Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies — PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don’t ‘need’ dozens laying around!
Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe
It’s no secret that I really love peanut butter. I wrote a cookbook with over 100 peanut butter recipes included. These cookies have peanut butter incorporated 3 ways because you can never have too much peanut butter.
As much as I don’t want to say that you can never have too many cookies, unfortunately sometimes, you can. I have no need for recipes that make 3 dozen cookies.
I don’t want that many cookies at once because I’ll burn out, not to mention, I don’t love cardio that much, so keeping batch sizes smaller is more practical. This peanut butter cup cookie recipe make just 8 cookies.
If you have a big family, teenage boys with supersonic metabolism, or need to make cookies for your next holiday cookie exchange, this isn’t the recipe for you. If you love super duper soft and moist peanut butter cookies that just melt in your mouth, and 8 cookies sounds about right, then these are perfect.
I studded peanut butter chips on the tops of the cookies to provide another layer of peanut butter flavor and because I thought it looked pretty. I was going to add chips to the dough, but decided I wanted the cookies to be buttery soft, smooth and uncluttered from chips, and just melt in your mouth.
And they do just that. They’re pillowy soft and puffy, and because I used baking powder rather than baking soda, there’s a lightness to them, and they remind me somewhat of Softbatch-style cookies.
They’re buttery, rich, and between the peanut butter, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter chips, they pack enough peanut butter punch to tame your fiercest peanut butter cravings.
It’s a good thing I only had 8 of these around.
What’s in Peanut Butter Cup Cookies?
To make these peanut butter cookies with peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups, you’ll need:
- Light brown sugar
- Peanut butter
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Mini peanut butter cups
- Peanut butter chips
How to Make Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Cream together the wet ingredients, then gently mix in the dry. Scoop the dough into 8 equal-sized balls, then top with a mini peanut butter cup and circle with peanut butter chips.
Chill for at least 3 hours. Once the dough has chilled, bake until the tops are just set. It’s okay if cookies are glossy, pale, and slightly underdone in the center because they firm up as they cool.
Let the peanut butter cookies with peanut butter chips and cups cool for 10 minutes before diving in.
Do I Have to Chill the Dough?
Yes!! It’s a very soft dough and you absolutely must chill it before baking or the cookies will spread like crazy and bake thin and flat. That would be bad because you need them to retain some thickness so the peanut butter cup and peanut butter chips have a nice plump based to stay perched on.
Can I Use Natural Peanut Butter?
No, you need to use a “traditional” PB brand like Jif or Skippy. Homemade and natural peanut butters are too oily and tend to separate in baked goods.
Tips for Making Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups
I used Reese’s Minis and they’re sold in pouches in the candy aisle of any major grocery store, Target, or even gas stations. Trader Joe’s has mini peanut butter cups that will work, too. Try to use a mini cup because even the next size up may be a little too large and could overwhelm the cookies.
I love underbaked cookies but if you like crunchier or firmer cookies, bake a minute or two longer.
These peanut butter chip cookies are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies
PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural or homemade, too runny)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch salt, optional and to taste
- 8 mini peanut butter cups
- about 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
- To the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl with electric mixer), combine egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamed, about 5 minutes. Mixture doesn’t get as fluffy as you may be used to when typically creaming ingredients for cookies.
- Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Divide dough into 8 equal-sized portions and roll between palms to form balls. Dough is very soft, limp, mushy, and you’ll have to be gentle with it.
- Add 1 peanut butter cup to the center of each ball, which flattens it.
- To each mound of dough, add about 8 peanut butter chips in a circle going around the peanut butter cup.
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart .
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until tops are just set. It’s okay if cookies are glossy, pale, and slightly underdone in the center because they firm up as they cool. If you prefer crunchier or firmer cookies than shown, bake 1-2 minutes longer.
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 10 minutes before serving.
Storage: Cookies are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g
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Hi Averie. This is my first time on your website. I’ve printed 4 recipes so far. I’d like to make these cookies for my grandson who loves peanut butter. He’s a very picky eater and I don’t think he would go for the pb chips. Can I substitute an additional 1/3 cup of pb in place of these?
