Monday, December 12, 2011

Chocolate Candy Cookies


I made some peanut butter cookies the other day and topped them off with Hershey’s Kisses. Yum and yummer!

You know the kind I’m talking about. They’re an oldie but a goodie – and one I never get tired of.

Peanut Butter Kisses. Peanut Butter Blossoms. Whatever you want to call them they are hard to resist.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had these simple cookies, but I still feel the same excitement whenever they come out of the oven.


I mean look at these tempting little guys in all their melty, chocolaty topped goodness and try not to eat one. Just try.

Aren’t they a happy cookie?


And they are so easy to make. Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.


And then roll the balls in sugar.

Bringing back any memories yet?


Bake. Let them puff up…


And then press.


Push the Kisses into the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven.

The heat from the cookies, will slightly soften the chocolate and give the candies a wonderful glossy look.


And that’s exactly the best time to take a bite.

Have a voice of reason nearby so you don’t eat them all in one sitting.


You can also use the same cookie dough with Reese’s.


Roll the balls again.


But this time press the dough into a mini muffin tray. Just leave enough room to place a peanut butter cup in the middle.


And bake.


And bite.

And try to behave.


And if you make cookies with both of the candies, just use some of the extra Kisses to decorate.


Heat them up in the microwave and use a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off to drizzle the melted chocolate across the tops.

You can bake them in the pan with or without liners. Whatever you prefer.


Or you can make them like the Kisses Cookies and just press them into the ball after they bake.


Either way, enjoy!

Chocolate Candy Cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
Hershey’s Kisses or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or both

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Sift flour, soda and salt with a wire whisk and set aside.
  • Beat butter and peanut butter
  • Add sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and combine.
  • Roll dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls and then roll the balls in sugar to coat.

For Peanut Butter Kisses:

  • Place rolled balls on parchment paper covered baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and press an unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For Peanut Butter Cuppies:

  • Press rolled balls into the cavities of a mini muffin tray.
  • Place an unwrapped Reese’s peanut butter cup into each.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove. Let cool and then drizzle with chocolate if desired.
  • Note: you can bake these in wrappers or directly in the pan.

Note: There are about 36 Reese’s and around 70 Kisses in a regular size bag.  I forgot to count how many this recipe will make, but if you go with Kisses, you’ll definitely have enough candies. Guess I’ll just have to make them again. Darn.


April R. said...

Peanut Butter Blossoms are my favorite!

December 12, 2011 01:16 AM
Erin Maree said...

These look so good! Now I just need to find out where I can buy the kisses and peanut butter cups (I like in Australia!) :)

December 12, 2011 01:27 AM
Erin Maree said...

**Live in Australia! Though I do like it :)

December 12, 2011 01:27 AM
Katie said...

These are an all-time favorite.

December 12, 2011 01:28 AM
Barbie said...

Oh My Gosh Girl…… I made your “Comfort Cookies” and what can i tell? just more than AWESOME (double it) can’t wait to try this version with kisses on top…………….. yum… yum….. by now i’ll continue with my cake balls :)

December 12, 2011 01:29 AM
Gieun said...


December 12, 2011 01:31 AM
Kat said...

@Erin Maree, u can find Reese almost anywhere now. Even the Reject Shop. But Costco is the way to go.

December 12, 2011 01:42 AM
Ali said...

OMG! I am SO making these when my friends and I get together to bake our Christmas cookies! So easy, so yummy, and just a little different.

December 12, 2011 01:43 AM
Anonymous said...

i love this! i will be making this! @bakerella, going to put up any SF booking signing pics up?


December 12, 2011 02:15 AM
tinajo said...

Looks just delicious! :-)

December 12, 2011 02:52 AM
Mira said...

It’s unfair to have a HUGE craving for candy cookies with Reeses on a MONDAY :O Oh my. I love the look of these.

December 12, 2011 03:39 AM
Jill from Illinois said...

Oh, so Yummy!!!! I remember making these with my Grandma!!! I’m just going to have to fit this in my schedule this week to bake with my kids!!!!

December 12, 2011 03:48 AM
Dee said...

