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Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

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These delicious Peanut Butter Cookie Cups are an easy, homemade recipe you’ll fall in love with.

What does it take to make the best cookie? I think it’s a combination of a little bit of a crisp edge with a delightfully gooey center and a dash of nostalgia.

Reese Peanut Butter Cookie Cups have all that and more. Delicious! If you’re a peanut butter fanatic like I am, check out our recipe for peanut butter pie. (You should try these Doubletree Cookies, too!)

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

If you like peanut butter cookies , you’ll love these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups. When I found the recipe here, I knew I had to try them.

I remember the first time I made peanut butter cookies. Well, actually, I helped my nan and she made the peanut butter cookies. Although she did all of the measuring and most of the mixing, I had the important job. I got to dip the fork in a cup of water and squish the cookie down with cross-hatch marks.

Adding mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to the already satisfying peanut butter cookie raises the bar even higher.

You know you’ve had a treat when you pop one of these Peanut Butter Cookie Cups in your mouth. They have just-right crispy edges with chocolate-peanut-gooey centers—and that dash of nostalgia that comes with much-loved cookies that you’ve enjoyed in the past.

And pressing creamy mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups into the center of warm-from-the-oven cookies is a good job for your little kitchen helpers.

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 mini peanut butter cups

Peanut Butter Cookie Cup Batter

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Start by whisking together flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside for a moment.

One thing to consider: I think the best peanut butter for this recipe is the thick kind. Although I’m generally a fan of natural peanut butter, that is not the best product for this cookie. You want the kind of peanut butter that does not separate.

Using a mixer, beat the softened butter and peanut butter together on low speed. Add sugar and beat on low until it is fluffy.

Now it’s time to add the egg.

This might be a good time to mention if egg shells end up in the butter-sugar mix, don’t try to pick them out by hand. Use the largest piece of egg shell to scoop out the offending matter before you mix the egg into the batter.

Add vanilla and beat on high until everything is smooth.

Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture. Mix until combined and dough is formed.

Peanut Butter Cookie Cup Recipe

Roll the dough into balls about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. That equals about one tablespoons worth.

You can use a cookie scoop to help this step go quicker.

Place each dough ball into the mini muffin tins.

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

How Long to Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

While the cookies are baking for the required 8-10 minutes, unwrap mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press the peanut butter cups into each warm cookie. The outer coating of chocolate melts into the cookie in the best way!

Let the cookie cups cool before removing them from the muffin tin if you want the cookies to look nice for sharing.

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

These Reese Peanut Butter Cookie Cups have a crisp edge with a delightfully gooey center and a dash of nostalgia.
5 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling: 2 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 337kcal


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 Mini Peanut Butter Cups


  • Mix sugars, peanut butter, shortening, butter and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
  • Heat oven to 375ºF.
  • Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, place into ungreased cookie muffin tin.
  • Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Press mini peanut butter cups into the center of each cookie. Cool and remove from muffin tin and place cookies on a wire rack.



Calories: 337kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.


    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      These are about the most delicious treats on the planet!

    2. Tin Lopez

      May 21, 2018 at 2:51 am

      Delicious! Perfect for my kids!

    3. Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      September 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      We make these every year – so good!!!

    4. Kathy

      October 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      You are missing the vanilla in the recipe.

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        October 7, 2018 at 7:43 pm

        Oh dear, thanks for pointing it out. I’ll update it!

    5. Treena

      February 3, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      My entire family loved these cookies!

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