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Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

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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! Check out this video recipe and meet me on the other side!

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Ever play one of those free-association word games
where one person says a word/phrase and the other person comes back with their response? Sam and I play it sometimes.

It’s one of my mom tricks for those times when you ask about school and all you get is shoulder shrugs and non-commital mumbles. The word game is a great way to prime the conversation pump. For example, last week:

Me: Best part of the day.

Sam, a little grumpily: Lunch.

Me, thinking…hmmm: Favorite sandwich.

Sam: Peanut butter.

Me: Favorite cookie.

Sam: Peanut butter.

Me, we’re on a roll here:: Best reward.

Sam, finally grinning: Peanut butter cookies.

I could see where this conversation was heading! I took the bait and asked if he’d like to help me make peanut butter cookies.

Yes, that made him happy, and as we worked side-by-side he became more than willing to tell me about his day.

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

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.

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

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!

Reese Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookies


Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

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1 cup Smooth Peanut Butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

12 Mini Peanut Butter Cups


Preheat oven to 325°F

Mix peanut butter, sugar and an egg.

Roll into balls

Bake for 20 min.

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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.