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?



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Happy New Year!



Peanut Butter Cup Spread


makes about 2 1/2 cups spread


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 23 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs (about 1/2 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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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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54 Responses
  1. 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!!!

  2. Donna C

    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!!

  3. 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.

  4. Amy

    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?

  5. 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!

  6. Annette

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Amy

    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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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

  12. Erica

    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 blog every day for new goods and this is my favorite already to try, knowing my love adores the Reeses cup PB. Thank you!!

  13. 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!

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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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