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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are chewy and melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies stuffed with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup. It’s easy to make and great for special occasions such as Christmas.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are soft and chewy with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup in the middle. They’re easy to make and melt in your mouth! Perfect as an everyday treat and for Christmas and holidays!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are chewy and melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies stuffed with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup. It’s easy to make and great for special occasions such as Christmas.

This is the best peanut butter cookie recipe ever: soft and chewy with chocolatey peanut butter flavors! I’ve been making them for years and they’re always a hit whether it’s for afternoon tea, a potluck or holiday parties.

There’s no chilling time required and they turn out perfectly every time. Plus, they freeze well just like Chocolate Chip Cookies in case you want to make them in advance.

Peanut butter cup cookies served on a red plate

How to Make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These Reese’s cookies are foolproof if you follow these steps:

  • Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add peanut butter and the flour mixture. Mix well into a cookie dough.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of the dough and shape into a ball.
  • Place the ball into each mini muffin cup.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly golden and puffed around the edges.
  • Remove from oven and immediately press one mini peanut butter cup into the middle of each cookie until level.
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan, and the cup will be partially melted and shiny.
  • Remove from pan and serve.

Pressing a mini Reese's peanut butter cup into cookie dough before baking

Use Regular Creamy Peanut Butter

I recommend using the regular creamy peanut butter for easier mixing. Natural peanut butter doesn’t work well for this recipe. I also recommend making the cookie dough from scratch using this recipe instead of buying premade dough. The store-bought dough doesn’t hold the shape well.

Soften the Butter Ahead of Time

Remember to take the butter out of the fridge ahead of time. If you forget, you can place the butter in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on 30% power for 15 seconds.

Don’t Over-bake the Cookies

Bake the cookies for only 8-10 minutes. The secret to soft cookies is to slightly under-bake them. This will yield puffy and soft cookies that melt in your mouth.

A bite of a peanut butter cup cookie while it's still slightly warm

Gooey Peanut Butter Cup

After you remove your cookies from the oven, immediately press mini Reese peanut butter cups into the center of each cookie. The cookies are still in the muffin tin and are quite hot. You will notice that the chocolate surface of the peanut butter cups becomes shiny as it’s melting with the warmth from the cookies. It’s like magic!

If you like the ooey gooey texture, you can eat these peanut butter cup cookies while it’s slightly warm. See the picture above when I had a bite of the cookie.

If you prefer a more traditional texture, you can place the pan in the refrigerator to chill for about 20 minutes. This will stop peanut butter cups from melting and keep its original texture.

How Long Do They Last

Store these peanut butter cup cookies in an airtight container. They can last for up to 1 week at room temperature and up to 3 months in the freezer.

This recipe makes 24 cups in a mini muffin pan like this one. You can get Reese’s mini peanut butter cups at most supermarkets or online too. An 8-ounce package is plenty for this recipe.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are chewy and melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies stuffed with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 24 mini peanut butter cups

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 24-cup miniature muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, mix butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla until smooth. Finally mix in peanut butter and flour mixture.
  • Fill each miniature muffin cup with about one tablespoon of batter. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly golden and puffed around the edges. Meanwhile, unwrap the peanut butter cups.
  • Remove from oven and immediately press one peanut butter cup into the middle of each cookie until level.
  • Cool 10-15 minutes in the pan, and the cup will be partially melted and shiny. Remove from pan and let cool on a rack.

Notes

  • For the best results, use a creamy peanut butter where the oil doesn't separate out.
  • When you remove the cookies from the oven, it's OK if the they could collapse a little bit.
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 104mg4%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies,, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
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