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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
4.6 rating based on 12,345 ratings
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Course: Filled CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A thumbprint-type cookie with a chocolate dough and mini peanut butter cup center. They’re dressed up with a light coating of chopped peanuts and a drizzle of melted peanut butter chips.


  • For the cookies:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter or shortening

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • For the garnish:
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped peanuts

  • 36 miniature Peanut Butter Cups, frozen and unwrapped

  • 1 cup peanut butter baking chips

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional, not pictured)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Combine chocolate in bowl and microwave at 50% for about 2 minutes, stir and repeat until smooth and melted. Cool slightly.
  • Combine sugar and butter or shortening in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until blended and crumbly. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then salt and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add chocolate slowly. Mix until well blended.
  • Stir in flour and soda with spoon until well blended.
  • Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Roll in chopped peanuts.
  • Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set. Press a frozen peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie immediately upon removing them from the oven.
  • Press cookies up against peanut butter cup if desired for appearance, but do not touch the peanut butter cup again since it is now melted, it must remain intact. Cool completely.
  • Melt the peanut butter chips and drizzle back and forth over the cookies using a parchment pouch or plastic bag with a little snip off the corner. If desired, repeat with the chocolate chips (not pictured), only drizzling at another angle from the peanut drizzle.


  • Adapted from a Blue Ribbon Winner from the Arizona State Fair. Recipe by Maria Baldwin of Mesa, AZ and adapted by “Richard in Cincy”.


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(example: Sue in LA)

this was a great recipe - everyone wanted to know how to make it and i actually had to make more than 1 batch for christmas...... i found that the chocolate and peanut chip "drizzle" is not necessary (I didn't do it!) but It may be nice.... the hardest part is chopping the peanuts - but use a cuisinart and make it easy :)
- Liz in Kent, Ohio

came out great. the drizzle on top i changed to make more christmasy.
- bryant williams in fort wayne,indiana

I will definitely make these again, the texture is chewy and yet crisp and the PB cups are a great addition. However, after making the first tray, I did not bother to freeze the peanut butter cups, I preferred them melted down into cookie and I also skipped the garnish. This seem rather over the top, they were delicious with out it.
- Marilyn in Minneapolis

I have been making these cookies every year for the past 12 years for Christmas and my children's football dinners!! Everyone loves them once you do them enough they are soooo easy to make!!!
- A Baker

Sinfully delicious cookie. One of the highlights, for many, of the Christmas cookie tray at my annual holiday open house. Men especially love them. A bit time consuming to make, but if you organize your ingredients, quite easy. The only negative is that because of the drizzled chocolate and peanut butter toppings, the cookies do not freeze well. Can be made ahead and stored for a week or so.
- Jo-Anne in VA

Made these twice both times the cookies were flat no use putting peanut butter cups in the middle. All ingredients were fresh and my oven is fine. Looked nothing like the picture. Followed recipe exactly.
- Kathy Pittsburgh
Please take the time to try these! You won't be sorry! My mother actually accused me of going to a bakery to get these; she couldn't have paid me a bigger compliment! They are so worth the effort!
- Donna
Everyone loves these!
- Amy
I have made these cookies every year since I found the recipe on this site 4 years ago. They're so good and easy to make. People are always asking me for the recipe!
- Kelley
My whole family loved these cookies, even the ones who usually don't like to eat cookies.
- A Baker
Soooo good! I took these to a cookie exchange and they were the most popular by far. I baked them 9 minutes and they were slightly under cooked. Gooey and delicious!
- A Baker
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