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How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

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Learn how to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds for shaped peanut butter cups. This peanut butter cup recipe is easy enough for kids to make and so delicious!

How to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds

Given our love of peanut butter playdough, peanut butter nest snacks, and peanut butter cups, I thought we ought to try to make an Easter version of the divine combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Maia and I first planned to make peanut butter cups in egg shapes.

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I saw a few posts on Pinterest, and because I get inspired by pictures, but am not great about reading instructions, I assumed they used an egg-shaped mold to make them.*

After searching in vain for such a mold, and wondering if I could rig up some plastic Easter eggs to work as a mold, I came across a silicone mold that I liked even better at World Market. This one has butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and bees—lovely and much more versatile than an egg-shaped mold!

*They actually rolled out the peanut butter filling, cut it out with egg-shaped cookie cutters, then dipped the eggs in melted chocolate. (I went back and read a couple posts after I struck out on the silicone egg mold hunt.)

This recipe is super easy and fun for kids to help make. We modified our regular peanut butter cup recipe by adding more powdered sugar to the filling and a little coconut oil to the chocolate.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

**Any silicone baking mold would work. We used the above-mentioned silicone mold from World Market. If you don’t have a World Market near you, here’s an almost identical bugs and butterflies mold on Amazon. And an adorable spring flower one… When you’re finished making peanut butter cups, you can always use the silicone mold for cute little cakes (our plan)!

How to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt in a food processor. Set aside.

How to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds

2. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler with the coconut oil. Add a layer of chocolate to the bottom of each silicone mold cavity then place in fridge until hardened.

Note: If you don’t harden this chocolate first before proceeding, the peanut butter will displace the melted chocolate and you’ll end up with peanut butter bits showing through the chocolate coating as we did with our first batch. Still completely delicious, but not as gift-giving worthy…

3. When that first layer of chocolate has hardened, remove from fridge, and add another layer of the melted chocolate, this time pulling it up the sides of the silicone mold cavities with a spoon.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

4. Add the peanut butter mixture to the molds by the spoonful (you want to fill them most of the way to the top).

5. Spoon the rest of the chocolate over the top of the peanut butter.

6. Chill in fridge until hardened.

How to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds

7. Pop your new peanut butter cups out of the silicone molds (easy!!).

How to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds

8. Do a taste test. And another… Yummmmm…..

These are seriously good! And seriously easy!

Try these at home!

Do you have a silicone mold you could use to make peanut butter cups? I think that the little ice cube silicone molds would even work for this recipe since you won’t be putting them in the oven…

Peanut butter cups in silicone molds

Here’s the printable recipe to make peanut butter cups.

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How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Silicone Molds

How to Make Peanut Butter Cups in Fun Shapes

Learn how to make peanut butter cups in silicone molds for shaped peanut butter cups. This peanut butter cup recipe is easy enough for kids to make and so delicious!

  • Author: Jean Van't Hul
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (we used creamy)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 bags chocolate chips (we used semi-sweet)
  • 12 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
  • Silicone baking mold**

Instructions

  1. Mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt in a food processor. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler with the coconut oil. Add a layer of chocolate to the bottom of each silicone mold cavity then place in fridge until hardened.
  3. Note: If you don’t harden this chocolate first before proceeding, the peanut butter will displace the melted chocolate and you’ll end up with peanut butter bits showing through the chocolate coating as we did with our first batch. Still completely delicious, but not as gift-giving worthy…
  4. When that first layer of chocolate has hardened, remove from fridge, and add another layer of the melted chocolate, this time pulling it up the sides of the silicone mold cavities with a spoon.
  5. Add the peanut butter mixture to the molds by the spoonful (you want to fill them most of the way to the top).
  6. Spoon the rest of the chocolate over the top of the peanut butter.
  7. Chill in fridge until hardened.
  8. Pop your new peanut butter cups out of the silicone molds (easy!!).
  9. Do a taste test. And another… Yummmmm…..

Notes

Any silicone baking mold would work. We used a bugs and butterflies silicone mold from World Market. If you don’t have a World Market near you, here’s an almost identical bugs and butterflies mold on Amazon. And an adorable spring flower one… When you’re finished making peanut butter cups, you can always use the silicone mold for cute little cakes (our plan)!

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  • Reply
    Jennifer
    April 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    We made something similar with sunflower seed butter due to a peanut allergy in our home. They were incredible!

  • Reply
    Martha T
    April 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What fun! I will definitely be trying these and thanks for the heads up about the silicone mold. We are doing “bugs” for my granddaughter’s first birthday and I know I can think of something great to do with it!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      So glad you like this idea, Martha! And what a fun first birthday theme! :)

  • Reply
    Erin
    April 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Peanut butter cups aren’t easy to come by in Australia, they were always my favourite treat when I visited the US a few times. You’ve made my day!!

  • Reply
    Karen
    April 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I will be trying these however will be using almond butter since I’m not a big fan of peanut butter. thanks for the step by step tutorial. :)

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 9, 2014 at 5:25 am

      Sure! I bet these would be amazing with almond butter!

  • Reply
    Susie
    April 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Brilliant! What a cute idea- I’m going to give this as a gift sometime!

  • Reply
    Katie Harding
    April 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    What a fancy treat! These would make a wonderful host/hostess gift for Easter, totally going to make a batch with my kids this weekend, thanks for the idea!

  • Reply
    Nikki
    April 11, 2014 at 7:22 am

    My daughter isnt a fan of peanut butter or any other nut butter, sadly though i am but I wondered what other fillings you could use for this and thought of reasonably sized marshmellows…..what do you think?

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Nikki, I think marshmallows would make a wonderful center! Or coconut… Or some sort of mint patty type filling… Another option would be to add dried fruits and nuts. Or, actually, just the dried fruits if she’s not into nuts.

  • Reply
    Anne Asplin
    April 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Jean, we tried this out and the results were great! Check it out! http://anneasplin.com/something-sweet-for-my-sweetie/
    Thanks for sharing your instructions. It was really to follow.
    Anne

  • Reply
    Lala
    May 3, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Very sumptuous and brilliant idea. I’ll try to teach this one to my niece.

  • Reply
    Rena
    May 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Sounds great! Do you think the powdered sugar is necessary? Would love to leave it out.
    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Yasmin Elliott
    August 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Trying this out. I have some cute silicone egg moulds from a ‘pound shop’ I’ve been hoping to try.

  • Reply
    Sarah H
    December 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Made these with my kids, did white choco for first layer and when all assembled we used edible markers to color the white chocolate. Fun treat/gifts to give for holidays! Thanks for this :)

  • Reply
    Tibeca
    January 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    This looks labor intensive and I’d be too hungry before it was done. For anyone like me that wants to skip to the yummy, you can take a mini cookie scoop and scoop out the peanut butter mixture. Then using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over. Freeze then eat. MUCH faster and just as yummy.

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