When it comes to sweet treats, it’s hard to find a more perfect union than peanut butter and chocolate—and nobody does it better than Reese’s, with their beloved peanut butter cups.
It all started in 1928 when Harry Burnett (H.B.) Reese started selling chocolate and peanut butter candies. While working at Hershey Chocolate Company, he whipped up his so-called “penny cups” in his basement before his H.B. Reese Candy Company took off.
Since then, countless others, myself included, have experimented with the sweet, creamy and salty combination. Reese’s peanut butter cups are delicious eaten right out of the package, but they also inspire some truly heavenly desserts. Here are eight of our favorite recipes inspired by Reese’s peanut butter cups.
1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Making your own peanut butter cups from scratch is surprisingly simple. Additionally, using high quality peanut butter and top-notch chocolate takes the classic cup to the next level. Get the recipe from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
2. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
These ooey-gooey bars contain crunchy peanut butter and chocolate chips. They are easy to make and bake up in about 30 minutes. Get the recipe from Bake at 350.
3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
This cake is so rich it should be saved for special occasions. It is made up of a moist chocolate cake, covered in creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting and topped off with chocolate peanut butter ganache. Get the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
4. Reese’s Cup Peanut Butter Banana Bread
This moist twist on banana bread is bursting with peanut butter cups. The four bananas help balance out the cup of peanut butter cups, but this is definitely indulgent. Get the recipe from Something Swanky.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes
For those mornings when only dessert will do, these decadent pancakes can’t be beat. Each fluffy pancake is drizzled in a layer of peanut butter and chocolate. Then, they are topped with whipped cream, maple syrup and peanut butter cups. Get the recipe from Kevin & Amanda.
6. Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
There are mini peanut butter cups in every bite of this rich and creamy frozen confection. It also contains swirls of peanut butter sauce and fudge sauce for added texture. Get the recipe from Sugar Hero.
7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie
This oversized cookie requires only 15 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes to bake. The ice cream, peanut butter cups, melted chocolate and melted peanut butter garnish promise a serious sugar rush. Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
8. 4-Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
These vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free bars prove chocolate and peanut butter don’t have to be indulgent to be delicious. They’re made with natural, unsalted peanut butter, pure maple syrup, coconut flour and vegan chocolate chips. Get the recipe from Beaming Baker.