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.


aida sofia said...

wowww I REALLY have to try these ones!

December 16, 2011 12:33 PM
xhiao said...

dear miss blogger, i hate you for making me hungry. hahaha. take that as a compliment. anyway, your pastry, cupcake, cookies, other stuffs and lot’s of goodies are not just GOODies. they are BESTies. :P

December 16, 2011 07:08 PM
Heidi said...

MMMM. a fantastic christmas staple. i just linked to this recipe on my blog and plan to make them this weekend.

December 16, 2011 08:14 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

You never fail to incite instant cravings in me, Angie. These look absolutely scrumdilious, and I need to make them. Thanks for sharing!

December 16, 2011 11:55 PM
TheChangingHouse said...

These are such classics! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

December 17, 2011 12:01 PM
Sarah said...

I have made these and they are FANTASTIC!
Can’t believe how simple yet yummy they are, only problem is that they need to be eaten straight from the oven! I will have to bake smaller batches! :)

December 17, 2011 12:25 PM
Niteowl Nancy said...

I just made these and they are fantastic! The recipe yielded about 4 dozen 1-inch balls, so I made 2 dozen with kisses and 2 dozen with peanut butter cups. The 1-inch size balls worked out great with the kisses, but the balls definitely need to be bigger to use in my mini-muffin pan with the peanut butter cups. What was that you said? “Guess I’ll just have to make them again. Darn”

December 17, 2011 02:45 PM
Josee said...

I am in the way of making them.. But how about making them in advance and freeze them? Do you think it would still be as good?

December 17, 2011 03:47 PM
Jodi said...

These look SO yummy! I miss peanut butter cups and these look divine.

December 18, 2011 02:06 PM
sara said...

I made them and they were delicious! I use kisses mnmnmmnm yummy! I love this recipe!

December 18, 2011 02:15 PM
The Teacher Cooks said...

It’s been awhile since I’ve had these. Love them!

December 18, 2011 04:10 PM
Debbie R. said...

The peanut butter blossoms are one of my favorites! Made my version last night. I also wrapped the cookie dough around a mini-snicker bar….yummers! I need to try the peanut butter cup ones, those look great too!

December 18, 2011 06:31 PM
Tammy Stamps said...

Can you make these cookies with your 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie dough?

December 19, 2011 11:55 AM
PYR said...

Made these today, the mini cupcake version for a Hanukkah party that I am hosting tomorrow night. I ran out of PB cups in the middle so I substituted M&Ms. Yuuuuuuuummmmm! Thanks for the inspiration!

December 19, 2011 01:41 PM
ali ackerman said...

I made the peanut butter cuppies for a “cookie baking day” with some friends. The recipe made EXACTLY 36 cookies using a 1T cookie scoop. They perfectly fit in the mini muffin cups and there were the perfect amount of peanut butter cups in the bag.

I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful these cookies were. One of my friends has a son who has a nut allergy, so she was really jonesing for some peanut buttery goodness and this fit the bill perfectly. Thanks so much for this recipe – it is a new favorite!

December 20, 2011 06:38 PM
Kristin said...

These are awesome! Made them using the dark chocolate kisses & they were perfect. I ended up making 2 batches b/c we ate the first so fast!

December 20, 2011 08:16 PM
Denise said...

Thanks so much for this idea!! I made the cuppies today and they are gone!! My family loved them! I am going to make more for xmas and also the kiss cookies. Fantastic!!!!

December 20, 2011 11:58 PM
Andrea said...

Made them and they are fantastic.. Thank you for sharing!

December 21, 2011 01:37 AM
stephanie said...

I love these peanut butter cookies! been making them since the 90′s! They are so delicious!!!! Its my signatur cookie at all the pot lucks!

December 21, 2011 09:38 AM
Bonita said...

Reeses are the best – Now I have to go bake some of these treasures too…thanks for the ideas! Love your site! :)

December 21, 2011 11:04 AM
Yumi said...

wow….. those look SOOO GOOD!~

December 21, 2011 11:51 AM
Jennifer said...

Wow your site is amazing. So inspired! Thank you for sharing your creations :)

December 21, 2011 07:25 PM
Lesley said...

OOOOH they look soooo yummy!!

December 21, 2011 07:27 PM
EMZ said...


December 23, 2011 03:27 AM
EMZ said...


December 23, 2011 03:28 AM
Alyssa said...

These look great! Dark chocolate and peanut butter are definitely the way to win my heart!

December 23, 2011 12:06 PM
Maria said...

my daughter Audrey & I LOVED this recipe! Audrey helped with sugar coating the cookies and adding the peanut butter center! Thank you Bakerella!

PS, it was nice to see the two of us in your SF pics. It was very nice to meet you! Hope to see you on the west coast again!

December 23, 2011 04:57 PM
Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} said...

Peanut Butter Blossoms are a favorite in our house for Christmas.
Happy holidays!

December 24, 2011 08:00 AM
Mocha Chocolate Candy Recipes said...

These cookies are such classics. I love all the varieties you did with them. I like making them with the “hugs” kisses, the ones with the white and milk chocolate swirled together. I really want to make these right now!

December 28, 2011 11:36 PM
Christina said...

I made the version with the chocolate kisses…and they turned out SO perfectly! The cookies have stayed soft and chewy over the past few days and the kisses have hardened just enough.
Great recipe and I’m definitely making them again soon :)

January 2, 2012 06:34 PM
Christy said...

Fantastic! I had the same idea for Christmas cookies, but somehow all my kisses and reeses melted :( Nonetheless there are NONE left now – just because it’s not pretty doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty! I LOVE you’re website and have made cupcake, sesame street, turkey, reindeer, santa hats, and christmas tree cake pops! Thanks a million!

