Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe - Inside BruCrew Life (2024)

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We have the perfect treat for your! Our Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are a combination of homemade peanut butter cookies and Reese's peanut butter cups. They are so good that they will be gone in minutes. You don't want to miss out on these treats.

Looking for more Reese's treats? You will love this mini peanut butter cheesecake and these Reese's rice krispie treats.

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This fun little cookie cup is one that we make every single Christmas. It's just a basic peanut butter blossom cookie turned into a cute little cookie cup.

I love that these ones have a peanut butter cup candy in the center. These Reese's cookies are probably one of my top 5 cookies. That's how good they are. This peanut butter Christmas cookie never lasts very long when we make them.

So, I better plan on making a few different batches of these cookies for the holidays. I also want to make these white chocolate peanut butter balls and stack them into little snowmen. It's going to be all about the peanut butter treats on Christmas Day.

Why You Will Love these Reese's Cookies

These cookies are a delicious combination of two classic treats. They are perfect for any occasion, although they are so good you may want to keep them all to yourself.

You can enjoy these sweet treats anytime or anywhere because they travel well and stay fresh at room temperature for a while. So, whether it's lunchtime or midnight, these peanut butter cup cookies will satisfy your craving whenever it strikes.

These are also a great cookie to ship or mail to loved ones around the world. They package easily, hold their shape, and taste great when they get there.

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Main Ingredients Needed

These peanut butter cookies come together quickly with just a few simple pantry ingredients. Make sure you buy extra Reese's peanut butter cups because this is a recipe you will want to make over and over again.

  • Peanut Butter - Use your favorite brand of creamy peanut butter. If you like a crunch in your cookie, feel free to substitute crunchy peanut butter.
  • Vegetable Shortening - Helps the cookies hold their shape better. It also gives the cookies a softer texture.
  • Sugars - A mixture of granulated and brown sugar sweetens these peanut butter cookies.
  • Egg - Binds the ingredients together.
  • Flour - Gives the cookie dough structure. See how to measure flour correctly when baking.
  • Baking Soda - Provides the lift as the dough bakes.
  • Peanut Butter Cups - You will need 24 miniatures for this recipe. Please remove all wrappers before adding them to the cookies!

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How to make Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These easy peanut butter cup cookie recipe comes together in minutes. Just make sure to press the peanut butter cup into the warm cookie, so it holds the mini muffin shape.

  1. Beat the peanut butter, shortening, and sugars in a large bowl until creamy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again.
  3. Slowly mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Roll the peanut butter cookie dough into 24 even balls. Roll each one in the extra sugar and place in a greased mini muffin tin.
  5. When the cookies are done baking, let them cool in the pan for 2 minutes. Then press a chilled peanut butter cup into the top of each one.
  6. Run a butter knife around the edge of the cookies and lift them out gently before the chocolate starts to melt. Place them on a wire rack to cool and set completely.
  7. If you want to customize the cookies for a party or holiday, add sprinkles to the tops of the melted peanut butter cups before the chocolate sets.

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Decorating Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Use any color of sprinkle to add some fun to the tops of the peanut butter cookies. Chocolate jimmies are a great choice for most of the year, but I like to change them up during the holidays.

They are so easy to customize for every holiday during the year.

  • Pink, red, and white sprinkles for Valentine's Day
  • Green and white for St. Patrick's Day
  • Pink, white, and yellow for Easter
  • Red, white, and blue for Memorial Day and Fourth of July
  • Orange and black for Halloween
  • Brown and orange for Thanksgiving
  • Red, white, and green for Christmas

You can also use the white chocolate peanut butter cups and add some little snowman faces to the tops for winter parties.


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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Recipe

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

The little candy bar center in these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies makes these a family favorite treat. Change out the sprinkles and they are perfect for every holiday.


  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar + 2-3 Tablespoons (to roll dough in)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 24 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped and refrigerated


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  2. Beat the peanut butter, shortening, ¼ cup sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. Add the egg, and vanilla and beat again.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly mix into the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Roll the dough into 24 even balls. Roll each dough ball in the remaining granulated sugar.
  5. Place in prepared muffin tin. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 2 minutes.
  6. Press a peanut butter cup into the top of each cookie. Gently use a knife to remove the cookie from the pan and place on a wire rack..
  7. Once the chocolate on the candy has melted, sprinkle the tops with sprinkles. Let set completely before moving. Store in a tightly sealed container.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 24Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

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*The post for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies was first published on December 22, 2017. The post and photos have been updated and republished on November 25, 2019.

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Jocelyn is the owner and creator of Inside BruCrew Life where she loves to share semi-homemade recipes with flair that anyone can recreate in their own kitchen. Jocelyn is married and has three kids. She loves to workout, enjoys trips to Disney, and relaxing at the beach.

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Reader Interactions


    • Jocelyn

      The only thing I can think of is that you rolled the dough balls too big. The recipe does say to make 24 even balls before baking. It doesn't really affect anything other than you have less bigger cookies!


  1. Deb

    Hi, how do you press the peanut butter cups into the cookies after you've baked them ? I would assume the cookies have become hard after baking ? Thanks so much.


