Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are one of my favorite candies, so when I saw that you could make them at home I was beyond excited! And guess what? The results are absolutely amazing. The creamy peanut butter filling paired with the smooth chocolate coating is deeply satisfying (especially if you're a peanut butter and chocolate addict like myself).
There's no baking, special equipment or techniques needed to pull off this dessert. All you need to have on hand are mini muffin liners, a mini muffin tin and a fridge where the cups can cool. Satisfying a chocolate and peanut butter craving has never been so easy!
Here's how you can make this mouthwatering treat at home.
- 1 cups creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1¼ cups powdered sugar
- 4 cups milk chocolate chips (two 11.5-oz bags)
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening
Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, until completely melted, stirring after each burst.
Using a small cookie scoop or a couple of teaspoons, spoon melted chocolate into the bottom of each lined muffin cup.
Use a heaping teaspoon to scoop out the peanut butter mixture. Roll it into a ball, and then flatten it slightly into a disk. Place on the prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once finished with all of the peanut butter mixture, refrigerate both the muffin tins and the peanut butter patties for about 30 minutes.
Place a peanut butter patty on top of each chocolate-lined muffin tin.
Then use a scoop or spoon to add more melted chocolate on top and around each peanut butter patty. (If the melted chocolate firmed up, just pop it back into the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds or so to re-melt.)
Refrigerate again for 30 minutes, then they're ready to serve! Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Now it's time to dig in! Can you resist eating them all in one sitting?