3-Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Candy Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient by Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN

Candy Desserts Holidays
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3-Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups Candy Recipe Has a Secret Ingredient

Who doesn’t love peanut butter cups? They're a tried and true candy sensation that have withstood the test of time. And, when you make your own homemade peanut butter cups, they taste even better! This simple no-bake candy recipe is one you'll want to put on repeat.

But I have a secret ingredient that takes my homemade peanut butter cups recipe up another notch. I toss in some flaked coconut, and it takes this homemade peanut butter cups recipe to another place! Remember Mounds candy bars? These chocolate dessert cups taste like that, but with peanut butter. 

Making mini, fun-size candies helps you with portion control, too. This no-bake dessert recipe takes only a few minutes of prep and is perfect for the holidays or anytime!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 to 3 hours to freeze
Cook Time: 2 to 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 to 3 hours

Servings: Makes about 12 


  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons natural peanut butter

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl on medium-high heat for about 1 minute. Remove, stir and cook another 30 seconds or until melted. Stir well. 
  2. Place 1 teaspoon of coconut into each of the 12 nonstick mini muffin tin compartments. Pour the melted chocolate into each tin, filling it halfway up. 
  3. Dollop 1/8 teaspoon of peanut butter on top of each candy. Pour the remaining chocolate to fill each one to the top.
  4. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours. Remove from freezer and carefully pop each candy out of the muffin tin. Serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired.

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I would eat all of these by myself, wow! 😋
Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
They are tasty and so easy to make! ;)
Elisa Schmitz
OMG, so much yum in one delicious bite! And so easy to make. I'm all over this recipe, Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN . Thank you for sharing this! #yum
Dieter Schmitz
Oh, no! Why would you add to the perfect combo of chocolate and peanut butter? This purist will stick to 1+1! 😉

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