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Desserts | January 26, 2021

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s hard to beat a classic chocolate chip cookie, but these Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies come very close! Gooey bites of chocolate and peanut butter never tasted so good!

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve found that recipes from friends are often the recipes I use over and over again. This recipe comes from my dear friend Vickie, who I met nearly 40 years ago when we were both going to Dixie College in St George, UT. We immediately bonded and have been close friends since!

Vickie is THAT MOM who makes cookies for every team. Cookies for her kids while they were growing up, their team mates, her x’s kids and their teams. Because that’s how she is. Always giving, No boundaries. This peanut butter cup cookie was always a team favorite and on her regular rotation of cookie recipes!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Nothing could be easier or more fool proof than a cookie baked in a mini muffin tin! By using a mini muffin tin, you will avoid the issue of the cookie being just the right consistency to avoid spreading while baking. The cookie is contained into one neat little “cup”!

This method works for almost any cookie recipe. I have used it to make one of our favorite Sunday night treats. Simply scoop this dough into a regular size muffin tin, bake just until top crust forms. The cookie will still be melty and soft inside. Remove, let cool for about 5 minutes and then place in a small bowl and top with ice cream. Easiest dessert ever!

Reeses Mini Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Baking Peanut butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies in a muffin tin also makes the cookies extra chewy because they can be barely baked on the outside, and still soft on the inside. Two top tips for the chewiest cookies: do not over mix, and do not over bake! These two tips alone will solve many problems with baking chocolate chip cookies! This post for our Tried and True Chocolate Chip Cookies will also give more helpful tips!

Mini Muffin pan cookies

Our peanut butter cup cookie recipe starts out with a basic chocolate chip cookie dough, but that where the ordinary stops! Right smack in the middle of the cookie is a Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. I love this cookie warm. I also love this cookie slightly frozen!

How to make Reeses chocolate chip cookies

How to make Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Unwrap the Reeses
  • Make the chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Drop by spoonfuls (or use a mini scoop) into a mini muffin tin
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes- don’t over bake
  • Remove pan from oven and press mini Reeses PB Cup into the center of each cookie while still warm
  • Let cookie cool before removing from muffin tin, this will help the cookie hold its shape
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature, or frozen for up to one month
peanut butter and chocolate cookies made with Reeses peanut butter cups

If you love peanut butter and chocolate you will love this cookie. Just a few minutes and a couple of bags of peanut butter cups stand between you and the best Peanut Butter Cup cookie!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Reeses candy

This recipe updated with photos and content January 2021. Originally posted 2010.

3 from 2 votes

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

This yummy cookie is a combination of two favorites: Chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cups!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, cookie, peanut butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
place candy in center, cool 15 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 48 cookies


Basic chocolate chip cookie recipe:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, semi sweet
  • 2 packages Reese’s Mini peanut butter cups* wrapper removed
  • *you will need about 1 1/2 packages of pb cups per one recipe of cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan.

  2. Mix butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla mix for a few seconds. Keep the mixer on low speed.

  3. With wooden spoon, or spatula, add dry ingredients and chocolate chips all at once. Mix just until dry ingredients are incorporated with butter mixture. 

  4. Drop by spoonfuls into muffin tins. Bake for 8-9 minutes just until set and top is no longer shiny or wet looking.

  5. After removing pan from oven, press a mini peanut butter cup into the middle of the cookie. Let cool completely.

Recipe Notes

  • The key to making this cookie is to not over bake! Bake just until the top is set on the cookie. 
  • This cookie is great for make ahead, just make and bake as directed, let cool and freeze in a single layer tightly covered. Or, when the cookie is completely set up and the candy in center is no longer soft, the cookies may be layered, with a sheet of parchment in between. 
  • I like Reeses Peanut Butter cups the best in this recipe. Trader Joe’s PB cup is good as well. 
  • Plan on 2 cookies per serving. 

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  1. 1 star
    I followed the instructions, yet these cookies came out under-baked even after giving them an 2 extra minutes. Traditional chocolate chip cookies are baked at 375 for 9 to 11 minutes, these call for 350 and only 8-9 minutes. I also abandoned the tin, and attempted to make chocolate chip cookies with the remaining batter but found the taste to be underwhelming. I’m sorry for the poor review, because these look amazing.

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a fun recipe to make with my 10 year old Reese’s obsessed son. It was simple enough he could do it mostly himself, and the hardest part was to not eat them all in one sitting! So delicious!