Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Christmas baking can be incredibly nostalgic. Anytime I bake peanut butter blossoms or mini cheesecake cookies, I imagine being about 8 years old, in the kitchen of my old house, watching my mom bake. I can feel the carpet under my toes, I can see the floral painting on the wall, and if I walk around the corner, I can see the silver and blue garland wrapped around the staircase. There are certain recipes that flat-out have to be made during the holidays, or it’s just not Christmas. Then there are cookies and treats that have been made occasionally, but somehow fall through the cracks some years. These peanut butter cup cookies fall into that category, although how that ever happened with me around is absolutely astonishing. Now that I’ve revived the recipe from the depths of my mom’s recipe books, it will be a Christmas baking staple from now on!

This is one of the easiest cookie recipes you’ll find, and it’s one that will have people going crazy. You pop a little ball of peanut butter dough into a mini muffin pan, bake them until they’re puffy and pale, then take them out of the oven and immediately press a miniature peanut butter cup into the center. Gooey peanut butter cookie meets melty peanut butter cup. It’s cookie and candy perfection, and I will never live through a Christmas season without them again.

I dare you to try to wait an appropriate amount of time before popping at least two of these in your mouth. It’s absolutely impossible. Still warm or not, I have to grab one almost immediately. Pay no attention to the melted chocolate on my hands and crumbs around my mouth 😉

This is the perfect holiday cookie recipe – quick, easy, and yields a ton! Perfect for making numerous cookie trays to take with you on your holiday visits. Enjoy!

One year ago: Lofthouse Style Frosted Sugar Cookies
Two years ago: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Three years ago: Nut Crescents

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

A holiday classic, straight from my mom's old recipe card!


1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
48 miniature Reese's peanut butter cups, unwrapped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. Beat together the butter, peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and vanilla and mix for another minute or so to combine. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Give the dough a final mix with a rubber spatula to ensure all of the flour is incorporated.

4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls (about 2 teaspoons worth of dough) and place in the cups of a miniature muffin pan (keep the dough in balls - do not press into the pan).

5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden brown and slightly puffy. Remove from the oven and immediately press a miniature peanut butter cup in the middle of each cookie, pressing down so that the top of the peanut butter cup is even with the top of the cookie. Cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pans, and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


97 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Cookies”

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  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on December 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I love these! I was all ready to make them last year- bought the peanut butter cups and everything. Then never got around to it. They WILL be made this year!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on December 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I haven’t baked a Reese’s cup into a cookie in at least…3 months. I’m overdue! Yours look great! I love using muffin tins for cookies or mini whoopie pie pans because the cookies turn out so well!


  3. Im At Home Baking on December 11, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Mmm, yum!! These look so good and are cute too!


  4. Jessica on December 11, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I’m not a fan of any of the 3 main components of these but they look so good I might have to give them a try!


  5. Sarah on December 11, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I had these at a caroling party recently and loved them – so glad to have a recipe for them! Yum!


  6. Jennifer on December 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

    These do look easy and yummy! I’d probably have to make them and then taken them to work or else I’d finish them myself!


  7. June on December 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    These are are one of my husband’s “best thing I ever made”…when I use Reese’s Dark
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!


  8. Lisa Garner on December 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

    These are my favorite cookies – except I am lazy and just use Pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough and bake the Reeses right in the dough so the chocolate is all gooey when the come out of the oven. I have one rule in the house – if they break when they come out of the pan, I get to eat them, still hot. I purposely try to break at least one in each pan (:


  9. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

    What a gorgeous cookie! I would have no control with these around!!


  10. Joy from Yesterfood on December 11, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I can smell these peanut butter cup cookies now!! Thanks for the reminder of a Christmas classic- we love the classics over here! :)


  11. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen on December 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    These are dangerous! I can pop about 3 of these in one sitting. sigh. What a way to go though…


  12. Sara on December 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    These look DELICIOUS!


  13. Deborah on December 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I have baked these for years, I do the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, or any other sugar cookie dough recipe. I also dress them up a bit for the cookie trays. I put a midget wrapper on them(small cupcake paper) sprinkle a little powered sugar and or sprinkles. I have to hind them or they get eaten before i can put them on my trays. They are the request of most my family. I have to take my sister her own batch. I only wish they sold the peanut butter cups unwrapped LOl. You must try them…


    • Robbie on December 11th, 2012 at 11:24 am

      In Canada, there are two sizes of RPBCs, the smaller one is unwrapped. They are too small for my combo of cookie and muffin tin. I’ll have to just eat them with no cookie around them!


      • T on November 27th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        we do sell the minitures in Canada. Not the super small ones but the next size up


  14. Carolyn Mustopa on December 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’d love to try these with a sugar cookie dough and Rollo caramel candies too!


