Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

If you like super soft, melt-in-your mouth, easy cookies, these are for you.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like those things? I hope not.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

The cookie cups are ready from start to finish in 20 minutes.

Faster than going to the grocery store to buy dough-in-a-tube when you’re struck with an overwhelming desire for cookies, immediately. You can relate, right.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

Baking cookies in a muffin pan is one of the best tricks out there. If you’ve ever had problems with cookies that spread all over your baking sheet, it’s impossible here. There’s no where for the cookies to spread because the dough is contained in the muffin cavity.

Another nice thing is that you don’t have to chill the dough before baking. I recommend dough chilling with almost all my cookie recipes so they don’t spread, but it’s not necessary here.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

And it’s such simple dough to make. You don’t need a mixer and can stir it together by hand in minutes. Melt butter, add an egg, sugars, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients, chocolate chips, and you’re ready to bake.

I made these while at my home in Aruba. My kitchen here is small, hot, has the world’s most uneven-heating oven that also runs ferociously hot, and is in Celsius. Fun times.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

I baked them for 11 minutes at 350F and they’re incredibly soft, melty, and squishy. I’m no stranger to this oven producing supremely melty, gooey things.

Given the humidity, they continued to get softer as time passed and fell a bit in the center. In normal ovens and climates, I think about 12 minutes would be ideal, but use your judgment. If you like crunchier cookies, bake longer.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

They’re rich, dense, and there’s enough peanut butter to provide a nice, mellow peanut butter flavor profile without being overwhelmed by it. If you want to be overwhelmed, make these or this.

There’s a hint of chewiness around the edges, which is a nice contrast to the super soft centers.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

Pass the napkins and enjoy.

Have a nice holiday if you’re celebrating. I’ll be celebrating with cookies and as many of these as possible.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Supremely soft cookies & impossible to spread or goof up! Ready in 20 mins!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

If you like super soft, melt-in-your mouth, easy cookies, these are for you. You don't need a mixer, can stir the dough together by hand, and the cookie cups are ready from start to finish in under a half hour. If you’ve ever had problems with cookies that spread all over your baking sheet, it’s impossible here because the muffin pan prevents it. They’re rich, dense, and there’s enough peanut butter to provide a nice, mellow peanut butter flavor profile without being overwhelmed by it. There’s a hint of chewiness around the edges which is a nice contrast to the super soft centers.

Yield: 12 cookie cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 11 to 12 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I recommend storebought and not homemade which is much runnier)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 12-count standard-sized muffin pan extremely well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan (I prefer cosmetically to not use liners); set pan aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high-power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don't scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour, baking soda, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don't overmix.
  5. Stir in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips; reserve remainder to place on cookie tops before baking.
  6. Distribute dough equally among the 12 muffin pan cavities; each will approximately be filled to about three-quarters full. The cookies don't rise much (nothing like muffins) so it's okay if dough seems high in the cavities.
  7. Evenly divide remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips by placing a few chips on each cookie top, which creates a nice visual appeal.
  8. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, or until tops have set and are pale golden. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Depending on your climate, muffin pan, brand of ingredients, taste preferences, etc. baking times will vary. Watch your cookies and not the clock; bake until done. Allow cookies to cool in pan for at least 15 minutes before removing them. If they have stuck to the pan, gently wedge the tip of a soft spatula into the muffin cavity to dislodge the cookies, rather than rimming with a knife so you don't scratch your pan. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

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