Peanut Butter Cookie Cups are made in a miniature muffin pan for cute, bite-size peanut butter cookies filled with a Reese’s peanut butter cup.
Where are all my peanut butter cookie lovers at? I’ve got a house full of them and when you add a Reese’s peanut butter cup in the middle it’s like the perfect little cookie cup ever. These did not last long (at all!) in my house.
I have a peanut butter confession to make. Ready? My kids are obsessed with the Peter Pan Peanut Butter and apparently it is only an East Coast thing. I didn’t know about that so since we are moving back to the West Coast in the next few weeks, I knew I had to stock up. Every time I go to Sam’s Club I buy 1 or 2 huge things of Peter Pan Peanut Butter….. my husband does not know it yet, but I am pretty sure when he sees a box full of just peanut butter he will roll his eyes at me. I will pretend “I have no idea how that got there” :).
But for real, we love that peanut butter and nothing else compares! In our humble opinion.
These last few weeks have been pretty crazy around here trying to keep the house clean and intact for our closing on June 15th and trying to pack up the house. I say it all the time here on the blog but when I get stressed, I bake!
I wish I could say I hit the gym or go run miles and miles, but no, I bake. Be prepared for lots of treats as I have several delicious goodies to share over the next couple weeks.
I knew I had to hurry and share these peanut butter cups with you all. Whenever there is peanut butter involved + Reese’s peanut butter cups, you can pretty much guarantee that they will be a hit wherever you take them. No need to take them anywhere, make them for a special after school treat and I promise they will disappear.
One thing I love about these peanut butter cookie cups is that you can change up the Reese’s peanut butter cup in the middle. I used the Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups but they have the white chocolate ones, the traditional Reese’s, and even the crispy cookie crunch Reese’s would be fabulous.
How to make Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
- You will need a miniature muffin pan for these cookie cups so be sure you have one. I have never made it with anything else so if you decide to experiment, then that is up to you.
- Start by making a traditional peanut butter cookie dough. Your basic wet ingredients first and then the dry stuff.
- You will then roll the dough into small 1″ balls and place one ball in each muffin cup. A miniature muffin tin has 24 cups and this recipe make about 36 cookie cups, so you will end up doing 1 1/2 batches.
- Immediately after they come out of the oven press a Reese’s peanut butter cup into the cookie. Let them cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Tips & Tricks for making Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
- Make sure to only roll the dough balls into small balls. The cookie dough ball should not be taller then the top of the mini muffin cup.
- Use whatever Reese’s peanut butter cups you want. We love the Reese’s Pieces stuffed Peanut Butter Cups so that is usually what I end up sing each time I make these.
- I know the recipe says to let them cool, but if you want a crazy delish bite then eat one of these cookie cups when they’re warm. Oh my word! It is so delicious.
- I know the cook time is low (only 8 minutes) but you do not want these to overbake. The cookie cup will be puffy and lighter in color, and should not be browned at all on the edges when the cook time is done.
It’s Friday so I am pretty sure you all need these to celebrate the weekend. I won’t be celebrating anything this weekend because my husband is out of town, which leaves me alone with our 4 crazy kids. I think I can survive 🙂 Give me enough cookies and Diet Coke and I’ll be good to go!
Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
Peanut butter cookie cups are made in a miniature muffin tin and filled with a Reese's chocolate peanut butter candy. The perfect & best treat for the chocolate + peanut butter lover.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 36 unwrapped Reese's miniature peanut butter cups
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a miniature muffin tin pan and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk to break up any clumps. Set aside.
In a larger mixing bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Beat for 1-2 minutes until lighter in color and fluffy looking.
Add vanilla, egg, and milk. Beat until combined. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix by hand, with a wooden spoon just until combined.
Roll the cookie dough into 1" dough balls and place one in each miniature muffin tin. Cook for 7-8 minutes. Cookie cups will look puffy and lighter in color, but should NOT be browned at all on the sides.
Immedately after taking cookie cups out of the oven, place an unwrapped miniature Reese's peanut butter cup into the center of each one. Let cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I like to use a higher fat milk in this recipe. I usually always have some half-and-half milk in the fridge so that's what I use. I would suggest using 2% or higher.
The serving size is 1 peanut butter cookie cup = 124 calories
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