Let me just start out by saying that I love peanut butter.  I’ll scoop it out of the container and eat it straight off the spoon.  Peanut butter and jam sandwich with extra crunchy peanut butter?  Yum.  But I especially love peanut butter in desserts.  This recipe I’m about to share with you today is one of my favorites and the bonus is that they are super quick and easy to make.

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Let’s just take a look at what you’ll need:

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies--Just a cookie mix and a bag of Reese's miniatures and you've got yourself a great dessert!

See?  Easy peasy.  I try to keep one of these Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mixes on hand at all times just in case I need to make a dessert for something or other.

To make these, preheat the oven (determined by what kind of pan you’re using).  Then you follow the directions on the back of the bag by combining the mix, water, oil and egg together in a medium bowl.

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies--Just a cookie mix and a bag of Reese's miniatures and you've got yourself a great dessert!

Since I’ll be pressing Reese’s miniatures into the cookies after baking, I like to use a mini muffin pan to help keep the shape.  Plus, these babies are rich so anything bigger than bite-size might be a little much.  Make sure you spray your pan well to make removal easier.

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies--Just a cookie mix and a bag of Reese's miniatures and you've got yourself a great dessert!

Next, roll the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and drop them into the center of each muffin cup and pop them in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown (but you really shouldn’t need more than 10 minutes).

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies--Just a cookie mix and a bag of Reese's miniatures and you've got yourself a great dessert!

While they are baking, unwrap your Reese’s miniatures so they are ready when the pan comes out of the oven.

When you pull them out, softly press one Reese’s into the center of each cookie.  Let them cool in the pan for 5-6 minutes.

To remove them, gently loosen the cookie by twisting it and then lifting it out and letting it finish cooling on a wire rack.  If the cookie hasn’t cooled enough and you try to take it out, it could fall apart.  There’s no harm in letting it cool in the pan for a little longer.

You can eat the cookies while they are still a little warm or after they’ve cooled completely, but whatever you do, make sure to grab yourself a glass of milk to enjoy with them!

Store the cookies in an airtight container or in a gallon ziplock bag on the counter or in the fridge.

Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
(makes about 30 cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 12-oz bag of Reese’s miniatures 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven (according to the kind of pan you’re using) and spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Follow the directions on the back of the bag by combining the mix, water, oil and egg together in a medium bowl.
  3. Roll the dough into 1 1/2″ balls and drop them into the center of each muffin cup.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown (but you really shouldn’t need more than 10 minutes).
  5. While they are baking, unwrap your Reese’s miniatures so they are ready when the pan comes out of the oven.
  6. When you pull them out, softly press one Reese’s into the center of each cookie.  Let them cool in the pan for 5-6 minutes.
  7. To remove them, gently loosen the cookie by twisting it and then lifting it out and letting it finish cooling on a wire rack.
  8. Store the cookies in an airtight container or in a gallon ziplock bag either on the counter or in the fridge.

What are some of your favorite go-to desserts?

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Hi! I’m Shani,

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4 Comments

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      I never have but you could definitely try it. I’ve found that the combination of cooking spray and the oil from the peanut butter makes them pop out really well.

  1. I made these cookie cups using a chocolate chip cookie mix. They came out AWESOME!. I was very short on time & using the cookie scoop in the mini muffin tin was so easy & quick. They were a smash hit for my grandson’s birthday celebration at a rest. Would definitely recommend it.

    • Shani Ogden Reply

      I love this twist on the original recipe! I’m so glad your grandson had a good birthday celebration. Thank you for sharing this with me!

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