Our Reese's Pieces Cookies are soft and chewy and loaded with plenty of chocolate and candies. They have the best chocolate and peanut butter flavor and are the perfect treat for peanut butter lovers.
Love peanut butter? Add these Reeses peanut butter bars and this peanut butter puppy chow to your must try list.
Soft peanut butter cookies loaded with candy definitely need to be on your baking plans this week. These Reese's Pieces cookies go to a whole new level when you add candies and chocolate chips to the dough.
This is my go to recipe for peanut butter cookies because they always turn out so soft, puffy, and delicious. They have a secret ingredient in them that makes sure they stay soft for days.
Our kids always go wild and devour the entire batch of Reese's cookies in just a few days whenever I make them. The combo of flavors and textures makes them irresistible!
Why You Will Love These Peanut Butter Cookies
- Easy to make. The cookie dough comes together in minutes with just one bowl.
- No chilling needed! You can bake the cookies as soon as you make the dough.
- Soft and crunchy. The crunchiness of the candy shell and the softness of the cookie makes a satisfying texture that people can't resist.
- Loaded with chocolate and candy. Adding plenty of chocolate chips and Reese's Pieces to the cookie dough means each bite is loaded with goodness.
If you love peanut butter and Reese's Pieces candies, you need to make this cookie recipe right away.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this Reese's Pieces cookie recipe in no time at all. The best part is there is no chilling time needed, so you can bake right away.
- Butter - Softened unsalted butter creates a smooth and creamy dough texture that helps the cookies bake up puffy. Another plus to using softened butter instead of melted butter is that you do not have to chill the dough.
- Sugar - A mixture of granulated sugar and brown sugar sweetens the dough and makes the cookies soft.
- Peanut Butter - Our favorite peanut butter to use in recipes is creamy JIF. Other brands are fine, but I do not recommend a natural or oily peanut butter. If you like nuts, try using a crunchy peanut butter.
- Flour - All purpose flour is used to thicken the dough and add structure. See our tips on how to measure flour.
- Cornstarch - Adding just a little to cookie dough helps them to bake up thicker and to stay soft longer.
- Mix-Ins - A mixture of Reese's Pieces and chocolate chips truly make these the best. Feel free to use peanut butter chips for more peanut butter goodness.
BruCrew Tip: Have extra Reese's Pieces? Make these peanut butter cookie bars or this peanut butter pie.
How to make Reese's Pieces Cookies
These Reese's Pieces peanut butter cookies are so easy to make. Mix the dough, scoop into balls, and bake. In less than 30 minutes, you can have a batch of warm, gooey cookies that are sure to please everyone in your house.
- Make the cookie dough. Beat the room temperature butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and creamy. Add the vanilla extract, eggs, and creamy peanut butter and mix again. Slowly add the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms.
- Add the mix-ins. Gently stir the chocolate chips and Reese's candies into the dough. Save some of the candy for the tops.
- Scoop dough balls. Use a cookie dough scoop to evenly divide the batter into 36 even dough balls.
- Bake and chill. Place 12 balls at a time on a baking sheet and bake. Let the cookies rest on the hot cookie sheet for a few minutes, then gently remove and place on a wire rack. Press extra candies and chocolate chips into the tops of the hot cookies.
On the Counter - Store the cooled cookies in a tightly sealed container on the counter for 4-5 days.
In the Freezer - You can also freeze the cookies in a freezer safe bag or container for 1-2 months. Thaw on the counter for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Measure the ingredients properly. One of the biggest reasons recipes do not turn out is because of improper measuring.
- Save some mix-ins for the tops. Pressing extra candies and chips into the tops of the cookies after baking makes the peanut butter Reese's Pieces cookies look like they came from a bakery.
- Add more peanut butter flavor. Use a mixture of Reese's Pieces, mini peanut butter cups, and peanut butter chips for more peanut butter love.
- Change up the mix-ins. You can change up the recipe by adding other ingredients, such as other candies or chopped nuts, to create different flavor combinations.
- Keep the cookies soft. Add a slice of white bread to the cookie container to keep the cookies soft and chewy.
Yes, you can make the cookie dough ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Let it come to room temperature and bake as directed.
You can also freeze the dough for future cookie baking days. Flash freeze the dough balls, then place in a freezer safe bag. To bake, remove from the freezer and let sit at room temperature while the oven is preheating.
Yes, these cookies freeze very well. Make sure to store them in a freezer safe container to keep them from getting freezer burned.
Using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop this recipe makes around 36 cookies.
More Recipes with Reese's Pieces
- Reeses Ice Cream Cake
- Reese's Popcorn
- Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
- Reese's Marshmallow Blondies
- Oreo Reese's Brownie
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*The post for peanut butter Reese's cookies was first published January 2014. The photos and post were updated and republished April 2023.
I just wanted to ask if I could put these in the frig for about an hour before backing?For some reason I got it in my head that all cookies will be flat if not chilled first ugh!Last Christmas I ask about your Cherry chocolate chip and they turned out perfect.Thanks
You can refrigerate the dough if you have other things to do, but this one really doesn't need any chill time. They bake up nice and puffy without any chilling time!! I hope you enjoy this recipe too!!!
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.
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!
Thanks for stopping by Donna. The cornstarch is actually used to keep the cookies really soft. I hope you enjoy the cookies 🙂
That's so great that your kids enjoy eating healthy! These cookies look so yummy - I'm a sucker for soft cookies and throw in some Reeses, these are speaking my language! 🙂
My husband would LOVE these...Reese's Pieces are his FAVE! Yummy!
Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
There is noooo such thing as too much peanut butter or Reese's! Love these overload cookies, Jocelyn! I don't think I'll ever want a plain PB cookie again!
Overloaded peanut butter cookies is definitely way better than a plain one! I just can't seem to do plain desserts!
Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking
I made some chocolate cookies with Reese's pieces and now I crave some of yours! They look so soft and packed with the colorful peanut butter candy! Yum!!!
Oh, I can just imagine how good a chocolate cookie with Reese's would be! Well, now I'm craving cookies again 😉
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 🙂
I can never say no to a soft peanut butter cookie either! Moderation is definitely key here!!!
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! 🙂
I think you need to make cookies for your friends for sure! They are going to go nuts for these!!!
This is a great cookie! My kids would love it in their lunches for sure!
Thank you Nancy!!!
Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat
I LOVE Reese's Pieces!! My mom loves Reese's peanut butter cups. I definitely have to make these for both of us for our next mom/daughter road trip!
That sounds like the perfect addition to your next road trip!!!!
Forget what I said about eating healthier…that's just gone out the window after laying eyes on these thick, delicious cookies! Oh my. 🙂
Yeah, these cookies will do that too you! Sorry 🙂 (not really though)
yum. darn you--i think i need these now because well i'm craving cookies and 7 months pregnant!
I think you need cookies like yesterday! How are you doing????