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October 26, 2015

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

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These rich Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies, studded with everyone’s favorite orange, black and yellow Reese’s Pieces candies, make the ultimate Halloween cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies will be well-loved in any household whose inhabitants love peanut butter and chocolate.

Rich peanut butter cookies, studded with Reese's Pieces candies, are the ultimate Halloween cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these sweets will be well-loved in any household whose inhabitants love peanut butter and chocolate.

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If there was peanut butter in the house when I was a kid–and there was always peanut butter in the house when I was a kid–you could rest assured that I’d be eating it by the spoonful.

While I absolutely adored sweets and still do, there was something delightful about peanut butter that made it the ultimate quick snack.

And if there were chocolate chips in the pantry? That spoonful of peanut butter would be topped with them.

Because the combination of peanut butter and chocolate was and still is a major weakness of mine.

Rich peanut butter cookies, studded with Reese's Pieces candies, are the ultimate Halloween cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these sweets will be well-loved in any household whose inhabitants love peanut butter and chocolate.

A few weeks back, I was thinking about how we inevitably have a ton of Halloween candy leftover in our home after the trick-or-treaters call it a night. And since I only purchase candy I adore to hand out, I find myself nibbling on the leftovers throughout the coming months.

Last year, we had a ton of Reese’s Pieces after the fact, and I knew they’d make for some delightful cookies.

But instead of just making a sugar cookie to throw them in, I decided that a peanut butter cookie base would be waaaaaaaaaaay better. Because, again, peanut butter + chocolate = ridiculously delicious and oh-so-tempting.

Rich peanut butter cookies, studded with Reese's Pieces candies, are the ultimate Halloween cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these sweets will be well-loved in any household whose inhabitants love peanut butter and chocolate.

Unsurprisingly, the peanut butter cookies turned out beautifully. They’re dense, but they don’t need to be washed down with a glass of milk (unless, of course, you want. Then you should totally do that!) The Reese’s Pieces melt just slightly inside the cookies. And they’re soft on the inside when you bite into them, which is the best thing about a homebaked cookie, in my opinion.

Unsurprisingly, I’m totally purchasing Reese’s Pieces to hand out to the kids this Halloween so I can make these again with the leftovers. Because that’s how I roll.

Rich peanut butter cookies, studded with Reese's Pieces candies, are the ultimate Halloween cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these sweets will be well-loved in any household whose inhabitants love peanut butter and chocolate.

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Interested in more peanut butter desserts? Try Vegan Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies, No Churn Peanut Butter Pecan Chip Ice Cream, Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies and Vegan Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Just interested in these beauties?

Scroll on down to learn how I baked them…

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: 36 cookies

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

These rich Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies, studded with everyone's favorite orange, black and yellow Reese's Pieces candies, make the ultimate Halloween cookie. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies will be well-loved in any household whose inhabitants love peanut butter and chocolate.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 2 additional tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups Reese's Pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, and set aside.
  2. In a large glass bowl, cream the peanut butter, applesauce and sugars together with a hand mixer, blending until smooth.
  3. Crack the eggs, then pour them into the batter. Add the vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, then slowly add them to the batter, using the mixer on a low speed until the batter starts to come together. Beat on a higher speed until smooth and combined.
  5. Sprinkle in the Reese's Pieces, and fold into the batter using a rubber spatula.
  6. Dollop the batter on the prepared baking sheet using a tablespoon (or a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop.) Space 1/2" apart so the cookies can spread. Press the cookies down with the palm of your hand, then place a few additional Reese's Pieces on to the tops of the cookies.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set, and remove from the oven.
  8. Cool on a wire cooling rack, and then enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from my M&M Cookie recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36 cookies

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 138 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 119mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Are you a peanut butter and chocolate fan, too?

What do you like to do with your leftover Halloween candy?

16 Comments

  1. Abby

    I love to bake with leftover Halloween candy, too! These look so good! Reese’s, in whole or piece form, are totally my weakness.

    • Erin

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who repurposes her candy for cookies! And I feel you — Reese’s are my FAVORITE. So, so, so ridiculously good!

  2. Rachel

    These sounds and look SO good!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Rachel! They’re pretty darn tasty!

  3. Elise

    My husband’s favorite candy is Reese’s Pieces – I bet he would LOVE these cookies!!! 🙂

    • Erin

      I think you should TOTALLY surprise him with some of these cookies! <3

  4. Lauren

    Reese’s Pieces in peanut butter cookies are my ultimate weakness! I can’t wait to make them!

    • Erin

      Please do, and let me know what you think! So happy I’m not the only person who has a weakness for peanut butter and chocolate desserts!

  5. Skye

    If I bought Reese’s Pieces to hand out, I’m not sure they would make it to Halloween! I used to get RPs in blizzards at Dairy Queen and it was the best. These cookies do look good, although since I don’t like chocolate I’d make them with white chocolate chips.

    • Erin

      I ran into that problem last Halloween, except it was the York Peppermint Patties that did me in! They’re just SO GOOD. Ugh. As are the Reese’s Pieces.

      I love that you used to get them in blizzards. I’ve never tried that combo before, and I clearly need to fix that on our next road trip! And there’s not too much chocolate here — just the chocolate coating the Reese’s Pieces — so hopefully, they’ll be good for you, too!

  6. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    Ooh it’s like peanut butter squared! I only discovered Reese’s Pieces on my trip to the US this month! Luckily I brought a big bag home with me and now I can enjoy them in these delicious cookies! I can’t wait to make them!

    • Erin

      ALL the peanut butter for the win!!! I love that you recently discovered Reese’s Pieces and that you brought home a bag for yourself. Smart move, lady! When you make these, let me know what you think!

  7. Madison | Wetherills Say I Do

    These look incredible and the perfect postpartum treat!

    • Erin

      I think they’d be a FANTASTIC postpartum treat, lady! Also? You could (probably!) do half the flour and half oatmeal to help with milk production and call them lactation cookies. 😉 If you need an excuse for that, haha.

  8. Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

    I’m such a sucker for anything reeses and anything in the form of a cookie. You’ve got me on both accounts! I’ll have to add these to my holiday baking list.

    • Erin

      I’m a sucker for both of them, too, so yeaaaaaaah. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we did!

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