Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are sweet and chewy, made with smooth peanut butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter cups, ready in under 45 minutes!

Peanut butter is practically its own food group in this kitchen, and right now we’re loving these Peanut Butter Blossoms, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Buckeye Balls!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are one of my all-time favorite desserts. These cookies are soft, chewy, and topped with an indulgent gooey peanut butter cup. They’re made with brown sugar and peanut butter, which adds a rich flavor to the cookie while also adding a really nice texture. Resulting in a softer cookie, just like my Chocolate Chip Cookies and Turtle Cookies!

If you’re loving my peanut butter cookies, you’ll also love my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies! They’re a lot like my Peanut Butter Cookies, but without all purpose flour.

HOW LONG DO PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES KEEP?

A homemade peanut butter cup cookies recipe will last in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. I don’t recommend storing them in the refrigerator because it’ll cause them to harden and they’ll lose some of the chewiness. You can also add a slice of bread to the container, to absorb any moisture from the air and keep the cookies chewy for longer.

CAN YOU FREEZE PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES?

You can store these peanut butter cup cookies either before or after baking. If you’ve already baked them, just add them to an airtight container, layering with parchment paper so they don’t stick together, and freeze.

If you haven’t baked them yet, roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze on a baking sheet. Then transfer the cookie dough to a plastic bag. When you want to make the cookies, you can take the cookie dough straight from the freezer to a baking sheet in the oven. Then follow the recipe as usual.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TOP THIS PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES RECIPE WITH?

This recipe naturally uses peanut butter cups, but here’s a few more topping ideas just in case you want to try something new!

Reese's Peaut Butter Cup Cookies

HOW TO MAKE YOUR COOKIES CHEWY

  • Make sure you keep the brown sugar in the recipe, because it’s adding a lot to the texture of the cookie. I don’t recommend substituting for this ingredient, unless you’re ok with sacrificing some chewiness.
  • Don’t substitute the butter, because the moisture and solids we’re getting here also contribute to the chewy texture of the cookie.
  • Watch your baking time and temperature so you don’t over bake. Set an oven timer, and double check that it’s baking correctly with an oven-safe thermometer.

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TIPS FOR MAKING THIS PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES RECIPE

  • This recipe calls for a mini muffin pan, but you can use a non-stick baking sheet if you don’t have a mini muffin pan available.
  • These cookies hold their shape because of the muffin pan, but if you’re making these on a baking sheet you should refrigerate the dough for 20-30 minutes before baking. Cooling the dough helps to prevent the dough from spreading too much when it drops in the oven.
  •  I always make peanut butter cookies out of regular peanut butter, not natural peanut butter, because there’s other ingredients in it that help it hold together better, and the sweetness goes really well with these cookies.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to make sure the dough balls are all the same size, to get more uniform cookies.

PB Cup Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are sweet and chewy, made with smooth peanut butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter cups, ready in under 45 minutes!
Yield 36 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 36 miniature peanut butter cups unwrapped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease your mini muffin tins.
  • In your stand mixer beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium high speed until lightened in color and fluffy then add in (one at a time) the peanut butter, egg, vanilla and milk until fully combined.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and add to the stand mixer on low speed until just combined then roll into 36 balls (refrigerate any you can't bake in the first batch).
  • Put the dough into the muffin tins and bake for 8-10 minutes then immediately put a peanut butter cup into the middle of the cookies when they come out of the oven and remove from the pan after letting cool for 15 minutes.

Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
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Tip: I freeze my peanut butter cups so they don't melt into a puddle and they help cool the cookies faster

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Keyword: peanut butter cup cookies

PB Cup Cookies

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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