These Peanut Butter Cookie Cups have a whole Reese’s peanut butter cup pressed into the cookie dough. A real must for peanut butter and soft cookie fans!
why are my peanut butter cookie cups different?
Cookie cups definitely aren’t a new idea; especially Peanut Butter Cookie Cups. There are quite a few different recipes out there, but the majority of them are American recipes.
I don’t know about you but if I can avoid using cup measurements then I absolutely will! I know lots of people like baking using cups, but I am a scales person through and through.
Aside from the measurements, my cookie cups recipe varies in the cookie dough recipe. Similar recipes either leave the cookie dough plain or add some peanut butter.
I have added chopped up Reese’s peanut butter cups to the cookie dough to cram in as much chocolate peanut butter goodness as possible.
Cookie cups, cookie bars and cookies
Cookies and all of their variations are one of my favourite thing to bake.
So it was only natural that I would progress into cookie cups. Reese’s peanut butter cups are the obvious choice to use for cookie cups because they are the perfect size and shape.
These cookie cups are deliciously soft and perfect for peanut butter cups fans.
which peanut butter cups to use
The well known popular brand of peanut butter cups is Reese’s. These used to be a little harder to find but are readily available these days.
The large peanut butter cups that you need for this recipe are typically sold in packs of two or three. These are the perfect size to fit in the cookie cups.
A lot of the recipes I saw were mini cookie cups which used the mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. You can definitely use these for the cookie dough. The mini cups are sold in larger packs which might be easier.
There are other companies that sell peanut butter cups so if you prefer to use these, please go ahead.
how to ensure soft cookie cups
With cookie cups and cookies in general, they need to be soft in my opinion. They need to be relatively soft so you can push the peanut butter cup into them. But you can bake them longer if you like a firmer cookie.
It is definitely worth remembering that they will firm up as they cool. They might look a little too soft when you take them out of the oven, but don’t be tempted to bake them for too long.
to line or grease the tin
The easiest way to make these Peanut Butter Cookie Cups is to line the tin with muffin cases. This will ensure the cookie cups will definitely not stick to the tin and will save you some potential panic.
However as you can see by the photos, I made these by liberally greasing the tin rather than using liners. This is because I really don’t like seeing the marks made by liners on my bakes.
I wanted the sides of my cookie cups to look smooth for the photos so didn’t use them. But even I would probably forgo aesthetics and use muffins lines next time because it is so much easier.
If you don’t want to use liners, you need to make sure you grease the tins really well. Then once the cookie cups come out of the oven you need to make sure they are completely cool before you try to remove them from the tin.
I would recommend putting the whole tray in the fridge, or even better the freezer. Once the cookie cups are completely cool, let them warm up ever so slightly for five minutes or so before gently removing them from the tins.
How long do cookie cups keep for?
These cookie cups will easily keep for 3-4 days. The longer you keep them, they will firm up slightly so loose some of their soft gooiness. But they will still be delicious.
If you would like them to keep for even longer, I would recommend freezing them.
Can you freeze these peanut butter cookie cups?
Yes, these cookie cups freeze really well. You can freeze them before or after they are baked.
If you would like to freeze them before they are baked, add the cookie dough to the tin and put the whole tin in the freezer for about an hour. Once they have firmed up, you can then transfer them to a bag or container and freeze for up to three months.
When you want to bake them, I would recommend putting them back in a muffin tin and letting them thaw before baking as below.
If you want to freeze them once they are baked, leave them to cool completely. Once they are cooled you can transfer them to a bag or container and freeze for up to three months.
When you want to eat them, leave them to defrost at room temperate for an hour or so.
Other recipes you might like
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- Double Chocolate Cookies
- Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Guylian Cookie Bars
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Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
These Peanut Butter Cookie Cups have a whole Reese's peanut butter cup pressed into the cookie dough. A real must for peanut butter and soft cookie fans!
- 125 g margarine
- 100 g light brown sugar
- 125 g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 225 g self raising flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 100 g peanut butter cups diced
- 12 peanut butter cups
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and thoroughly grease a muffin tin. Alternatively add add muffin cases to the tin
Cream 125g margarine, 100g light brown sugar and 125g caster sugar together until light and fluffy
Add 1 egg and ¼ tsp vanilla and mix until combined
Add 225g self raising flour, ½ tsp salt and 100g chopped peanut butter cups and mix until combined
Divide the cookie dough between the 12 muffin holes
Bake for 10 minutes
Remove the cookie cups from the oven and gently press 12 peanut butter cups into the top of each cookie cup
Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes
If you used muffin cases, leave the cookie cups to cool completely before removing them from the tins. If you didn't use muffin cases, put the tin in the fridge or freezer for 2 hours until they are completely cold. Remove from the freezer and allow to warm for 2-3 minutes before gently removing them from the tin
If you don’t want to use muffin cases it is essential you thoroughly grease the tin. You will also need to thoroughly chill the cookie cups before gently removing them from the pan.
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and may vary.