A Very Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

in Chocolate, Desserts

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart

Holy wow! You lovely people read from all around the globe. I had no idea. How special. How awesome. Thank you thank you! I made you something kind of ridiculous. Think of it sort of like a thank you in form of chocolate and peanut butter. Best kind of thank you!

I’ve had this idea to make a gigantic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup for a long time. I don’t eat a lot of candy. I don’t, but OMG do I love peanut butter cups. They’re my weakness when I go to the movies, but I never buy them because it makes me mad that they’re like $4 at the movie theater and $1 at the drug store. WHY? Movie theater prices are like mini-bar prices but less exciting. No turn down service. No housekeeping. LAME.

So, sometimes I sneak them in my purse. Sometimes I might even go to Chipotle before and sneak in a burrito. So what, who cares?!

This giant peanut butter cup isn’t exactly like a normal, small-sized peanut butter cup. The bottom isn’t hardened chocolate, but instead more of a chocolate pastry crust.

It’s only slightly more dense, yet still flakey and delicious.

After the chocolate tart crust takes a trip to the oven, baking stuff is over. Minimal baking, lots of downtime.

The filling isn’t just pure peanut butter. Oh no. That’d be too thick. Instead it’s mixed with butter, powdered sugar and a little bit of heavy whipping cream.

I used natural creamy peanut butter. The natural part is optional, the creamy part is not.

After the peanut butter filling is added, I transferred it to the fridge to set a bit. While the tart is chilling out, the ganache can be made.

Hot heavy cream over semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Pour it on top of the cold peanut butter and smooth it out. One more trip to the fridge and it’s done!

I sprinkled a little Maldon sea salt on top, post fridge.

And then I did what every other normal person does and made some iced coffee for the imaginary second person and took pictures of it all.

This is all very normal.

A Very Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Print this recipe!

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
1 large egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder

Peanut Butter Filling:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Maldon Sea Salt

1. Make the tart dough: In the bowl, using a hand mixer or stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment on, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until combined, about 1 minute. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Sift in flour and cocoa powder, and beat on low speed until just combined. Scrape the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap, and form it into a disk; wrap well in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Between two sheets of lightly floured parchment paper, roll the tart dough into a 14-inch circle. Gently transfer dough to a 9 1/2-inch tart pan. Press the dough into the tart pan, trimming away any excess dough. Chill the tart shell in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

3. Line the tart shell with a piece of parchment paper, and fill with pie weights (or raw rice or dried lentils). Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and its contents, and bake until the pastry looks dry and set, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool. (The tart shell can be made up to 8 hours ahead.)

4. Make the filling: In a bowl, add the room temperature butter, peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar and two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream and mix until smooth.

5. To the chilled tart shell, add the peanut butter mixture and, using a butter knife, smooth out the top. Transfer the filled tart shell to the fridge for 30 minutes to set.

6. Meanwhile, make the ganache glaze: Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, and let stand for 2 minutes, then stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. Pour some of the glaze over the tart while still warm. You can let the glaze set at room temperature for at least 2 hours OR (since I was experiencing a heat wave) transfer the tart to the fridge and allow to set for 30 minutes. Top with a few sprinkles of sea salt and serve.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

emmycooks August 16, 2012 at 12:29 am

Oh, you’re funny. Wish I’d been there to drink that iced coffee for you–ok, and to have a slice of this. Yum!


Margherita August 16, 2012 at 12:35 am

I grew up on Reese’s Peanut Butter cup…until they got very bad reviews healthwise. But I do miss them!
This cake is making my mouth watering, it looks glorious. I will try to make it for sure!


Lauren @ Part Time House Wife August 16, 2012 at 2:50 am

what a delicious idea!


Ana August 16, 2012 at 3:11 am

Back to peanut butter cravings… I’d been wanting one of these the other day… Sounds amazing…


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 16, 2012 at 3:22 am

This is my freaking dream!


