Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Perfectly sweet-salty Peanut Butter Cups are better than anything you’ll buy at the store! This easy homemade candy stuffs creamy peanut butter into dark chocolate for a naturally gluten free treat.

Homemade peanut butter cups, some topped with salt, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate sprinkles, are shown piled on a white plate.

Why You’ll Love These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

  • Cuisine Inspiration: American
  • Primary Cooking Method: No-bake
  • Dietary Info: Gluten-free, Dairy-free option
  • Skill Level: Easy

Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations ever, and these homemade peanut butter cups are a wonderful example of how good it can be! Here’s why you’ll love these dark chocolate peanut butter cups:

  • Sweet-Salty. This is one of my favorite pairings, but I want that salty and nutty flavor to really stand out. So I use pure peanut butter, not a mixture with tons of powdered sugar, to complement the slight sweetness, and deep, rich flavor of the dark chocolate. And optional sprinkle of salt on top of the peanut butter cups is another wonderful complement to the sweetness of the chocolate.
  • Gluten-Free. If you’ve been wondering if this homemade candy is gluten free, it is! All of the ingredients included are naturally gluten free (but check the ingredients labels if you want to be absolutely sure).
  • Easy. Just a few simple steps, including melting the chocolate, are all you’ll need to take to make this treat.
Peanut butter cups are shown stacked in a blue and white bowl. The top peanut butter cup has been cut in half so that you can see the peanut butter in the inside.

Homemade PB Cups Ingredients

You need just a few ingredients to make these wonderful dark chocolate peanut butter cups. The full ingredient amounts will be in the recipe card lower down in this post.

  • Peanut Butter: I use natural peanut butter for the peanuttiest flavor, preferably my homemade peanut butter, but store-bought is fine.
  • Dark Chocolate Candy Melts: I like to use a brand like Merckens. Be sure you use a brand that is gluten free, if needed.
  • Garnish: Coarse sea salt, chocolate sprinkles, or mini chocolate chips for sprinkling on top.
Ingredients for Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I’ve outlined my method for homemade peanut butter cups below. The detailed instructions are included in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Prepare. Use a silicone candy mold or place mini foil cupcake wrappers on a cookie sheet.
  • Melt. Melt half of the chocolate.
  • Fill. Fill each cup about halfway with the chocolate, then place them in the fridge.
  • Add peanut butter. Dollop peanut butter into each chocolate cup.
  • Finish. Melt the remaining chocolate and divide it into the cups.
  • Set. Let the cups set slightly, then sprinkle with sea salt, sprinkles, or chocolate chips.

Tips for the Best PB Cups

Here are a few tips that will help these homemade peanut butter cups turn out perfectly:
  • Choose your size. You can use a small mold to make mini peanut butter cups or a larger mold to make standard-size candies. You can also make giant ones by using foil wrappers for mini muffins.
  • Add chunky peanut butter. I love a smooth peanut butter filling but sometimes it’s fun to change things up. You can use a chunky natural peanut butter for more texture if you like.
  • Try different chocolate. You can use semisweet chocolate chips in place of the chocolate melts if you wish (just make sure to use the same amount as is called for in the recipe). Or make these homemade peanut butter cups with milk chocolate or white chocolate.
  • Use good-quality chocolate. If you can, use good-quality chocolate for the chocolate coating. Because there are so few ingredients needed to make these peanut butter cups, you’ll be able to taste the difference.
  • Make them dairy-free. If needed, choose a dairy-free brand of chocolate so that you can make these peanut butter cups dairy-free.
  • Go peanut-free. If you can’t eat peanuts or want to try a different flavor pairing, you can substitute almond butter in place of the peanut butter, or make them allergy-safe with sunflower seed butter.
A hand holds a cut peanut butter cup so you can see the peanut butter inside that's encased in dark chocolate.

Proper Candy Storage

Here’s how to store your homemade peanut butter cups:

  • Fridge – Place peanut butter cups in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Freezer – You can store homemade peanut butter cups in an airtight, freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Let the peanut butter cups sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before you eat them to restore their creamy texture.
A plate of homemade peanut butter cups.