WOW! these are so creative and look really gonna have to try this

December 12, 2011 03:59 AM
louise said...

How funny! Just tonight I walked through the kitchen and thought to myself, ‘we should make some kissey cookies!’ we call them kissy cookies and they have been a holiday tradition for years and years! We’ve never done the cuppise though. Man, those look deicious too!

December 12, 2011 04:00 AM
becky w. said...

I’ve never thought to use the dark kisses! Awesome!

December 12, 2011 06:07 AM
Katrina said...

Awww love these!! Little kisses make everything better :)

December 12, 2011 06:17 AM
Anonymous said...

I just made these a couple weeks ago, but instead of rolling in plain sugar, I rolled them in christmas sprinkles or you could even use colored sugar. Works like a charm!

December 12, 2011 06:18 AM
Tania said...

@Erin Maree: You can find Reeses Mini peanut butter cups at many convenience stores in capital cites. They’re everywhere in the Sydney CBD. Also, try Sugar Fix or USA Foods if you have no luck elsewhere.

December 12, 2011 06:29 AM
Southern Gal said...

We make the peanut butter kisses every year. It’s one of the most requested Christmas cookies at our house.

December 12, 2011 06:29 AM
Sally said...

Yummy, I think this will be all I will make for Christmas this year. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, thanks Bakerella!!!

December 12, 2011 06:31 AM
Ambar said...

These look so yummy!!

December 12, 2011 06:33 AM
Trishna said...

OMG! how awesome are these…I just finished making these!!And eating too…I have to tell you I was scared of using peanut butter..boy!am I glad I used it….:)
thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!

December 12, 2011 07:09 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Cookies filled with candy never get old!

December 12, 2011 07:14 AM
Sherry W. said...

I gave up sweets for the Holidays, so these are evil in my opinion ;)

December 12, 2011 07:19 AM
Lee-Anne Clarke said...

We call those thumbprint cookies in Canada! Love them!

December 12, 2011 07:23 AM
aussiemarina said...

yum yum yum yum yum is all i can say right now !

December 12, 2011 07:37 AM
Baker Bettie said...

Just what I need first thing in the morning, a chocolate craving :) Such a holiday classic. They look so pretty and delicious!

December 12, 2011 07:58 AM
tina said...

I love these cookies. I’ve never used the dark kisses. I think I’m going to have to try that. My kids don’t like dark chocolate and I’m thinking this could be a way to make sure I get some!

December 12, 2011 08:01 AM
Joanne said...

I made these last christmas, they harden quickly. I’ll try your recipes this year!

December 12, 2011 08:10 AM
Erika said...

I love these cookies! I might have to add them to the Christmas cookie rotation this year!

December 12, 2011 08:15 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet said...

love this classic favorites!

December 12, 2011 08:31 AM
Amy said...

yum yum yum! I love these! I always called them Peanut Butter Buttons for no other reason than when you look at them from the top, they look like buttons. I made these once last year with the Hershey’s Kisses filled with CARAMEL! Sooooo tasty!

December 12, 2011 08:35 AM
Jo and Sue said...

These look so yummy! Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite! I want to make these but I think I would be tempted to eat the whole batch! :)

December 12, 2011 08:47 AM
KariAnnM said...

Oh, with the PB cups, those are my family’s favorite….in fact I was thinking of making some this week! We do the muffin cup version, putting the PB cups in after they bake. My husband had never had them until my daughter brought some home from my mom’s about a year ago. He is now in love with them!

December 12, 2011 09:42 AM
mindy1 said...

Oh chocolatey goodness….

December 12, 2011 10:32 AM
Alexandra - kärlek på tallrik said...

OOOH, woooow…. Sometimes I miss the US more than other times. When I see these, and the wonderful peanut butter cups, I definitely do ;) YUM!

December 12, 2011 10:42 AM
romina said...

YUM! ur awesome

December 12, 2011 10:42 AM
Syma said...

Hi These look fantastic, as does everything else. If you put the cups in without unwrapping them, when do you unwrap them?

December 12, 2011 10:46 AM
nancy k. said...

Hey Angie…thanks for the reminder that sometimes the best choices are old favorites. Your photo are amazing and I love the idea of using Reeses cups. I am off to bake!