If he doesn’t want the PB chips, I would use chocolate chips, or just omit entirely. Don’t add more actual PB because it will change the consistency of the dough and throw it off. Enjoy!
Thanks for already printing lots of recipes!
I made these last night. Absolutely delicious. This could be my all-time favourite cookie. So soft and chewy, just like what the title says. I’m so impressed by your directions (easy to understand, follow and descriptive). 10/10 !!!! THANKS FOR POSTING.
Thanks for trying these Ashley and for the compliments on my directions and I’m so happy that these are possibly your all-time favorite cookie! What a great compliment, and thanks!
I’ve made tons of your cookie recipes and they are always outstanding! This should be no different. Thank you! Do you have a basic peanut butter cookie recipe that you are willing to share? All the peanut butter cookie recipes I’ve tried turn out greasy.
A few of my faves are in my cookbook! 100 PB recipes! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620876213/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1620876213&linkCode=as2&tag=lovvegyogruna-20
And any that I linked up in this post I stand behind 100%:) Thanks for trying lots of my recipes!
Hi Averie! I love your recipes and have been following you for a while. Just discovered I have a gluten intolerance and was wondering if I could substitute all purpose flour for a gluten free flour. Would these cookies turn out ok?
I really don’t sub with GF flours for the recipes I post so you will have to test things to see what’s going to work in your kitchen and with the flours you use. LMK how it goes. Leave a comment so it will help others, too :)
Hands down, you make the best cookies. Never mind that the flavors are always beyond my imagination, but the texture and the height of your cookies are just incredible! WOW! Beautiful!!!
You’re so sweet, Kate! Thank you!
Oh wow, these look heavenly! i love peanut butter cookies….Thanks for sharing this recipe…
Ok….so…not only are these cookies ULTRA peanut buttery (and thusly delicious) they’re also SUPER pretty!!! Mmmmmmmmm!
Oh boy …easy peasy looking recipe with luscious results … I’m drooling as I print the recipe. I need a little something to take to my sweetie for lunch in 3 hours and I want some delishioushness for him….. This is what I am choosing for today. I love that it looks easy, not that I am about easy cooking .. I don’t care how complicated or how many ingredients it takes to make something delish .. I just want it to be good. I’m thinking in my case this morning, easy and delish and take it to him…. I made artisan torta bread buns last night ..today I am stuffing them with sliced tequila lime seasoned grilled chicken slices, swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, sweet pickles, and bacon with brown mustard. I don’t have a Panini press but George Forman’s grill works great for that .. with a few cookies, yum ! … His co-worker always says …geee ..Tom always gets food that looks like it comes from a gourmet restaurant … that looks dalishush ! .. :) I’m excited to look and try other recipes from you .. thank you .
Hope you enjoyed the cookies!
He them … thank you so much … :)
I have to say every recipe of yours that I have made so far has turned out great. And these cookies are now in the fridge waiting their 3 hours. I knew there was a good reason I asked my daughter to send me those mini peanut butter cups (I live in Italy, so I am lucky enough just to find peanut butter). I had to use semi sweet chipits because no peanut butter ones here. Thanks
That’s crazy that you can’t get PB or PB Cups, but I know it’s true. So many European readers say the same thing! Well, thank you for trying the cookies and glad you loved them!
Triple peanut butter sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing these recipes!! You have such a lovely blog!
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I am a true peanut butter lover and these look incredible. Thanks for sharing!
And the peanut butter queen has done it again! These look incredible Averie!
8 cookies?! God I could eat those within the first 5 minutes of coming out of the oven!?! I kind of love that you didn’t put any mix ins inside the dough just on top! I must try that!! Those mini pb cups (reeses and tjs) are ADDICTING!! I literally cannot control myself when they are around! Oops!