January 3, 2012 08:58 PM
C Forde said...

Question..How can I create my own tags. I want them to be more personalized.

January 9, 2012 03:06 PM
Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for shareing the details of your year! I was a dialysis nurse for 6 months before I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. I loved my patients and worried about them. Dialysis is a difficult way to stay alive but so many people do it like you did gracefully,with some humor, and lots of hope. Love your cake pops! Keep up the good work and inspireing the rest of us that wake up and wonder “What can i bake today?”
May the new year bless you with good health,love,joy and happiness!
Take care,

January 12, 2012 03:34 AM
Heather said...

Sorry, but it’s just SOOO WRONG not to put the kisses on (after about 7 min baking time) and put them BACK in the oven for 1-2 minutes. This is an absolute MUST. The kisses get a glossy sheen, and soften ever so slightly, but still firm enough to hold their shape. These cookies are horrible unless they go back in the oven for a couple minutes after being “kissed”.

I’ve been making these with my mom my entire life, and the recipe has been passed down 3 generations of my family. Trust me, do not skip this step!

January 24, 2012 11:06 PM
Kya said...

I did these with my mom, we used peanut butter cups, but no muffin tin we just made cookies and pressed them in.

February 4, 2012 04:49 PM
Agata said...

you are amazing!

February 9, 2012 03:52 PM
Lindsay said...

I made some of these today to take into work as my post holiday goodies (my baggage allowance didn’t allow for all that much!) I made 36 balls, but only had a small 16 bag of Reese’s, so used a regular chocolate drop on the others.

February 12, 2012 05:39 PM
Agata said...

I’ve got a question.
You use a cup, is it 250 milliliters like a normal glass?

February 22, 2012 09:07 AM
Julie said...

Oh these look amazing – I LOVE Reece’s cups but have to say I really dont like Hershey’s chocolate kisses. Interested in more Reece’s recipes altho they are very expensive to buy in the UK.

April 14, 2012 05:02 PM
Paola said...

Can I leave out the peanut butter because I’m allergic to nuts?

July 5, 2012 12:16 AM
Gabrielle said...


July 25, 2012 10:25 PM
Symone said...

Can I substitute the peanut butter for nutella????????
Please answer soon!!

July 31, 2012 05:01 PM
Morgan said...

I saw this last night and my grandma and i made them first thing this morning. They turned out great!

October 14, 2012 11:49 AM
easy snack recipes said...

I’ve always wanted to surprise my little cousins with something familiar yet different and I’m glad I made this for them. Now I think they love me ‘extra’…well so they say. Fantastic easy-to-make cookies.

October 15, 2012 02:03 AM
Jessica Daniels said...

I’ve made the Reese’s cookies before and they’re DELICIOUS. The way that I learned to do it is slightly different. Instead of forming a cup out of the dough, you just fill the cup with dough (not quite all the way to the top) and bake. While they’re baking, unwrap your peanut butter cups. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, the cookie soft enough that you can just press the peanut butter cup into the top of the cookie :) Yum! Same result, just different way :)

November 4, 2012 07:26 PM
Stacy said...

Thanks for the Reese’s idea! I just made these and they are delicious. Found your recipe on pinterest and will definitely pass it along!

November 8, 2012 04:39 PM
Jakki said...

These are so yummmy… And this recipe makes 3 dozen cookies! It was very helpful for the holidays

November 22, 2012 06:02 AM
ladyfish said...

Always wanted to make the pb reese’s cup version of pb blossoms. I attempted today and I used a mini silicone tray on a cookie sheet. I did half with reese’s cups and half with rolo’s. It took about 14-15 mins to cook and I am not sure if it was my oven or if the silicone but it did take longer. Once removed, I was unable to remove without them crumbling into a heap of goodness. So I waited for about an hour and they removed without any problem. Bottom line, let them cool completely if using silicone. Thanks for the recipe and fabulous pictures.

December 11, 2012 12:37 PM
Denise & Laura said...

No christmas is complete with a hershey’s PB cookie!!

December 23, 2012 07:16 PM
Christy said...

I made these exactly per instructions and had to add a full 5 minutes of baking time to get them done. Even then, it was hard to tell if they were underbaked. Any ideas what I did wrong?

January 10, 2013 06:03 PM
Leah said...

Just tried the peanut butter cup cookies, and they are incredible!! I definitely didn’t need to learn about this recipe, but I’m so glad I did!! :)

February 1, 2013 11:38 PM
CherieJoy said...

Erin maree, I know it’s been a long time but did you ever find the peanut butter cups? There is a website (and app) called grocery run that has them. If you live in Sydnet there is limitless shop at the entrance to the tunnel at central station that has them.

April 20, 2013 05:48 AM
Brooke said...

Does anyone know how many PBS cuppies this recipe makes? Can it be doubled?

May 14, 2013 08:46 PM
Brad S said...

We loved your recipe so much that we shared it with our community. I hope you don’t mind :) .

May 23, 2013 04:13 PM
Cherie said...

Erin Maree, if you are in Sydney they have them in the little shop at the start of the tunnel into central station. Near George st. Or there is website called Grocery Run that has them. Good luck.

June 20, 2013 05:29 AM
Joette Hoke said...

An even easier way is buy the Pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough in the roll and us it for the cookie part.

October 12, 2013 11:50 AM
Anita said...

How long do you bake the Sugar Cookies with the mini-Reece’s in the center and what temp?

February 7, 2015 11:31 AM
Peggy said...

I’ve made these years. I like to use Brachs chocolate stars when I can find them. A family favorite.

November 23, 2015 07:29 PM
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