December 12, 2011 11:03 AM
Phyllis said...

It just so happens that I made a batch of these yesterday…a request … nice batch – 100 cookies (tho’ some of them have “mysteriously disappeared”…hmm. Hubby complains about the job of ‘taster’, but OK!!! Yea, big bother.

December 12, 2011 11:04 AM
Rosebud said...

YUM!!!! i would have never thought of the Reese’s in a cookie. that’s why you are here :)

December 12, 2011 11:15 AM
Selena said...

I just made the blossoms this weekend! I definitely need to try the reese’s action…I know what I’m baking up next :o) Thank you for sharing!

December 12, 2011 11:24 AM
Michelle said...

Syma, you should unwrap the candies before baking.. I would think this comment on cuppies: Note: you can bake these in wrappers or directly in the pan., means you can use mini cupcake wrappers or not.. I thought the same when I read the note.. :)

December 12, 2011 11:53 AM
sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

Those look yummy.

December 12, 2011 12:02 PM
ROSEANN said...


December 12, 2011 12:06 PM
Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

My sister is famous for her version of these (she does them with the Reese’s peanut butter cups). She puts so much peanut butter in the batter, they come out so soft and gooey. Delicious!

December 12, 2011 12:07 PM
diane stanley said...

These cookies are classic must make cookies in my home at Christmas. My boys (ages 28-36) always ask for these first!

December 12, 2011 12:35 PM
Tabitha said...

Lovely! I made something similar last year (straight off of Hershey’s website) with red and green sprinkles, only I used the peppermint kisses (red sprinkles) and mint truffle kisses (green sprinkles). See? link to (Uh, please disregard the crap quality of my photos.)

December 12, 2011 12:40 PM
Bella's Bakery & Bowtique said...

Love these! An all-time favorite around here. I usually make them for Halloween as witches hats. Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2011 12:43 PM
Ellen said...

Now that’s the definition of yummy!

December 12, 2011 12:44 PM
Jessica@LovesAvocado said...

Oh I will have to make these for the holidays. I love the Rolos idea from Rebecca.

December 12, 2011 12:48 PM
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

Please don’t make me drool on the baby. I don’t think he’d appreciate it. Ahhh the reese’s bites… I want one, two, maybe ten. :)

December 12, 2011 01:10 PM
Jenn said...

As if I didn’t already make enough cookies over the weekend, I might just have to add these to make this year.

December 12, 2011 01:13 PM
ana said...

:P these are yumi!

December 12, 2011 01:51 PM
ChristaKoz said...

Sorry but you HAVE to use Brach’s milk chocolate stars!

December 12, 2011 01:52 PM
Jenny said...

ooo I love the Reese’s idea! I’m excited to try it, I think I’m getting the mini muffin pan for Christmas! :-D

December 12, 2011 02:40 PM
Wendy S said...

Woohoo!!! These were my favorite cookies growing up. I had no idea about the reeses and am so excited to try them out!!! I am thinking I need to go to the store today :)

December 12, 2011 03:09 PM
Frances said...

yum!!! I just made spritz cookies with my mom and little brother over the weekend yum!

December 12, 2011 03:46 PM
Svenja said...

This makes me SOO jealous!
i´m from germany, and we dont have sprinkles like you have, and on top we dont have sweets like this.
And in every american baking blog i´m reading someone use this to make such beauties!
one time ill travel to the us just to shop things for baking ^^

excuse my bad english, please (:

December 12, 2011 04:14 PM
Syma said...

Thanks Michelle, in that case I’ll be baking these as soon as I get my hands on the cuppies!!

December 12, 2011 06:16 PM
Marina(the baker) said...

Yum! I made those for one of my uncle’s party not to long ago and they were a hit! The hershey cookies are fantastic, but I guess I will have to try the Reese’s ones too! :)

December 12, 2011 07:02 PM
Nic@diningwithastud said...

These are so fab! Im such a Reeses fanatic!

December 12, 2011 07:05 PM
LuvHP said...

Can i omit the peanut butter from the recipe? There’s this party I am going to and I’m afraid that someone will have an allergy.
The party is soon, so please answer back SUPER FAST!

