Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

I had never baked Reese’s Pieces into cookies until now.

Thank goodness I’ve made up for lost time.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

I’m not sure how I managed to write my cookbook Peanut Butter Comfort, filled with over 100 recipes using peanut butter, and have 75+ peanut butter recipes on my site, but have never baked those smooth little discs into cookies.

I’ve used Reese’s cups, mini Reese’s cups, M&Ms, peanut butter M&M’s, and finally now Reese’s Pieces.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The Reese’s Pieces add a wonderful crackly texture to the soft, moist, tender cookies. I prefer my cookies on the underbaked side and these are soft, squishy perfection.

There’s a very slight bit of chewiness to the edges, but these are for soft-batch cookie fans. No crispy or crunchy cookies for me. Ever.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

They’re loaded with Reese’s Pieces and there’s an abundance of oozing, melted chocolate chips in every bite.

I almost skipped the chocolate chips and opted to solely use Reese’s Pieces, but I’m glad I tossed in the chocolate chips, too. Cookies just aren’t the same without chocolate.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

The peanut butter flavor is distinct and full-on. There’s a hefty amount in the dough and there’s all those Reese’s Pieces.

These cookies are made for those of us who really like the peanut butter in peanut butter cookies. With some recipes you have to wonder if it’s really there, or not. Not an issue here. Very peanut buttery.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

They’re a snap to make and the dough comes together quickly and easily.

Use regular, storebought peanut butter. Old-fashioned Jif or Peter Pan Honey Roasted Peanut Butter are my favorites for baking.

Homemade Peanut Butter or ‘natural’ varieties are playing with fire in cookie-baking.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Cookies made with them tend to spread, and I don’t have time to worry about a potential cookie flop or wasted ingredients, so I bake with what I know will give me success, every time.

Every recipe in my cookbook was tested with Jif because it’s universal and I know it works.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Chill the dough so your cookies bake up nice and thick. Warm dough equates to thinner, flatter cookies and I prefer thicker and puffier.

I use my cookie scoop to scoop out the dough, put the mounds on a plate, and refrigerate. When I’m ready to bake, I grab a half dozen and save the rest for later.

I always have plates of dough in the fridge. Cookie dough, bread dough. Somethings always ready and waiting.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Calling all peanut butter (and chocolate) lovers.

These are for you.

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Peanut butter lovers' will go nuts for these super soft cookies loaded with Reese's Pieces & chocolate! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

The cookies are soft, moist, with irresistibly tender centers, a slight bit of chewiness to the edges, loaded with Reese’s Pieces, and oozing, melted chocolate chips. They’re packed with full-on peanut butter flavor and are the perfect choice for soft peanut butter cookie fanatics.

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Ingredients:

1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use homemade or natural peanut butter; use Jif, Skippy, or similar)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup Reese’s Pieces
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric hand mixer), cream together the first 5 ingredients (through vanilla) on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, baking soda, optional salt, and mix on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute; don’t overmix.
  3. Add the Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, and blend until just incorporated.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping two-tablespoon mounds (I made 27). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes because cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have slightly chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Adapted from Soft and Puffy Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Cookies and Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

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186 comments on “Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Reeses Pieces have always held a special place in my heart. I like M&Ms just fine, but would take a bag of pieces over m&ms any day. At a movie theater, it was pieces or junior mints, always.

    I LOVE them in cookies too and it has been too long. Stomach is growling right now! These look PERFECT.

  2. Oh my gosh how have you survived all this time without baking Reese’s into cookies? Glad you see the light now ;-)

  3. Hey Averie! These are brilliant. I’m glad you threw the chocolate chips in there too :) I put chocolate chips in everything! I’m an underbaked girl just like you! I love my cookies soft and chewy. And the amount of peanut butter sounds perfect. I have a huge jar of peanut butter cookies at home right now but when they’re finished, I’ll give these a whirl.

  4. Your pictures slay me…. look at how ooey and gooey they look. All kinds of perfect here!

  5. Oh, how I wish I had several of these cookies right now!! “…soft, squishy perfection.” You have the best descriptions, and the most accurate. :D I can’t remember if I’ve ever baked Reese’s pieces candies, I don’t think the bag lasts long enough.

