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ISO: Peanut butter cup cookie recipe

Hello -

I had this amazing cookie at a bake sale a few months ago and I haven't been able to locate the recipe. Of course, I would ask the baker for the recipe, but since it was a bake sale, couldn't find the baker.

Anyway, the cookie was a soft peanut butter cookie with a peanut butter cup INSIDE and topped with some melted chocolate. It was delicious.

All the recipes I've found so far are basically peanut butter cookie with a peanut butter cup smashed on top after the cookie bakes. This was definitely not the same.

Anyone familiar?

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. From the picture, this appears to be what you are describing.


    They don't have frosting, but I'm sure it won't hurt to add some!

    What a good idea. Yum.

    I reread the recipe. It may not be what you are looking for, sorry.

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    1. re: dolores

      Do you mean that the pb cup was completely encased in the cookie dough? I think I have come across a similar recipe. Let me know if that's what you were going for and I will look for the recipe.

      1. re: MaryDC

        Yes, that is what it seemed. The peanut butter cup was inside the cookie and the melted chocolate was on top the cookie...probably "frosted" after baking.

        Thank you!

        1. re: MaryDC

          MaryDC, did you ever find that recipe?

      2. I don't think this is what you are looking for, but this makes bars that taste just like peanut butter cups. It's a no bake recipe. The big secret is the graham cracker crumbs which give that gritty texture. My son (who is now 23) has been making these since he was 5, and my kids still ask me to make these at Christmas time.

        Peanut Butter Bars

        1 cup butter
        18 pounce jar peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
        1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
        2 cups confectioners' sugar
        12 ounce package semisweet chocolate chips (or other semisweet chocolate)


        1. Melt butter and peanut butter together in a saucepan.

        2. Combine confectioner's sugar and graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl.

        3. Add the melted ingredients to the sugar and crumbs and mix together. It will be stiff.

        4. Spread mixture in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan, or a smaller pan if you want thicker bars. Press firmly.

        5. Melt chocolate chips and spread on top.

        6. When cool cut into squares. The bars do not have to be refrigerated, but can be to speed cooling. Do not store in refrigerator. Cut into 36 bars or according to taste.

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        1. re: TrishUntrapped

          just wanted to say I made these for work and they got rave reviews! I kept a few aside at home and having one every night - I kept them in the fridge as I like them cold and they are great!

          Thanks for such an easy recipie, I am going to attempt these as peanut butter balls at christmas time.

          1. re: geminigirl

            Just saw this response. GG, I have made these as balls dipped in chocolate and yes, they are terrific that way too. Enjoy!

        2. I know exactly what you're talking about, and I'm sure I have the recipe saved...somewhere. My computer is currently with a friend getting a new hard drive installed, but once it's back in my possession I'll dig around until I find it.

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          1. I have made these for years...very simple. It is one roll of suger cookie dough (in the refrigerator section) and 1 pkg. of miniature reeses peanut butter cups. You will need a mini muffin tin. Cut and roll sugar cookie dough in a 1 in ball place in a non stick mini muffin tin. Cook for 8 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove and push 1 reese cup in the middle place back in oven for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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            1. re: vlynx4

              "All the recipes I've found so far are basically peanut butter cookie with a peanut butter cup smashed on top after the cookie bakes. This was definitely not the same."

            2. It seems like you could just take your favorite pb cookie recipe, roll out balls of dough. Flatten one larger than the pb cup, put on the pb cup on it, top w/ another and pinch the edges. It almost sounds like the Pillsbury cookoff winning recipe this year, only w/ a pb cup instead of the pb mix the winner used.

              1. Hey jewel, I was nostalgic yesterday and remembered a cookie/bar I used to make 20 years ago, my family loved these. I finally remembered I had it in a cookbook all along. Here it is: Peanut Butter Bars
                3/4 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter (room temperature)
                1 egg white
                1/2 cup sugar
                2/3 cup chopped unsalted nuts (I left this out)
                1 cup (6oz.) semi sweet or milk chocolate pieces

                Preheat oven to 325. Grease or line with foil an 11 x 7 baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, egg white and sugar. Stir in nuts. Spread mixture evenly in bottom of greased or foil-lined pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate pieces evenly over cookie surface. Bake 2 to 3 minutes until chocolate melts. Remove from oven and let stand 1 minute. With a knife, spread melted chocolate evenly over top. Cool in pan. Cut cooled cookie into bars. Makes 32.

                1. I'm including a link to "Santa's Surprise Cookies" that call for mini Snickers to be encased in the peanut butter cookie dough - though you could easily substitute the mini Reese's. Perhaps this will put you on the right track to finding the recipe?


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                    1. re: kcchan

                      those look great!

                      since the OP mentioned a frosting on top of the cookie, i did a google search and i also find these "surprise" cookies by martha stewart. nosh with me did a version

                      and i bet you could just put a pb cup instead of the marshmellow.

                      1. re: kcchan

                        I make the ones with Snickers every Christmas, with whatever I have leftover from Halloween. Peanut butter cups are a great idea! This year they were out of regular Snickers so I got Snickers that have a whole almond in the middle, should be interesting. I have a feeling it was a Mars recipe that came with a coupon in the paper, if you still need it let me know.
                        PS They're so good I don't even bother with the icing usually.

                        1. re: coll

                          Update, this Christmas I had a cup of Nutella hanging around so I did a cup of peanut butter and a cup of Nutella and they were great, taste wise and appearance wise too.

