Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

At Christmas Time, people are baking batch after batch after batch of cookies. All of those cookies are absolutely fantastic, but today I have an impressive change of pace from cookies! These Christmas Trees are made all from store-bought supplies (Reese’s Cups and Hershey Kisses). A little bit of Melted Chocolate and Sprinkles and you are moments away from adorable Hostess Gifts, Party Favors, great start to the Perfect Holiday Gift, or just a great addition to your Holiday Sweets!

Stacked Reeses TreeThese guys are just so much fun…

 Forest of Homemade Reeses TreesEven if you aren’t super artistic (trust me, I’m not) you will be able to make some amazing looking trees.

DIY Reeses Christmas Tree

 signage for Reeses Trees as GiftWhen I created these, they were the “Thanks for Coming” Favor that I had set out for our Holiday Party this year (you can get a copy of the sign I had next to the trees at the bottom of the post, just right-click to save the file).

Homemade Chocolate Reeses Tree

Adorable and Easy – I’m sold!

Over the River & through the Woods (made of Chocolate Peanut Butter Trees) to Grandmother’s House we go… Wishing you and yours safe travels wherever you may go this Holiday Season!

  Reeses Tree

 I’m telling you – can’t imagine anything better than Chocolate Christmas Trees – I mean trees that are made of nothing but Chocolate & Peanut Butter,  I am not sure how you can go wrong! Reeses Trees, Chocolate Peanut Butter Trees – whatever you call them, I call them delicious!

Peanut Butter Christmas Trees
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Serves: 1 tree
  • 2 Miniature Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 Regular Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 Hershey Kiss
  • Melted Chocolate (your choice of color)
  1. Unwrap all of your Chocolate
  2. Melt your chocolate according to to package directions (you can melt it right in a zip-top bag and cut the corner off).
  3. Attach (with chocolate) an Upside Down miniature PB cup to an upside down regular size PB cup. Turn another miniature PB cup upside down and attach with more chocolate to the first two cups. Finally, attach a Kiss to the top.
  4. Repeat with as many trees as you plan to make. Allow to set (in the fridge) for a bit (approx 30 minutes). Drizzle with your chocolate around the edges in a pretty pattern and sprinkle with your favorite kind of sprinkles/jimmies/non-pariels
  5. nd layer – upside down miniature PB cup – repeat drizzle & sprinkle
  6. rd layer – chocolate kiss – repeat drizzle & sprinkle

As originally seen on Sweet Simple Stuff

 dark chocolate reeses tree

2013 reeses tree ingredients


tree-mendously lucky



Two Years Ago – Spinach Feta Muffins… perfect for a savory breakfast OR along side a hearty dinner!

Three Years Ago – Butternut Squash Bisque (NOT a fat-laden version)

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite Holiday Gift to give to your guests?


Peanut Butter Christmas Trees — 78 Comments

  1. My sister will be in school tomorrow, so I don’t think she would mind taking some home for me! They look absolutely adorable, and I can’t wait to see them for myself! 😉

    • If only I had some left to give her… I bet that you girls can whip these up though, SO easy (yet impressive, don’t tell whoever you give them to how easy they really were)!

  2. These were really good too. Didn’t realize they were made with Reese’s cups until I opened the bag when I got home, and smelt the peanut buttery goodness. Thanks for having us over the other day. We had a good time.

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    • I think that would work for the cups Debra, I just always get nervous with toothpicks because of the whole “poking it through your roof of your mouth” thing! I have a feeling the toothpick might not go through the kiss though… give it a shot and let me know how it works (and be sure to warn your recipients to remove/eat carefully)!!!

  4. What chocolate do you melt, the Hershey’s kisses? Or baking chocolate? How do you melt it right in the bag as you say, can you put a plastic ziplock bag in the microwave? I wouldn’t have thought so, but I don’t know. What is the green trim, didn’t know you could buy green chocolate (says chocolate, your choice of color). This sounded simple like you said, so embarrassed to have so many questions! Obviously, I’m not a baker lol, just thought this was something I could actually do.

