Reeses were probably one of my favorite candies growing up. It’s a pretty good toss up between Reeses and Snickers. I could go either way. But no matter what my preference, I would always save my Reeses peanut butter cups for last when I was going through my Halloween candy as a kid.
The MaryJanes always got tossed first. Yuck.
Making homemade Reeses peanut butter cups definitely isn’t as convenient as purchasing them. But it’s it a pretty fun project, especially if you have kids.
It’s surprising how much these homemade peanut butter cups taste like the real thing. But honestly, I think they taste even more identical to Buckeyes. Well, at least the recipe I use which also calls for graham cracker crumbs.
This recipe makes a TON. You might want to be pre-cautious and half it. Unless you have more restraint than I do. Then you might be okay. Otherwise you can always freeze the extra.
- For Peanut Butter Center:
- ¾ cup salted butter, melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (approximately 28 graham crackers, about a packet and a half)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- For Chocolate Coating:
- 32 ounces quality chocolate (semi-sweet, bittersweet, milk, or white)
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening
- Line a mini muffin pan with mini liners. Spray the liners with non-stick spray to ensure easy candy removal.
- Mix together the melted butter, powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and 1 cup of the peanut butter in a medium bowl. Set aside in the fridge.
- Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the ⅓ cup peanut butter and ¼ cup vegetable shortening. Mixture will be shiny and smooth.
- Spoon a little bit of chocolate into the bottom of each mini muffin liner. Put pan in fridge for 10 minutes.
- Once the bottom layer of chocolate has hardened, take both the pan and the peanut butter mixture out of the fridge. The peanut butter mixture should be pliable, like a stiff cookie dough. Roll a small amount of the peanut butter mixture between the palms of your hands and then flatten slightly. Place peanut butter disk onto bottom layer of chocolate. Continue until all cups are filled.
- Cover each peanut butter cup with a top layer of chocolate. Make sure that the chocolate covers the top and spills onto the sides to completely enclose the peanut butter.
- Put in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to harden. Serve from the refrigerator.
adapted from Not Your Mammas Cookie