Terri A. August 16, 2012 at 4:53 am

Holy. Moly. I’m salivating at 8am. This looks amazing!


Carrie | acookgrowsinbrooklyn August 16, 2012 at 4:54 am

I just know that this is the kind of dessert that I would make and then pick at all day. I’d start off using a plate and a fork – one slice would lead to another. Then just another sliver to “even it out.” Then I’d just dive into it with the fork, eating straight from the pie dish. And before I know it, most of the thing would be gone. But, even though I know there would be overeating followed by stomach aches, I would still risk it. Peanut butter + chocolate is my kryptonite.


Haley August 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

This looks INCREDIBLE. My mom is a big chocolate/peanut butter fan and her birthday is coming up…I think this will make an appearance at the festivities.


Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau August 16, 2012 at 5:47 am

I am in love with this sinful thing. I’ll be making this when I have company, because otherwise it will all end up in my belly in one day!


Meagan @ A Zesty Bite August 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

This sounds so good right now! I love reese’s peanut butter cups and would totally sneak them everywhere i go including movie theaters. Love the sneakers in the last photo- too cute.


Robyn August 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

seriously? i could eat the whole thing. so what? who cares?! haha


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

Haha! I’ll take the second cup and also snag a piece of that while I’m there. K, thanks :)


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

I have to warn you, I may have just fallen in love. I am stealing this pb cup away from you


Melissa | Being a Bear August 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

Except for the crust, this sounds a lot like the Buckeyes I grew up with – which are traditionally so rich that you can only eat one, and even then you probably want to eat it frozen to help cut down the richness. What we’ve got here, then, is a pieful of those, and the expectation that one will eat an entire slice. That’s a challenge I’m willing to accept. 1-2-3-GO!!!


Emily @ She Makes and Bakes August 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

Oh wow! That sounds so amazing!!!


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen August 16, 2012 at 7:15 am

You know what would happen if I made this? I’d get to the point of mixing the peanut butter filling, and then just sit on the couch and eat it with a spoon. I want this right now!


Christina August 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

Whyyyyy is this not in front of my face? P.S. I’m reading from South Carolina in a little town by the beach :)


Adrianna August 17, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hey Christina! So awesome!


Connie August 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

I think I’m going to request this for my birthday instead of a cake this year. Looks absolutely heavenly.


d.liff @ yellebellyboo August 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

As much as I LOOVEE a giant reeses, I might try this in tartlet tins!


Denise August 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

Love this! When I am craving a peanut butter cup I put a spoon of peanut butter in a dish, add a little butter and powdered sugar, mix well and sprinkle it with some chocolate chips. Yummy and you can control the portion size!


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

Thank you for making all of us laugh and smile on a daily basis and thank you for this truly amazing giant peanut butter cup!


Brittany August 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

This is Heaven. And that last shot is extra amazing. Love the little peek of the shoes!!


Jan August 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

I too set out coffee, tea, or any other beverage for the imaginary person in the room who is sharing the desserts I’m photographing! lol

This looks amazing! I am a huge fan of natural peanut butter and reese’s peanut butter cups! Thanks for sharing this “grown-up” version of the classic.


Trixy Podds August 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

just looking at the photos I could almost taste it. and I know it tastes yummy.


Tartine August 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

Wow!!! This is amazing!!!! You are pinned in my “good junk” board!!!! I always sneak candies into the movie theatre, such a rip off!!!


Jen @ Savory Simple August 16, 2012 at 10:42 am

This, as my husband would say, is full of win.


Amy B August 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

I never cook desserts but I may make an exception… Love me some peanut butter and chocolate!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

I’ve died and gone to chocolate, peanut buttery heaven. Hallelujah.


Stacey August 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

A Very Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup from A Very Cool Girl.


Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet August 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

I. Am. DYING. I want one RIGHT NOW!!!


Dana @ Minimalist Baker August 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Yes please!!!


suzanne Perazzini August 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Your photos make this look totally delicious. By the way, I always sneak food into the movies because their prices are a ripoff.


