Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies*

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Confession: I love peanut butter cookies more than chocolate chip cookies. I wonder if that somehow bans me from being in the cool food blogger group.

Jorge is gone this week and I have been eating some strange things for meals. When he’s gone, I never feel like making actual full meals for myself. I end up eating a lot of random things together instead. Tuesday I had roasted broccoli and a couple hours later a cucumber salad. And last night, I had garlic hummus for dinner. With those new “popped” wheat thins — which if you haven’t tried yet, you need to asap. I love them so much more than regular hard wheat thins.

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Ehh, I’m getting a little off topic there. The point is, Jorge is out of town and I haven’t been eating regular meals. Instead, I just snack all.the.time. So I decided I was going to make my favorite garlic brown sugar chicken for dinner. I did and it was great, but it left me with only 1 stick of butter. And, of course, a craving struck for cookies.

Thankfully, my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe only needs 1 stick of butter. It was like I was destined to have these cookies! This is favorite base for all kinds of delicious combinations. This time I stuffed it full of Reese’s Pieces, but I have also added: plain chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, mini Reese’s cups and sometimes I make them plain with just a sprinkle of sea salt on top.

No matter what you add to them — this recipe always make crumbly, tender peanut butter cookies. They are always perfect, every time. :-)


Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 24 Cookies


  • 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 cup (about 8 oz) Reese's Pieces


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 Pieces by hand.

Using a cookie dough scoop or your hands, form balls of dough with 1 heaping tablespoon of dough. Gently flatten cookie dough (to form a disk shape) and place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 9 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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!

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24 Responses to “Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 24, 2014 @ 6:37 am

    These cookies look crazy chewy!! Yum!

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    Sues — April 24, 2014 @ 6:43 am

    I love peanut butter cookies more, too. And these look absolutely glorious!! Currently craving cookies for breakfast…

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    Sandy — April 24, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    These sound amazing! I am a fan of peanut butter cookies too!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — April 24, 2014 @ 9:53 am

    Cookie perfection! I’d like a plate full, please!

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    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — April 24, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    These sound ohhhh so good and look just beautiful!!

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    Amanda — April 24, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    They look perfect! I could eat them all :)

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — April 24, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    Peanut butter cookies are the best! Love how thick and loaded with Reese’s pieces these are!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — April 24, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    I’m the same as you when I’m on my own for dinner…it’s always some random snacky combination that my boyfriend would never consider a meal. An entire baguette smeared with goat cheese? Yes, please. Anyway, these cookies look wonderful. Peanut butter cookies are my fave too, and these look like an amazing version!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — April 24, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    these look so fantastic! pb cookies are one of my favorites!

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    Eats Meets West — April 26, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

    Ooh, these cookies look great for right about now, thanks for the recipe :) Would make late night snacking a breeze – if they could only last that long! But I wonder, if I wanted to go full out on peanut butter flavour, how could I incorporate peanut butter into the dough?

    Also, I’m dying to know where you got those delectable straws and milk jar from 😀

    • Jessica replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

      They already have peanut butter in the dough! Actually – it’s more peanut butter than butter. 😉 And the straws are form World Market a few years ago.

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    Becky — April 27, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    These are scrumptious! I just made them- doubled the recipe and put the reeces pieces on the top instead of mixing them in so they look as pretty as the ones in the picture. Very tender, sandy and peanutty!! :)

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 28, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    while I can’t say I love PB cookies over classic choc chip (though obv, offer me either and I’ll eat 10) I totally do the snacking thing when my fiance isn’t around, so I feel ya on skipping full meals and just gobbling up a bunch of these yummy thangs instead :)

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    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire — April 28, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    Peanut butter everything is always better! And I think your frame of mind is what puts you in with the uber cool food blogger group. I know what you mean about not eating real meals when it’s just you. On days when it just myself and my toddler, I am more than happy to eat yogurt, crackers and some fruit for dinner (which is usually also out lunch….. and breakfast, too). anyway, these cookies look to die for and I think I will need to try it with mini marshmallows and Reese’s pieces too!

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    Joanne — April 29, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    I choose peanut butter cookies over CCCs also!! Wise choice.

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    yellowfish — April 29, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    Yum! I love how puffy and delicious they look.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    I make almost the same recipe except I use some choc chips, too! You’re right, there’s very little that can top a PB cookie!

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    Eats Meets West — May 3, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    @Jessica Wow, lol sorry about that! I completely didn’t notice it in the recipe, thanks for the heads up. Good to know we see eye-to-eye on peanut butter in cookies 😀 Also thanks for letting me know about the straws!

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    Gina Smith — May 6, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. I follow your blog all the time and have tried a few of your recipes with success. By the way, sorry to point it out but Reese’s was misspelled in the heading of this blog (or maybe this was intentional(?)).

    • Jessica replied: — May 13th, 2014 @ 10:02 am

      Ha! We can all thank pregnancy brain for my major spelling error there. Thanks for the heads up!!! 😉

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    Jodie — May 15, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

    These are amazing! I had everything on hand except for the Reese’s pieces so I subbed in chocolate chips, best cookies I have made in a long time!

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    Ali — May 21, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

    Just made these–YUM!

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    kerri — June 10, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    These cookies smell so yummy..I just made them. The only thing is…why are they crumbly? I think I did something wrong.

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