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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!

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookies

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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.

(You should try these Doubletree Cookies, too!)

Peanut Butter Cookie Cup Batter

I remember the first time I made peanut butter cookies. Well, actually, I helped my nan and she made the peanut butter

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.

Making that mark on the culinary world convinced me I was a great contributor to the kitchens of the world.

It also gave the peanut butter cookie lasting star status in my mind. Besides, peanut butter. Who doesn’t love it?

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 small-fry kitchen help.

OK. Ready to bake up a batch of these yummy wonders?

Experience has taught me the more jobs your kitchen helper can do, the more fun he will have. But that might also mean you’ll have more of a mess. You’ve been warned.

At least have your helper retrieve ingredients from the pantry, fridge, and cupboard.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

If junior chef can measure, let him do that while you talk through the instructions and the day’s events. Or you might want to measure the moist ingredients yourself and let him take care of the dry additions. Whisking the flour, salt, and soda together in a medium sized bowl is a fairly safe child’s job. Do that and set it aside.

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’s not the best for this cookie. You want the kind 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.

Umm…remember to tell your assistant not to lift the beaters while they are running or be prepared to clean up flicks of greasy goo from the counter, cupboard, and curtains. 🙂 Your helper will think it’s funny. You probably won’t.

Now it’s time to add the egg. Kids love to crack and add the egg. It’s always messy.

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.

Remember to keep laughing. You’re not only baking cookies, you’re building memories here.

Add vanilla and beat on high until everything is smooth.

Turn the mixer to low and add the flour mixture. If you forget to stress the low speed instruction you’re likely to end up standing in a little cloud. Mix until combined and dough is formed.

Peanut Butter Cookie Cup Recipe

Rolling the dough into balls is also a popular step at my house—for a little while. You want each ball to be about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. That’s about a tablespoon’s worth.

Place each dough ball into the mini muffin tins.

Or skip the ball rolling if you have a cookie scoop. It makes quick work of this step.

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. Sample a few.

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

Know that occasional licking of fingers is an occupational hazard.

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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

Or, pour two cups of cold milk and get ready to sample your freshly baked, still warm, best peanut butter cookies in the world.

Of course you can bake Peanut Butter Cookie Cups all by yourself.

But why would you when you can create crispy-edged cookie cups with gooey centers and a happy kid. Delightful!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

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 4 votes
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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 Gold Medal™ 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!

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