Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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After Christmas I had a couple extra bags of candy lurking around…taunting me…so I grabbed the Reese’s Santa heads and decided to chop them up, and incorporate them into these amazing Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies!

Plate of cookies

I have a confession…(yep another one)…I’m a HUGE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fan! The day I spotted the “Big Cup” in the check-out line…Choirs of Heavenly Angels sang… and a light shone down from the sky directly on that giant cup of happiness! It called to me….”Norine…we need each other!”  Who was I to deny my calling!

Anywho…Christmas was over and I had these left over Reese Santa heads that a friend gave me for the Holidays, and I thought to myself…”You need to chop up those Santa heads and press them on top of an amazing Peanut Butter Cookie!” (I’m pretty sure this thought process of chopping up Santa heads should have my family highly concerned!) 

How To Make Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°.

Now if you don’t have  Reese Peanut Butter Santa Heads lying around…which I find personally shocking…you can use regular Reese peanut butter cups. 

Using a large knife, chop 1 cup of Reese Peanut Butter Cups…or Santa Heads! (I won’t tell…but keep in mind… there will probably be a Netflix special about you!)  Set the chopped peanut butter cups (or heads) aside.Chopped Reese Cups

In a large bowl, or the bowl of your mixer, cream together peanut butter, butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until well blended.

creaming together peanut butter,butter

Beat in the egg, vanilla, and milk one at a time until well combined.

Adding Eggs, Vanilla, and Milk

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Mix until the two mixtures are well incorporated.

adding flour mixture to creamed mixture

Using a Cookie Scoop, or Tablespoon, roll tablespoons of dough into balls. If you are using a cookie scoop you can just scoop and plop the dough directly onto your parchment or silicone baking mat lined baking mat.

I love my cookie scoop and silicone baking mats. Both are kitchen tools I use on a regular basis. You can find the cookie scoop HERE and my favorite silicone baking mats HERE. Both are listed for a great price and if you have Prime…you have free shipping!

dough scooped onto baking mat.

Once all your cookie dough is scooped, or rolled, place them 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Grab a large pinch of chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and gently press them into the top of each cookie… and slightly press down the cookie dough.

Now a “regular” blogger would have taken a picture of that step. I’m not regular so…I decided to wait and take the photo while the cookies were in a 375° oven and risk 3rd degree burns! (You’re Welcome! Please do not try this at home…it take a special kind of stupid to do this!)

Cookies in the oven

TIP: I know I share this tip every time I post a cookie recipe…but it’s my BEST, number one tip for baking perfect cookies! Half way through the bake time, switch racks your cookies are baking on.  Have both shelves as close to the center of the oven as possible.

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes in preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly browned.

Cookies straight out of the oven on baking sheet.

Allow to cool 5 minutes. Remove and place on cooling rack! 

You have to eat one of these warm! (Okay, you need to eat 3-4 of these warm! Yep! Speaking from experience.) Gahhhh! They’re SO good! Melt in your mouth, heaven on earth, amazingly good!!!

Cookies cooling on rack

I love how pretty these cookies are. I love a cookie with a “crinkle” top and big chunks of YUMMINESS poking out. 

The cookie is so soft and chewy! The chopped Peanut Butter Cups on top kick this peanut butter cookie into an entirely different realm! 

TIP: One of the things I love about this cookie? They stay soft and chewy for up to a week when stored in an air tight container! Almost as good as the day they popped out of the oven.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

If you’re a member of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup club like I am, you’ll be a fan of these scrumptious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! You don’t even have to chop up Santa heads…I’ll let you use regular peanut butter cups! Enjoy!

Peanut butter cup cookies

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Yield: 24 cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies topped with chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F(190 degrees C)
  2. Chop 1 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla one at a time until well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix with wire whisk. Stir into creamed mixture. Roll, or scoop, tablespoons of dough into balls. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto parchment lined or silicone mat lined baking sheets.
  5. Press a large teaspoon full of chopped Reese peanut butter cups into the top of each scoop of dough. Slightly press down each cookie.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, switching baking racks half way through cook time, or until edges are lightly brown.
  7. Remove from baking sheet and place on cooling rack. Store in air tight container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 409 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 37mg Sodium: 316mg Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 26g Protein: 9g
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