Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups

If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you must try these peanut butter cookies with peanut butter cups!

I made these cookies for the first time back in May for my parents’ anniversary. They were a big hit! I found the peanut butter cookies with peanut butter cups recipe at, where it received rave reviews.

These cookies are soft and melt in your mouth delicious and a MAJOR fix for people like me who think chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in cookie heaven.

They are perfect for the holidays – or as DIY wedding favors.

Recipe and Tutorial for Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Place your peanut butter cups in the freezer. (They will be easier to work with.)

Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk.

Add the flour mixture; mix well.

Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball.

Cool and carefully remove from pan.


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  1. Posted by Megan on February 14th, 2011 at 12:18am

    Um, I think you're supposed to put the cups in before you bake the cookies. That way they melt!
  2. Posted by Christina on February 14th, 2011 at 9:16am

    Not for this recipe Megan. My guess is that they might be a melted mess if you put them in first.
  3. Posted by Wendi on March 28th, 2011 at 8:16am

    Nope this cookie is just like a Peanut Butter Blossom but with a Peanut Butter cup instead of a Hershey Kiss. The hot cookie melts the cup just enough that it melts in your mouth when you eat it.....I can't wait to make this version, thanks! ;-)
  4. Posted by Cathy on April 14th, 2011 at 5:18pm

    Peanut butter cups are my favorite! These look scrumptious!
  5. Posted by Robin on April 14th, 2011 at 7:08pm

    OMG! Could you imagine the mess if you baked the peanut butter cup for 8 minutes! lol!
  6. Posted by Mel on April 15th, 2011 at 9:44am

    Woah girl- those look amazingly delicious!! Two of my favorite things all wrapped up into a little piece of heaven! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  7. Posted by Jenny on May 17th, 2011 at 3:04pm

    THESE ARE AMAZING!! tried them a few times now and everyone loves them!! thanks so much
  8. Posted by Stephanie on October 4th, 2012 at 9:22pm

    I'm making these for my boyfriend who's coming in town tomorrow. I put them in originally for 8 minutes then noticed they weren't done in the middle so I've had them in the oven for an extra 10 minutes :-/
    Hope these are good! Found this recipe on pinterest!! :)
    I really hope he likes them though!!
  9. Posted by Sherry on November 27th, 2012 at 3:33pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe!! Found it on Pinterest. Made them yesterday (just a half batch) and followed the recipe exactly as written. I've seriously eaten 6 of these already. Gained 2lbs but totally worth it!! Would be delicious with Hershey kisses too. Yum!!!
  10. Posted by Christina on November 27th, 2012 at 3:58pm

    Hi Sherry... Thanks for the feedback! Glad you liked them! They are dangerous:)
  11. Posted by Judy on February 15th, 2013 at 6:01pm

    can these be frozen after being made?
  12. Posted by Amy on July 25th, 2013 at 5:01pm

    I make those for potlucks, team dinners, etc., and they disappear!! I use a small ice cream scoop for the cookie dough...makes it go very fast. I also put the pb cups in the freezer for awhile before I unwrap tem. Otherwise they melt in my hands.
  13. Posted by Erin on August 12th, 2014 at 5:56pm

    I find that making the balls a little bit bigger - so that the cookie almost forms a rim on top of the pan - helps with getting these little guys out of the tin!

    I baked them for 8 mins, cooled in the fridge for 10 mins and then was able to twist them out with no trouble at all!
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