB cups are my absolute favorite. 🙂

  19. You are speaking my language. Gooey peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate? Awwwww yeah.

  20. Yeah, peanut butter cups are my favorite part of Halloween. Love this homemade version!

  21. I love homemade pb cups! Yours look perfect!

  22. I had a family member who used to make these for me. I LOVE homemade peanut butter cups. I may have to try this recipe out!

  23. Peanut butter cups were always the first piece of candy I’d pick out of my stash!

  24. My Halloween favorites were always peanut butter cups and Butterfingers. Yep, I’m kind of a fan of peanut butter. Your homemade cups came out great, Julie. I am very impressed!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thank you! Truth be told, I was a little impressed myself, seeing as I’d never made them before… They’re actually easier than they look, thank goodness. 🙂

  25. ALWAYS love homemade peanut butter cups. Yours look great!

  26. So cute – and homemade candy is always the best. These sound delicious!

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  29. Those look perfect, nicely done!! I adore PB cups!!

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  31. By far my fave candy. These look perfect

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  33. I’ve always wanted to make homemade peanut butter cups and yours look wonderful! I’m adding this to my to-make recipe list.

  34. You’re absolutely right, homemade peanut butter cups are WAY better than store bought (as is almost everything else homemade). Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper!

  35. WOW I just about licked my computer screen!! I love Reeses but homemade is ALWAYS better!!

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