Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (With a Pumpkin Version!)

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

I was at Trader Joe’s the other day checking out all of their seasonal items and I came across their Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter. It’s like their Speculoos Cookie Butter, but pumpkin flavored. Since Halloween is coming up and I’ve been tempted to buy Reese’s cups EVERYWHERE, I decided to make homemade dark chocolate peanut butter cups. I used dark chocolate, so that makes it better for you, right? Ha jk. I made one batch with the pumpkin cookie butter and a second batch with classic peanut butter. I sprinkled the pumpkin version with pink Himalayan sea salt and the other with plain sea salt so I knew which was which. Plus I love that salty and sweet combo. You could also use almond butter or your other favorite “butters” since there are so many out there these days! Enjoy :)

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups made with Trader Joe's pumpkin spice cookie butter

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups made with Trader Joe's pumpkin spice cookie butter

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups made with Trader Joe's pumpkin spice cookie butter

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Homemade Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Made with Trader Joe's pumpkin pie spice cookie butter (or regular peanut butter), these homemade Reese's cups get a fall twist. 

Course Dessert
Servings 24 mini cups


  • 12 oz. dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cups pumpkin pie spice cookie butter or creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top


  1. Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, stir pumpkin spice butter and powdered sugar with a fork until combined. It should reach the consistency where it can be molded into a ball, so add more or less powdered sugar depending on the consistency.

  3. In a medium bowl, microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until it is melted. Use a spoon to drizzle a small amount of melted chocolate in the bottom of each cup. It should be just enough to cover the bottom. it helps to lightly whack the pan against the counter a few times to create a perfectly level layer. Freeze for about 5 minutes, until firm.

  4. Form butter mixture into small balls and place on top of the frozen chocolate layer. It should be small enough so that the ball doesn’t touch the side of the cup.

  5. Spoon remaining melted chocolate into the cups, covering and surrounding the pumpkin spice butter in the center. Give it a few more whacks on the counter to create a perfectly level top. Allow to set for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle with sea salt. Return to freezer for about 10 minutes, until completely set.


  • OMG these look really yummy!!!! Pumpkin spice is my favourite a this time of year :D


    • Isn’t it the best?! I love finding new ways to add the seasonal flavor into desserts :)

  • These look so good, and your photos are gorgeous! I know myself and will never ever get around to making these, but maybe I’ll buy the TJ’s pumpkin spice butter…that’s close, right?


    • Thank you, Whitney! I’m sure it’ll taste good just by the spoonful too ;)

  • Oh my goodness, these look amazing!

    Wishes & Reality

  • This is such an inspired seasonal idea! And they turned out so well. I can practically taste them through my screen haha. Wish I could try this recipe, but right now my diet says no. Perhaps it would be a good party recipe!

    xx Yasmin


    • Yea it would be a great party treat! I brought them to work, so I didn’t eat them all since I easily could have haha

  • Let me add these to the list of ‘definitely making.’ I was just at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and they are the place to be for pumpkin e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! How did I miss the pumpkin spice butter? These treats look amazing and certainly rival the Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins that I spotted at Target.


    • Haha looks like you need to make another trip! Their pumpkin Kringle was really good, too! They had samples when I was there last

  • OMG! We’ve come so far with technology, yet there’s still no way to reach through a computer screen and just take what you’re looking at because if that existed, girl, I would devour all of those delicious looking chocolate cups, haha! Seriously, this looks beyond delicious and I definitely want to give these a try, thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a wonderful day, beautiful!