Peanut Butter Cup Spread


Well, it’s the New Year.

All you people are fresh and sparkly and full of resolutions and new beginnings.

Me?  I’m about the same.

I am definitely not fresh and sparkly.

I am tired and need a shower.


I mean, I didn’t have any major, party people plans for NYE, but I did stay up and watch the ball drop.


My 7 year old was slightly disappointed with the whole “ball” situation.

He was fully expecting there to be damage.  Anything less than the ball smashing, shattering glass and oozing lava was completely unacceptable.

So when the ball began it’s 2012 decent at the usual geriatric speed, I could see his thoughts loud and clear:  “I stayed up for THIS?”


On top of that, we were watching Ryan Seacrest’s NYE special and I don’t know about you, but Jenny McCarthy frankly scares the poop out of me and I was worried the children might have nightmares.


My NYE in a nutshell.


But anyway, since I stayed up past midnight, I will now be moving at geriatric speed all day long.

Maybe tomorrow too.


And since I am so tired, I am a little cranky, which makes me want to squish-squash all your New Year’s diet resolutions.

So I made Peanut Butter Cup Spread.


It’s basically the filling of a peanut butter cup, in spread form.

Spread it on your graham crackers, a chocolate bar, your toast, a sandwich, or even your {gasp} celery.

But ideally on a spoon to shovel into your face when no one’s looking.


Get on it.

IMG_5951I want to tell you guys how very easy this spread is.

BUT trying to come up with an honest replication of the innards of a Peanut Butter Cup wasn’t as easy as I had anticipated.


Yes, I have made Peanut Butter Balls before, yes, I’ve made Buckeyes, and yessss I’ve even made Peanut Butter Eggs.

And while all of those are delicious, the peanut butter filling isn’t very spreadable.


It took me 5 tries, 6 cups of peanut butter, 2 pounds of powdered sugar, a whole box of graham crackers, 413 curse words and infinity tears to crack the code.

Round one…I thought I would be all smart and use my blender.

This worked.  Until I went and added too much milk.


Curse 1-6.


Then I tried it again.  In the blender.

Then I didn’t add enough milk and overheated the blender.  Which subsequently makes everything in the blender hot, and in this case greasy.

Curse 7-30.


So then I tried it in the mixer.


Then I messed it up again by adding too much other stuff.

Curse 31-267.


Meanwhile my kitchen started to look like this…

Another try, too crumbly…

photo(7)Curse 268-412.

Then I stopped taking pictures because I was over it.


But I’m not one to let peanut butter beat me.

And I had one more cup left.

So I went for it…and it worked.


This is the only picture I have of the final product being made…

PhotobucketCurse 413.

Any guesses?



Peanut Butter Cup Spread | Cookies and Cups

Happy New Year!


Peanut Butter Cup Spread
makes about 2½ cups spread
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs (about ½ a full cracker)
  1. In mixer cream together peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  2. Add in powdered sugar and salt and beat until mixed in. Mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Slowly add in milk and turn mixer up to medium-high until a spreadable consistency forms.
  4. Add in graham cracker crumbs and mix until incorporated.
serve on cookies, crackers, sandwiches etc.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks.
If you choose to refrigerate, let it come to room temperature before serving.


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Marissa E.
Marissa E.
January 1, 2013 7:26 pm

Ummm yes, yes I need this now.

January 1, 2013 7:37 pm

Whenever I make homemade peanut butter cups I just use peanut butter, melted butter, and powdered sugar.. to taste. I wonder if you melted the butter if you would be able to eliminate the need for the milk. Maybe it makes it richer though? All I know is it is now very very dangerous that I’ve got these ingredients in the cupboard. I already need a post about sticking to your resolutions…hah!

January 1, 2013 7:40 pm
You are an ANGEL! I recently bought some peanut-butter cups and my boyfriend has a sensitive tooth, making it difficult to eat chocolate until he can see a dentist. SO… he’s been asking me to bite off the chocolate for him so that he can eat the peanut butter. I keep the candy in my drawer instead of the kitchen (the perks of pregnancy cravings!) and so when he wants some, he says “can I have some peanut butter?” And I know exactly what he wants. THIS RECIPE.. I am drooling! And so glad you posted it! I check your… Read more »
January 1, 2013 7:42 pm

Haha. I just laughed out loud at this post. You are too funny. And that spread looks yummy. Thanks for keeping it real and showing what your kitchen really looked like! And admitting the cursing! Gonna try this recipe soon. On cups are my hubs favorite. ~ Angie

January 1, 2013 8:08 pm

Woah…this looks amazing and so funny bc I just posted a giveaway for this same blender!! I know there’s an ordering of type of ingredients you have to put them into the blender but I forget without the little card the blender came with…

I seriously need this in my life!! Thank you!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
January 1, 2013 8:10 pm

Haha! Jenny McCarthy scares me too…hope the kids didn’t have nightmares! And this spread?! HELLOOOOO beautiful! Lovely idea!