I remember you telling me that you’re a right off the cookie sheet girl and yep, these would be gone pretty quickly :) And the smoooooooth dough, no mix-ins in that part of it, that was my goal. Like an old-fashioned PB cookie in the middle with just enough on top to make it a little jazzed up. And those minis, yeah, need to rehome those quickly or else… :)
You TRULY are the peanut butter queen! And I’m so glad this makes 8 cookies too. That means I can hoard all of them and eat them off one by one without having to forcefully share since having 24 cookies is just crazy, although I’d do that too if I had supersonic metabolism!
And with all I bake, girl, to not have more on hand, such a relief :)
I LOVE small-batch recipes; keep them coming!! With our small two-person household (and my other half that hates PB and basically all desserts), it’s way too tempting to have more than a dozen cookies around at one time. And as much as I’d love to run 10 miles every day to work them off, my knees can’t take it (and I’m so slow that it’d take me half the day!). I love the way you decorated them too, especially with that tiny PB cup in the center. So cute!
Thanks for saying that about my decorating :) And your other half doesn’t like PB?! What’s wrong with him – more for us to have though :) Sorry to hear about your knees. I have bad knees too and they come and they go. But I can totally empathize!
You’re welcome! I know, he’s so strange. He hates PB but tolerates peanuts. Go figure… But yes, it means I know no one will ever get into my PB jar or Reese’s! ;) Hope your knees are having a good day the next time you run!
Peanut butter cookies are impossible to resist!
Me and cardio are NOT friends, but I would happily run a mile to eat all 8 of these pretties!!! LOVE them, Averie!
These look like peanut butter perfection! My flour less pb cookies with pb chips and Reese’s Pieces are my favorite cookies. I also get 8 per batch but most people would get more ;)
Averie – you are truly the queen of cookies! And your photos are always so stunning!
You are too sweet, thank you :)
A dream come true…
Found this on pinterest and they’re in the oven right now (though I doubled the recipe). The dough was delicious and I have no doubt the finished product will be too! Thanks for a great recipe :) I cant wait to look around your blog more.
Thanks for trying the recipe & for finding me! Glad the dough was good :) Keep me posted how they go!
Love that this is a small batch because, like you, I do not like cardio and do not wish to do any more than I absolutely have to. Even if it means sacrificing the rest of the cookies in a normal batch, haha. This is peanut butter overload at its finest!
PB overload is my middle name :) And btw I saw that pic of you and Brandy G. on your IG. SO JEALZ! Love her!!!
Love these cookies-a dozen of these would make me a happy girl!
I love cardio, but not 2 dozen cookies worth. These look amazing. The innards look so peanut buttery and soft. Cravings are a coming! Pinned.
Thanks for pinning and yes, not 2 dozens worth, totally agree :)
I love that this recipe only makes 8 cookies! It’s just me and my bf, so we don’t need 3 dozen cookies sitting around either.
These look soooo delicious – you always have the best peanut butter recipes!
Thanks, Maggie! I love PB and even after writing a book about it, it’s still my fave thing to bake with!
I saw these cookies on Foodgawker and dropped something – my jaw, the papers I was holding, myself to the floor… so I guess I dropped somethingS. If there was ever any doubt that you are the official Princess of Peanut Butter, there isn’t anymore. NO DOUBT!!!
Glad you noticed them on FG. They buried my on like pg 3 or 4 yesterday. I was like what was wrong with them? LOL I guess just bad luck of the draw. But thank you for your sweet compliments, as always! xo
I just want you to know that I was dreaming about these cookies last night. I think I need to make the batter when I get home so they will be ready to bake by the time I go to bed! ;)
Dreaming about them, for real? Okay that’s awesome though! I hope you make them!
I LOVE that this recipe only makes 8 cookies! There are only three people in my family, so I am always looking for recipes that make smaller batches. We don’t need 3 dozen cookies either! Plus these are peanut butter and Reese’s are my fave. These cookies look wonderful, as usual! :)
Smaller batches are so key for people with smaller families or singles!
