Peanut butter and rich milk chocolate are one of the most beloved desserts around! But if you're vegan, then it can be hard to find tasty treats that fit your lifestyle. But don't fret - we've got the perfect solution! Delicious homemade vegan peanut butter cups! This recipe has all the classic flavors that everybody loves without using any animal products. So grab some vegan chocolate, peanut butter, and some powdered and get ready to whip up this amazing peanut butter cup recipe!
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Why You'll Love These Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
Budget-Friendly- Peanut Butter Cups are relatively inexpensive to make, so you don't have to spend a ton of money on ingredients.
Quick and Easy- This recipe doesn't require any fancy equipment or hard-to-find ingredients. You can whip up a batch of peanut butter cups in no time!
Family-Favorite- Peanut butter cups are a classic crowd-pleaser! Everyone in the family will love these vegan treats.
Delicious - Of course, the best part about this peanut butter cup recipe is that it's downright delicious! The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter will have you coming back for more.
- Muffin Tin or Muffin Pan
- Paper Liners
- Medium Bowl
- Microwave-Safe Bowl
- Stirring Spoon
- Cookie Dough Scoop
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Regular Creamy Peanut Butter- The classic nut butter. I often use natural peanut butter.
- Chocolate Chips And Chocolate Bar- I like to use a bar of dark chocolate to counterbalance the semi-sweet chocolate chips. That makes the coating taste more like the original too. You can, of course, use any chocolate flavor that you like in these peanut butter cups.
- Softened Dairy-Free Butter- Mixes in with the peanut butter and sugar to help it harden.
- Organic Powdered Sugar- Powdered sugar sweetens the peanut butter layer and makes these homemade candies taste like the real deal.
- Salt- Gives a little bit of extra oompf to the peanut butter layer. Especially if you're using unsalted peanut butter.
How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Get out your muffin tin and line each cup with a paper cupcake liner. Pick a color to help celebrate the occasion.
You can actually make anywhere from 12 to 18 of these candy cups. The difference is in the size of the muffin tins that you use. They make a mini muffin tin and a regular size muffin tin.
In a medium bowl, combine ½ cup of the creamy peanut butter, softened dairy-free butter, powdered sugar, and salt until smooth. I used a hand mixer.
Coarsely chop the dairy-free chocolate bar to help it melt evenly with the chocolate chips.
In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, chopped chocolate, and the other ½ cup of peanut butter.
Heat for 1 minute and then stir. Continue heating at 10-20 second increments. stirring after each heating. Stop before the chocolate is completely melted, as it will continue to melt after being removed from the microwave.
Stir again after it is removed until the chocolate is completely melted.
Use a cookie dough scoop to add the melted chocolate to the cupcake liners.
Divide the peanut butter mixture into how many candy cups you'd like to make. Roll them in a loose ball and then smush them down to lay on top of the bottom chocolate layer of the peanut butter cup.
Add the remaining chocolate mixture to the top.
Place in the refrigerator to set.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Popular Substitutions & Additions
If you're looking to change up the flavor of these vegan peanut butter cups, you can try :
- Use different nut butter, such as crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter.
- Add in other ingredients, such as nuts and seeds, dried fruit bits, or even coconut flakes.
- To switch up the chocolate layer on these vegan peanut butter cups, you could use melted vegan dark chocolate chip or white chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- If you're feeling adventurous, try adding a teaspoon of your favorite spices or extracts to your vegan peanut butter cups, such as ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, or almond extract.
- Coconut oil can be used in place the vegan butter.
- Make mini peanut butter cups using a mini muffin pan.
The possibilities are endless! No matter how you mix it up, each vegan peanut butter cup will be sure to hit the spot and satisfy your cravings.
Can You Freeze These Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?
Yes! These vegan peanut butter cups can be frozen for up to 6 months. To store them, layer the cups in a single layer on a tray and place them in the freezer for about 2-3 hours until they are completely frozen. Transfer them into an airtight container or freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. When ready to enjoy, take a cup out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Vegan Peanut Butter Cups FAQs
Do you need to refrigerate these copycat Reese's peanut butter cups?
After the chocolate coating has hardened in the refrigerator, you can take the peanut butter cups out and leave them at room temperature with no problem.
Can these vegan peanut butter cups be made into balls?
Yes, that is really easy. Roll the peanut butter filling into balls and then dip it into the melted chocolate. Place them on a cooling rack for the chocolate coating to harden.
Can I use just vegan milk chocolate chips?
Yes, you can use any non-dairy chocolate chips, but a mixture of semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate chips would be more authentic in flavor. But, having said that, they will still be so so very good.
What kind of chocolate bar should be used in this peanut butter cup recipe?
I like to use a bar of dark chocolate to counterbalance the semi-sweet chocolate chips. That makes the coating taste more like the original too. You can, of course, use any chocolate flavor that you like in candy bars.
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter - divided ½ cup each
- 1 ½ tablespoons dairy-free butter
- ½ cup organic powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
- 6 ounces chocolate bar - coarsely chopped for melting
- Add cupcake liners to a muffin tin and set aside. You can make anywhere from 12 to 18 peanut butter cups.
- In a medium bowl, combine ½ cup peanut butter only, dairy-free butter, powdered sugar. and sal. Beat until smooth.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate chips, chocolate bar pieces, and the remaining peanut butter.
- Heat for 1 minute, then stir. Continue heating for 10-20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating and stopping just before the chocolate is completely melted.
- Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
- Using a cookie dough scoop, add chocolate into paper liners.
- Top each with about 1 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture.
- Add remaining chocolate on top.
- Place in refrigerator to set.