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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups on a plate.

The Easiest Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (Small-batch)

Homemade peanut butter cups are super easy to throw together and perfect for days when you're craving something sweet but have an empty baking cupboard. These can be made with just three ingredients and 15 minutes.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 peanut butter cups
Calories 174 kcal
Author Tracy

Ingredients

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

  • 2/3 heaping cup (4.5oz) chocolate chips divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons refined coconut oil divided (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons (48g) peanut butter (not natural peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) powdered sugar sifted

Instructions

  1. Clear space in your freezer for a muffin tin. Line tin with 6 liners (12 if making minis).

  2. Place 3 small microwave-safe bowls on the counter. To the first, add 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon coconut oil. To the second, add 1/3 heaping cup of chocolate chips and 1 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil. To the third, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter.

  3. Melt the chocolate in the first bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for an additional 15 seconds if necessary, until you are able to stir the chocolate smooth. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of chocolate to each prepared muffin cup, smoothing the chocolate out into an even layer so it covers the entire bottom. If there is any chocolate left in the bowl, divide it evenly(ish) between the cups. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.

  4. Place the bowl with peanut butter in the microwave and heat for 20 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 10 seconds if the peanut butter is not smooth and pourable. Stir in powdered sugar and drop a teaspoon of peanut butter onto the center of each muffin cup. The peanut butter should spread to almost the edges but not touch. If there is any leftover peanut butter, divide it between the cups. Freeze for 5 minutes.

  5. Repeat step 3 with remaining bowl of chocolate. Freeze for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If making mini peanut butter cups, use 1/2 heaping teaspoon chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter mixture for each layer.

Store peanut butter cups in their wrappers in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.