Friday, January 7, 2011

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (on a Vintage Plate)

Ha, don't you love my title? Truth be told, not every single thing that I blog about is vintage or antique.

I guess you could say that this recipe for Peanut Butter Cups is technically vintage, since I remember my Mom making them as a kid--but at least I photographed them on an antique plate so as not to be too far out of bounds of my blog's theme.

I was at a friend's house last weekend and she had put out a great array of Christmas cookies for us all to sample. One of the cookies made me think of the Homemade Peanut Butter Cups that my mom made as a kid. Well, they weren't really cups, more like shards. They are made in a pan and they have to be broken apart. I have seen them made in cups as well, but i wanted exactly what my Mom had made, and I think this recipe is it!

Peanut Butter Cups

2 sticks margarine
1 package graham cracker crumbs
1 cup peanut butter
2 1/3 cups confectioner's sugar
12 oz bag of chocolate chips

First, melt the margarine on the stove top. I think my Mom might have used butter, in fact I don;t ever remember her using margarine, but I wanted to keep true to this recipe. The end result was great, but I might try butter next time anyway.

Add the confectioner's sugar, graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter to the pan. I had a box of grahm cracker crumbs, and I use about 3/4 of it. I thought a whole box would be a bit dry. I also added another half cup of peanut butter.

Mix it in the pot with the melted margarine and it looks like this. Try really hard at this point not to sample it. (But that was impossible for me.)

Spread the mixture in a pan.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Follow the instructions on the package.

Spread the melted chocolate on to the peanut butter mixture and chill in the fridge until set.

Bust into pieces and serve.

I enjoyed this last night with a nice cup of hot coffee and watched three episodes of Mad Men. HEAVEN!

If you have made this recipe in the past and have some alterations to it, let me know. If you make it because you read the recipe on my blog, come back and leave me a comment about how it turned out.

And THANK YOU to my friend for bringing a little bit of nostalgia about my Mom back to me!


  1. OOOHHHHH! I have had these once before and they are super delish!!! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  2. YUMMY!!! Do you mind if I share on my fb?

  3. Makes my mouth water just looking at them! Wondering if they are "hard" since you bust them into pieces because one thing I like about p. butter cups is the melt in your mouth softness.
    Think I'll still give them a try even if they are on the firm side since they look irresistible!

  4. i'm so mad at you for posting this! ;)

  5. Alright--I know I have gone on and on and ON about the Chocolate Bark, but that is a distant memory since making the homemade peanut butter cups. I AM IN LOVE

  6. I really liked this recipe! I made these in "cup" form and posted it on my blog and linked it to yours. Thanks!

  7. Tried this one this afternoon, Allison! Based on my "sample" they are amazing - can't wait to try them for real later! Thanks!


I love your feedback!