December 12, 2011 07:18 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

You are so right Bakerella..these are an ever delicious treat! Love the photos :o)

December 12, 2011 07:45 PM
Adie Andrews said...

You just gave me de easiest way to handle with the Christmas cookies besides quite delicious and good looking. A big thanks for that.

Greets apartments for the Olympics

December 13, 2011 09:22 AM
Nanette said...

The peanut butter blossoms were a recipe on the Land o Lake’s butter pkg way back in the day, my grandmother made them every year for Christmas. She used Brach stars unless she could not find them then she used Kisses, she pressed the chocolate in the cookie pre baked and it held its shape as long as you didn’t touch it until cooled. After she passed it took me years to recreate the recipes she made for us as kids, I was never able to find out who got her recipe box, although Nanny was the kind that baked by hand measurements, and memory, she never measured flour or sugar.

The year I had most of her recipes recreated I sent each of my brothers a box of treats for Christmas, my one brother wanted to make these cookies, but he had to use the kisses. lol he forgot to unwrap them before he put them in the unbaked cookie!!! When I make them now and I know he will be there I make a few “special” ones for him, lol.

Every Christmas Nanny made the peanut butter blossoms, Lemon Tarts, had lemon curd in them, yummy, and the one it took me the longest to find was Tea Cakes, it is a cake like texture sugar cookie, that is a drop cookie, I knew it had sour milk in it, I use buttermilk.

Another thing she made was cinnamon pie, I have found the recipe once, it was called finger pie, because when she would make her pies every Saturday morning, she always had a little dough left and if I was there, she would roll it out and put it in a small pie pan, then add a scoop of sugar, flour, cinnamon. You stirred that with your finger right in the crust, then you add milk and stir again with the same unlicked finger, then it was baked. It makes the most delicious sinful treat, when it is done it has a layer of about 3/8 of an inch of cinnamon gooeyness!!!

December 13, 2011 11:12 AM
Nicole B. said...

LuvHP, I changed my recipe around and used a chocolate cookie recipe with peppermint or the truffle kisses the otherday because i was baking for someone with a PB allergy. Not exactly the same, but was still a huge hit.

I also make the reeses ones, but instead of baking the reeses, i do the cookies the same as with the kisses, and then push the reeses into the cookie once the cookies are out of the oven. It works out as a great task for my husband to do!

December 13, 2011 12:00 PM
La tavola toscana said...

Bakerella: YOU ARE EVIL! Since I’ve followed your blog I’ve become a maniac of your american sinful recipes (mind that your converting an italian chef)!

December 13, 2011 04:34 PM
Debbie said...

those look amazing – can’t wait to try them!

December 13, 2011 04:37 PM
Aimee said...

Thank you so much for this post! These were so fun to make with my toddlers. I multiplied this recipe by 4 and baked both kisses and cups for the Christmas Goodie Table at work. They were a hit and brought back memories for some!

December 13, 2011 07:23 PM
Asmita said...

Amazing! This must taste heavenly!

December 13, 2011 07:26 PM
Kara said...


December 13, 2011 07:55 PM
Rachel @ Paper Boxes said...

Oh my goodness!!! These look absolutely amazing! I love you bakerella!! Hehe! Am totally making these as little Christmas gifts/treats!

December 13, 2011 09:58 PM
Hawley Allen said...

Well done, Bakerella, well done. Now to experiment with other kinds of kisses!

December 13, 2011 10:29 PM
Erin said...

Thank you! I’m FINALLY in the mood to do some holiday baking.

December 13, 2011 11:47 PM
Emma - Husmor Emma said...

I’m friends with an American exchange student, and she taught me how to make peanut butter blossoms. Best cookie ever! They were so great :)

December 14, 2011 08:48 AM
Marisa said...

i made these last night and they were amazing! <3

December 14, 2011 08:49 AM
Leigh said...

This is my most-often made Christmas cookie. To make it even easier, you can use the peanut butter cookie pouch mix (Betty Crocker). I’m gonna make them for a gals’ holiday potluck this weekend!

December 14, 2011 09:11 AM
Kara said...