January 1, 2013 8:18 pm

I don’t even know if we can be friends anymore after this. Seriously. You scare me with your geniusness.

Maureen Anders
January 1, 2013 8:20 pm

This looks amazing! I will be eating the whole batch myself, I’m sure ! THANKS!

January 1, 2013 8:48 pm

Is it okay if that spoon/shovel is made of solid chocolate? Because I think that might be necessary.

Luv What You Do
January 1, 2013 8:48 pm

Jenny was super scary…I was worried about her face as it didn’t seem to move at ALL and that soldier she kissed looked young enough to have her arrested…ha ha!

The center is the best part of the PB cut. What a fantastic recipe!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
January 1, 2013 8:57 pm

This really is amazeballs. Which is a much better ball than the one that dropped. My daughter was underwhelmed too! Peanut butter spread is waaaaaay better.

January 1, 2013 9:03 pm

At one point I swore I saw Jenny McCarthy lying on top of a Justin Bieber cardboard cut out, kissing it. I wish I coud say it was an alcohol-induced hallucination….however, I had no alcohol in me. I can never un-see that. Hopefully your PB spread can help bring some better images to my mind!

Happy New Year!

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
January 1, 2013 10:17 pm

God bless your sweet tooth! this is awesome!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
January 1, 2013 10:21 pm

Peanut butter + peanut butter cups are two favorites… why didn’t I think of this. Seriously though I love making my own nut butter and adding in whatever I can find. Need to try your version next!

January 1, 2013 10:51 pm

This looks dangerously good! As for the ball dropping, my two boys had the same reaction. Why drop it if it’s not going to break spectacularly?!

Kira @ my sesame seed buns
January 1, 2013 11:27 pm

Wow, I missed the Jenny McCarthy thing. My husband has a hard time staying on one channel. I did see Kathy Griffin constantly poking fun at Anderson Cooper, which was hilarious! You could tell he was so embarrassed!

January 1, 2013 11:35 pm

There are going to be so many spoonfuls (okay who are we kidding…bowl-fulls) of this in my new year. It’s not even funny.

Also…at the end when Jenny McCarthy was lying on the ground humping that Justin Bieber poster. Wrong. Just so wrong.

January 2, 2013 1:01 am

Ok I just have to ask…curse number 413?
The jar of peanut butter fell right? Because that would have happened to me!
Love the fact that SOMEONE else (i would have made a bigger mess) made it spreadable. I know a few birthday people this month who will be getting some.

January 2, 2013 1:23 am

I also remember being utterly disappointed when I learned that the ball wasn’t so much “dropped” as “slowly and carefully lowered”.

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
January 2, 2013 4:38 am

Your test batches are huge! I would have cried, sacrificing so much peanut butter. We thank you for your dedication to this recipe. 🙂

And I don’t get the ball dropping either. The Jenny McCarthy thing sounds kind of disastrous so I’m not sure if I should be happy about missing that!

January 2, 2013 5:01 am

ITA about the scary choices for NYE’s specials on TV. I make a version of this that doesn’t call for Graham Crackers. It is the same in every other way–Any ideas what the graham crackers do the taste?

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
January 2, 2013 7:40 am

Recipes that take that many tries always end up being the best and most worth it, I am sure this spread is peanut butter heaven!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
January 2, 2013 9:35 am

Mercy does this look heavenly! I need it in my life!

Annie @ Annie
January 2, 2013 10:02 am

Well now I just have terrible blender envy because that Blendtec makes my heart go pitter- patter. Or maybe that’s the Peanut Butter Cup Spread.

January 2, 2013 10:17 am

There is something called “Better Than Peanut Butter” that you can find in a lot of grocery stores and Trader Joes. It is made with real peanuts but it has like 80% less fat and fewer calories and is all good for you. And that shit taste just like the stuff inside a Reeses right outta the jar! It’s a bit gooey-er and you are supposed to keep it in the fridge after you open it. But seriously, just get a spoon and be prepared to tell yourself that since it’s “healthy” it’s okay to eat the whole thing yourself.

Laura Dembowski
January 2, 2013 10:27 am

Such a good idea! This sounds amazing and addictive. Peanut butter taken to a whole new level!

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more
January 2, 2013 11:38 am

LOL see never give up when sugar is involved it may not be pretty but it was taste good.

