Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


Peanut butter cookie cups dessert recipe with Reese’s cups inside. These are a perfect addition to your Christmas cookie trays this year and simple to make!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies recipe made with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for Christmas dessert

  I can hardly believe how fast Christmas is approaching.  Only one week from today. I, like everyone else, am just so heartbroken and sick over what happened in Connecticut and have been praying for all the families affected by this tragedy that God and his loving army of angels will begin to heal their hearts.  Amidst all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, baking, and wrapping,  there is a deep sadness for this horrible tragedy to have happened.  I grieve for all those families who lost a loved one way too soon.  Anything I can blog about or any recipe I can post now seems trivial after what’s happened.  It seems strange to carry on as usual, but in case you want a break from the stream of sad news and do have baking you need to get done, I got you covered.

This peanut cutter cup cookies recipe is a fail-proof cookie recipe to add to your Christmas cookie trays this year.  I have been wanting to make these cookies for years around the holidays and every year they get forgotten about or I just don’t find the time.  This year I made them a priority and made them first thing!  I got to break in my new kitchen for it’s first Christmas baking extravaganza.  I have to say it was a much more pleasant experience this year having room to maneuver.  The wide open space sure did make a huge difference and I was able to have a million things going on at once.  In the old apartment kitchen I barely had room to make just one type of cookie, let alone 5 or 6 all at once.

NOTE: freeze the unwrapped peanut butter cups ahead of time.  This makes it a heck of a lot easier to press the frozen candy into the hot cookie without falling to pieces.  It also makes it easier and faster to unwrap them.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies recipe made with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for Christmas dessert

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
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Serves: 40
Peanut butter cookie cups dessert recipe with Reese's cups inside. These are a perfect addition to your Christmas cookie trays this year and simple to make!
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten in a separate bowl before adding
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk.
  5. Add the flour mixture; mix well.
  6. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.
  9. Cool and carefully remove from pan. I used a knife to pop them out easily.
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

22 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Cookies”

  1. December 18, 2012 at 7:42 AM #

    YUM! These look like perfection.

    • December 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM #

      Thank you! I was surprised they turned out looking close to perfect 🙂

  2. December 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM #

    Love these classic and delicious cookies!

    • December 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM #

      Thanks, Kayle!

  3. Julie
    December 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM #

    I make these every year, but never thought to put the cups in the freezer before putting them into the cookie dough. Thx for the tip! I am making my later this afternoon.
    They are always a hit here in Minnestoa & California!

    • December 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM #

      Thanks for commenting, Julie!

  4. Julie
    December 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    What’s your suggestion on how to keep them fresh until the weekend family holiday party?

    • December 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM #

      I am freezing mine until the day before I need them. I put them in a tupperware container and put saran wrap over them and make sure the container is air tight and put them in the freezer. In my case, it’s so cold here I can just stick all my cookies in the garage and they will stay nice and cold 🙂

  5. December 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM #

    The tragedy in CT will have me shook up for weeks. And I can’t even imagine what that community is feeling right now. My heart breaks.

    And easy recipe combining both peanut butter and chocolate… now that is what I want on my christmas list! They are adorable and so perfect looking, Ashley!

    • December 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

      Same here,’s terrible! 🙁 Thanks for commenting – I was surprised that these turned out as good as they did! I thought for sure they wouldn’t be pretty enough for pictures 🙂

  6. December 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM #

    YUM! Such a classic recipe that never ceases to please everyone!

    • December 18, 2012 at 7:29 PM #

      I concur! Sometimes I like the simple cookies better 🙂

  7. December 19, 2012 at 8:39 AM #

    It has been such a sad week. I’ve barely even been able to turn on the TV or spend much time on social media because I just can’t process it all right now.
    Your cookies look delicious. Homemade food is so important to feed the soul. Great tip on freezing the pb cups!

    • December 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM #

      Thanks so much, Christin! I totally understand how you feel…

  8. December 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM #

    Ashley, I love these adorable little cups of heavenly goodness! You really can’t go wrong with shoving a pb cup into a cookie cup 🙂

    • December 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

      I totally agree!

  9. December 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM #

    ZThese look so delicious!!

    • December 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

      Thank you, Elizabeth!

  10. Melody Ruiz
    July 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM #

    We make these cookies every christmas,but we put red and green m&m’s (one on top of each cookie) it looks more festive 🙂

    • July 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM #

      Great idea!! Thanks, Melody!


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