Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

5 from 5 votes

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are perfect for peanut butter and chocolate lovers. Mini peanut butter cups nestled into a soft cookie shell. Delish!

Six Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies on a tray with a bite taken out of one of the cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup cookies are the perfect treat to make when you want something sweet RIGHT NOW and don’t want to slave away over a dessert. Sweet little mini peanut butter cups are nestled into a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie for delightful little bites that disappear about as fast as you can take them out of the oven. We make these for Christmas to add to our goodie plates, but they’re also our go to for Sunday nights when we’re playing games with the family and need a quick dessert. This recipe is terrific to get the kids involved with too; make them unwrap all the candy for you!

This may seem like a complicated process, but there is absolutely no secret. Here’s what you do:

  1. Roll dough into small balls and place in a mini muffin tin.
  2. Bake the cookie dough as directed in the recipe card below (don’t overbake!)
  3. As soon as they’re out of the oven, gently press a peanut butter cup into the soft., warm cookie.
  4. The peanut butter cookie then forms around the peanut butter cup!
  5. The cookies will cool around the candy, without melting the chocolate on the top. It’s like magic!
A cooling rack filled with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Cookie baking is something we take very seriously around here, and we love incorporating our favorite candies into scrumptious cookies. Try a few of our favorites:

A Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie being held up for a close-up look
A blue and white gingham tray with six Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

5 from 5 votes
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are perfect for peanut butter and chocolate lovers. Mini peanut butter cups nestled into a soft cookie shell. Delish!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cooling Time 6 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • Miniature muffin tin



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line mini muffin tins with mini cupcake liners.
  • Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together.  
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together.  Blend into creamed mixture.
  • Roll dough into balls about nickel-size in diameter.
  • Place dough balls into cupcake liners.
  • Bake for 10 minutes (now is a good time to unwrap the Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups).
  • Remove from oven and let cool for only 1 minute.
  • Press a Reese’s miniature peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie.
  • Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.  


Cupcake liners are not necessary.  Spray the mini muffin tin well with cooking spray before adding cookie dough balls.  After cookies have cooled 5 minutes, run a knife around the edge of each cookie before removing them from the muffin tin.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 135IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.6mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Growing up, my mom always made these and they were definitely one of my favorite treats! Have to make them ASAP!

  2. Thank you for sharing .. can you share some snacks and dessert ideas that peanut-free? My son just started going to school in peanut-free facility, so sadly we can’t bring anything with peanut.

    1. Yes, we have many treats and desserts without peanut butter. If you go to “recipes” you can filter through our recipes and find what you are looking for. Hope this helps!

  3. The Reeses aren't supposed to be chopped up. You can kind of flatten out the ball if needs be. The cookies are supposed to be pretty big, if you are worried about the cookies being too big you can just use the mini ones like in the picture. Good luck!!

  4. I am confused with the instructions on the regular sized Reese's Peanut Butter cups. Are they supposed to be chopped up? or is this recipe only supposed to make 8-9 cookies with 1 regular sized PB cup pressed into it? That brings up my next question – how big of balls are the cookies supposed to be?

  5. These ARE yummy! My Mother-in-law makes them in mini-muffin tins and they look so cute!

  6. these cookies are really fun when you make them in a mini muffin tin, it really concentrates the peanut butter cookie around the reese’s cup.

  7. I have tried this cookie recipe and it is sooo good! My kids couldn’t stop eating them and my two year old ate 7 COOKIES at one time! Do you have any other cookie recipes?