Hi Averie! I’m 16 and I’m one of your biggest fans! I LOVE that you came up with such a perfect compilation of peanut buttery goodness :) I can’t wait to try out the peanut butter stuffed peanut butter cups! Averie, I was wondering, if it is not too much to ask, if I could send you an email somehow? I’ve sent you a couple before and I haven’t gotten a reply- of course, I understand you’re very busy :) On my blog I interview foodies and I would be overwhelmed and SO honored if I could interview you.
Thanks for asking and so sweet of you! But for right now, I’m so overwhelmed with projects and work that I barely have time to write my blog posts and answer reader questions, so I’ll have to take a pass on the interview. Thanks anyway though :)
The photos of the cookies cut in half are killing me! They look like big slabs of peanut butter fudge … almost. ;) Wow, these sound perfect for those peanut butter fixes. I love the small batch, but I think I would have to make it at least twice to keep up with my mouth!
big slabs of peanut butter fudge = YES for sure!
I love sticking to small batches when I’m baking, Averie … apart from the reasons you mentioned I just hate seeing any go to waste! You can always double up when you need more! Love the sound of these … it’s a bit of a challenge to find Reese’s where I am but probably not impossible!
I agree – it’s a lot easier to double than it is to reduce batches, especially in baking, so the work is done for you here :)
I love the small batch and would love to see more of them. I can’t keep big batches in the house because I am addicted to sweets but 8 is just enough for 2 per member of my family and great for when I want a sweet treat! :-)
Totally understand, Gloria! Most of my recipes are on the smaller end anyway bc I bake so much, I am mindful to keep it SMALL otherwise I just have more to donate to others and I already do plenty of that :)
You always amaze me. Every peanut butter recipe after the next is a winner and one I could devour in minutes! The small is genius and even though I do tend to love the cardio, sometimes it just does not happen. These are perfect and pretty photos too!
Thanks, Tieghan. Yes I have made more than my share of PB recipes but honestly it’s my fave ingredient to bake with & I’m not sick of it yet :)
This is dangerous for a peanut butter and chocolate lover like myself! I will definitely have to try these, then pawn them off to my boyfriend so I don’t eat the whole batch myself haha. Love your blog – I’m your newest follower :)
Thanks for following and at least the batch only makes 8 cookies :)
These cookies and all the PB variations are amazing! So glad to be a subscriber to your blog; it’s like treat after treat in my inbox:-)
What an awesome comment & thing to say – thank you!! :)
Peanut butter is my weakness, so you cannot imagine the salivating over here! Haha
Underbaked cookies are my favorite, especially in gooey peanut buttery form!
I mean what is the point of dry, crunchy, dried out calories. I want my super soft & gooey :)
Triple PB is just what my Tuesday needs. Love these cookies!
You’re truly the queen of peanut butter, Averie! I’m a huge fan too – I’m actually eating PB on toast as I type this! Even though I’d love to eat three dozen of these cookies, you’re right – I should limit myself to 8! These look incredible and exactly as you describe them – thick and soft and light at the same time. You’ve created another perfect recipe!
Thanks for the great compliments, Nancy! You are so sweet and I love that you’re eating a PB cookie as you type!
Hi Averie, I woke up feeling really exhausted. My asthma is getting the best of me these days. :(
But u know what cheered me up? Reading this post. And yup, I made them today minus the PB cups. *They still came out amazing. Definitely made me feel better.
*Lots of love…t c
Thanks for making them the same day I posted them! Glad you love them & are feeling better! Hang in there :)
Averie, I love under cooked cookies the best, too. And, these are looking like the perfect texture… as do all of your cookies!
Who wants overbaked? Ick. I want my calories moist and juicy not all crumbly and dried out. LOL
Oh my goodness this looks so good right now! Using the mini reeses cups was pure genius!
oh these look so dense and chewy, just how I like them. I have your book, so many great recipes!
Thanks for getting my book and glad you’re enjoying the recipes! :)
Don’t enter me sweetie, just wanted to say HI, and sorry I’ve been MIA.
Love you and love these cookies.
Yes, you are the ONLY pb queen!
