Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies*

This is so wrong and so right on so many different levels. Yes, that is a FULL size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the center of each of those giant peanut butter cookies. Oh and yes, those are Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups melted inside of the cookie as well. It’s like everything good in the world joined together to form this bomb of a cookie.

As I mentioned last week, I got the opportunity to visit Hershey and while I was there, I got to play tourist at Hershey’s Chocolate World. We saw the 3D show, took the trolly and got to make our own Chocolate Bars. For serious. I made my own chocolate bar! It was in a word, Ah-mazing (said like Penny on Happy Endings).

In between buying a 1 pound Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup from the gift shop and making my own chocolate bar (with toffee and crushed pretzels inside!), I bought the cookie — that inspired this cookie — at the bakery inside Chocolate World. I loved the idea of putting a whole Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a cookie and came home all kinds of inspired.

Using my absolute favorite crumbly (but still super moist) peanut butter cookie recipe, I started playing around with how to properly bake all that awesomeness into one cookie. After a couple of errors, I figured out that I would stir in the minis and push the full size Reese’s on towards the end of baking. It worked out perfectly!

Jorge and I could not keep our hands out of these cookies! So much so, that I had to give them all away to our friends so I could stop myself! It’s the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate…and would be a perfect addition to a cookie exchange! Just sayin’! :-)


Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Yield: 18 large cookies

Quick Tip: Don't buy your full size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at the checkout. In the candy aisle at Target/Walmart they sell a package of 6 for $1!


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) bag Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • 18 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla.

Gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed. Stir until dough forms. Then stir in Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups by hand.

Using your hands, form balls of dough with 2 heaping tablespoons of dough. Gently flatten cookie dough (to form a disk shape) and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven. Press a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup into the center of each cookie. Bake cookies for 3 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Note: Cookies will not spread much at all and will look like they are not done baking. But I promise they are! Once they finish cooling, the cookie and chocolate will become firm and you will have a magically soft and crumbly cookie!

idea inspired by the bakery inside Hershey's Chocolate World

Disclaimer: I’m happy to be a part of the Hershey’s ‘Baker’s Dozen‘. I love their products and love getting to share fun ways to use them! All opinions expressed are my own. 

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39 Responses to “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies”

  1. 1

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 9, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    LOVE! These cookies are my dream!

  2. 2

    Karly — December 9, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    Yessss. You’re bringing back memories of that cookie!

  3. 3

    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 10, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    These sound ridiculously amazing. And kind of dangerous around me. I can’t just do a few cookies when they come out of the oven. Warm, gooey, peanut buttery… ugh. My downfall.

  4. 4

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 10, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    You had me at FULL SIZE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. My stars.

  5. 5

    Justin — December 10, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    These look awesome! Do you offer free shipping? :)

  6. 6

    Eva @ Eva Bakes — December 10, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    You’re right – these would be perfect for a holiday cookie exchange. I need to bookmark these for next year!

  7. 7

    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 10, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Yep, that cookie lives in my dreams.

  8. 8

    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 10, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    This makes the fat kid in me sooooo ding-dang happy!

  9. 9

    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — December 10, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Is this what they serve at the gates of Heaven? I sure hope so.

  10. 10

    Mel — December 10, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    As soon as I saw that tall glass of milk, I started drooling. I knew what was coming next.

  11. 11

    Steph — December 10, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I could easily eat this WHOLE tray!

  12. 12

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 10, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    chocolate + peanut butter makes me swoon. I would have eaten all of these!

  13. 13

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 10, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I’d be in a pb and chocolate heaven if I had the opportunity to go to Hershey since I can’t enjoy it at home. Oh paleeease make these and bring to fbf if you go! lol

  14. 14

    bridget {bake at 350} — December 10, 2012 @ 3:50 pm


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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 10, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    These are adorable. What a way to enjoy Reeses PB cups!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 10, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    I made something like this last week, but I didn’t mix in mini pb cups into the cookies themselves – great idea!

  17. 17

    Joanne — December 10, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Reese’s ON Reese’s IN a cookie? If this is wrong, I don’t ever want to be right.

  18. 18

    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 10, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Oh my GAW the very first time I had this type of cookie I was like 10 years old and I’ve NOT stopped thinking about it.

    So basically, thank you. And I love you.

  19. 19

    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 10, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Words seem to be failing me at this moment… Dear LAWD Woman I love you.

  20. 20

    ErinsFoodFiles — December 12, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Nathan would LOVE these! He’s all about peanut butter cookies, and Reese’s Cups! I know I would love one too!

  21. 21

    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — December 13, 2012 @ 2:16 am

    Oh my gosh, these DO look “Ah-mazing”! (Seriously, more people need to watch that show…)

    I bought ingredients tonight for some Christmas cookie baking, and now I’m thinking I need to run out again and buy the stuff to make these!

  22. 22

    marla — December 16, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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    margoe — December 19, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    Made this yummy cookies and they are INCREDIBLE…..thanks for the recipe!!!

  25. 25

    Shar — December 20, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    Made these cookies today and they are seriously the BEST COOKIE I HAVE EVER HAD, EVER.

    And yes, it deserved all caps! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

  26. 26

    Heidi — December 23, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    Yesterday I made these awesome cookies. Wow! They were a complete sucess and sooo very delicious. I posted my results on my blog so take a moment and check it out. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I usually do not go for peanut butter/chocolate flavors but for some reason, this recipe was calling my name. So glad I took the time to make them.

    Thanks again

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    Gillian — December 25, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Amazingly delicious cookies. I just baked some of these tonight!! Thanks so much for the recipe. I will definitely be making these again

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    Jenny — January 28, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    I love this post. I will do anything for a Reeses.
    I found a 10% off coupon for Reese even that pourable peanut butter here:
    They claim to have over 100 different types. I think the toppings are better for cookies.

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    Wait! A FULL SIZE Reeses? Really? Like the 2 in a package size? Not the single little halloween size? These cookies must be ginormous!

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    Just made these today and they are AMAZING!! Seriously best peanut butter cookie I have ever had. So soft and delicious!

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