Homemade Dark Chocolate and Natural Peanut Butter Cups

Oh my word, why didn’t I ever try to make these before??  Chocolate peanut butter cups are so easy to do at home and are seriously delicious! The only ingredients are dark chocolate chips (20 ounces), natural peanut butter (1 cup), powdered sugar (1/4 cup), and salt (1/4 teaspoon).  This yields about 12 large and 12 small chocolate peanut butter cups.

Let me show you . . . 
I used Chirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate (about 20 ounces- 1 3/4 bags) and natural peanut butter from Target.  
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. That is, put a small amount of water in a sauce pan and heat to boiling and put the chocolate chips in a glass bowl on top.  Don’t let the water touch the bowl.  Turn off the heat when the chips begin to melt.  Stir until fully melted.  This heats the chocolate slowly so that it melts smoothly without seizing up and getting chalky and clumpy.  

To make the peanut butter filling, combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt until mixed. 
Using cupcake liners, coat the bottom and sides with the melted chocolate.  Then set aside so the chocolate sets. I put mine in the fridge for about 10 minutes.  
Then add the peanut butter mix, patting it down to flatten.  

Finally, top with chocolate and let set.  Again, I popped mine in the fridge.  

After a few minutes, you have the most delectable little chocolate peanut butter bites of goodness!

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Oh, Lord, these did not last long at our house.  

I will definitely be making them again!
I’m sharing this recipe with Natasha at Schue Love for our Christmas Cheer Holiday Link Party.  Come on over and link up your recipes!  Don’t forget the button:)
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  1. December 13, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    Oh these looks AMAZING! I think I can make these for my vegan daughter who can't eat regular store bought pb cups. These sound even better anyway! Thank you!!!


  2. December 13, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    These look incredible! I definitely will have to make these.

  3. December 13, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    These look amazing, Megan – I can't wait to try them!!!

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  5. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    December 13, 2012 / 2:10 pm

    OH MY WORD!!!!! I am so making these this weekend!! I'm gluten free so I really appreciate sweet recipes that I can eat – especially at this time of year! 😉

  6. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    December 13, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    Oh geez — if only I were home right this second…I would be making them! Instead I have to wait 2 whole days until the weekend!!!!

  7. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    December 13, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Scrumptious!! My father in law is bananas for chocolate and peanut butter so I may have to bust these out for him. Thank you!

  8. Allison
    December 13, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    So yummy! I will be making these for the gift for our neighbors. Thanks Megan! I was trying to come up with something different than my past years and this is perfect. Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination. I know I'll be eating a few or more!

  9. natasha {schue love}
    December 13, 2012 / 11:50 pm

    All I can say is WOW! These look amazing!!!

  10. Chic Coastal Living
    December 14, 2012 / 12:05 am

    I could eat a whole pan full of these! XOXO

  11. Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    December 14, 2012 / 4:29 am

    Ohmigosh, I want to eat these RIGHT NOW!

  12. December 15, 2012 / 8:37 pm

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate one of life's greatest combos!!

  13. December 17, 2012 / 12:15 pm

    Made these this afternoon and OMG, I could I have sworn there were 24…now there are 19, either my counting is way out…or I've eaten them…Okay I ate them in one sitting.

  14. December 20, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    I'm stuck in my house — adult snow day!! What better way to celebrate than with homemade peanut butter cups. These were AMAZING! Thanks for sharing.

  15. February 20, 2013 / 3:23 am

    These were a big hit for Valentine's Day! Thank you for helping me put a smile on my wife's face!

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