peanut butter cup peanut butter cookies.

by Janetha on October 2, 2012

in recipes

i won’t try to make some incredible reason up about why i made these cookies.

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there isn’t one.

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basically, i saw these adorable mini reese’s peanut butter cups at the store.

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you know i am a SUCKER for mini things. aren’t they SO cute??? look, marshall’s devil tattoo is eating one. chomp.

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what’s better than chocolate chips? peanut butter filled chocolate chips.. which these mini reese’s basically are.

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i have been on a sugar bender lately. blame it on the rain. wait.. never mind.. there has been no rain.

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not sure what to blame it on.. but whatever, i am a sugar monster. and i don’t see me slowing down, either, what with halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas on the way. it makes me want to BAKE ALL THE THINGS.

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starting with these.


peanut butter cup peanut butter cookies
prep time: 5 minutes
bake time: 12 minutes
makes two dozen cookies


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice or white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy is best)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • if needed: 2-3 TB liquid (i used almond milk)
  • 8 oz miniature reese’s peanut butter cups*

*if you cannot find the mini cups, you can sub with 4 oz peanut butter chips + 4 oz chocolate chips


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat–or spray with cooking spray.
  3. in one bowl, combine eggs, sugars, butters, and vanilla. mix well.
  4. in another bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt.
  5. slowly add flour mixture to the first bowl, a cup at a time, mixing well each time before adding more.
  6. if needed, add some liquid to make the batter come together. it will be thick, but if it is too dry, you may need this liquid.
  7. fold in peanut butter cups.
  8. form dough into balls that are about 2 tablespoons each. drop balls onto cookie sheet.
  9. bake for 12 minutes.
  10. remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. let cool completely before eating.


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1. what’s your favorite cookie mix-in?

2. what is on your fall baking list?

xo. janetha g.

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Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} October 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm

PB & chocolate are just meant to be together, nom nom!!

Krystina October 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

You can also substitute with 8oz chopped Reeses PB cups.

Even though I’m in Florida and it’s definitely not fall weather, when it hits a certain time of year I want to bake EVERYTHING. I already have apple crisp on my agenda very soon. Definitely one of my favorite desserts.

Brittany @Berries and Barbells October 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I’m really excited about French Silk pie with Fresh whipping cream! It’s my favorite Thanksgiving tradition!

Lea @ Coffee and Greens October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

These cookies look AMAZING. Chocolate and peanut butter is the best combination ever, hands down.
I’m thinking about trying to make a healthy-fied pumpkin pie this fall, we’ll see if that actually happens though…

Megan October 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the best combinations. Have pinned the recipe and will try when I’m at my parents!

Sana October 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Mumm. These look super amazing.

Heather (Heather's Dish) October 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

The mini Reece’s are a death trap for me…I could eat about 8 pounds all at once!

emily (a nutritionist eats) October 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I’ve had a major obsession with the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate pb cups…what I would do for some of these cookies…

Krista October 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Ahhhhhh these look freaking awesome. I am making these when my 30 day challenge is up methinks!

April October 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Fave cookie mix-in is definitely peanut butter. I keep telling myself that I’m adding some extra protein and healthy fats so it’s okay :)

I love, love cinnamon this time of year! I’ve already made an amazing cinnamon swirl banana bread.

Corrie Anne October 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

dark chocolate chunks!!! i want to make a pie soon.

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva October 3, 2012 at 12:01 am

Dang those looks delicious! I’m a sucker for all things peanut butter, but lately I’ve become addicted to dark chocolate toblerone!!! I just love the little crunchy bits of nougat. I’m actually planning on making some ice cream with chunks mixed in soon. The weather is heating up so it will be a nice treat :)

meg October 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

I need these like I need a hole in my head. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I used to hate peanut butter cups until like a year ago and just recently I’ve been craving them all the time!

Amanda October 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

I love to bake brownies! I could eat them every day. BAKE ALL THE THINGS!!!!!

lindsay October 3, 2012 at 4:41 am

who said you needed a reason? anything mini and chocolate is a win in my book.

Lauren October 3, 2012 at 6:08 am

Too much, too much! These look outstanding lady!

