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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are pure peanut butter decadence. Made with Reese’s cups and peanut butter morsels, these cookies have it all! You won’t be able to eat just one.

Ever wished you could just eat cookie dough straight from the bowl? This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip is for you!

Why this Recipe Works

The only thing better than a peanut butter cookie is a chocolate peanut butter cookie.

And the only thing better than that is a chocolate and peanut butter cookie with MORE peanut butter!

These Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are about as peanut butter-y as it gets.

  • It starts with a rich and sweet peanut butter cookie dough.
  • Peanut butter morsels are folded in to the dough.
  • Just before baking, the cookies get topped with pieces of Reese’s cups!

The resulting cookies are perfectly soft and chewy with all the decadent taste of a chocolate peanut butter cup.

Ingredient Notes

Peanut butter. For best results, use creamy shelf-stable peanut butter.

Peanut butter cups. We use the mini Reese’s cups, chopped into quarters.

Unsalted butter. Baking with unsalted butter allows you to better control the saltiness of the finished cookies.

Cornstarch. Adding a spoonful of cornstarch to the dough helps the cookies bake up thick and soft.

Easy Instructions

First, mix up the ingredients for the dough.

Then, drop the dough by the spoonful onto a baking sheet. Press a fork into the tops to flatten them a bit.

Before baking, press about four peanut butter cup pieces into the tops of the cookies.

Bake for about 10 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Let the baked cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them. They’re very soft when you first take them out of the oven but will firm up a bit more as they cool.
  • Mix things up by using different flavors of Reese’s in these cookies, like dark or white chocolate peanut butter cups!
  • Store cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy within 1 week for best taste. At my house they get eaten up long before then!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use natural peanut butter in these cookies?

I don’t recommend using natural peanut butter in most cookie recipes.
The oil in natural style of peanut butter (the kind you have to stir and keep in the fridge) will naturally separate from the nut butter as your cookies bake. This often results in greasy crumbly cookies.
So, while natural peanut butter is delicious on your sandwich, it’s not a good choice for these cookies!

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, peanut butter cup cookies can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Make sure to place them in a sealable freezer safe bag to preserve the freshness.

I only have salted butter. Can I still make this recipe?

Yes, you can make these cookies with salted butter. I would omit the added kosher salt in the recipe so they don’t turn out too salty!

What can I use as a substitute for cornstarch?

Arrowroot powder and tapioca starch would both work well as a 1:1 swap for the cornstarch.
If you don’t have any of those, you can use an extra tablespoon of flour in a pinch. The cookies will not be quite as thick and soft but they’ll still have the delicious peanut butter cup flavor you crave.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoonkosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Tablsepoon cornstarch
  • 2 bags (11oz) peanut butter morsels
  • 40 mini Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped

Instructions

  1. In mixer, beat butter, and sugarswith peanut butter until creamy and well combined. Add milk and vanilla until blended. Add eggs and bean until combined. Beat in flour, salt, baking soda , and cornstarch just until blended. Fold in peanut butter morsels.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Drop 2 tablespoons of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Flatten with fork. Chop each peanut butter cup into fourths and press into tops of cookies. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Allow to cool 2 minutes in pan, transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

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Packed with pieces of real chocolate peanut butter cups, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are the ultimate in peanut butter indulgence! 

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on April 17, 2012

Comments & Reviews

    1. It looks like a whoopie pie pan. You can find them at Michael’s or online too. Sometimes TJMaxx, Meijer and Walmart carry these….

  1. OMG!!!! these cookies are fantastic….a must try…….Thank you I love peanut butter and chocolate…..reese peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite

  2. How can I print the recipes? I have just found your site and I love it, I am a nut for new recepies. They all sound wonderful. Thanks

    1. Not all my older recipes have the print option yet (working on getting that fixed!) For now, you would have to copy/paste the recipe. Sorry!!

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