There’s no cute story to go along with these cookies – Ryan and I were just in the mood for cookies a few weekends ago and since I had some Reese’s leftover from my Christmas stocking, I decided to incorporate them into a batch of chocolate cookies.  Nothing beats a warm homemade cookie on a lazy winter Sunday afternoon, and when the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is involved, there really is no competition.  This is another cookie recipe that doesn’t involve chilling the dough (like these Cookies and Cream Cookies), so you can have these out of the oven in about 30 minutes depending on how quick you can throw together the ingredients.

These cookies are a true peanut butter-chocolate lovers dream – there is peanut butter in the dough as well  as peanut butter cups mixed in and more pressed on top.  I love the peanut butter cup chunks that are added on top so everyone knows at first glance that these cookies are chock-full of peanut butter cups.   The cookie itself is moist and cake-like and full of amazing chocolate flavor.  Don’t skimp on the cocoa powder here – the higher quality the cocoa, the more delicious these cookies will taste.  I buy Valrhona brand cocoa powder from Whole Foods whenever it goes on sale and highly recommend it!  If you don’t have access to this type of chocolate, either order online or I fall back on Hershey’s Special Dark if need be with good results too.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

Yield: 24 medium-sized cookies


1-1/2 cups + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
2 cups coarsely chopped peanut butter cups, divided


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 inutes.

Add the egg, vanilla extract, and milk and beat until well incorporated.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

Fold in 1-1/2 cups of the peanut butter cups with a rubber spatula.

Use a medium ice cream scoop to drop rounds of dough onto the baking sheets, spacing 2-3 inches apart.

Gently press a few pieces of the reserved peanut butter cups on top of each dough ball.

Bake 12-14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


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13 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies”

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    Shannon — January 18, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    Wow! These look insane. Is it bad that I want one at 7:30 AM?!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 18, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    I am a peanutbutter-chocolate lover and I definitely could go for several of these right now.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 18, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    These photos are a sight to behold! I think I would eat peanut butter cups for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if given the chance. Yum!!

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    Blog is the New Black — January 18, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I die!

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    Mal — January 18, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    yum, these look so good

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    6 — January 18, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Wow, these look absolutely amazing! I just made a similar recipe and added trail mix:

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 19, 2012 @ 2:35 am

    *Whimper* I want one of these cookies. A must make!

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    Dharma — January 19, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    Uff that delight, are delicious with these pieces
    . Thank you for to teach us. regards

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    onceuponarecipe — January 19, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    What a delicious cookie mouthful! I must try these!

  10. #
    Urban Wife — January 20, 2012 @ 12:29 am

    These have been successfully pinned! We are choc + pb FREAKS.

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    Megan — January 24, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I’ve been craving chocolate like whoa lately. I think I need these in my life!

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    Jessica — November 5, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    My cookies turned out a but dry & didn’t spread out. Tasted great though. I wonder what went wrong. I bake a lot of cookies, but not sure why these ones didn’t spread out.

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    Alana — May 20, 2013 @ 1:11 am

    Just made these and they are delicious! Tastes like a very moist cake with crunchy exterior. Added smarties to give them a little colour. Would definitely make again!

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