Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups


Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are sweet, salty, crunchy, and so decadent!


Squish, gurgle, splash.

Oh, sorry. That was just the sound of me surfacing from the near 10 inches of rain that has fallen in our area in the past three days!

Yesterday was seriously the craziest day of thunderstorms that I can remember in a really long time. From my seat at work I watched system after system roll over the area with thunder and lightening like I haven’t seen or heard in years. Our power at home went out for awhile too!

Thankfully there’s no flooding in my immediate area, but I feel for the folks in Western Iowa who are bracing for some bad stuff. Keep your fingers crossed!

I haven’t been able to sleep well the past couple of nights because of the loud thunder but, despite it continuing even into last night, I finally ZONKED and woke up 10 hours later feeling better than I have in a week. After running a few errands this morning – I got my fitness on.

Per Friday’s scheduled workout for Week 1 of the 2011 Summer Shape Up Program, I took Eloise up to the gym where I tackled a quick & dirty 30 Minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) Treadmill Routine:

Time Speed
1-3 4
3-4:30 6.5
4:30-5 7.0
5-6:30 6.5
6:30-7 7.5
7-8:30 6.5
8:30-9 8.0
9-10:30 6.5
10:30-11 8.5
11-12:30 6.5
12:30-13 9.0
13-14:30 6.5
14:30-15 9.5
15-27 Repeat minutes 3-15
27-30 4.0
Total: 3.17 miles

Then biked home and nearly died pushing through the Workout #1 Circuit in my basement (those cardio blasts are killlllllerrrrrr!!!!)

I’m telling you, there is no need to pay $120 for the Insanity Workout DVDsThe Fitnessista’s workouts are insane AND free.  Muwahahahhowww…sob. I hope I can walk tomorrow! ;)

I prefer a light and refreshing meal after a grueling workout, so after a cold shower I assembled this Hummus Tasting Platter for lunch.


Starring Sabra’s Roasted Pine Nut Hummus.


This was the first time I’ve tried this flavor of Sabra aaaaand it’s definitely my new favorite!


The spices on top give the silky-smooth hummus (seriously I am always shocked at how velvety it is!) a burst of fresh flavor, and the pine nuts add a unique crunch.


It tastes different depending on what I dunk it in too, which I like. Lots of variety! I had my choice of sliced cucumbers,


Wheat Thins,




and celery.


Gahhh, I could have eaten the entire container!


Luckily a little bit goes a long way. There is NOTHING bland about this hummus.


I also had a carton of fresh strawberries in the fridge that were approaching use or lose status, so I sliced up half then froze for throwing into smoothies, and devoured the other half as a sweet & juicy ending to my meal.


Feel good food!


MORE FEEL GOOD FOOD – Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cuuuups!!!

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah! I have been dreaming about these babies for WEEKS and HAD to make them today!


Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are no-bake, easy to make and tooootally worth a butt-kicking workout in order to pop one several…


The recipe I used is for Crispy Buckeyes (my favorite Ohio-inspired treat) but I used a mini muffin tin to make cutie-pie cups instead.


I started with sweet & creamy milk chocolate chips.


After covering the bottoms of the cups with a layer of chocolate chips, I baked the pan for 5 minutes at 350 degrees to get them a little melty.


While still warm from the oven, I used the back of a spoon to squish the chips together and create a sturdy base for the cups.


You could heat the chips in a microwave and spoon the melted chocolate into the cups for a smoother base – but this just seemed easier to me. Melted chocolate always seems to harden to quickly and/or seize up on me!


I set the cups aside and got to work on my Crispy Peanut Butter filling next. First I mixed together peanut butter and butter (yeah these are not healthy crispy peanut butter cups – own it!) then blended in powdered sugar and vanilla.

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Finally the “crispy” part was added – Rice Krispies!


At this point you could pause, eat too much filling and not feel like continuing on…


or you could press the filling into the mini muffin cups.


Let’s go with that! ;)


Into the fridge for a bit – then we’re ready to rock.


Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 30 mini cups


Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are sweet, salty, crunchy, and so decadent!


  • 1-1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1-3/4 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease mini muffin cups with non-stick spray and add a scant Tablespoon chocolate chips into each cup. Melt in the oven for 5 minutes. With the back of a spoon, smooth out the top of the chocolate chips while they're still warm. Set aside. (You could also melt the chocolate chips in q microwave or on the stovetop and spoon into cups.)
  2. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and butter until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla, then mix until combined. Pour in crispy rice cereal and mix again until combined.
  3. Drop heaping Tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture into each mini muffin cup. Smooth with the back of a spoon and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before eating. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Adapted from Crunchy Buckeyes

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


It was love at first bite!