    • Janet – melt the baking chocolate. To melt in the bag I put the bag in a mug and microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds at a time, for probably 2 minutes total before its all nice a “smooshy”. At AC Moore or any craft store they have chocolate in all colors – it is fabulous (or check out my links to Amazon too!!)

      I am sure you can do it – be sure to let me know how it works out for you!!!

  5. They are so adorable….can’t wait to make some. I’m thinking a better way to stabilize them without toothpicks would be
    to put a tiny dab of the chocolate used for the garlands in between each cup???? What do you think?

    • Tub Icing does not harden the way that melting chocolate does – so I would only want to use tub icing for the decoration if that is what you are thinking…

  6. I love them!!!! Yike, tho! We have peanut allergies in the family–so I’m always on the look out for replacement ingredients. The candy kiss will do–and there MUST be candies shaped similarly enough to Rpbcups. I’ll see what i can find. As for gluing them together? How about a heated knife on the chocolate candy itself?

  7. For the green decoration around the tree, can you use the kind of frosting that comes in the aersol can in the cake decorating section of the grocery store.

  8. We live in the Midwest, and Hy-Vee grocery stores carry store-brand mint creme filled chocolates shaped like the Reece’s smaller cups. That would work well for those with the peanut allergy (and even as a variation on the peanut theme for those who aren’t allergic). I love mint almost as well as the peanut filling.

    • Ruth – I LOVE the idea of making these with mint… making them with two different sized Mint Creams would be fabulous and so seasonal!!!! LOVE IT!!!

    • Royal Icing is like a really thick icing – think the (hard) icing used on Sugar Cookies. And NOTHING is too cute to eat… just makes them that much more tasty 😉

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  10. How about decorating a tree for the holiday of the month,i.e.snowflakes for January, hearts and flowers for February, St. Patrick’s Day for March, Bunnies,flowers, eggs,(miniature jelly beans for eggs) for April or Easter Holiday, Flags for May Memorial Day, June for Flag Day (June 14), and Fourth of July etc. Miniature holiday decorations are sold at most cake shop stores if you aren’t talented in that area. Let your imagination be your guide. papk+

    • Oh Goodness – that is so cute!! I am not that talented at all, so all of those mini sprinkles or other decorations would be great – trees throughout the year sound amazing!!

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  14. If you use the green melted chocolate to attach the pieces and use as garland around the tree, how much of the chocolate do you put in the middle of each candy so not to have it come out the sides with green?

    • I would say even just a dot or two of chocolate is fine – it is not like these need to stand up to hurricane-force-winds, we just want them stable. Kind of like I tell my students at school with glue… less is more!

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  17. You can’t buy Standard size peanut butter cups anymore only snack size and it doesn’t make the tree look right.

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  19. I only saw the picture the first time I made these, so I didnt see that there was melted chocolate in the middle! I used cookie decorating icing when I made them. It hardens, so it holds them together well, then you can decorate them with the same icing and add sprinkles! Super yummy!

    • I’m glad to heat that it held together with the cookie decorating icing Victoria, I can imagine that the icing that hardens on cookies would work well to hold things together – glad it was a success!!

  20. These were a big hit! I used a little dab of royal icing to hold each layer together and for the green icing I used a store bought bag of icing that has a piping tip on it. Worked so well and were easy to put together!

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  25. Wouldn’t these be cute, grouped or individually, on a Christmas themed paper or doily? On a plate, you could scatter red and green reeces pieces among the trees.

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  27. I think these are the cutest things ever. I gave them as gifts and my friends simply loved them. Thank you so much for sharing. You are awesome……….

    • Edible gifts made of chocolate… whats not to love!? I am so glad your friends & you enjoyed them, thanks for stopping by to let me know!! :-*

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  33. Mallo cups is what I would use for me too cause of allergies but my children love the PB ones

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