Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies

Need a way to use up all that holiday candy in a hurry?  These Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies are a great way to enjoy all that extra holiday candy that you bought and never ate.

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 Do you make resolutions when the new year begins?  I like to make goals to strive for each year.  This year I want to work on my quiet time, exercise regularly, have more “dates” with my kids and more quality time with my hubby, and of course bake a whole lot more.  You knew baking more was going to be on the list, right?

I thought sharing cookies as my first recipe of the year was a great way to start out with my goals.  Did you really think that since the new year had started I was going to help you out with your diet goals?  I wish I could say that was true, but I figure if I’m going to eat the sugar I might as well share the goodness with you.  I’m adding practice moderation in eating to my goal list too, not cut it out completely.  

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We make cookies very regularly around here for school lunches.  It is actually a little bit cheaper to pack a lunch, so my kids brown bag it to school each week.  They do eat very healthy, so I don’t feel bad about sending cookies to school with them.

My two younger ones actually prefer to take a salad in their lunch box instead of a sandwich.  All those years of making sure they ate their veggies as littles paid off for us.  There are not many veggies now that my kids won’t eat.

Since I bought so many bags of holiday Reese’s this year, I had to find a way to use them up, so I don’t munch on them through out the day.   Peanut butter cookies seemed like the perfect way to do that.

This is my go to recipe for peanut butter cookies.  They always turn out so soft and puffy.  The secret ingredient in them makes sure they stay so soft.  Lean in a little closer and I will tell you the secret…cornstarch.  Not that big of a secret, but man does it make a difference in your cookies.  Another reason these cookies are my favorite is because there is no chilling time needed.  Now if you have other things to do around the house, the dough can be chilled.  But the bonus to these cookies is that you can bake the dough as soon as you mix it up.  Gotta love that you can have cookies right away when the craving hits!!!

Soft peanut butter cookies filled with peanut butter candies…definitely worth eating one or two cookies this week.

Bring on the baking!!!

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Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 40 cookies

Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies

These soft peanut butter cookies are full of Reese's candies and chocolate chips.


1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon corn starch
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Reese's pieces
1 1/4 cups chopped Reese's peanut butter cups


  1. Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla, eggs, and peanut butter and cream again. Sift together the salt, baking soda, flour, and cornstarch. Slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips, Reese's pieces, and peanut butter cups by hand.
  2. Drop the cookie dough by Tablespoon onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container. Makes 40 cookies.

More peanut butter treats that our family enjoys:

Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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  1. Vicki F says

    Hi Jocelyn and Happy 2014! First I’d like to say how much I enjoy your posts and your blog – keep up the great work! I’ll be trying these cookies soon. Second, I’d like to bring to your attention a slight problem I’ve had with printing the recipes. As it seems to hold true with other food blogs as well, I thought I would bring it to your attention, in order for you to bring it to the “widget” creators’ attention. What happens is that when I click on “Print” and the new page comes up, upon the actual printing, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch on the right side of the recipe is cut off. Although I go back and fill in by hand what is missing, these really should work correctly, so thought I would mention it and you could pass it along. It’s just an annoyance, but…… Again, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and look forward to each and every post. All the best for the coming year!

    • says

      Well, that’s not good at all. I wonder what the problem is because I haven’t noticed that when I have printed. I will have to print one again and see if it has changed since the last time. Have you tried opening the recipe using a different browser? Maybe that would work better? Thank you so much for reading!!!
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  2. says

    I could eat peanut butter treats every day of my life and I am going to have to make these! You make some great cookie recipes by the way! My kiddos and I just finished off a batch of those oreo, peppermint crunch start-with-a cake-mix cookies you had on your site about a month ago. They were fabulous!!

    I am seriously impressed, by the way that your kids like salad for their lunch. I’m going to have to work on that this year! :)
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  3. says

    Whoa, I can tell how thick those are just from glancing at your photos! Thick, soft, and full of peanut butter? Do you deliver? :) I really appreciate the message about moderation, not cutting it out completely. I find myself eating more if I try to restrict! (not the goal 😉 These look amazing as usual! I have to eat dinner before coming to your blog, or I’ll just want cookies!
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    • says

      These were so thick and puffy…and so delicious! Moderation is definitely key to watching what you eat. I end up eating way too much too if I cut it out completely! LOL now I want cookies again too :-)
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  4. says

    Thanks for not making something healthy. 😉 I wish I knew who these people were who had leftover candy. If there’s candy in my house, I can’t stop myself from eating it. I’d definitely go out and buy candy for these cookies, though. They sound great!
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  5. says

    I’ve done so good with all my snacking this week and I then I get this post in my email and all I want to do is go make cookies! I wish I had Christmas candy lying around. The only thing I have is some Lindor Truffles because I ate all the toblerone in like 2 days. *Face Palm*
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  6. says

    Jocelyn, these cookies look awesome. What a great idea to use up leftover candy too. I have a couple of friends who are obsessed with Reese’s. I can’t wait to share this with them! :)

  7. says

    These cookies look amazing Jocelyn! Totally agree with treats in moderation and treating yourself here and there never hurts :) I have a ton of holiday candy and chocolate leftover and can never say no to a cookie with so much peanut butter yumminess inside :)
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  8. Donna says

    The Peanut Buuter Reese’s Cookies look delicious but as I read the recipe I’m surprised to see corn starch listed as an ingredient, I have never seen that in a cookie before. Do you know why it is used? Just curious…..I do intend to try the recipe!

  9. Crystal says

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I didn’t have corn starch. So I made do without. Kinda scared they weren’t gonna turn out because I absolutely love soft cookies. But surprisingly they did turn out soft. I was happy with the results. Thanks again I will definitely be recommending your recipe.


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