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 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 Fahrenheit and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Sift flour, soda and salt with a wire whisk and set aside.
- Beat butter and peanut butter until combined. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Roll dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls and then roll the balls in more 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 miniature wrappers or directly in the pan.
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.
These were awesome, I used Rolo’s instead of kisses. Just don’t eat until cooled.
Are you sure you want to put an unwrapped mini-reeses into the rolled ball of dough?
Reese’s and Hershey’s aside, the peanut butter cookie recipe is the best I’ve tried. I used half the batter to make regular cookies and they came out picture perfect, soft, and delicious. Thank you for sharing.
When making the cuppies, make certain they have cooled sufficiently before removing them or you will have a mess instead of cookies.
Do you spray the muffin tin first?
I’ve made these years. I like to use Brachs chocolate stars when I can find them. A family favorite.
How long do you bake the Sugar Cookies with the mini-Reece’s in the center and what temp?
An even easier way is buy the Pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough in the roll and us it for the cookie part.
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.
We loved your recipe so much that we shared it with our community. I hope you don’t mind :) .http://recipesharingcommunity.blogspot.ca/2013/05/reeses-peanut-butter-cookie-bites.html
Does anyone know how many PBS cuppies this recipe makes? Can it be doubled?
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.
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!! :)
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?
No christmas is complete with a hershey’s PB cookie!!
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.
These are so yummmy… And this recipe makes 3 dozen cookies! It was very helpful for the holidays
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!
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 :)
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.
I saw this last night and my grandma and i made them first thing this morning. They turned out great!
Can I substitute the peanut butter for nutella????????
Please answer soon!!
Can I leave out the peanut butter because I’m allergic to nuts?
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.
I’ve got a question.
You use a cup, is it 250 milliliters like a normal glass?
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.
you are amazing!
I did these with my mom, we used peanut butter cups, but no muffin tin we just made cookies and pressed them in.
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!
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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!
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 :)
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!
Peanut Butter Blossoms are a favorite in our house for Christmas.
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!
These look great! Dark chocolate and peanut butter are definitely the way to win my heart!
I FORGOT TO SAY……… MY BATCH MADE 24 COOKIES FOLLOWING YOUR RECIPE! THANX AGAIN! :)
OMG!! SUCH YUMMY COOKIES!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I LOVE THEM! FIRST TIME MAKING COOKIES FROM “SCRATCH” & NOW I WILL NEVER EVER BUY A “PRE” MADE MIX EVER AGAIN! THANK YOU AGAIN AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
OOOOH they look soooo yummy!!
Wow your site is amazing. So inspired! Thank you for sharing your creations :)
wow….. those look SOOO GOOD!~
Reeses are the best – Now I have to go bake some of these treasures too…thanks for the ideas! Love your site! :)
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!
Made them and they are fantastic.. Thank you for sharing!
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!!!!
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!
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!
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!
Can you make these cookies with your 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie dough?
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!
It’s been awhile since I’ve had these. Love them!
I made them and they were delicious! I use kisses mnmnmmnm yummy! I love this recipe!
These look SO yummy! I miss peanut butter cups and these look divine.
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?
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”
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! :)
These are such classics! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
You never fail to incite instant cravings in me, Angie. These look absolutely scrumdilious, and I need to make them. Thanks for sharing!
MMMM. a fantastic christmas staple. i just linked to this recipe on my blog and plan to make them this weekend.
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
wowww I REALLY have to try these ones!
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!
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.
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!
Those are really great cookies…and really dangerous if there aren’t others to help you eat them… :-)
These look amazing, I need something for a party this weekend so I’m going to try these! Thanks
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.
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!
Peanut butter cookies of any kind are my favorite! :)
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!
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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?
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!
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!
Same comment as Heather. Mineare crumbling like crazy when I try to get them out of the muffin pan. Any suggestions?
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
So good! The dough was a little crumbly but they turned out to be amazing!
Scrumptious! I so love Reese’s cups and they love my hips. But oh well…these cookies are a must try!
First time visitor to the site and, from the looks of this post, I’ll be back.
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 ?
Whenever my Mom and I make cookies in muffin tins with Reese’s candies, we use chocolate chip cookie dough.
These are my favorite!
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! :)
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!
i made these last night and they were amazing! <3
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 :)
Thank you! I’m FINALLY in the mood to do some holiday baking.
Well done, Bakerella, well done. Now to experiment with other kinds of kisses!
Oh my goodness!!! These look absolutely amazing! I love you bakerella!! Hehe! Am totally making these as little Christmas gifts/treats!
I NEED TO MAKE THESE! THEY LOOK SOOOOOOOOOOOO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!! 0;)
Amazing! This must taste heavenly!
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!
those look amazing – can’t wait to try them!
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)!
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!
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!!!
You just gave me de easiest way to handle with the Christmas cookies besides quite delicious and good looking. A big thanks for that.
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You are so right Bakerella..these are an ever delicious treat! Love the photos :o)
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!
These are so fab! Im such a Reeses fanatic!
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! :)
Thanks Michelle, in that case I’ll be baking these as soon as I get my hands on the cuppies!!
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 (:
yum!!! I just made spritz cookies with my mom and little brother over the weekend yum!
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 :)
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
Sorry but you HAVE to use Brach’s milk chocolate stars!
:P these are yumi!
As if I didn’t already make enough cookies over the weekend, I might just have to add these to make this year.
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. :)
Oh I will have to make these for the holidays. I love the Rolos idea from Rebecca.
Now that’s the definition of yummy!
Love these! An all-time favorite around here. I usually make them for Halloween as witches hats. Happy Holidays!
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? http://probablytabitha.com/2010/12/15/christmas-cookies/ (Uh, please disregard the crap quality of my photos.)
These cookies are classic must make cookies in my home at Christmas. My boys (ages 28-36) always ask for these first!
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!
DONT FORGET YOU CAN ADD ROLOS TOO
Those look yummy.
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.. :)
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!
YUM!!!! i would have never thought of the Reese’s in a cookie. that’s why you are here :)
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.
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!
Hi These look fantastic, as does everything else. If you put the cups in without unwrapping them, when do you unwrap them?
YUM! ur awesome
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!
Oh chocolatey goodness….
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!
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! :)
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!
love this classic favorites!
I love these cookies! I might have to add them to the Christmas cookie rotation this year!
I made these last christmas, they harden quickly. I’ll try your recipes this year!
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!
Just what I need first thing in the morning, a chocolate craving :) Such a holiday classic. They look so pretty and delicious!
yum yum yum yum yum is all i can say right now !
We call those thumbprint cookies in Canada! Love them!
I gave up sweets for the Holidays, so these are evil in my opinion ;)
Cookies filled with candy never get old!
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!
These look so yummy!!
Yummy, I think this will be all I will make for Christmas this year. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, thanks Bakerella!!!
We make the peanut butter kisses every year. It’s one of the most requested Christmas cookies at our house.
@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.
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!
Awww love these!! Little kisses make everything better :)
I’ve never thought to use the dark kisses! Awesome!
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!
WOW! these are so creative and look really yummy.am gonna have to try this
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!!!!
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.
Looks just delicious! :-)
i love this! i will be making this! @bakerella, going to put up any SF booking signing pics up?
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.
@Erin Maree, u can find Reese almost anywhere now. Even the Reject Shop. But Costco is the way to go.
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 :)
These are an all-time favorite.
**Live in Australia! Though I do like it :)
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!) :)
Peanut Butter Blossoms are my favorite!