No need to apologize!! xoxo :)
I love that this makes 8 cookies. I’m so over 36. I’m on my 3rd batch today and OMG. I can feel my pants getting tighter…
Peanut butter cups – great idea as always. Never enough PB!
Your 3rd batch of 36?!! Dear god I hope you have a donation system in place! I’m always showing up somewhere with a pan of bars, cookies, etc. and people are like MORE stuff?! And that’s only 1/100th of it. They’re just one of many :) So yeah, SMALL BATCHES are key :) And thanks for the bhg pin!
Love the 8 cookie recipe idea, Averie. Allows for a few different types of recipes per week!!
Allows for a few different types of recipes per week!! <--- Amen to that, Todd :)
Oooh – I sure would love to bite into one of these cookies! Peanut butter/chocolate cookies are my all time fav and these look mouthwateringly delicious!
There is no such thing as too much peanut butter.
What! I freaking love peanut butter soooo much. I need your cookbook and these cookies. all eight of them. Pinning. :D
Thanks for pinning & if you’re a PB fan, my cookbook is chock full! :)
I’m just blown away by the texture of these cookies! Seriously perfect and that slice in half, too. Three times the peanut butter is three times the fun and these small batch cookies are perfect for me. Pinned.
Thanks Katy. After slicing, breaking, and stacking one or five thousand cookies, I do (kind of) have that routine down pat, but every now and then I’ll get some stubborn ones that want to keep toppling over…ha!
Yum! I could easily eat all eight cookies by myself!
Gasp! I am saving this recipe :) these look so perfect soft and yummy!
Thanks for wanting to try them & for all your sweet comments today :) Appreciated, Brandy!!
*sigh* I could stare at your cookies all day every day. Thanks for putting some more peanut butter out there in the world for us!!
I put it out there, at least 1x a week. More if I thought I could get away with it :)
I love this, they look so good :)
An underbaked gooey peanut butter cookie…how could I say no?
Oooh these cookies are calling my name! Small batch and triple peanut butter? That’s incredible. I love how soft and thick these cookies are too!
You are the PB queen. Each peanut butter recipe after the next leaves me amazed! Perfectly soft-baked and oh so thick! Love the little add-in design on the tops with the PB chips and PB cups. Adorable. I could sink my teeth into the whole stack!
Thanks, Sally! I’ll trade you – these cookies for some master muffin batter :) I’ve made so many PB cookies over the years, finding new ways to make them different with the designs, batch size, etc just has to happen :)
I’m going to have dreams about these peanut butter cookies!
It doesn’t get much better than triple peanut butter!! Yum!
I love how you made a fun decoration on the top of these. They look GREAT!
these look insanely good!! Happy monday!
Wow! This is definitely a PB cookie for PB lovers! I can see this becoming a new favorite for Christmas cookie exchanges and trays, too. Averie, it is amazing how you continue to wow us with your PB creations. Cannot wait to make these. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!
Thanks for pinning, too, Stacy! :)
These look divine! Who doesn’t like peanut butter 3 ways?
The Macadame. xx
I’m really obsessed with peanut butter right now. I think it’s a winter thing – I’m basically turning into a squirrel. I guess what I’m saying is: I’d eat all eight of these cookies by myself in a tree.
Love your analogy :)
I really like the PB chip and cup design on top..and a big puffy PB cookie is always irresistible! A batch size of 8 is perfect this time of year. I am stuck on an indoor track (I fear until May due to our abundant ice and snow supply) so long runs just aren’t happening right now.
Indoor running is SO hard! Keep the faith…spring is almost here :) I know it’s so, so hard and the miles tick by at a snail’s pace!
Yum! Can you clarify the butter amount (1/4 cup or 2 T)?
It’s 2 tbsp! :)
Oh my gosh…those cookies look so big, soft and peanut buttery!
Peanut butter 3 ways?! You, girl, are my hero!
And I love that these are small batch. I love cookies. I hate cardio. Win
I love cookies. I hate cardio. = I can relate :) Most days I really do enjoy running but you know…