Peanut Butter Cookie Cups are two-bite treats filled with chocolate-covered candies! Easy to make and impossible to resist, a perfect combo!

These Peanut Butter Cups are ideal for snacking, lunch boxes, holidays, and more. Fill with either a peanut butter cup or a caramel-filled Rolo candy for your personalized Cookie Bites!

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups on a white ceramic tray

Why You Must Make

  • They’re super easy to make!
  • These bite-sized treats won’t break your diet (unless you eat a dozen!).
  • They’re easily adaptable with other cookie doughs and candies!

  1. Place paper liners in the mini muffin tin.
  2. Make the cookie dough.
  3. Place 1-inch dough balls into each well of the tin. Don’t go bigger as you need room for the candy to be inserted.
  4. Bake as directed.
  5. Press candy into the center of each cookie cup.
  6. Cool completely before removing so they keep their shape.
Variety of peanut butter cookie cups on a square white plate

Expert Tips

  • Use a small cookie scoop to dish out the cookie dough so all the cookies will be a consistent size and finish baking at the same time.
  • Line your tin with white paper liners for easy clean-up. Place the baked cookie cups in a second, decorative paper liner to serve since the first one will get greasy.
  • As with most cookies, have the butter and egg at room temperature for easy incorporation.
  • You can use any favorite cookie dough and small candies to make cookie cups.
  • Carefully insert the candy when the cookies are fresh out of the oven. Once the cookie cups cool, they’ll be too firm to add the candies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Cookie Cups?

Cookie cups are made when cookie dough is baked into a cup-like shape instead of flat rounds. This is accomplished by baking the dough in a mini muffin or full-sized muffin tin instead of on a baking sheet.

How Do You Make Cookie Cups with a Muffin Tin?

Roll balls of cookie dough and place them in the wells of a greased mini-muffin tin. Bake and the dough will fill the tin making a cup-like cookie!
Miniature candies like Rolos and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups can be inserted into fresh from the oven cookie cups for delicious Peanut Butter Temptations!

How Do You Store Cookie Cups?

Cookie cups will keep well at room temperature in a sealed container for 3-4 days, and even longer in the refrigerator. They also freeze well for at least 3 months. Just defrost overnight in the refrigerator and serve at room temperature.

Can You Use Other Cookie Dough for Cookie Cups?

Yes! You can even use pre-made cookie dough from the refrigerator section of your supermarket. Try chocolate chip, sugar, or even chocolate cookie dough.
You can vary the candy, too, but Rolos and Reese’s are delicious with peanut butter dough. Add a swirl of chocolate buttercream frosting onto the cooled cookie cups to make an even more decadent version.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Cups in a white bowl

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes
Yield 48

Mini Peanut Butter Cookies with a candy center! Delicious bite-sized treats for peanut butter lovers!


  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 48 miniature Reeses or 48 Rolo candies (or a combination)
  • Festive M & M candies to garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Line 2 mini muffin tins with paper wrappers (or grease well with a flour-oil spray like Bakers Joy). Set aside.
  3. Unwrap candies if necessary. Set aside.
  4. Make the dough by mixing butter, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  6. When light and fluffy, stir in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until incorporated.
  7. Using a small cookie scoop, shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  8. Place each dough ball in the well of the muffin tin (do not flatten).
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes or until they're puffed.
  10. Quickly insert one chocolate-covered candy into the center of each cookie.
  11. Carefully place an M & M, if using, in the center of each piece of chocolate. Do this before the chocolate sets.
  12. Cool completely before removing the cookies from the tin.


    It's best to bake one muffin tin at a time so it gets good air circulation in the oven.

    For the best texture, mix in the flour by hand instead of using the mixer. Or just mix very slow so no air is incorporated into the dough.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 6g occasionally offers nutritional information for recipes contained on this site. This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased can change the nutritional information in any given recipe. Also, many recipes on recommend toppings, which may or may not be listed as optional and nutritional information for these added toppings is not listed. Other factors may change the nutritional information such as when the salt amount is listed “to taste,” it is not calculated into the recipe as the amount will vary. Also, different online calculators can provide different results. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information obtained is accurate.


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