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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

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These Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies are like two desserts in one! You get an amazing chocolate cookie PLUS a yummy peanut butter cup.

a stack of cookies on a plate with title text reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Last week as I was visiting some of my favorite blogs, I saw this recipe for chocolate chip cookies with an Oreo cookie hidden in the middle. Of course, I pinned it immediately and vowed to surprise my kids with them (perhaps as a Valentine’s Day treat) and then my mind started wandering to all the other surprises I could bake into the center of a cookie.

You could also make these delicious cookies for a holiday cookie exchange or even for a holiday party.

After four practice batches, which earned my children’s eternal support of my blogging career since they got to eat all of the failures (I will share the story of those failures in another post that will be filed under “entertainment”), I finally had a recipe that was worthy of sharing.

overhead view of stacked Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Special note: I ended up baking them in a muffin tin rather than on a cookie sheet to keep them from spreading out into pancake-sized cookies (though my kids were big fans of that particular version).

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies stacked on plates

I hope you enjoy these peanut butter cup chocolate cookies as much as we did. My kids are also rooting for your support since if encouraged, I might continue my kitchen experiments which result in a lot of extra goodies for them.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

To make these peanut butter cup chocolate cookies, you’ll need all the ingredients you’d typically need for double chocolate chip cookies, plus some full-sized peanut butter cups.

overhead view of ingredients in bowls needed to make Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients

To begin, add flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder to a medium bowl. Whisk together with a fork to combine.

dry ingredients for the cookies in a bowl with a whisk in it

Step 2: Wet Ingredients

Next, beat together the sugars and butter.

sugars and butter in a metal mixing bowl

Once they are well combined, add eggs and vanilla extract.

eggs, vanilla extract, sugars and butter in a mixing bowl

Mix well.

Step 3: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

Add the flour and some chocolate chips to the butter and egg mixture.

ingredients in a bowl needed to make Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Stir or mix on low to combine. Be careful not to over mix.

cookie dough

Step 4: Form Cookies

Add one tablespoon of dough to each cup in a muffin pan. Then, set a peanut butter cup on top of the dough and push it down into the dough.

peanut butter cups on top of cookie dough in a red muffin tin

Top each peanut butter cup with more cookie dough.

cookie dough in a red muffin tin

Bake at 300 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes. When the cookies are ready, they should look like this:

cookies baked in a red muffin tin

Let them cool in the muffin pan for just a minute or two, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely. If you run a butter knife around the edge of each cookie, you should be able to release them easily from the muffin pan.

a stack of Chocolate Cookies filled with Peanut Butter Cup

Your peanut butter cup chocolate cookies are ready to serve!

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Here’s the recipe card with exact measurements and full instructions for these Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies.

📋 Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Corinne Schmitt
A chocolate lovers dream!
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
2 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 309 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 24 Reese’s peanut butter cups


  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix well with a whisk or fork and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips. Mix on low just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of dough to each cup in a muffin tin. Place one peanut butter cup in each muffin cup, pushing down cookie dough. Top each peanut butter cup with an additional tablespoon of dough.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes in muffin tin, then gently run a butter knife along the edge of each cookie to loosen. Remove to cooling rack.


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 279IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
a collage of cookies stacked on plates with title text reading Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

14 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies”

  1. 2 stars
    This recipe is confusing. Says it makes 12 but calls for 24 peanut butter cups?? Which is correct? There are so many ads and other junk coming up on my screen it makes it hard to follow the recipe, so maybe I’m missing something?

    • You’re right! That is confusing! It should be 24 servings because the dough does make 24. I was thinking of two cookies as a serving, but I can see why that would be confusing when you’re reading the recipe. I’ve changed it thanks to your feedback.

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  5. Oh, my goodness, these look good. I LOVE your tip about baking them in muffin tins- such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the recipe and tip at Treasure Box Tuesday! ♥

  6. These are going to be popular in my house! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

    • Cathy, thanks for pinning my peanut butter cup chocolate cookie recipe! I love the Tasty Tuesday linkup. See you next week.

  7. These look delicious!!! Guess what I’m making this weekend? I’m sure your kids are suggesting more practice cookie recipes. Looking forward to the next creation.

  8. Hi Corinne – I would eat this entire batch. My college internship was at the Hershey Reeses Plant and I’ve always had a thing for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Put them in a chocolate cookie and I’m melted over! Hugs, Holly

  9. 5 stars
    Now I am really craving cookies and it is not even lunch time yet! These cookies would be an instant hit in my house! Love the peanut butter cup in the center!


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