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Ah naw, you di’nt! I NEED THIS.


Cat Davis - Food Family Finds August 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

My husband would just love me to death if I made this for him.


this is lemonade August 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Wow. This looks sooooo good! I would love myself to death if I made this. As things stand, I think I’d better go to sleep and dream about making it instead. Much less effort…and less fattening…then I’ll dream I worked out loads too….then I’ll really make it and eat all of it myself without faking an extra giant peanut buttercup eating companion 😛
Good grief, I really need sleep and this really looks good! Sorry, this is like the weirdest comment I’ve ever left lol!


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

OMG I wish this was vegan!! I will be making a vegan version of this ASAP! Best thank you ever, haha! Thanks for sharing :)


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GIGI August 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

wow! what a fantastic idea!! my husband and kid will love this as they are huge fans of pb. not me but I would still make this for them they’d be thrilled. 😉
gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com/


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

This is amazing!! I could go for a slice of that right now!


Jamie August 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Holy wow that looks delicious! You really can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate, can you? And when you add a little salt – perfection!

I didn’t get a chance to comment on the last post but I’m reading from little old Newport, RI. We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave here as well, but with some thunderstorms mixed in!


Heidi @ Food Doodles August 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

This looks incredible! Best idea ever 😀


Alexis August 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

WOW! This looks heavenly!


Kitty August 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

WOW!This can be my BirthdayCake! Yummy, I love peanut butter:)


Kumiko Mae August 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

oh my i gained weight just by looking


Barbara | Creative Culinary August 19, 2012 at 8:22 am

Mmmm sounds delish but I can’t help but think I might try one with Biscoff spread; I’m sorta addicted at the moment. Looks beautiful!


Danielle August 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Oh My Wow! This is amazing! You are playing a dangerous game with this one! : )

Danielle xo


allie@sweetpotatobites.com August 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

oh yum! i could see this becoming a regular staple in my house!


Miranda August 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

I think I might have to make a smaller version of this for my fiancé – he loves peanut butter cups and buys them whenever he can find them (we’re in the UK so they’re not standard fare!). I’d never heard of Dutch processed cocoa, but according to Wikipedia we do have it, so I’ll do some searching – and apparently heavy cream is our whipping cream. Now to dig out measuring cups, I’m sure I remember buying some…


Nealey @ Dixie Caviar August 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Yep, this doesn’t look bad at all. Not bad at all.


las artes August 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

With it’s chocolate cookie crust, rich peanut butter and cream cheese filling and chocolate ganache topping covered with insane amounts of chopped peanut butter cups, it’s not for the faint of heart.


erin @ yummy supper August 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

Adrianna, I showed your first photo to my husband and he practically had a heart attack – but in the best way! We love Peanut Butter Cups and this post is beyond yum.


Katie August 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Question – By natural, do you mean that the peanut butter you used was the sweet stuff or the healthy not so sweet? :)


Adrianna August 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

“Natural peanut butter” is what the label will say. Healthy stuff with no sugar added. :)


kelly @ kellybakes August 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

oh. my. goodness. This looks unbelievable! I love Reese’s. and tarts. but mostly Reese’s. wow. Adding you to my RSS and making this immediately!


Lisa August 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

This recipe looks DIVINE! One question–Should the crust be rolled into a 12″ circle? 18 x 12 is confusing me.


thelittleloaf August 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

Oh good lord, this looks amazing! I love peanut butter cups, and chocolate tarts, and ganache – 100% bookmarked!


Allegra August 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I absolutely can not wait to try these! I’m even debating on a trip to the store when I get off work at 11pm tonight. Reese’s are my favorite and what could be better than a giant one?!