Thick and creamy peanut butter filling melts in your mouth, while crispy, snappy crunchies make the whole cup sparkle.

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These cute & rustic desserts are so addicting!


Perhaps my favorite part of this recipe though, is the leftover crispy peanut butter batter which I combined with a handful of chocolate chips then rolled into balls.


I’m calling them Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls. AHHH!!!


Wow, I’m glad I worked out today… ;) Oh, I’m planning on freezing a bunch of the cups too, so I can pull them out and enjoy at a moment’s notice. YUM!

Well I am off to spend the evening baby sitting Finny-boy. Can’t wait to see what he’s learned since I saw him last week. (They grow up so fast, I tell you!)


Have a great night – and TGIF!


Would you rather have less of the real thing, or more of a lower fat/calorie version?

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  1. I’d rather have less of the real thing in terms of dessert! I’m really picky with my sweets though. Those look great, especially straight from the freezer!

  2. Jen 06.10.2011

    My mouth is frickin watering!!! Those things look like they are AMAZING and I will be making them TOMORROW!!!!

  3. kate 06.10.2011

    Its like PB cups and Scotcharoos had a love child!

  4. These look completely delicious and dangerous! I’d eat the whole pan, for sure! :)

  5. amanda 06.10.2011

    OMG this recipe has inspired me to go back to the store for the ingredients… And my husband will likely want to crawl through my computer and kiss you for sharing it!!! YUMMMM!

  6. Brindi 06.10.2011

    I’m from Ohio so I love my Buckeye treats!! and I love peanut butter! can’t wait to try these….and will soon jump on it :) as for your question….I guess it depends on what it is. when it comes to cheesecake (my favorite dessert of all time) go big or go home! but cake, cookies, ice cream and all other desserts I can definitely be satisfied with a more figure-friendly version.

    P.S. I recently found your blog last week and I am addicted!

  7. Erin 06.10.2011

    Thanks for sharing the PB cup recipe! I think I’m going to surprise my husband by making these! He will LOVE them! (And so will I!)

  8. I’d rather have more of the real thing and then workout later. :)
    Those look amazing! And when I saw that the bottom layer is pure chocolate chips… if I had rice krispies I would totally be in the kitchen right now.

  9. Jess 06.10.2011

    I am going to the grocery store tomorrow to buy the ingredients to make those treats :) YUM!

  10. Dana 06.10.2011

    Ugh, I MUST make these!!

  11. Oh sweet heavens…I need in on some of that action!

    And roasted pine nut is by far my FAVE hummus.

  12. Love the subtle placement of the PB cups below the giant fork in the first picture!

  13. Lauren 06.10.2011

    There are so many wonderful things in this post I don’t know where to begin. First, I love that lunch plate! And now I know the next flavor of Sabra I am going to buy. I have the Buffalo now, which I love, but I have a hard time finding ways to use it because it just doesn’t seem to go with everything.
    And those PB cups are sick!!! Wow, I don’t even like Reese that much but these look heavenly.

  14. Melissa 06.10.2011


    I mean, I THANK you for this recipe! ;-)

  15. Jessica 06.10.2011

    You can purchase a giant tub of Sabra roasted pine nut hummus at Costco! It’s my family’s favorite, too!

  16. I would rather have less of the real thing! Or have the same amount and tack on some minutes to my workout :)

    I love hummus plates! It is one of my fave things to pack for lunch.

  17. Rachel 06.10.2011

    I think I need to re-do my grocery list and add some chocolate chips & Rice Krispies to it, so I can make these. I don’t have a mini-muffin pan, so I guess I’ll just have to make mine giant-sized! :) Which leads me to answering your question–I would rather have less of the real thing.

  18. usually when i see a recipe that looks amazing like these pb cups, i think, i need to make these now. but today- i don’t have to! i made no-bake crispy pb bars this afternoon…and while they aren’t mini like yours (i made them in a 9×13 pan), they are amazing! mine uses graham cracker crumbs for the crunch though…but i love the idea of rice krispies so i’ll definitely save this recipe too!! enjoy!

  19. VeggieGirl 06.10.2011

    YAAAAAY Ohio!! My state – thank you for the shout-out, hahaha.

  20. Trisha 06.10.2011

    Yay, you discovered Roasted Pine Nut! It was my favorite…until my grocery store was out this week and I was forced to try Supremely Spicy. Let’s just say Roasted Pine Nut may have lost it’s number one status on my Sabra hummus roster. However, I will always hold it near and dear as my original gateway drug hummus. :)
    And those PB cups?! Oh. Em. Gee. Can’t wait until after my wedding to indulge… 29 days!

