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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
5.0 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 squares (2 oz.) unsweetened chocolate

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter or shortening

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 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*


  • 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. Repeat with the chocolate*, only drizzling at another angle from the peanut drizzle.


  • *The cookies in the photo shown do not have the second chocolate 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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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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