    • I try to talk about the food. Not my dog, my run, my laundry, etc. Sometimes I read blogs and they have a great recipe but I have no idea what it tastes like other than what I can see from the photos b/c they spent the whole post talking about their husband’s new haircut or something like that..ya know!

      • Yeah…I know. Sometimes I ramble on a bit before getting to the meat of the actual recipe. (I have to put that English lit. major to some kind of use, no matter how errant.) :P

  6. oh my word. i am speechless! these are heaven in cookie form
    xx
    http://petalandplume.blogspot.com/

  7. No reese’s pieces into cookies… EVER? Averie, how am I in disbelief? I’m certainly glad you changed that today! Reese’s Pieces often made it into my dairy queen blizzards when I was younger and (along with Raisinets!) were my favorite movie theater snack. I love them! And throwing them into some soft peanut butter cookies sounds like perfection. I love the “fanned” look to them from your cookie scoop. I can always tell when a cookie is Averie’s! PS: “I always have plates of dough in the fridge.” — YES! me too. Dough – hoarding refrigerator space 24/7. ;)

    • Girl I have so much dough in my fridge and I keep it on large flat plates and so it’s not stackable and I am running out of room given all the FOOD I am making right now and I know you are too :)

      And never did R.P.’s in cookies til now! Raisinets and RPs were MY fave movie theater snack…okay, and Twizzlers too!

      My Blizzards were always Heath Bars with RPs if I was cheating on Heath Bars :)

  8. Your cookies always look the best! So jealous!

  9. I love how gooey and delicious all your cookies always look

  10. I saw the pic of these cookies on Pinterest and thought they must be yours! Of course! Love the ooey gooey centers!

  11. Love these! And, um, great minds think alike, because I have something pretty darn similar going up next week! :)

  12. Love those shots of melted chocolate chips! Droolworthy!

  13. These look absolutely perfect!! Nothing like a chewy cookie like this!

  14. Reece’s Pieces always remind me of my great grandparents and I love putting them in baked goods. I love these, Averie!

  15. I love the perfect little mounds of peanut buttery perfection these are! And omg the gooey chocolate chips!

  16. Averie, you are most definitely the queen of soft cookies. You make it look so effortless. Another home run recipe!

  17. I’ve been eating peanut butter in something everyday…muffins, shakes, cookies. Simply love it! These cookies look amazing. Double the does of peanut butter here is awesome. Soft ones are the only way to go. Photographs are beautiful. :)

  18. Wow! Averie, I am in total shock that you haven’t baked chocolate chip cookies with Reese’s Pieces! But, I’m glad you have now! They are the perfect PB and chocolate fix in a chocolate chip cookie and your photography makes them look even more ooey-gooey, rich and chewy! Thanks so much for sharing, girl! Pinning! xo

  19. Dam Averie!! The first picture made me drool. I can’t look at it anymore, or I am going to have to make these cookies like right now. Hmmm, I think I even have some hidden Reese’s. Most awesome recipe!!!

  20. You have an incredible way of describing what to expect compared to other bloggers. So appreciated and so helpful! These cookies look ridiculous! Can’t wait to make them. Your recipes are some of my favorites nd your photos…the best!

    • Someone else just said the same thing to which I replied, “I try to talk about the food. Not my dog, my run, my laundry, etc. Sometimes I read blogs and they have a great recipe but I have no idea what it tastes like other than what I can see from the photos b/c they spent the whole post talking about their husband’s new haircut or something like that.”

      Nothing wrong with that and different strokes for different folks but I do love when someone really describes the food! Thanks for saying you appreciate my style and my photography!

  21. Dude, reeses pieces are like gold! So glad you threw them into some cookies – I thank you in advance for the 10 lb I will gain just from eating these!

  22. I love to mix reeses pieces with plain m&ms and these cookies do just that mix the chocolate with the peanut butter..can’t wait to try them.

  23. Averie, these look so good!! I love when PB cookies are super peanut-buttery! My husband is a choco PB fanatic – I can’t wait to make these for him!!

  24. I can’t believe you have never used Reese’s pieces before…especially given your love of peanut butter :-) These look like the perfect cookie to start with the pieces though. I just want to grab a handful and stuff my mouth full. Reese’s pieces are my favorite!!!

  25. Come to Mama, you wonderful cookie!! This is a Reese’s and PB Cookie lover’s dream come true!!!

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