Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies
Though it may seem like a small detail, unwrapping the peanut butter cups prior to removing the cookies from the oven will ensure you get them pressed in while the cookies are still soft.


  • 24 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped*
  • 1 (16- or 16.5-ounce) package or tube refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough or your favorite homemade cookie dough**
  • Optional: flaky sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉, and spray or line a 24-count miniature muffin tin. (I like to use the mini parchment paper liners that are widely available.)
  2. Place a 1-inch ball of dough in each cup. (Helpful hints: If using a scale and a 16.5-ounce tube of dough, you’ll want each ball to weigh 19 grams. To make uniformly sized balls without a scale, cut the roll into six even slices and then quarter each slice. When using the package with pre-cut squares, simply roll the pieces into balls.)
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, give or take a minute depending on oven. Remove from the oven and, leaving the cookies in the muffin tin, immediately press one candy into each cookie. If desired, sprinkle very lightly with flaky sea salt.
  4. When the cookies are almost cool, remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack. If you’re not using liners and have trouble removing the cookies from the pan, place the cooled pan in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.


*Hershey’s Kisses, Wilbur Buds (for locals!), or Rolos may be used in place of the bite-size peanut butter cups. When using Kisses or Wilbur Buds, I like to push the point-side into the cookie.

**My favorite way to make these cookies is with this delicious (and easy!) Flourless Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, which will yield 21 cookies.

**Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough is widely available and is sold in the refrigerator section in an orange tube or flat package. The package contains 24 pre-cut squares, which make these cookies even quicker. You may also substitute chocolate chip cookie dough, either store-bought or your favorite homemade recipe. When using homemade dough, roll it into 1-inch balls and note that baking time may vary slightly.


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