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker
January 2, 2013 12:44 pm

Oh, Shelly! You beautiful, beautiful girl. I am ALL over this. It might just end up all over me too. I can’t be held accountable for my actions.

January 2, 2013 2:11 pm

Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting creating this deliciousness!!!
Happy New Year!!

Donna C
Donna C
January 2, 2013 2:23 pm

We actually had to rewind to prove to my 8 year old that the ball did ACTUALLY drop! It was going so slow that she didn’t even think it was moving! And maybe someday, they’ll air a NYE special that’s actually appropriate for the kids to watch, too!! (And maybe on that one they can have a giant ball that really drops & crashes to the ground!!)
Thanks for your terrific blog & congrats on the baby!!

January 2, 2013 2:32 pm

oh the torment of trial and error. glad you didn’t give up!!

Julia S.
January 2, 2013 3:55 pm

I wonder if you can use Nutella instead of peanut butter?

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
January 2, 2013 5:33 pm

The ball drop is completely anti-climactic, right? I just don’t get it. Oh, and my New Year’s resolution is to cut down on sugar–your blog is going to break me, I know it! This looks goooood.

Chelsea {Whatcha Makin
January 2, 2013 8:42 pm

I’m so glad you persevered! What a creation and I like how it can be eaten with a candy bar. Love.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Yes! Who needs resolutions anyway? Glad you pulled through, and figured this out, because this is amazing!

January 2, 2013 10:35 pm

OMG I was laughing out loud as I read your story, that my son had to ask me what was so funny and he had to peak at what I was reading…I’m sure he was not expecting a story on how to make peanut butter spread! I can’t wait to make this…I LOVE Reese’s cups minus the chocolate…well …sometimes I eat the chocolate. Thanks for your trials and tribulations.
It is a good thing you don’t pay your kids a $1 for each curse word!!! LOL 😉

Thanks again for sharing!!!

January 3, 2013 2:56 am

What did you end up doing with the extra batches? 😉 Sounds like a worthwhile whirlwind to me! Perhaps it would make for a smoother batch if you started off with homemade peanut butter; I love the thin consistency of it, and it gives that great nutty taste without the thickness that I find over-thickens/chunkifies any sort of dip I want to make. Just a thought, but this recipe is great at any rate. Cheers!

Joy @ Baking-Joy
January 3, 2013 10:36 am

I’m almost sorry I’ve seen this recipe, as it means my ‘healthy intentions’ for the new year have gone out the window (who I am kidding?!)

Summer @ Mallow and Co
January 3, 2013 5:35 pm

I can’t tell you how happy this post makes me as a self proclaimed peanut butter addict. I think the picture with the pb spread on the Hershey bar is my favorite thing ever. I’m walking into my kitchen to make this now. And I agree about New Years, one of my resolutions this year was to never stay up til midnight on New Years Eve again… overrated!

Nikki @Pennies on a Platter
January 4, 2013 9:37 am

Thank you for all of your trial and error so that you could bring us this madfully sinful spread! 🙂 Happy new year, Shelly! (And, I’m with your son. If I’m going to stay up that late, I need to see some destruction!) 😉

Sue {munchkin munchies}
January 4, 2013 11:51 am

Thanks for all of your dedication towards making us happy:) This looks amazing! I think Biscoff (and cookie butter) may have some stiff competition here! Happy New Year!!!

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste)
January 4, 2013 2:53 pm

Oh my heavens! How am I just now discovering this recipe?! Making this ASAP!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
January 5, 2013 10:15 am

Wow, I’d be cursing too after trying that many times! Glad it finally worked out though. Looks naughty…

The first time I saw the ball drop a few years ago, I was extremely disappointed as well. It doesn’t live up to the hype.

Katrina @ In Katrina
January 5, 2013 12:12 pm

Is there space enough in that jar for me to live?

Jenna @
January 5, 2013 4:25 pm

I am so excited! I am making this right now to take to a friend’s house for dessert tonight.

By the way, my kitchen almost always looks like that when I cook 🙂 Glad to see I am not alone!

Jenna @
January 5, 2013 4:51 pm

Just finished it, by the way added two tbs of dark cocoa powder and it is soooooooo goood. (It was awesome before I added the cocoa powder but I just felt like playing. And when I opened my cabinet for the powder sugar the cocoa powder literally fell out. I took it as a sign.)


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Beth Wadsworth
Beth Wadsworth
January 24, 2013 5:34 pm

No vehicle needed but a spoon. My 16 year old daughter and I are hiding this for our own personal consumption. Sooooo good.


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