Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are rich and fudgy with just the right amount of peanut butter in each bite. Peanut butter cups are chopped and added to the chocolate batter so that each bite has a hint of salty sweetness.

  • Author: Marisa Guerra
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies
  • Category: Dessert


  • 270 grams (2 1/4 cups) flour
  • 21 grams (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 248 grams (1 1/4 cup) sugar
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 mini peanut butter cups, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and melted chocolate on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
  5. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. Stir in about 3/4 of the chopped peanut butter cups, making sure to save the rest for the tops of the cookies.
  7. Using a 2 tbsp scoop, form cookies into balls and place each cookie on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Add the rest of the chopped peanut butter cups to the tops of each cookie.
  9. Place each cookie a few inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until cookies are firm around the edges.
  11. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully moving them to a cooling rack.
  12. Enjoy!


-I like to use mini peanut butter cups because their taller, ruffled sides add more texture to the dough, but you can use about half the amount of regular sized peanut butter cups if you like.

-Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week but are best when enjoyed within the first few days.

-Cookie dough can be made ahead, scooped and topped chopped peanut butter cups and placed in a ziploc bag to be frozen for up to two months. Once you’re ready to bake, let the dough sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes and bake. You’ll need to add on an extra 5 minutes or so to the original baking time.

Keywords: peanut butter, cookies, chocolate

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