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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!

Close-up of stacked chocolate cookies cut open, revealing a peanut butter cup filling.

You get an amazing chocolate cookie PLUS a yummy peanut butter cup.

This fun treat would make a great surprise for your kids. You could also make these delicious cookies for a holiday cookie exchange or for any party.

Peanut butter and chocolate go so well together and these peanut butter stuffed cookies are another example of that.

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Why do People Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate?

Peanut butter and chocolate go so well together because our tastebuds like the contrasting tastes. Scientists refer to this as dynamic contrast.

As you chew on a peanut butter and chocolate cookie, you experience sweet and salty flavors, and even different textures. We like this experience because it stimulates different senses at the same time, and that satisfies our different food cravings.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

These multi-flavor cookies are going to become a family favorite because:

  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma: The whole house always smells so delicious when cookies are baking in the oven.
  • Easy to make: These cookies look fancy, but they’re really easy to make.
  • Kids can help: Your kids can help by adding the peanut butter cups on top of the dough.

If you want to try a healthier cookie with these same flavors, try these peanut butter protein cookies.

🥘 Ingredients

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

You might already have all of the ingredients you need to make this recipe.

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder: This is usually found in the baking aisle. It helps add chocolate flavor and color to the cookies.
  • Unsalted butter: It’s best to use unsalted butter in recipes because the amount of salt varies in different brands of salted butter, and you could end up with pretty salty tasting cookies.
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups: The candy will add the delicious peanut butter flavor and creamy texture to the cookies.

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🔀 Substitutions

Unsweetened cocoa powder: Carob powder can be used as a substitute for cocoa powder. It has a slightly different flavor but works well in most recipes.

Vanilla extract: If you’ve run out of this ingredient, you can use almond extract or another flavored extract instead.

🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins

If you want to enhance the flavor of the cookies, try these options.

  • Sea salt: Sprinkle a pinch of coarse sea salt on top of each cookie before baking to enhance the sweetness and add even more of that dynamic contrast.
  • Spices: Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or espresso powder to enhance the flavor of the chocolate cookies. Start with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the spice and adjust to your preferences.

If you like the peanut butter and chocolate flavors, but want to try it in a different form of dessert, try this Reese’s peanut butter fudge.

🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

Here is what you’ll need to make these delicious cookies.

  • Mixing bowls: You’ll need a couple of bowls to mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients.
  • Mixer: You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer to make these cookies — it just depends on which one you prefer.
  • Muffin pan: Using a muffin pan will help the cookies maintain their shape, rather than spread out.

🔪 How to Make Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

It’s surprisingly easy to make these peanut butter cup chocolate cookies.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 300 F.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder to a medium bowl. Whisk together with a fork or whisk to combine.

Dry ingredients for the cookies in a bowl with a whisk in it.

Step 3: Mix 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.

Beat until light and fluffy.

Step 4: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

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

A metal mixing bowl filled with flour mixture, chocolate chips, and egg mixture.

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

Close-up view of chocolate cookie dough.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Bake the Cookies

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

Close-up of freshly baked chocolate cookies in a red muffin tray.

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.

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy

Your peanut butter cup chocolate cookies are ready to serve and enjoy.

A stack of Chocolate Cookies filled with Peanut Butter Cup.

❓ Recipe FAQs

How can I store these cookies?

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Can I use a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer?

Yes, you can use a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer. Just ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.

Is it okay to freeze the cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough by shaping it into balls and freezing them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer the dough balls to a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

🙏 Pairing

These are my favorite dishes to serve with Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies:

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A stack of peanut butter cup chocolate cookies with one cut in half, showing the rich filling. The cookies are placed on a patterned cloth with some chocolate chips scattered around.

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Corinne Schmitt
These Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies are like two desserts in one!
4.55 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Cool in muffin pan 2 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 307 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixer
  • muffin pan

Ingredients
  

  • 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 unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 24 Reese’s peanut butter cups

Instructions
 

  • 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.
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
    1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup unsalted butter, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips. Mix on low just until combined. Do not overmix.
    6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • Add 1 tablespoon of dough to each cup in a muffin pan. Place one peanut butter cup in each muffin cup, pushing down cookie dough. Top each peanut butter cup with an additional tablespoon of dough.
    24 Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes in muffin pan, then gently run a butter knife along the edge of each cookie to loosen. Remove to cooling rack.

Notes

Recipe FAQs

How can I store these cookies?
Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Can I use a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer?
Yes, you can use a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer. Just ensure all ingredients are well incorporated.
Is it okay to freeze the cookie dough?
Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough by shaping it into balls and freezing them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, transfer the dough balls to a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 216mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 279IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
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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?

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    • 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.

      Reply
    • Full-sized peanut butter cups. Great question, thanks for asking.

      Reply
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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! ♥

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  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
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com
    #TastyTuesdays

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

      Reply
  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.

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  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

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  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!

    Reply

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