Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

A delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe adds peanut butter and chopped up Reese’s peanut butter cups to make the best Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies! The cookies are an easy way to add variety to snack time or a Christmas cookie tray.

Plate of cookies with chopped Reese's cups with glass of milk on yellow plaid napkin

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies become even more amazing when chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups are mixed in. This big batch of cookies features a wonderful combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Be sure to buy more Reese’s cups than you need because several seem to magically disappear during the chopping process, especially when the rest of the family is around.

The kid in me loves adding candy like a Hershey’s Kiss to our Peanut Butter Cookies or M&Ms to Monster Cookies. This recipe adds peanut butter cups of any size chopped up for an extra creamy peanut butter and chocolate cookie. This is one of those magically disappearing desserts!

We’ve got an excellent Peanut Butter Dream Bars recipe with a special sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter filling. If you love the flavor combos here, be sure to give this a try.

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Peanut butter cookies with Reese's cups and chocolate chips on baking rack by orange Reese's package

We’ve been adding peanut butter cups to our Peanut Butter Carmel Bars and Peanut Butter S’mores Cake. Each of these recipes are unique by how they look and taste. I love how the peanut butter cups add such a small, but tasty twist to a classic cookie recipe.

Tips for Making Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  • Applesauce helps makes the cookies moist and fluffy
  • Lightly coat measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray to help peanut butter slide out easier
  • Chop Reese’s peanut butter cups and store in the refrigerator so they don’t get too soft
  • Makes 6 – 7 dozen small cookies or 2 – 3 dozen big round cookies
  • Can reserve 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped peanut butter cups to sprinkle on top of cookies before baking for a fancier look if desired
  • Takes about 6 – 1.6 oz Reese’s Cups or about 20 – .55 oz snack-sized cups
Chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter cups on baking rack and yellow napkin

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Begin by chopping up Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups and put them in the refrigerator to chill until needed.

Using an electric mixer blend together softened but not melted butter, applesauce, granulated sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter.

Scrape edges and bottom of bowl with a spatula, add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

In a separate bowl blend together flour and baking soda and gradually add to other mixture. Add about 3/4 cup at a time and mix gently to prevent flour from flying up out of the mixing bowl. Once this is mixed well fold in chocolate chips and chopped peanut butter cups and fold in gently by hand to prevent smashing the peanut butter cups.

Reserve a few pieces of peanut butter cups and chocolate chips to place on top of spoonfuls of dough for a more decroative look if desired.

Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. I get the best results using this baking sheet and non-stick silicone baking mat. Bake in a 350°F for 10 – 12 minutes.

Cookies taste great served warm, at room temperature and they freeze really well for an easy treat later on.

Stack of Reese's peanut butter cup cookies on white plate

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Printable Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter and chopped Reese's cups

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 40 cookies
Author: Jennifer
A delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe adds peanut butter and chopped up Reese's peanut butter cups to make the best Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies! The cookies are an easy way to add variety to snack time or a Christmas cookie tray.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups Reeses Peanut Butter Cups chopped and refrigerated

Instructions
 

  • Cream together butter, applesauce, peanut butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
  • Combing flour and baking soda together in a separate bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture to the other mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter cups. Stir gently to prevent smashing the peanut butter cups.
  • Drop by round tablespoons onto ungreased cookies. Bake at 350°F for 10 – 12 minutes.

Notes

  • Applesauce helps makes the cookies moist and fluffy
  • Lightly coat measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray to help peanut butter slide out easier
  • Chop Reese’s peanut butter cups and store in the refrigerator so they don’t get too soft
  • Makes 6 – 7 dozen small cookies or 2 – 3 dozen big round cookies
  • Can reserve 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped peanut butter cups to sprinkle on top of cookies before baking for a fancier look if desired
  • Takes about 6 – 1.6 oz Reese’s Cups or about 20 – .55 oz snack-sized cups

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 91mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 103IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

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  1. YUMMMM! What a perfect cookie with all of our favorite flavors!

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