Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

by Shawnda on June 2, 2011

in Chocolate,Cookies and Bars

Chewy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Sometimes you just want something a little different. And sometimes you don’t, but you keep such terrible inventory of your pantry that you’re left with no choice. Everyone wants something chocolate to munch on at 11pm. But no one wants to run to the store at 11pm for chocolate.

So we took our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and swapped the chocolate chips for chopped peanut butter cups. Same fantastically chewy cookie, but with the added goodness of peanut butter cups. Chocolate and peanut butter really do make everything better!

Chewy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Thick and chewy cookies studded with chopped peanut butter cups.


  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz package mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped and rough chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment or a silicon mat.
  2. Place butter and sugars in a mixer bowl, mix on medium high until well-combined, 2-3 minutes.
  3. Mix in egg, yolk, and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix on low just until combined. Add peanut butter cups until distributed.
  5. Chill dough 15 minutes. Scoop 1/4-cup dough balls onto a lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake 12-16 minutes, until the edges brown and the center is still soft.
  7. Let cool on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


    Yields: 18 cookies

    Adapted from Cook's Illustrated Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Estimated time: 40 minutes


    { 14 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 2, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I totally agree- add chocolate and peanut butter to anything and it takes it to another level:-)


    2 Christy June 2, 2011 at 5:21 am

    This is too evil, but though i don’t have that sweet tooth, I know lots around me who do!:)


    3 Erin June 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I couldn’t agree more, chocolate and PB could fix anything!


    4 Lisa @ The Cooking Bride June 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I am always looking for new cookie recipes and I love peanut butter and chocolate. Yum yum!


    5 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Love those mini Reese’s cups! What a great idea to put them in a cookie! Sounds delicious!


    6 Kristy June 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Excellent. These look like the prime tool to use in my quest to become Favorite Mom on the Block.


    7 Caroline June 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Mmm peanut butter/pb cups are my favorite. These cookies would be very dangerous if on hand at my house.


    8 Joanne June 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I’m fairly certain I would rather have these cookies than a straight bar of chocolate! Nothing makes me happy than peanut butter cups. Nothing.


    9 Maggie @MaggieCooks June 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    They look so good!!!!!!!
    i have to try them someday! Great picture! :)


    10 Rachel Plemmons June 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Sounds so yummy! I know everyone in my house would love these!


    11 SkytheFoodGirl June 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This look SO delicious! Oh Reese’s PB cups, you never let us down.


    12 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef June 4, 2011 at 9:31 am

    mmmmm! these cookies would last .2 seconds in my house! hahaha :)


    13 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) June 11, 2011 at 12:32 am

    That is truly genius! The cookies look awesome :)


    14 Elena (running in heels after child) June 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

    So there is this place in San Francisco, Specialties, they have the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. If is soft and chewy, just the right mix of sweet and salty. I am obsessed with recreating the recipe, thus far I have made some good PBCC cookies but I have not been able to recreate their cookie.

    I am going to have to try your CC with PB cups cookie, it looks good.


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