Reese’s Pieces® Peanut Butter Cookies are loaded with peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and Reese’s pieces candy…a peanut butter lover’s dream! These cookies have an ooey-gooey center that you are going to love. For another delicious peanut butter cookie recipe, be sure to try my Fluffernutter Cookies!
Reese’s Pieces® Peanut Butter Cookies
As you can probably tell, I did not skimp on the peanut butter flavor in these cookies. They are the ultimate peanut butter cookie. There is peanut butter in the dough, as well as peanut butter chips, and two whole cups of Reese’s pieces! These cookies are so gooey in the center and perfectly crisp on the outside. Be sure to make these along with a few of my other cookie recipes and put together a Christmas dessert charcuterie board!
Reese’s Pieces: As mentioned above, I added two cups of Reese’s pieces to these cookies. They add additional peanut butter flavor to these cookies, as well as give a little extra crunch from their candy coating.
Peanut Butter: I chose creamy peanut butter for this recipe, but you could substitute with chunky peanut butter if desired.
Baking Chips: I used peanut butter chips in this recipe for extra peanut butter flavor. You could even add in your favorite chocolate chips to this recipe too!
Room Temperature Ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients (specifically butter and eggs) will help you get the best results when baking these cookies (and other recipes that call for room temperature ingredients). Butter is at room temperature at 65°F. Don’t put it in the microwave to soften it; simply cut it up into small pieces and let it sit out if you forgot to take it out of the refrigerator.
Chilling the Dough
I tested these cookies both with and without chilling the dough. Ultimately, I determined that the chill time for the dough is an important step. By chilling the dough, the cookies baked more evenly and spread out less. Chilling the dough helped to achieve the crispy outside and the soft gooey center that I wanted.
Can I Make the Cookie Dough Ahead of Time?
Sure! If you don’t want to bake the cookies right away, simply make the dough and freeze it. To freeze the dough, scoop out the balls of dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. (Like in the picture above.) Next, place the dough balls into the freezer to become solid (an hour or two). Finally, store the balls of dough in freezer-safe zipper bags until you are ready to bake. Don’t forget to label and date. You can bake them right from frozen; just add a couple of minutes to the baking time.
How to Store Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
These cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. These cookies can also be stored in the freezer for up to six weeks. Be sure to use a freezer-safe container that is labeled and dated.
Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks / 227 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1½ cups (300 g) light brown sugar, packed
- ½ cup (129 g) creamy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup (240 g) peanut butter chips
- 2 cups (376 g) Reese's pieces
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- To the bowl of a stand mixer* fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Beat on medium-high speed until light and creamy (about 3-5 minutes).
- Add the vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix on low until just combined.
- Fold in the peanut butter chips and Reese's pieces.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Near the end of the chill time, preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Using a ¼ cup cookie scoop or measuring cup, scoop the dough out onto the prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Using your hands or the bottom of a glass, slightly flatten each ball of dough. (These cookies don't spread.)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are set and the tops are golden brown. The center of these cookies will be gooey, but they will continue to bake out of the oven.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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I can’t wait to make these. I wanted to use chocolate chips instead of peanut butter. What can I substitute for the peanut butter? My daughter is allergic to peanuts
Thank you Cyndi
Hi Cyndi – this recipe is all about the peanut butter. I would recommend making something else if you have an allergy to think about.
Wow, Amanda….you are a star!! All those magazines…and, Food Network!!! All I can say is congratulations…your hard work has really paid off. I love all your recipes and these cookies will be a big hit…my granddaughters love the peanut M&M’s !! So I better get baking! Christmas cookies have not even begun. I need to find someone who bakes and sells them. With my MS it is very hard to stand for very long. That’s o.k. we’ll get ‘er done!!!
Thanks for all your hard work Amanda. Have a blessed Christmas if I don’t talk to you again.
Any luck finding a recipe for a graham cracker cream pie?
These were fabulous! Sent husband to the store and he forgot the Reese’s pieces peanut butter candies so I used regular M&M candies and added a few (about 1/2 cup) chocolate chips in with the cup of peanut butter chips and they were delicious. Already went back to the store for Reese’s pieces for next time as I will be making these again!
I made these for my son’s job. They were a big hit. I sent about four different kinds of cookies and my son said this were the first ones that disappeared. The only thing I changed was I added mini Reese peanut butter cups. Thanks for great recipes. I’m making more of your cookie recipes for gift boxes this weekend. 🙂 HAPPY HOLIDAY 🎅🏼
Merry Christmas!! I have these in my oven now, second time I’ve made them big hit with the family. Thank you for sharing 😋
Amanda love ❤️ your recipes thanks 🙏🏽 for sharing these with everyone every time I see your page with the recipe you are giving us it’s food I eat and like 👍🏼
Like to learn new things. Cornstarch is an unusual ingredient for cookies. What does it do for the cookie? Thanks.
I’ve been told it keeps cookies and cakes soft and moist….