Satisfy your sweet tooth today with No Bake Peanut Butter Cups!
Made with chocolate chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vegetable oil and vanilla extract, this is a copycat version of the popular Reese's Peanut Butter Cups we've all come to love!
Copycat Reese's peanut butter cups are the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors all in one adorable little package!
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These simple and easy-to-make treats will be the highlight of your day. With only a few ingredients, they could not get any easier!
Plus they require no baking or oven! You can melt the chocolate in the microwave or on top of the stove if you need to.
Check out the recipe notes and variations following the step-by-step photos for any possible substitutions or tips on making the recipe your own.
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- To easily melt chocolate, you can use a microwave. Simply place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until it melts completely.
- Another popular method is to melt chocolate using a double boiler.
- Never add water when melting chocolate. Even a small amount of water can cause the chocolate to seize and become grainy. If water accidentally gets into your chocolate, start over. There is no saving it!
- Even moisture can ruin the chocolate when you're melting it! Make sure that all the utensils and bowls you use to melt the chocolate are completely dry. Any moisture can cause the chocolate to seize.
- Remember, melting chocolate requires patience. Take your time and stir often to ensure smooth and silky results. Check out all my tips for How to Melt Chocolate.
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This is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact quantities, detailed instructions and special notes.
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth to add some texture to your cups.
- Replace the regular peanut butter filling with Nutella for a delicious hazelnut-chocolate twist.
- Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate for a richer and slightly less sweet version. Even white milk chocolate would be great too!
- Add a few drops of peppermint extract to the chocolate or the peanut butter filling for a refreshing minty flavor.
- Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until a soft dough forms. Set aside while you prepare the chocolate layer.
- Step 2: In a microwave-safe container, add the chocolate chips and oil. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove the container and stir.
- Step 3: Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
- Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate to the silicone liners. Tilt the liners to coat the sides up the wall of the liner.
📌Quick Tip: If you only have traditional paper muffin liners on hand, spray them lightly with non-stick baking spray before filling. That should help the chocolate not to stick when removing the chilled peanut butter cups.
- Step 4: Remove the peanut butter filling from the refrigerator and separate it into 12 balls.
- Step 5: Flatten the balls into "pucks" and place them in the center of the silicone liners on top of the melted chocolate.
- Step 6: Cover each top with melted chocolate and tap smooth. Make sure the silicone cups are even and each peanut center is covered.
- Step 7: Set aside to allow the chocolate to harden. You can also place them in the refrigerator.
- Step 8: Remove the cups from the silicone liners and enjoy!
Before You Begin!
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- Place the peanut butter cups in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.
- Make sure they are arranged in a single layer or separated by parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- They can be stored at room temperature, however, if you live in a warm climate or during the summer months, you may want to consider storing the chocolate peanut butter cups in the refrigerator to prevent melting.
- You can freeze the chocolate peanut butter cups too! Simple place them on a baking sheet that's been lined with parchment paper. Then place the baking sheet in the freezer to flash freeze them.
- Once they're frozen solid, transfer the peanut butter cups to an airtight container.
- They should last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
➡️Top Recipe Tip
- Try to use the silicone muffin liners so the peanut butter cups pop easily out and don't stick like they would to paper liners.
Yes, you can use different types of chocolate for the peanut butter cups, depending on your preference. Milk chocolate is the most commonly used and provides a sweet and creamy flavor. However, you can also use dark chocolate for a richer and slightly less sweet taste. White chocolate can be used for a sweeter and creamier variation.
There are numerous options available, such as almond butter, cashew butter, or even hazelnut butter, that can provide unique flavors and textures to your homemade treats.
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- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until dough forms. Set aside in the refrigerator while you melt the chocolate.
- In a microwave-safe container, add the chocolate chips and oil. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and mix. If clumpy and not smooth, microwave in 15-second intervals while mixing between melting. Mix until smooth.
- In silicone muffin liners, add 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate. Tilt liners to coat the sides up the wall of the liner.
- Remove the peanut filling and separate it into 10 balls. Flatten the balls into pucks and place them in the muffin liner on top of the chocolate. Equally, top each cup with melted chocolate and tap smooth. Make sure cups are level and peanut is covered. Set aside to allow the chocolate to harden. Place in the refrigerator to speed the process up.
- Remove cups from the liners and enjoy.
Using silicone liners so the chocolate peanut butter cups pop out easier.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 5g
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