Katie October 3, 2012 at 7:19 am


These look incredible. I want them for breakfast. Then lunch, then dinner.

I am making an apple caramel cake today. I’m freaking excited about it.

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

save me a piece. yes, i want apple caramel cake.

Erica October 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

nomnomnomnom. They look SO good! I like chocolate chunks in my cookies. I am planning on making a new pumpkin muffin recipe soon

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 3, 2012 at 8:01 am

Ohhh boy, these are right up my alley. Reese’s are my all time favorite… Can’t go wrong with peanut butter + chocolate!

Maren October 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

If you keep these posts up, I’m going to have to refrain from reading your blog until after my wedding. ;)

Melissa B October 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

Holy these were so good! Thanks for letting me eat one yesterday. Whenever you make yummy things and want to share, just bring them to the gym and I will eat them for you!

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

careful what you wish for!

Shaunna@mamas13minutemile October 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

Oh how dare you! These look amazing. :)

Paige October 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

ok now these cookies had me hungry the minute I started reading this post. Then you go and post that last picture. Cruelty for desk-bound readers, Janetha. Cruelty!!! :-P xo

Calee October 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

I love you. These look awesome. You don’t need a reason to make great cookies. Though, I do love when Mark has a bad day so I can use that as an excuse. :)

My favorite mixins for cookies are definitely these. I did a crazy batch of monster cookies a while back with these, m&ms and something else.

Annette@FitnessPerks October 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

Now I wish I liked PB & reeses! Hah. But I bet I could sub in AB & Almond snickers cut up?? That’d be goooooooddd!

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Yes, YUM! Almond snickers! so good. You could even use those new Justin’s almond candy bars–a little better for ya.

Annette@FitnessPerks October 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Uhhh wait WHAT?! Those sound amazing. Where does one find those?

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

At Whole Foods! You live close.. you better go there today ;) They have peanut ones and almond ones!

Diana October 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

Oh my goodness WHY have I not thought of this?! It’s almost too simple. And I agree with you – once the weather takes a dip I always want to BAKE ALL THE THINGS and make a list of about 67 cookies to bake that will never be completed. The thought is there, though!

Life's a Bowl October 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Holy heck, these look awesome! I don’t know if it’s good or bad that I have all of the ingredients at home [minus the paste]… P.S. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups are i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e. Seriously, we’ve got 3 boxes :P

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Good thing I don’t have a TJs!…. yet.

Cat @ Breakfast to Bed October 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

pretzels. love them in everything.

I am in a fall way, that is certain. Apple, pear, and pumpkin everything. It’s a veritable cornucopia of autumn in my kitchen.

PurelyMichelle October 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

when I get home from traveling I am so making these! my mom loves peanut butter and chocolate together!

Kerryne October 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

So sad I didn’t get to taste one of these cookies :( I am a COOKIE MONSTER. I seriously have not met a cookie I didn’t love!

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I will make you a special batch after your show :) love youuuuu… and love your willpower. for real. you are AMAZING.

glidingcalm October 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm

so funny that you said “sugar monster” cuz i was a total sugar monster today… though in my post I called it a “cookie monster”! I bet these would have been GONE had I been there!

they look amazing!
thanks for the recipe!!!

michelle October 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Oatmeal scotchies are my fave! These look amazing though!

Bonnie October 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Oh man! I pulled your blog up at work on a break and everyone in the training office drooled over these cookies! It just got cold here (as in SNOW today!) and everyone was in a stay-at-home-and-bake-and-be-cozy mood, so your post put everyone in a little state of agony until I clicked out. ;) Gotta give these a shot at some point! YUM.

Janetha October 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Snow?! LUCKY

Corey October 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

Those look amazing!! I’m gonna hold out until they release mini DARK chocolate Reeses.

Kristi J October 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

Oh man! I made these cookies last night and brought them to work this morning. I have been at work for one hour and there are 5 cookies left! Success! Thanks for the yummy receipe!

Janetha October 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

yay! thanks for the feedback :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Oh geez…really?! I’m drooling on my computer now… ;)

Amanda October 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I made these last night and they are such a hit! I actually took them completely over the top and added Reeses Pieces as well. A cute Halloween treat. Great recipe!

Janetha October 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I love you.

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