Peanut Butter Cup Sugar Cookies

Do you remember those gigantic cookies that were sold at stores like Mrs. Field’s in the mall?  I always loved the huge sugar cookies with the M&Ms in them.  I haven’t had one of those cookies in years and after buying some Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups, I decided it was time to bake these Peanut Butter Cup Sugar Cookies.  These cookies were not only ginormous, they were fabulous as well.  My hubby and I ate about 1/3 of them before he brought them to poker night at my brother-in-laws.  These cookies were just as I remember them being… soft, chewy, and amazing.  You could use chocolate chips or M&Ms if you’d like, but these TJ mini peanut butter cups were heavenly and took these cookies to a whole new level (can you tell I loved them?)!  Enjoy!

*Disclaimer:  These cookies, when consumed at the poker table, are proven to intimidate opponents and aid in chip winnings.  No, just kidding… they actually might have the opposite effect but they sure do taste great 🙂


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini peanut butter cups (I bought mine from Trader Joe’s)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place one oven rack in the top third of the oven, and one oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 – 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until well combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Form dough into balls, using 1/4 cup for each cookie. Place six balls of dough on each baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball of dough into a 2 1/2 inch round. Completely cover the tops of the cookies with the peanut butter cups gently pressing into the dough.
  6. Bake the cookies for about 12-15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. The cookies are done when they are light golden brown in color and just set. They will still seem a little soft but they will firm up as they cool. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

*Makes about 12 large cookies.


Filed under Baked Goods, Desserts

24 responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Sugar Cookies

  1. these are beautiful! love those minis 🙂

  2. These look SO good. I’m almost glad I didn’t spot though mini peanut butter cups last time I was at Trader Joe’s.

  3. I loved those cookie stores! Your peanut butter cup version sounds even better than the m&m though. These look amazing 🙂

  4. I always love those big cookies…your cookies look fantastic, I love that you used PB cups…I can just imagine how it taste!!! Great pics too!

  5. Ooh, these look so delicious! I’ll have to make them with M&Ms, though, we don’t have peanut butter cups in SA, which is sad. Another recipe for my “I really want to make this” list. It’s getting far too long.

  6. What a dangerous cookie! I can eat these a lot because I also love Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups! You sounded very convincing! Have a great weekend Kara!

  7. This makes sugar cookies so much more exciting:-)

  8. Mini peanut butter cups!! You really know how to get a detoxing girl to drool. I need Trader Joes here, or maybe it’s better that I don’t!! 😀

  9. I loved those mall cookies! Ever had the ones that were filled with gooey frosting? So good and so bad 🙂 These however look amazing. How did you manage to not eat all the mini pb cups, because that is what I would do!

  10. Soft, chewy, peanut-buttery, chocolatey cookies???? AAhhhhhh, delicious!

  11. I so remember those mall cookies! This looks even better

  12. WOW! I love this cookie!! Brilliant idea with the pb cups… looks fantastic!

  13. These look sooo good! I love the mini pb cups!

  14. These look really good, I’ve never seen mini Reese cups, must go find them!!

  15. gingerbreadbagels

    I LOVE that you put mini peanut butter cups in the sugar cookies. What a great idea. I so want one (ok more like a dozen) for these right now! 🙂

  16. I love this! Those minis are so cute….cute and deadly! LOL

  17. Liz

    I have two children who would go nuts for these…I know what I’m getting on my next Trader Joe’s run!

  18. Oh I want at least 2 LOL it looks so yummy and we love peanut butter cups 😀

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