    • Trisha 06.10.2011

      Oooops! Messed up that last html tag! Sorry for all the strikethrough! :)

  21. Mac 06.10.2011

    OMG my two all time favorite things meshed into a delicious recipe! Tell me they are as good as Reeses’ please!

  22. Happy Liz 06.11.2011

    I TOLD you that you would love the Roasted Pine Nut Hummus! It’s classic Middle Eastern! Beautiful platter too, Ms K. I wish you could visit! I’d love to take you eating with me! Camp Adventure, yeah!

  23. These sound amazing–I love the idea of the crunch!

  24. Amber 06.11.2011

    I actually prefer if I can find a lower calorie dessert that still tastes amazing… there arent’ too many of them out there unless you’re going with just plain fruits etc!

  25. What an awesome workout… you go girl!! I get it felt great and hopefully you feel great today!

    Those PB Cups look to die for! I would much rather have the real thing but watching my portion size is the key! Awesome recipe, thanks for posting! Happy Saturday!

  26. Kaycie 06.11.2011

    These look SOOO good – can’t go wrong with pbutter and chocolate for sure!! I am going to make them today – but use semi sweet choc. What else could be used instead of Rice Krispies?
    And I think I would rather eat more of a healthier version – I usually end up eating too much of the real thing anyway – I am a volume eater!

  27. anna 06.11.2011

    I’d rather have more of the real thing… muwahahaha!

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  30. Emily 06.11.2011

    Those look sooo gooooood!!!

  31. Ok, so Sabra’s hummus is my new favorite. I usually make my own, but nothing compares to their’s! My current obsession is their supremely spicy hummus – it seriously tastes like queso dip! I also picked up the spinach artichoke flavor and am very excited to give it a try.

  32. Oh my those peanut butter cups look amazing!!! YUM! And I totally hear ya on drowning this week. Sadly, it doesn’t look like the next few days are going to be much better. Enjoy today! :)

  33. Ok I know I commented earlier today, but I had the funniest thing happen. My sister pinned these on Pinterest so I checked them out and then went to a potluck playdate with my daughter. Our host had made your pb cups! I said “Are these from Iowa Girl Eats!?!?!?” She said, “Yes!” Too funny. Just wanted to share…and they were DELISH!

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  35. Emma 06.24.2011

    I FINALLY got a chance to make your Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and they were SO SO good! I didn’t even realize your recipe called for smooth peanut butter until after I already made it with crunchy peanut butter….whoops. My husband and I actually loved the extra crunch it gave, though, so I just thought I’d share! Thanks for the recipe!

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  38. Cindy 08.21.2011

    Try using a double boiler to melt your chocolate….it won’t seize up on you. I don’t like using the microwave for that reason. This looks like a great recipe to use that won’t involve heating up the kitchen!

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  40. Jenny Stanger 10.12.2011

    Wow, I found you on pinterest and I am dying for some of those peanut butter chocolate treats. I’m going to make some right now. Thanks for your inspiration. I love your blog and I can’t wait to read more of it. I’d love to re-post the pb chocolate treat recipe on my blog if you don’t mind. I have a freezer meal blog and I know a lot of my followers would love to try out your recipe too. Thank you!!

  41. I’m with you. More of the real thing. No low cal stuff for me. I also work out so I can eat basically what I want. I too just found you on Pinterest, and I love your photos and your explanations. Good work!

  42. Betsy 11.28.2011

    the recipe looks awesome! We are hummus lovers too and I wanted to tell you to try Trader Joe’s hummus. Two kinds we love are the cilantro/jalapeno (a little spicy) and the Mediterranean. Both great! Nice blog you have, congrats. I stumbled upon it via Pinterest. Thanks! Betsy

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  44. gina (fitnessista) 11.30.2011

    so glad you had an awesome workout!
    i have a better idea, though.. how about i just come train you, and you feed me peanut butter cups? sounds like a good plan to me ;)

  45. Erin 12.14.2011

    Hiya! I just tried making the crispy chocolate peanut butter cups and could not get the darn things out of the mini muffin pan. I coated the pan with spray…any tips?

  46. Iowa Girl Eats 12.15.2011

    Hmmm, mine popped right out. Try running a knife around the outside of the cup and then popping them out!

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  49. Kacy 01.05.2012

    I made your peanut butter cups…AMAZING!! Check out my post about it here…

  50. Lori 01.22.2012

    These were great! I made them in a regular muffin tin (all we own)and used silicone liners and they made the adorable zig-zags in the chocolate that you get in an actual Reeses… It made them look extra fancy. Definitely serving these at an upcoming dinner party! Thanks for the recipe!

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