These two recipes are a staple in our house at Christmastime!! So fun to eat and so easy to bake! I’m craving them now! lol You’re the best! :)

December 14, 2011 09:24 AM
jisu said...

These are my favorite!

December 14, 2011 10:00 AM
Samantha said...

Whenever my Mom and I make cookies in muffin tins with Reese’s candies, we use chocolate chip cookie dough.

December 14, 2011 11:55 AM
Heather said...

So I’ve tried making these for my first time and I’ve decided to put the dough straight in the pan and I let them bake but how do I get them out without breaking ?

December 14, 2011 02:44 PM
Nicole said...

First time visitor to the site and, from the looks of this post, I’ll be back.

December 14, 2011 03:46 PM
Lucy said...

Scrumptious! I so love Reese’s cups and they love my hips. But oh well…these cookies are a must try!

December 14, 2011 05:05 PM
Renee said...

So good! The dough was a little crumbly but they turned out to be amazing!

December 14, 2011 05:55 PM
Jessica @ Cajunlicious said...

Yum, reese’s is my favorite candy! So glad I found your blog through a fellow foodie, you’ve got yourself a new follower! XO Jessica @ Cajunlicious

December 14, 2011 05:55 PM
Melissa said...

Same comment as Heather. Mineare crumbling like crazy when I try to get them out of the muffin pan. Any suggestions?

December 14, 2011 07:06 PM
Tracie said...

I love peanut butter blossoms…I make these every year for Christmas…But I don’t use plain sanding sugar…I make a Christmas blend of the red, green, and regular sanding sugars and roll my cookies in it….makes them more festive!

December 14, 2011 08:02 PM
Ariel said...

Your yummy snacks are always so tempting and mouth-watering! I have a list of all the cookies and brownies and cheesecakes I want to make and I keep adding to the list every time I check your website!

December 14, 2011 08:27 PM
Dawn said...

Oh, you are a wonderfully bad influence. I was going to make a batch of these with the Kisses next week, but I’m thinking I may have to make some with the Reese’s cups instead. Or in addition to. You can never have too many, right?

December 15, 2011 04:05 AM
Anne said...

So many recipes to choose from… Chocolate Butterscotch Holiday Tree, Gingerbread Cookies, Baked Custard… these recipes are delicious! link to link to

December 15, 2011 11:42 AM
Adelina Priddis said...

mmmm, peanut butter kisses are my absolute favorite! You’rs look so good. I’m gonna have to make the peanut butter cup ones for hubs!

December 15, 2011 02:34 PM
Nicole said...

Peanut butter cookies of any kind are my favorite! :)

December 15, 2011 02:46 PM
Seanna Lea said...

These look wonderful. I need to make something other peanut butter for a party tomorrow (poor people with allergies), but I’ll have to keep this in mind for the weekend. Yum!

December 15, 2011 03:44 PM
m'leigh said...

These look so srumdiddlyumtious. I am going to do them with chocolate rolo’s instead of peanut butter cups. Hope it works.
Erin darrel lea have peanut butter cups in oz.

December 15, 2011 04:09 PM
Margo said...

These look amazing, I need something for a party this weekend so I’m going to try these! Thanks

December 15, 2011 05:16 PM
Casey Kay said...

Those are really great cookies…and really dangerous if there aren’t others to help you eat them… :-)

December 15, 2011 07:29 PM
Grace Vaught said...

Awesome!!!! P.s. Bakerella your site is a FAVE!!!!!! I love it so much, and if you haven’t, would you maybe, possibly, make The Peanuts cake pops, please? Thank you!

December 15, 2011 10:42 PM
Michelle Combs said...

I love baking the Peanut Butter cups cookies but I love using White Chocolate Peanut Butter cups over the milk chocolate ones. You should try it if you’ve never had one.

December 16, 2011 01:28 AM
Michele said...

Peanut Butter Cuppies?! I have never made these. They look ridiculously delicious! And I can never resist Peanut Butter Kisses. When we make them I eat entirely too many. I am SO looking forward to receiving your book for Christmas this year. I know this because I put it in the cart at Target and told my husband to wrap it!

December 16, 2011 05:40 AM
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