Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

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 I have died and gone to dessert heaven!

Lately, I’ve seemed to have an obsession with mini versions of foods and desserts.  They are so easy to serve to a group of people and it never kills anyone to eat just one and also won’t put them into a sugar coma like a huge piece of cake would.  Not that I don’t like the occasional huge piece of cake!

It also seems that I can’t steer away from the salty & sweet combination in these last few months. But then again, why should I?  The pairing is really euphoric.  I’ve made many cookie cups in the past, (M&M Nutella Cookie Cups,  Peanut Butter Cup CookiesPeanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites),  but this recipe is probably one of the best that I have tried because the cookie part is so incredibly soft!  They stayed soft for a couple of days after I made them.  This is a dessert you are definitely going to want to make….especially since it is a salted caramel dessert AND also has peanut butter in it!  That’s a “win, win situation” in my book.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe



1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups bread flour {or all-purpose flour}
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt


1-1/4 cup caramels, unwrapped
1 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. coarse salt



Preheat oven to 350°F.
Spray 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.
Beat together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Add peanut butter and mix just until blended.
Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Gradually add flour mixture to wet mixture, just until blended.
Roll out your cookie dough into balls. {The size of each ball will depend on how big you want your cookie cups. I did about 1-inch ones, but next time I will probably do 2-inch ones.}
Place one ball into each of the 24 muffin cups.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
After baking, use the end of a wooden spoon and press down the center of each cookie to make an indentation for the caramel.
Let cool completely.


In a medium, microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and water uncovered on high for 1 minute.
Stir and continue to microwave in 15-second increments until caramels are melted and can be stirred smooth.
Stir in milk.
Fill each cookie cup with about 1 tablespoon of melted caramel.
Sprinkle with salt and let stand until set.

Recipe source:  adapted from an old Pillsbury cookbook

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62 Responses to “Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups”

  1. Jake
    June 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM #

    I want to win!!! :)

    • June 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

      LOL you have to enter on the actual contest post, Jake!

  2. June 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM #

    Ashley these little salted Caramel peanut butter cups are dreamy. This will be a great recipe to bake with my teenagers this summer. Take care, BAM

    • June 13, 2013 at 1:51 AM #

      They really are of my new faves! Thanks, BAM!

  3. June 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM #

    Mini desserts are the best! You can just pop them in your mouth, and it’s the best kind of instant gratification. That being said, these peanut butter cookie cups look delicious! I too am a fan of the salty-sweet combo (:

    • June 13, 2013 at 1:50 AM #

      Thank you, Monica! I’m glad you feel the same way about mini desserts :)

  4. June 13, 2013 at 5:06 AM #

    Ok anything with caramel oozing out of the center has to be good!!

  5. June 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM #

    Oh my goodness, these look SO good! Salted caramel is always the way to go!

    • June 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

      I’m glad you feel the same :)

  6. June 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM #

    ahhhhhhh so yummmyyyyyy

  7. June 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM #

    Ashely – that gooey center looks divine! good thing I’m only reading this or the whole batch would be devoured :)

    • June 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      Thanks, Danny! I brought them to a party and they definitely did get devoured :)

  8. June 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    Okay, I’m just gonna flat out say it: these cups are sexy! Look at that oozing caramel. Gimme. Now. And I totally agree–mini versions of desserts are so much better because they’re cuter AND they have less calories :) it’s science!

    • June 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM #

      I love how you just get me!! lol

  9. June 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

    Amazing Ashley, peanut butter and caramel = yum! :-)

  10. June 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    Why must you do this to me?!! Those look amazing! The caramel, holy heaven in a cup.

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

      LOL sorry! (But not really) ;)

  11. June 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    Oh my gosh, what are you doing to me? Those look so so good! Caramel is my favor flavoring of anything!

  12. June 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    These look scrumptious! Beautiful pictures too! :)

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

      Aww thank you, Sarah

  13. June 13, 2013 at 3:53 PM #

    Ohhhh yeah, these are definitely my kinda treat! I would definitely house a couple of these. Feel free to stop by my link party and share some of your awesome recipes!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM #

      I’d love to! Every time I try to comment on your blog though it says I need a disquis account :(

  14. June 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM #

    Oh my gosh..please mail me some of these!!! ;)

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM #

      haha Hannah – If they lasted longer than an hour maybe I could have! ;)

  15. June 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM #

    I’m an equally big fan of that combo of peanut butter and caramel – what could be better?? :) This mini treats look heavenly!

  16. June 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM #

    Oh no you didn’t. Salted caramel + Peanut Butter??! Girl, what are you tryin’ to do to my bikini season? ;) Thankfully these don’t also include chocolate or I’d be in big trouble!

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

      I’m ruining bikini season for all of us :)

  17. June 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM #

    I love mini desserts! You’re right, they are perfect to serve a large gathering. And these are the perfect entertaining treat! Caramel AND PB are my most favs!

    • June 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

      Best combo EVER! :) Thanks, Gloria!

  18. June 14, 2013 at 5:35 AM #

    I love caramel and your salted caramel peanut butter cups makes me drooling :)

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

      Thank you, Atika! I appreciate your comment and you stopping by :)

  19. June 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM #

    Wow these little cookies cups look super good and extremely dangerous :-) That caramel would be the end of me. I am glad I don’t have them near by!!

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

      Dangerous they were! I’m glad I shared them with people :)

  20. Teri
    June 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM #

    I am going to try these this weekend. Pb and caramel my two fav things

    • June 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by, Teri! I hope you like them :)

  21. June 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

    Ashley, this looks crazy good! I’m going to put this on my to-bake list. Pinning! Have a fabulous weekend. :)

    • June 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM #

      Thanks so much, Anne!!!

  22. June 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM #

    wow! this look amazing! now I want to go to the kitchen and bake a huge batch with lots of caramel

  23. Sonya
    June 14, 2013 at 4:43 PM #

    I love all of your mini dessert recipes.I cook for our trail ride every 2 weeks and the mini dessert are perfect.Keep them coming !

  24. June 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM #

    They look lovely and gooey!

  25. Jocelyn
    June 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM #

    I could go for a dozen of these right now!! Holy goodness ;)

    • June 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM #

      LOL thanks, Jocelyn!

  26. June 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM #

    Wowza! These look AMAZING, Ashley. Totally mouthwatering recipe and great photos!

    • June 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM #

      Thanks sooo much, Georgia!

  27. June 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM #

    The gooey salted caramel looks delightful! I definitely need to try these since I’ve never made cookie cups. The time has come!

    • June 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM #

      You are missing out!! LOL

  28. Jodi
    June 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM #

    Wow!! These look amazing I can not wait to make these :)

    • June 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

      Thanks so much, Jodi!!

  29. Olee
    July 7, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    I love this recipe. I didn’t have the baking soda or powder. I used bisquicks instead and they were delicious. Thank you so much for sharing!

  30. maureen
    July 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM #

    I am making these tonight and sending them to my husband. Hes in camp, what an awesome surprise for him!!!!!

    • July 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

      Maureen, that’s awesome! I hope he likes them!

  31. October 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    Ashley, these look so good! Yum!


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