Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Close up of stacked dark peanut butter cups from two different angles

I’ve got a story for y’all. It is slightly strange, but it makes me laugh whenever I think about the conversation.

I dislike anyone poking around in my mouth with sharp, metal objects, which should tell y’all that I majorly hate going to the dentist’s office. Well, the last time I was at the dentist, he asked me to eat more candy. He laughed when I looked stunned. Because, apparently, my teeth are super hardy and strong. I never have any cavities, no matter how much candy I actually consume. (And, let’s be honest: I consume a lot of candy and other sweets because I have a vicious sweet tooth.)

Yes, I realize I have been blessed with good teeth.

And yes, I realize now that I have revealed this to y’all, I will no doubt have a few cavities the next time I’m back at the dentist.

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for any mixture of peanut butter and chocolate. So much so that I stock up on Reese’s Easter Eggs around Easter-time.

… Not this year, though. This year, I wanted to try something different. So, in celebration of Easter (and in celebration of not purchasing myself a TON of Easter candy, post-holiday), I’ve made a little something to meet my yearly craving.

These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are rich, and they’ll satisfy any sweet tooth.

They’ll also make you lick your fingers and realize that you will never purchase another pre-made peanut butter/chocolate dessert again.

A halved Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup stacked on linens
Yield: 9 large peanut butter cups

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups make a sweet homemade treat that are perfect as dessert or an afternoon snack! Dark and bittersweet chocolate are combined to make the shell of this peanut butter cup; peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract make the peanut butter filling. These peanut butter cups are so scrumptious that they'll be gone in no time!

Ingredients

Chocolate Shell

  • 2.8 ounces 72% dark chocolate, (4/5 of a bar)
  • 2 ounces 67% bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler, combine the two chocolates and the unsalted butter, heating until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. As the chocolate melts, place regular-sized muffin liners into a muffin tin.
  3. Pour about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate into each muffin liner and use a spoon to spread the chocolate around the base, as well as the sides, of the paper cup. (Note: There will be some chocolate left over. This will go on the top of your peanut butter cups!)
  4. Place the muffin tin into the freezer, and let chill for 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
  5. While the chocolate freezes, whip the peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract together using the hand mixer.
  6. When the chocolate cups have been pulled out of the freezer, dollop about two tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture into them.
  7. Spread the peanut butter mixture out evenly, then top each peanut butter cup with another tablespoon of melted chocolate.
  8. Let set in the freezer for another 15 minutes, then enjoy!

Notes

Store the peanut butter cups in the fridge or freezer because they melt easily.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 peanut butter cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 8g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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A halved Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup stacked on linens

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9 Comments

  1. That looks like a pretty easy recipe! If you don’t like dark chocolate can you just substitute milk chocolate for the dark?

    1. Thanks, KT! And I think you could pretty easily substitute milk chocolate for the dark if you’d rather that. I haven’t tried that, but I’ll be interested to hear what you think if you make them!

    1. Thanks, Katrina! I appreciate it! They are pretty tasty… and I’ve put the rest of them in the freezer and pop them out for a quick afternoon snack.

      And sorry it’s taken me so long to respond – your comment got kicked to my spam filter, for some reason.

  2. Sweet mother of god these look amazing. Reese PB cups are a weakness of mine and i love the idea of being able to make them at home. So creative!

    1. Thanks so much, Jess! These are one of my weaknesses, too, and they taste so DARN good! Another positive? They’re a little larger and richer, so you won’t be compelled to eat half a bag from the store.

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