Valentine’s Day means chocolate in one form or another and I love the idea of giving your loved one homemade chocolate candy to remind them how special you think they are.

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups {}

I have met very few people who don’t go crazy for the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and so these Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect sweet treat to present to your valentine or just a friend next week.

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups {}

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups are simple to make and the sweet milk chocolate with the slightly salty peanut butter and the crunch from the puffed rice cereal is truly a combination made in heaven.  If you prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate, you can modify the recipe to your liking by substituting your favorite chocolate for the milk, which happens to be my favorite.  I combined brown sugar with the peanut butter for the filling for these cups and only needed 1/4 cup for the entire recipe which makes me feel good.

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups {}

Make your Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups in festively decorated mini muffin liners and place them into heart-shaped boxes and you’ve got a homemade boxes of chocolates to give to some very lucky people.

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups {}

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: ~30 peanut butter cups

Sweet, creamy milk chocolate wrapped around a crispy peanut butter filling is the perfect treat for your valentine


  • 1 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips


  1. In a food processor, blend the cereal until fine, but not powdery. (If you do not have a food processor, you could simply place the cereal into a bag and crush it lightly with a rolling pin.) Pour the crushed cereal into a medium bowl.
  2. Place the peanut butter and brown sugar into the food processor and process until smooth. Add the peanut butter mixture to the bowl with the cereal and use a spatula to mix to combine.
  3. Place this mixture into the freezer for 1 hour. (This will make the peanut butter mixture easer to work with.)
  4. Line a mini muffin pan with ~30 paper liners.
  5. Place the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave in 1-minute increments until chips are melted, stirring between increments.
  6. Use a teaspoon to fill the paper liners ~1/3 full of the melted chocolate. Remove the peanut butter mixture from the freezer and use a spoon to scoop out about 1 tsp-sized balls of the mixture, gently flatten the balls and place them on top of the layer of chocolate you have already placed in the muffin liners.
  7. Finally top peanut butter balls with remaining melted chocolate to cover and fill the liners. You don't want the liners filled to the brim, but leave about 1/16 of an inch of room on top.
  8. Place the muffin pan into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened, about 1 hour.

Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups {}

Interested in other homemade candy ideas?  I’ve got some other great recipes for you below:

Homemade Kit Kat Bars are super simple to make and accurately re-create that favorite candy bar that you love.

Sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy all at the same time, Pretzel Toffee Fudge is easy to make but completely irresistible.

Everybody loves homemade caramels and with my step-by-step photo tutorial, you’ll be able to whip up a batch of Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramels with no problem.

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Feb 05, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    I’ve always wanted to make my own pb cups! Think dark chocolate would work just as well?


    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2015 @ 10:08 am

      Yes, dark chocolate would be just as delicious and you can follow the same steps, just replacing your chocolate of choice with my milk chocolate!


  2. Luv What You Do
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

    So much chocolate…so little time!!!
    I’ve never made PB cups before but really need to try it!


    • Mercedes
      Feb 07, 2015 @ 10:09 am

      These are honestly the best peanut butter cups I have ever tasted, so you might have to give them a try!


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