Peanut Butter Cup Cookies-peanut butter cookies made in mini muffin tins with a peanut butter cup in the center. These cookie cups are a family favorite and the perfect cookie for parties and the holidays!
What are your favorite holiday cookies?
I recently asked you all to send us your all-time favorite cookie recipes and WOW, you guys make some amazing cookies. We were blown away by all of the submissions. THANK YOU! I seriously wanted to make them all.
When I saw Mallory’s recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, I knew I HAD to make them. I used to make these when I was a kid but haven’t made them in YEARS. I was so happy to see them again…and I couldn’t wait to taste them again:)
If you haven’t had Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, let me fill you in. They are basically the most dreamy peanut butter cookie ever because they have a peanut butter cup in the center! Peanut butter lovers, these cookies are for YOU!
The cookies are also fun to make because they are made in a mini muffin pan! (affiliate link)
Tips for making Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
- Unwrap the peanut butter cups before you start and place them in the freezer. If they are super cold they won’t melt when you push them into the warm peanut butter cookies.
- Use regular creamy peanut butter for this recipe, not natural peanut butter.
- Make sure your egg and milk are at room temperature.
- Don’t overfill the muffin cups. You only need a tablespoon of dough per cookie.
- Don’t over bake. The cookies will continue to cook as they cool in the muffin tin.
- When you remove them from the oven, they will collapse and that is what you want. Push the peanut butter cups into the collapsed center.
- After you push the peanut butter cups into the center of the cookies, place the pan in the refrigerator to chill for 15-20 minutes. This will keep the peanut butter cups from melting and it will be easier to remove them from the pan.
- You can use a butter knife to lift them up and out of the pan if you need to.
- White chocolate peanut butter cups are good in this recipe too.
Ok, are you guys ready to bake Peanut Butter Cup Cookies? They are guaranteed to be a family favorite. The only problem? They never last long, they are TOO good:)
Thanks Mallory for reminding me of one of my favorite cookies! We loved your recipe! Please share your favorite holiday cookies in the comments. I am always looking for new recipes to try!
Make a batch of Peanut Butter Cup Cookies to share with your family and friends this holiday season!
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
- Prep Time
- 20 minutes
- Cook Time
- 10 minutes
- 40 cookies
- 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups unwrapped
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk at room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. This recipe makes about 40 cookies, so if you have two muffin pans, grease them both. This will speed up the process.
Place the unwrapped peanut butter cups in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and peanut butter together until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix until just combined.
Roll the cookie dough into balls, 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie. The dough will be a little sticky and that's ok. If it is too sticky, you can chill it in the fridge for 20 minutes. Place each ball into prepared muffin pans.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, don't over bake. Remove from oven. The centers will collapse a little and that is ok. Remove the peanut butter cups from the freezer and press a peanut butter cup into each cookie.
Place the pan in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes so the cookies can cool. This will keep the peanut butter cups from melting and it will make the easier to remove from the pan.
When the cookies are completely cool, remove them from the pan and place on a cooling rack.