CrannyO August 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Made this for my husband’s birthday two days ago…easy to make and so delicious. Of
course now it’s diet time…sooooo fattening. Oh well, once a year I can handle it. Thanks


Adrianna August 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm



Dresseshop.ru January 6, 2013 at 1:37 am

Amazing Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! I hope someone will make it for my birthday next year! so much better. Thanks for the recipe.


petit4chocolatier August 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Absolutely delicious!!


Abby October 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Would you recommend storing this in the fridge overnight or wrapping and leaving it at room temperature? I’m making it tomorrow night for a party the next day!


Adrianna October 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Oh I’d store it in the fridge overnight. I would, however, allow it to come to room temperature before serving. It should come to room temperature after an hour or so. Hope you like!


Kathie December 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

OH MY WORRRRRD!!! You just made my day better, so much better.


Habib December 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Just made it for my wife’s birthday. She loved it. Thanks for the recipe.


Evangelina January 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi. I just made this pie this evening. I put the glaze topping on it and it is chilling in the refrigerator as I type. :) I was looking at your pictures and my glaze part doesn’t look like your picture does…mine seems more runny. I followed the directions to the T. I guess I will see how the final product turns out! :) Thanks for the recipe and the filling is my favorite part! I could not help but taste test when I was pouring in the shell. Lol


Lauren January 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Oh dear this looks de-lish! I just want to eat it! But I’m sure it’s wayyyy too filled with calories. :/


Joy @ Baking-Joy February 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

My word. This looks amazing. I could easily eat the whole thing! :-)


Elizabeth Kellett March 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

This looks amazing! I was going to make it ahead for a family lunch tomorrow at 2 pm.. Is it too soon to make today and if not should I refrigerate it until tomorrow? Thanks!


Adrianna March 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

You can definitely make it the day before. I’d just be sure to wrap it with some plastic wrap. Also, I’d let it come to room temperature before serving so it’s not super hard. Good luck!


Frances Randall April 13, 2013 at 5:59 am

My son requested a peanut butter cup cake for his birthday, I am going to make this for him tomorrow as I think this will blow his mind. Thanks so much, I am sure the whole family will really enjoy it :)


Adrianna April 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Awesome. Hope he loves it!


Barb April 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

I want to make this for some friends. Anyone have any ideas on a good gluten free crust for this?


Adrianna April 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

You should be able to sub out the flour with any gluten-free flour. I recently discovered Cup 4 Cup and it works great. A little pricey but worth it, I think.



RLT April 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

Had to make this after seeing the link from the cookies the other day. Layered perfection! It made me so happy to cut into it and have my kids and hubbie say ahhhh. I used a 9 1/2 in springform pan and just crumbled the crust in and pressed smooth. I’m guessing this food might get into my 7-year old’s Book of Awesomeness, which is no small feat, let me tell you.


Adrienne April 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

The number of times I have sneaked a chipotle burrito into a movie in my purse is embarrassing.


Adrianna Adarme May 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

It’s always a good move.


Courtz December 5, 2013 at 12:50 am

I just made this! I’m from New Zealand and we have started getting American candy in specialty shops and I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! I had to look up a few things as we have different names for things and use different measurements but it turned out great and is delicious – the ganache in particular is genius! I loved pouring the cream over the chocolate and watching it melt. Perfect day to do it as we are getting summer floods, hopefully it dries out before christmas! x


Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

Oh that part is evil isn’t it?! (In a good way, of course.) So glad it turned out for you! Happy Holidays from Los Angeles, California!


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Jenn August 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Would it be okay to use regular cocoa powder?


Adrianna Adarme August 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

Yes, that should work just fine!


Deborah March 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Is it absolutely necessary to chill the dough? Or can I just press it in?



Adrianna Adarme March 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Dough needs to chill for an hour or so so that the gluten can relax. If you don’t chill it the dough will shrink but it’ll still taste good!


fran September 3, 2016 at 7:34 pm

thank you, this is exactly what i need to make for my bff!

A reader all the way from new zealand….


Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2016 at 12:49 pm

awesome! welcome!


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