  15. Becky @ Olives n Wine on December 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

    YUM! Anything with a peanut butter cookie PLUS a Reese’s is good in my book :) Can’t wait to try these!


  16. crystal b on December 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

    These are definitely going on my “must make” list this year. Yumm.


  17. Lynda on December 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    YES! I couldn’t agree more, there’s definitely some recipe that are a must at this time of year. These little cups look so cute I need to try over the holidays :)


  18. Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction on December 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    These look so cute. I love old family recipes. Can’t wait to try them. I’m a long time fan amd Twitter follower. You can visit my blog at


  19. Veronica on December 11, 2012 at 10:35 am

    These look soo amazing!! I will definitely be making these soon!


  20. Heather on December 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    my husband is going to LOVE these!


  21. Tonia on December 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I make peanut butter blossoms every year – I am definitely going to try this variation!


  22. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on December 11, 2012 at 11:01 am



  23. Michele R. on December 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Oops, sorry, wrote that on the wrong one!! On a different note, these cookies will be my Cookie Swap cookie, thanks!


  24. Tina from Pa on December 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I can tell you are a Burgh girl. It’s like looking at my childhood through your eyes! [but I’m much older!] Oh those days were the best! Love me some PB cookies!


  25. Kimberly on December 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I cannot wait to make these cookies. I might try with my homeade peanut butter cups that I make at Christmas time. Yum!


  26. Carrie on December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    These mini peanut butter cup cookies look very scrumptious! I’ve never tried them before but I wouldn’t mind taste testing them :)

    I’m not too much of a baker. I seriously don’t have the patience to bake nor cook. However, since you’ve posted the recipe, I may bake these delicious looking cookies for Christmas.

    Thank you for sharing! 😉


  27. marie//littlekitchie on December 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I always go straight for these kind of cookies whenever they’re around! YUM!


  28. Captain Micah on December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am


    Is this the best time of year or what?!


  29. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on December 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    OMG, the last picture is too tempting!! Need to try these!


  30. Jodi Pavlik on December 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    We are doing these cookies this year instead of PB Blossoms! Thank you for posting the recipe, I always trust that the recipes you post are amazing!


  31. Christine on December 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Peanut Butter Blossoms are a wonderful idea. Really need to make these.
    Thanks for sharing


  32. Brittny Smith on December 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I have to admit this is one of my favorite cookies. I love everything with peanut butter and this satisfies my peanut butter cravings. It’s hard not to eat all of them when I bake them though!


  33. Christine on December 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Peanut Butter Blossoms are for sure on my list to make this year.
    They look so yummy
    Thanks for sharing


  34. kimathungryhealthygirl on December 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Little Reese’s cups are my favorite! Can’t wait to try these!


  35. sara on December 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Ok, I need to make these pretty much immediately…they look so good! Oh, in only I had more hours in the day! :)


  36. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on December 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Yum!! These are such a fun spin on peanut butter blossom cookies! I can never say no to a peanut butter cup :)


  37. Nicole on December 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Too funny, I just made these for the first time yesterday. I can’t believe they aren’t all gone. So simple and definitely delicious!


  38. Arlene on December 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I haven’t made these in years. Thanks for the memories. Now, of course, it’s time to go buy the Reese’s cups.


  39. Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen on December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    These are the prettiest peanut butter cup cookies I’ve seen! And yummiest. Mmm!


  40. Sara on December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    These are one of my favorite cookies!! I usually end up eating half of them while baking. :)


  41. Dani on December 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I love your recipes and especially these cookies!!!
    Greetings from Chile


  42. sherilsl on December 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    These look so good. Better than regular pnut butter cookies w/ a kiss.


  43. Marcia on December 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I love these! If I didn’t make these around Christmas my kids would pitch a fit!


  44. sharon B on December 12, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Very pretty cookie of one of my favorites. Very transportable version, easy to share!


  45. Cheryl on December 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Yummy cookies!!!


  46. Navar on December 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a great cookie- and so easy!


  47. Sarah | Shine Food on December 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Even more than this deliciously easy recipe, I love all the nostalgic senses you write about. I can see that floral wallpaper and feel the carpet underfoot! That’s one of my favorite things about cooking (and reading great food blogs) is how evocative and transporting they can be. Christmas is especially a poignant and nostalgic time for memories in the kitchen.

    We’re celebrating our favorite holiday recipes this month on the Shine Supper Club and this recipe would be a perfect addition! I hope you’ll join us!


  48. T on December 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Definitely going to try this during the holidays and into next year!


  49. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on December 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    These were my favorite cookies as a kid growing up! We only ever had them at my grandma’s house, and they were the best!


  50. Mariel W on December 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    These look so good I want to run to my kitchen and make them!


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