Luscious homemade peanut butter cups have a secret ingredient to make them truly irresistable.

Peanut Butter Cups Recipe – Homemade Is Better


Peanut butter cups are one of America’s favorite commercial candies. I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t love this delightful combination of peanut butter and chocolate, except perhaps those with peanut allergies. With the addition of one secret ingredient, this homemade version of peanut butter cups rises to an entirely new level. They taste almost exactly the same but with a hint of texture and a faint mystifying flavor.

The secret is a small addition of fine graham cracker crumbs. You have to try them to believe them!

Homemade peanut butter cups make great gifts from the kitchen and bake sale items. They are simple to make with few ingredients. Do give them a try.

Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Bottom Layer:
4 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate bar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (4 Tablespoons or 1/2 stick)
1/2 cup fine graham cracker crumbs

Middle Layer:
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

Top Layer:
6 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate bar
1/8 cup butter (2 Tablespoons or 1/4 stick)
1 ounce edible food-grade beeswax, chopped (optional)

Place 1-inch mini-muffin or candy papers in a mini-muffin tin.

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Bottom Layer:
In a double boiler, melt 4 ounces chocolate bar, peanut butter, and 1/4 cup butter, mixing until smooth. Gently mix in graham cracker crumbs.

Place about 1 teaspoon chocolate graham cracker mixture in bottom of paper cups. Chill 15 to 30 minutes to harden.

Middle Layer:
Place 3/4 cup peanut butter in a bowl over hot water to soften. Mix in powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Place 1 teaspoon peanut butter mixture on top of hardened chocolate cracker layer. Chill 15 to 30 minutes.

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Top Layer:
Melt 6 ounces chocolate bar with butter and beeswax. Top the peanut butter layer with about 1 teaspoon chocolate mixture. Chill to harden. Refrigerate leftovers.

Yield: 36 peanut butter cups

• If you choose to skip the beeswax, be sure to keep the peanut butter cups refrigerated, especially in warm climates.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe Photo ©2018 Peggy Filippone

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