Desserts | September 14, 2008

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 really close. Gooey bites of chocolate and peanut butter never tasted so good!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Remember all of that nonsense about peanut butter and chocolate?? I went on and on about how much I love those two together? Well, the other day I was talking to my dear friend Vickie, and she told me about this kid favorite.  Peanutbutter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies.
We met (what seems like) 100 years ago in St. George, Utah. We were both living in the College Park apartments, and going to school at Dixie College. I was there when she gave birth to her oldest, Ryan. Vickie was a single mom, almost divorced – so her mom, sisters and I camped out at the hospital to give support. We still laugh about ordering pizza and eating Peanut M&M’s while waiting for Ryan to make his grand entrance into the world! Vickie has watched more games and cooked more team dinners than anyone I know. She watches her kids games, her ex’s kids games, her neighbors kids games, my kids games…you get the picture. I tried these out for a tailgate party last night… I think they will now be on my fam’s fav list. If you are a peanut butter cup fan, put these on your list of treats to try.

Muffin Tin Cookies

These yummy peanut butter cup cookies are made in a muffin tin! This makes them extra thick and chewy. This recipe starts out with a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Once that is made, drop the dough by spoonfuls into muffin tins (un-greased). Throw the pan into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes. Don’t over bake these- you want the cookies to just be set. Remove the pan from the oven, and press a mini peanut butter cup into the middle of each cookie. Let them cool completely before you remove the cookies from the muffin tin.

Once they are cooled you can remove them from the pan and set them on a cooling rack. Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Only if you don’t eat them all the day you cooked them…

Other Cookie Recipes

If you don’t have any mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, you can also use Rolos! Just as delicious but with a caramel flavor instead of peanut butter. Need  more cookie inspiration?  Try these favorite recipes:

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. Is it possible for you to post a picture of these cookies? …And really I’d love to see you include pictures on all your recipes! I love to “see” recipes!! And your recipes are some of the best ever! Keep up the great work! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Susan, I’m working on revamping a lot of my older recipes like this one and will hopefully have it updated soon with pictures! Thank you for asking,