Mini Sunbutter Cups Recipe! (Nut-Free)

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Everyone loves homemade peanut butter cups.   Depending on how they’re made, SOME people may refer to them as buckeyes.   I may break out in hives if I attempt to call them anything so…dumb.  After all, this is maize and blue country…..NOT buckeye country.   Nevertheless, we can all agree that these are a favorite treat – wherever you live! 🙂

Now, you know that my son is allergic to peanuts, so we had to give up quite a few sweet treats (before OIT!).  And as I’ve also mentioned, I don’t miss many of them.  These, however, were one of my holiday staples.   I have made the family Christmas cookie trays for years and I have always included these.  They’re truly irreplaceable.   So after my son was diagnosed with his allergy, I went on a mission to substitute and recreate as many beloved recipes as I could – determined to keep things as ‘normal’ as possible.

And I’m also not kidding when I say that this recipe is made better with the substitution of sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.  You can certainly use peanut butter, but Sunbutter gives them a milder flavor that we actually prefer.  And since we’re talking Sunbutter, take a look at this comparison I put together for you – Jif vs. Sunbutter.   Sunbutter has twice the fiber and some additional nutritional benefits as well.   It’s just another reason to love it.


Mini Sunbutter Cups (Nut-Free)


  • Mini Cupcake Liners
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sunbutter or sunflower seed butter or peanut butter (if you have no allergies)
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 12oz package Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Sprinkles


    Filling Instructions:
  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together sunbutter and melted butter.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar - stirring until well blended.
  3. Shape into 1/2 inch balls and place on waxed or parchment paper.
  4. Chocolate Instructions:
  5. In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening in 30 second intervals on high power, stirring after each cycle until melted. This typically doesn't take more than 1 minute. If some chip pieces remain, continue stirring and the residual heat usually finishes the melting.
  6. Assembly:
  7. Place mini cupcake liners in rows on a baking sheet.
  8. Using a spoon, fill mini cupcake liners 1/3 with chocolate.
  9. Place sunbutter ball in the center, pressing down slightly.
  10. Cover with chocolate until level with ball.
  11. Add sprinkles.
  12. When you're finished, place your cookie sheet in the refrigerator or freezer until set.


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