What to Make With Homemade Reese’s

Truly, you can’t go wrong by just digging right into these yummy chocolate and peanut butter candies. But you can also use them in any recipe that calls for the storebought version. Here are some of my favorites:

Peanut butter cups are shown on a plate with a stack in the background.
5 from 3 votes

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Perfectly sweet-salty Peanut Butter Cups are better than anything you'll buy at the store! This easy homemade candy folds creamy butter into dark chocolate for a naturally gluten free treat.
Prep: 15 minutes
Chilling Time 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 36 servings (approximately)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter, homemade or storebought
  • 2 pounds dark chocolate candy melts
  • Coarse sea salt, chocolate sprinkles, or mini chocolate chips, for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Use small or large peanut butter cup-shaped silicone candy molds or separate and spread out about 30-32 mini foil cupcake wrappers on a cookie sheet or in a baking pan
  • Melt about half of the chocolate following the instructions on the bag. If there are no instructions, you can slowly melt it in a heat-safe bowl over a pan of simmering water. Or melt it in the microwave at 50% power, stirring every 15-30 seconds.
  • Use a spoon or squeeze bottle to fill each cup about halfway. Use a small brush to spread some of the chocolate partway up the sides. Place in the fridge until set.
  • Dollop peanut butter in the middle of each chocolate cup. For the small cups you'll need about 1/2 teaspoon, for the large cups about 1 teaspoon, and for the mini foil cupcakes wrappers, about 1 tablespoon.
  • Melt the remaining chocolate and use a spoon or squeeze bottle to top the cups, tapping on the table as needed to level it out and get rid of air bubbles.
  • Let set slightly, then sprinkle sea salt, sprinkles, or chocolate chips over the tops of the peanut butter cups.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Amount Per Serving (3 small, 1 large, or 1 mini cupcakes0sized peanut butter cup (approximately)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 221mg6%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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40 Comments
  1. I am so on board with this recipe — I’ve been telling myself lately that I really need to try my hand at chocolate peanut butter cups, but I hate how all of the recipes call for shortening or coconut oil. I love that yours doesn’t have either one, and that it includes homemade peanut butter! I wanted to let you know, too, that I featured this post on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up. Thanks for another outstanding recipe idea, and I hope you’re having a nice weekend!

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  2. My son is addicted to Reeses Peanut Butter cups, but I’m not crazy about milk chocolate. I like dark much better, esp. the special dark. I bake mini brownies and push a miniature Reeses P B Cup down into the center. Then I top them, when they are cool, with a whipped ganache rosette, and sprinkle a few chopped P B chips on the top. They are a huge hit at a party. I’m going to have to try these with the dark chocolate, for the brownie cupcakes. Good idea!

    I make a lot of wedding cakes, and one of my most popular is my devil’s chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse filling loaded up with chopped Reeses P B cups, and a Peanut Butter flavored frosting. I use the oil to keep the frosting white.

    I didn’t know that the commercial cups had honey in the filling? Don’t taste it myself. Do like the salt sprinkled on the top.

  3. 5 stars
    Mmmmm….I wish that I had one of these right now! These look so amazing! Peanut butter cups were my favorite candy as a kid. I like this version MUCH better. 🙂

  4. Oh my heaven do these look and sound divine!! I bowed out of doing First on the First this month but I definitely would have done a PB/choco something. But you did a way better job than I could have – yum yum yum!

  5. I am drooling! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, but lately I’ve found that the Reese’s PB cups are a little too sweet for my tastes. (Although I still eat them, ha!) These look perfect!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness!!! Those peanut butter cups look SO incredibly good! I’m a huge Reese’s PB cups fan and I really wish Maddy didn’t have a peanut allergy… oh how I miss peanut butter. These look perfect and I love the sprinkle of sea salt on top. The perfect finishing touch! I also NEED to see more of those scrumptious looking cupcakes. Holy moly, Brianne!! You’ve outdone yourself. My mouth is watering. Thanks for joining in the month!

      1. Oooo!! Sunflower Butter is my peanut butter alternative in our house. It’s funny cause it kind of tastes a little “peanut buttery” or perhaps that’s just my mind playing tricks on me as I wish it really were. They actually make Sunflower Butter Cups and they’re absolutely awesome!

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