    • Jocelyn

      The cookies are still soft when they come out of the oven, so the peanut butter cup sinks in very easily when you press it in.


  2. Sarah

    Oh, I need to make these. I love peanut butter cups so putting them in cookies sounds like a perfect treat.


  3. Angela Harding

    Can you use the red and and green sugar to roll the balls in before baking?


    • Jocelyn

      Yes, that would work too. I hope you enjoy the cookies!


  4. Lindsay

    How long will these stay good for? Just wondering how early before Christmas I can have them ready. Thanks.


    • Jocelyn

      They will keep for a few days if you keep them tightly sealed. I have mailed them to my son in college and he says they are still good after 5-6 days too. I hope you enjoy the cookies!


  5. ColleenB.-Tx.

    In step 4 you have sugar, sugar. Does that mean you roll in both the brown & white sugar?


    • Jocelyn

      Sorry about that. I appreciate you letting me know I had a mistake. It should say granulated sugar. You use the extra sugar to roll the dough in before baking them. I fixed the recipe. Hope you enjoy the cookies!


      • Jocelyn

        Hahaha! It's more likely that I was in a hurry and didn't proofread everything. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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What are the ingredients in Reese's peanut butter cookie dough? ›

Ingredients. Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Sugar, Reese's Peanut Butter (peanuts, sugar, monoglycerides, peanut oil, salt, molasses, corn starch), Water, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Molasses. Contains 2% or less of: Eggs, Salt, Baking Soda, Artificial Flavor ...

What are the ingredients of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup? ›


What is the 25000 Reese's Prize? ›

The contest, which ends in January 2024, offers players the chance to win $25,000 in athletic scholarships, and says there is no athletic ability required to participate. The Hershey Company, owner of Reese's, says "it's not really a scholarship. It's just straight-up cash."

Why is my peanut butter cookie dough runny? ›

Why is My Dough Runny? Kind of like how crumbly dough is usually because there's too much of the dry ingredients, runny cookie dough comes from having too much of the liquid ingredients.

What happened to Reese's with cookies? ›

Crunchy Cookie Cup: a layered cup with crushed chocolate cookies and peanut butter filling. First available in 1997. Discontinued in 1999, but was brought back in 2017. Hershey has since launched a Big Cup version called Reese's Big Cup Crunchy Cookie.

What kind of chocolate is in Reese peanut butter cups? ›

The REESE'S product line includes over 100 candy bars, spreads, cookies, and cereals, including REESE'S Cups made with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white creme in a variety of sizes.

What chocolate is in Reese's peanut butter cups? ›

The chocolate in Reese cups is a milk chocolate made from Non-fat dry milk and anhydrous milk fat (butter with its water or milk solids removed), sugar from sugar beets, chocolate liquor, lecithin, ethyl vanillin.

Is there real peanut butter in Reese's peanut butter cups? ›

Reese's (like most other chocolate and peanut butter cups) mixes their finely ground peanut paste with powdered sugar before piping it into cups. This absorbs the peanut oils and changes the viscosity, while the extra sugar helps the candy to melt in your mouth in a different way than normal peanut butter.

Who invented Reese's? ›

Harry Burnett Reese (May 24, 1879 – May 16, 1956) was an American inventor and businessman known for creating the number one-selling candy brand in the United States; Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and founding the H.

What is Reese's Changing? ›

But what if you then learned that change was for the better? That Hershey is actually adding a layer of creamy caramel to the Reese's you love to make Reese's Caramel Big Cup, and classic Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are still available? Celebration!

How many Reese cups are made in a day? ›

Nearly four decades later, Shortt is overseeing something akin to it, but on an industrial scale: as a plant manager for the Reese's factory in Hershey, PA, he directs the daily production of 15 million peanut butter cups, which are packaged for distribution across the continent.

Did Hershey buy Reese's? ›

Who owns REESE'S? REESE'S Candy is made by The Hershey Company. In 1956, H.B. Reese's six sons took over the family business and later sold it to The Hershey Company in 1963.

How much did Hershey pay for Reese's? ›

Reese worked on a dairy farm owned by Milton Hershey, the Hershey chocolate king, and in 1928 Harry began toying with the idea of mixing peanut butter and chocolate in cups. He founded the H. B. Reese Candy Co., and eventually sold out to Hershey for $23.5 million.

What is the Reese's candy scandal? ›

A Florida woman, Cynthia Kelly, made a $2 purchase that resulted in a $5 million suit. Kelly claims that Reese's misrepresented its products when the presentation of the candy on the packaging did not match the actual candy inside the wrapper.

What are the ingredients in premade cookie dough? ›

Ingredients: Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Sugar, Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), Palm Oil, Water.

Is Pillsbury Reese's peanut butter cookie dough dairy free? ›


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Welcome to Rebecca's Nut-Free, your ultimate destination for Peanut & Tree Nut-Free Cookie Dough! We specialize in crafting delectable delights exclusively for foodservice and fundraisers.

Is there a peanut butter cookie dough ice cream? ›

Vanilla ice cream loaded with soft cookie dough chunks, rich chocolate flakes, and a thick peanut butter ripple. Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream has been crafted in Madison, Wisconsin, with real cane sugar, Wisconsin milk and the best ingredients we can find since 1962.

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