Recipe File: PB Dreams

Satisfy a sweet tooth with this homemade chocolate-peanut-butter candy.

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? It’s what chocolate peanut butter dreams are made of — and kids wholeheartedly agree. I recently tried my hand at making the homemade version with just three simple ingredients, one of which makes the treat easier to sink your teeth into.

While I usually involve at least one of my kiddos in food prep, this one may be best suited for the grown-ups, as it involves lots of careful measuring and pouring. Not to worry though, as those little hands will gladly help you polish them off. And as you may remember, “there’s no wrong way” to do that.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 18 small pieces

1 ½ 12-ounce bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 18 ounces total

2 tablespoons coconut oil

¾ cup smooth peanut butter


18 mini cupcake liners


1. Combine chocolate with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and melt in microwave for 1 minute. Mix well until fully incorporated and smooth.

2. Spoon melted chocolate on the bottom of each cupcake liner (about half an inch).

3. Place in refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes and let solidify.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into the peanut butter and microwave for 30 seconds. Mix well until fully incorporated and smooth.

5. Take cupcake liners out of the fridge and add a layer of peanut butter on top (about a quarter of an inch).

6. Top with remainder of melted chocolate (reheat in the microwave if you need to) and place back in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

7. Remove from refrigerator for the last time and enjoy. You can also rest at room temperature so they’re softer and easier to bite into.

Judith Rich creates kid-inspired recipes and writes about her family’s dining-out adventures in and around Portland at her blog, Eaty Pie. Find her at

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