Peanut Butter Cup Granola

You know what I kind of hate?

Those “scan your own” grocery aisles.

As if shopping wasn’t enough work, now I have to scan my own scallions as well?

And not for nothing, the fact that I have this blog on the internet is something of a miracle in itself, because I am so very not computery.  So when faced with a new thinking machine that I need to figure out, I’m basically playing a game of Russian Roulette with my Ben N Jerry’s.

Oh yeah, and lady who sighs really loud behind me…I GET it.  I am slow… is the upper lip sweat and giant blinking “help” light not telling enough for you?

I am not on board with robot machines trying to take over the land.  I do not know what type of onion I chose…I mean WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHOICES OF ONIONS?

That’s why there are trained checker-outers.  They know their vegetable SKUs.  I do not.  IDONOT!

So instead of letting my Vidalia sit and twirl his mustache at me, knowing that I am bound to get stumped on his variety, I choose real life humans.

All day every day.

Except when they’re being rude.

Guess where I was today?

Moving on…Peanut Butter Cup Granola.

Perfect for snacking.  Perfect for gifting.  Perfect for pelting at the scan-your-own-grocery machine.

Perfect for emotional eating after being humiliated by a mustache twirling Vidalia.

A jar of peanut butter cup granola on its side

Homemade granola is completely easy to make and since it’s so adaptable you make a flavor that suits your very particular palette.

Which means I added peanut butter cups to mine.  Doi.

Start with some oatmeal on a baking sheet…

Oats on a baking sheetThen measure out 2/3 cup of both peanut butter and honey…

Honey being poured into a measuring cup

Mix them together in a small saucepan…

A measuring cup of honey being added to a mixing bowl

Heat the honey, peanut butter and a little cinnamon until it’s warm and pourable…add a splash of vanilla and drizzle that over the oatmeal.

Sorry about all the pouring shots…I couldn’t stop.

Melted peanut butter mixture being poured over oats

Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oats, making sure that they all get coated evenly.

Peanut butter coated oats on a baking sheet

Bake the oats up for about 35 minutes.  Then here’s the trick..turn OFF the oven.

Then grab some peanuts…

Peanuts in a measuring cup

Stir those into the oats and then add the whole shebang back into the “turned off” oven to dry.

Peanuts being poured into a pan of peanut butter oats

Leave it alone for about and hour and a half.


THENNNN…pull it out of the oven and sprinkle on your mini peanut butter cups.

Overhead view of mini peanut butter cup granola on a sheet pan

Your oven will still be mildly warm…so pop the granola back in for only 4-5 minutes until the peanut butter cups get glossy, then remove from the oven.

This will help them stick to the granola…

Peanut butter cup granola on a sheet pan

Let the peanut butter cups set back up and package up for gifts or snacks!

Peanut butter cup granola on a cloth


Peanut Butter Cup Granola

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 8 cups granola



  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups Mini peanut butter cups


  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Line a roasting pan or large baking sheet (with sides) with foil. Spread oatmeal evenly in pan.
  3. In a small saucepan combine peanut butter, honey and cinnamon heat on medium for about 4 minutes until heated through, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour over oatmeal and stir gently to coat evenly. I used a rubber spatula and my hands.
  5. Bake oats for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn oven off.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle peanuts into mixture and stir to combine evenly. Place baking sheet back in oven and let sit in warm oven for 1 1/2 hours to dry.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle mini peanut butter cups over the granola. Place back in barely warm oven for 4-5 minutes until the peanut butter cups get slightly glossy and stick to the granola.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit until peanut butter cups set up.
  9. Store in an airtight container fro up to 5 days.


adapted from Jif

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Feb 23, 2013 7:52 pm

I love your blog, and all the great recipes! I love granola, and peanut butter and honey, and peanut butter cups…this recips is on my list of “must-try” snacks!

Nancy F
Dec 21, 2012 1:11 pm

Making my second batch now! Thank you for the delicious and easy recipe. I am giving this to my family and friends for Christmas.

Dec 5, 2012 11:12 am

granola and mini peanut butter cups… what a winning combo. for real, i love this!

Dec 1, 2012 7:30 pm

not a a big fan of granola, but when peanut butter cups enter the recipe it’s got to be a winner!

Nov 30, 2012 7:46 pm

I love your receipe’s..Great website, I will try the granola I don’t think you can go wrong with peanut butter cups..

Nov 30, 2012 10:21 am

Woah! How naughty is this! Probably good for road trips!

The only time I use self checkout is when I’m feeling anti-social and grumpy…

Nov 30, 2012 10:06 am

Ha ha I had to do a double take! I swear I read “add a splash of vodka” instead of “vanilla”! LOL! I was like YEAH! Maybe it was the fact that the next sentence contained the words “pouring shots”. Boy… TGIF, huh?! 😛

Nov 29, 2012 2:25 pm

Emotional eating at its finest

Nov 29, 2012 12:11 pm

The pictures in this post are stunning. Those pouring shots (don’t apologize for them EVER) made me so hungry. Can’t wait to try this. I know my kids will love it.

Nov 29, 2012 9:52 am

I would eat this all day, every day

Nov 29, 2012 8:01 am

This. Looks. Freakin’ amazing. And probably a little too dangerous to have around the house … but then again, 1) It’s granola so it must be healthy, right?! and 2) It’s December so anything goes! 🙂 And I’m with you on the automated check-out. It doesn’t help that often an employee is there looking over your shoulder to make sure you don’t screw up or try to steal something. The pressure! I can’t take it.

Nov 29, 2012 2:27 am

This is about as sinful as Cookie Crisps cereal–and as genius. Who wouldn’t want dessert for breakfast? Thank you for sharing!!

Nov 29, 2012 1:35 am

OHhhh this recipe is so cool. I MUST PIN AND MAKE>

Nov 28, 2012 11:21 pm

How awesome is this!! I absolutely love it!! On my granola shchedule for sure!!

Nov 28, 2012 10:44 pm

It took me a while..but I now LOVE the self check out! Maybe our checker outers are just too slow where I shop! I”ve never made my own granola..but the reeses make me wanna!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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