                      2. did you ever find the recipe? i had the same recipe today and would love to get a copy.

                        1. I knew exactly what recipe you were looking for when you described the cookie. I have made them for many cookie exchanges and they always get raves!
                          Peanut Butter Secrets
                          1 cup butter flavor crisco
                          3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
                          1/2 cup granulated sugar
                          1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
                          1 egg
                          1 tsp. vanilla
                          2 cups all-purpose flour
                          1 tsp. baking soda
                          1/2 tsp. salt
                          40 to 45 chocolate covered miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped

                          1 tsp. butter flavor crisco
                          1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
                          2 TBSP. creamy peanut butter

                          1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheet
                          2. For cookies, combine crisco, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and peanut butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla.
                          3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Mix into creamed mixture at low speed until just blended.
                          4. Form rounded teaspoonfuls of dough around each peanut butter cup. Enclose entirely. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
                          5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are just browned. Remove immediately to cooling rack.
                          6. For Glaze, combine crisco, chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave safe cup. Microwave at 50%(medium). Stir after 1 minute. Repeat until smooth (or melt on stove top in small saucepan over very low heat). Dip cookie tops only in glaze. allow to set.
                          Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies

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                            1. re: cbowen

                              I just printed this out, am taking it downstairs, and am starting to construct it now.
                              Our sons wedding rehearsal dinner is tomorrow night, this is going to be the favor at each table setting. I bought heart shaped molds, 24 to a pack, there are 24 coming.
                              I will butter the insides of each one, make these bigger than instructed here as I bought the regular sized pb cups, and pray they work. I'll let y'all know. Wish me luck!

                              1. re: iL Divo

                                I never replied, I am sorry, forgot what with the wedding and all :(
                                These were delicious in flavor but hard to count on while baking.
                                There was too much shortening in them and they puffed up
                                (which was a good thing to cover the regular sized reeses peanut
                                butter cups inside) but the rising was very irregular and I never
                                knew from one batch to the next how they'd turn out.
                                Again flavor there, consistency not there.
                                I'm doing them again tomorrow for school Tuesday.
                                I promised a friend I'd get her some so this is the perfect time.
                                I will let the dough get cold, I think I'll form them, cool them
                                in the frig, before baking, and I'll do a tester first to see how
                                they'll turn out, if they spread too much, I'll do less cookie on bottom
                                and a thinner one on top.
                                I didn't make them into rounds as suggested.
                                Yes, they came up and over the cookie which is what I wanted.
                                But not consistant from cookie to cookie.
                                I will also make the glaze which I didn't do last time.
                                I hope to remember to report this next batch.
                                It may not be for a few days though.

                            2. A little late, but I came across this recipe today for Peanut Butter Surpise Cookies and it looks good...


                              1. This isn't the recipe you're seeking, but it has the same flavors....KA Flour's Magic Middles, from their Cookie Companion cookbook, consist of a nice chocolate cookie with a hidden filling of sweetened peanut butter inside. They're easy to make and always a hit with young and old.

                                1. I made a batch of cookies similar to what is being asked for here.
                                  Not the recipe I did last time I posted, but another one I found online.
                                  It (too) used too much fat, they're very grease laden. Even the muffin cups left huge grease blots on paper toweling. So, not sure what my take on this idea is.
                                  I think I'll just go back to the Supreme Jif cookie recipe, do 'em xtra thick, push candy all the way down in the cookie and hope it bakes up and over covering the surprise treat inside.

                                  1. wonder if that OP ever got the answer to their quest.

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                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                      I did a whole different take on this 'type' of cookie yesterday. chocolate peanut butter cup pretzel cookies.
                                      although I know this isn't the requested cookie, I'll be taking it to the jeweler today, as he is sizing a Christmas present ring for me but moreover is a cookie monster. hope he enjoys. where's my camera..........

                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                        they appear like a chocolate peanut butter cookie with crisscross

                                              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                driving to San Diego right now. #2 son alert & baby alert-so, when I get home I'll post how I did it. brought son&wife these + the ATK sugar cookies also. hope they enjoy. he's not a cookie maker but should be these are both easy just time consuming which is my favorite kind

                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                  have you tried the cook's illustrated peanut butter sandwich cookies? seriously amazing!!! and they are still tasty a week later!!! :)

                                                  1. re: raygunclan

                                                    will you honor my request if I beg for the recipe :)

                                                2. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                  Ok TrishUnwrapped

                                                  sorry, been forgetful.
                                                  first I made these for Thanksgiving and Christmas.


                                                  froze the remainder of the dough because it was too much at the time. so how this new recipe for these cookies I'm now talking about got created was 'what to do with this dough I have'. took it out, let it thaw to room temp, added flour, bk soda, bk powder, sour cream, crushed mini peanut butter cups, felt for right cookie consistency, rolled into balls, rolled in white sugar and prayed and baked :;-/
                                                  it worked, and they're gone, been gone, long gone.
                                                  hope that helps.

                                                  1. re: iL Divo

                                                    Thanks Il Divo, appreciate it! And kudos to you for your creativity!

                                                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                      oh thanks Trish, what's the worst that can happen anyway? if they're simply awful I chuck the batch.
                                                      the cookie recipes I come up with wouldn't make sense to most but when they turn out, I'm pretty happy.

                                                      1. re: iL Divo

                                                        I'm with you Divo, I like to experiment. If not, no one would ever invent anything!

                                                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                          yep Trish, I think it's in my blood or ancestry. my chef grandparents did all by blind eye experience while writing down inventions that were incredible