12 Easy Reese’s Recipes to Celebrate National Candy Month and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Posted: June 7, 2022 3:33 pm

In June, Americans celebrate the arrival of summer, but it is also National Candy Month. The National Confectioner’s Association is proud to promote this holiday month because summer is the perfect time to enjoy candy—whether that is at the park, on the beach, at camp and everywhere in between. In preparation, many major candy brands launch special products and commit to making the kind of candy people want and crave.

Since a popular sweet across the country is Reese’s, we wanted to help out the fans of these chocolate-peanut butter treats. Take a look at these 10+ recipes to properly celebrate.

Recipe #1: Homemade Reese’s Bars

Love Reese’s but not their small size? Try these bars! Featuring graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter (try using Reese’s brand!), powdered sugar, butter and chocolate. You can make these at home in about 10 minutes, faster than the time it would take to get to the store to stock up on your favorite Reese’s products. To make them, crush the graham crackers and mix them with melted butter and the powdered sugar. Pat the crust into a foil-lined baking dish. Then, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together (semisweet or milk chocolate work well). Spread the mixture over the crust, refrigerate and then cut into squares. Enjoy each square with a tall glass of milk. This recipe can easily be made in the summer since no oven is needed.

Recipe #2: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Sweet and salty, Reese’s peanut butter cups are a favorite for a reason. Add them to chewy cookies, and they are elevated to being a star ingredient. Make a cookie dough out of flour, brown sugar, baking soda, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, sugar, eggs and butter (minus the peanut butter cups) in a mixing bowl until everything is combined. Unwrap the peanut butter cups. Pat the dough into muffin cups and make an indent in the middle with the spoon. Bake the cookies. Once they are out of the oven, place the peanut butter cups in the middle. This recipe can also use mini white chocolate or mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups, your preference!

Recipe #3: Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie

If you love peanut butter and pies, try this. With a buttery crust and layer of fudge, this pie is decadent. A creamy peanut butter filling, made up of cream cheese and whipped cream, is topped with chopped mini peanut butter cups. The end result is perfect for sharing, and premade flakey crust makes preparations even easier. Freeze this pie for a summertime treat and take out a slice whenever you want a chilled peanut butter and chocolate confection.

Recipe #4: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Surprises

Brownies with peanut butter cups inside? Delicious! These bars taste like chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cups came together to make the ultimate dessert. Make the dough out of eggs, softened butter, white sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and real vanilla. Add chocolate chips and unbleached white flour. Press half of the dough into a greased baking tray. Unwrap regular-size peanut butter cups and press them into the dough. Place the other half of the cookie dough on top and bake. Cut into squares and serve warm. These are perfect for game day—or any day!

Recipe #5: 3-Ingredient Reese’s Fudge

When you think of fudge, you may think of having to spend a lot of time stirring ingredients in a saucepan. While some recipes take that form, this one does not, making it even simpler to throw together! Get one tub of basic frosting, not whipped. Add in microwaved peanut butter cups. Top with mini Reese’s Pieces, which are commonly found in the ice cream aisle. Spread into a pan, refrigerate, cut and grab a piece or two whenever you want to indulge.

Recipe #6: Peanut Butter Muffins with Mini Reese’s Cups

Vanilla, peanut butter and mini Reese’s make these muffins almost like a cupcake in disguise. If you cannot find mini versions, large ones that have been chopped work as well. This recipe makes 12 muffins, enough to feed a crowd. Top with raw sugar, or granulated, if that is more your preference. Make sure to keep an eye on these in the oven so they become a nice golden brown, not burnt.

Recipe #7: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Packed with peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces, these no-bake granola bars are packed with three times the peanut butter flavor than the typical granola bar, thanks to peanut butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips (found in the baking aisle) and Reese’s Pieces. Quick oats, crispy rice, unsalted butter and honey round out the ingredients. We get that it is very tempting to want to eat one of these while they are still hot, but they cut and taste even better after they have been cooled for a few hours. Slip some into lunch boxes and enjoy others on all your summer adventures.

Recipe #8: Reese’s Muddy Buddies

This snack mix is great for movie night, a birthday party or anytime. It is so easy to make, and kids can help! Basically, you will make both chocolate and peanut butter Muddy Buddies, and then toss in Reese’s Pieces with Reese’s Minis for even more flavor. If you prefer chocolate over peanut butter, or the other way around, feel free to make only one version as well! This recipe offers flexibility in making the sweet snack mix of your dreams.

Recipe #9: Reese’s Quick Thai Noodles

Since this recipe comes from a food service website, it called for Reese’s Peanut Butter Sauce. In its place, Reese’s Peanut Butter can be substituted. Noodles are tossed with your protein of choice, vegetables and peanuts for a savory combo. Who said Reese’s cannot be savory? Enjoy with soup, another protein or whatever you choose.

Recipe #10: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

These crowd-favorite cupcakes feature a crumbly chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter frosting and additional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top. Each cupcake has a mini Reese’s inside, so if all of that sounds like too much of a sugar overload, either omit the peanut butter cup in the middle or on top. Since these are very rich, they are ideal for a party, potluck or other gathering, where each person helps themselves and they are enjoyed shortly after baking.

Recipe #11: Peanut Butter Cup Chicken Mole

For the ultimate savory dish, chicken cutlets are topped with onion, garlic, ground allspice, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Chipotle chile in adobo sauce, raisins, espresso powder, salt and pepper and…peanut butter cups! Serve this to friends and see if they can guess the secret ingredient. If Rachel Ray can get behind this recipe, you can, too! Serve with rice and a green salad for a full meal. Do you dare serve a Reese’s dessert to end the meal?

Recipe #12: Peanut Butter Bon Bons and Bars

Summer birthday gift? Check. Petite appetizer? Done. However you choose to serve these bon bons, chances are they will be the highlight of whatever you want to celebrate. Combine Reese’s Chips, heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, dark or semisweet melted chocolate bars and crushed Butterfingers (or another candy bar—consider Reese’s Stix or Fast Break instead). Form the mixture into balls and freeze. If you have leftover filling, melt some chocolate, add the filling and then melt some chocolate over it for DIY chocolate peanut butter bars. Two desserts in one, score.

Enjoy these Reese’s-inspired recipes and Happy National Candy Month!

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