Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are so simple to make, and SO yummy! They’re a deliciously sweet and salty bite!

Reese’s peanut butter cups add a little extra something to any dessert. If you’re a fan of Reese’s cups then you’ll also like these favorites: Candy Bar Brownies, Oreo Peanut Butter Delight, and Frozen Peanut Butter Pie.

Five Reese's peanut butter cup cookies stacked on a white plate

for the Reese’s Lovers

I love a good cookie recipe. I have been baking this particular cookie ever since my kids were little.

We love Reese’s (hence the reason we have recipes for homemade Reese’s and Reese’s Fudge), so these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies were a HIT! The cookie part tastes sooo good – full of peanut butter and so soft and chewy.

The kids’ favorite part of making these cookies was putting the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the middle once they came out of the oven.

We love these peanut butter cup cookies and think you will too – they’re perfect for the chocolate + peanut butter lover in your family!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies batter in a glass bowl.

How to Make PB cup cookies

These are so easy to make!

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the wrappers from the butter cups.

DOUGH. All you have to do is combine the all purpose flour, baking soda, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, salt, sugar, butter, and eggs (everything besides the Reese’s) in a mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix on SLOW until everything is well combined.

FORM. Form the cookie dough into 1 – 1 ½ inch balls and put the cookie dough balls in a greased mini muffin tin. Use the back of a spoon to make a little indent in the top (this will help the cookies bake perfectly to add the candy.)

BAKE. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350°F.

REESE’S. Once they come out of the oven, put an unwrapped peanut butter cup in the middle of each cookie and press lightly. Let the Peanut Butter Cup Cookies cool before removing from pan.

Dough balls for Peanut Butter Cup Cookie recipe in a muffin tin

Variations

Change the candy center: Instead of adding a Reese’s cup to the center you can insert other similar sized candies such as 

  • White Chocolate Reese’s
  • Rolo
  • Mini Butterfingers
  • Mini Snickers
  • Hershey Kisses any flavor
  • Peanut Butter frosting
  • Mini Milky Ways

Not all the kids in our family love nuts, so we typically stay with creamy peanut butter. Having said that, crunchy peanut butter works well too.

If you don’t have a mini muffin tin, you can still make these on a parchment lined baking sheet. The cookies will come out more like round cookies than deep “cookie cups”.

Using a teaspoon to make indents in Peanut Butter Cup Cookies before baking

Storing Tips

Once peanut butter cup cookies are baked and cooled, place in a Ziploc bag and STORE on the counter for 3-4 days. If you want to enjoy these warm, we recommend placing them in the microwave for 8-10 seconds.

To FREEZE the dough, place in a Ziploc bag and then in an air-tight container and put in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in fridge overnight before placing in muffin tins to bake.

FREEZE the dough in pre shaped dough balls so all you have to do is place frozen dough balls into the mini muffin pan, thaw, and bake.

Everyone is sure to love these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies stacked on a white plate.

For more chocolate + PB treats, check out:

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

4.80 from 15 votes
Chewy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are so simple to make, and SO yummy! They're a deliciously sweet and salty bite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 335 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all ingredients in kitchen aid (minus the Reese’s) on SLOW until well combined.
  • Form dough into 1 – 1½ inch balls and place in greased mini muffin tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Once removed from oven, put an unwrapped peanut butter cup in the middle of each cookie and press lightly. Let cool before removing from pan. ENJOY!

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  1. Hi, I just made these today. They were really crumbly when I tried taking them out of the pans. I let them cool in the pans, but I think they needed to stay in the pans a lot longer than what I had done. The ones I left in the pans the longest did come out better, but still kind of crumbly. Maybe chilling them in the pans next time would work better.

    1. Hi Julie! I’m sorry you had problems with the cookies. 🙁 We’ve made these several times without issues so I’m trying to think what would cause them to be crumbly. Was your butter softened? That may have played a role. :/

  2. 5 stars
    Peanut butter cups are my favorite!! I was so excited to try these & let me say, they are my favorite!!! They are so soft & pretty easy to make. I will be adding these to my goodie plates this Christmas!

  3. 5 stars
    Love anything reeses! And THEse cookies are no exception. They are a fun alternative to peanut butter cookies. So good!

  4. 5 stars
    These sound on the order of a recipe I had years ago and Lost 🙁 The cookies were called Drop Filled Sugar Cookies and you could use anything for the filling that you wanted. Mine didn’t have peanut butter in the dough. I used to put a few peanut butter chips and a scant teaspoon of raspberry jam in the indentation before baking, and they were put on a baking sheet. That combination was a real winner (peanut butter and jelly sandwich flavor). My husband loved them and all of the men he worked with at the railroad loved them too. I’m going to try it and maybe others might like to as well. Of course, I’m also going to make them with the Reese’s cup in them too. I have a GREAT pan that I can finally put to use. It is made to hold the amount of cupcakes that a cake mix produces (24). It is also stick proof. I don’t know if I can mention company names but it is made by the Wilton Company and can be found in their online store.

    1. Oh that sounds like a fun combo with the raspberry jam and the pb chips! Hopefully you (and your husband + his coworkers) will enjoy these ones as well. The pan sounds like the perfect tool to bake these!

  5. 5 stars
    These are so fun to make with the kids! They look more difficult to make than they really are too. I love that they are bite-sized. My favorite combo Peanut Butter and Chocolate!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and really liked the suggestion to put other mini candy bars in the center. Mini milky way bars were a perfect substitute to Reese’s. Great way to finish off the remaining holiday candy laying around!! So good!

    1. Hey, boxed cookie mix totally works on these too and turns out yummy! So glad you enjoy the cookies. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    These are some of the best cookies ever! I have to give them away, because I simply can’t resist eating them when I know they’re in the pantry. 🙂

  8. Oh my goodness, drooling! Is there anything better than chocolate + peanut butter?! These won’t last long in my house!

  9. I have made these peanut butter cup cookies and I love them as well as the family. I will be making them again for christmas.