A good peanut butter cookie is hard to beat. The subtle saltiness in flavor that is balanced so elegantly with the sugar is a flavor combination that is matched by a few. This is why these Reese’s peanut Butter Cookies are something you are going to want to bake at the earliest opportunity.
It has taken the traditional peanut butter cookie and enhanced it by adding some of the Reese’s chocolates and different textures. The cookies are still golden in color and chewy in texture but they taste amazing. You are going to want to whip up a batch of these cookies for your family and friends. Perfect for any Peanut Butter fan.
Why do we love these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies?
We love how easy these cookies are to make. You can have them prepared in minutes by combining your dry ingredients separately with your wet ingredients and then mixing everything together. They bake really quickly and have the perfect taste and texture.
Peanut butter is something that works so well in a cookie. The creaminess and salty flavor work super well with the sugar and vanilla extract. Ideal if you have a sweet tooth but they are also the ultimate cookie to enjoy if you don’t like overly sweet things because it has a great balance with the peanut flavor. This cookie is hard to beat.
Ingredients – What you need for the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies
Flour is a key ingredient for most cookie recipes. It will provide the base and structure for the cookie dough. We like to use all-purpose flour in our cookie recipes as we find it gives the best results and you will need 2 cups for this peanut butter cookie recipe. When measuring the flour use a spoon and sift it before adding it to your cookie mixture.
Baking soda is such an important element to add to the flour mixture. It helps with the rising and the overall shape of the cookie. You only need 1 tsp for this recipe.
Baking powder is also a key ingredient and will help with the structure of the cookie when it is baked. You will need 1 tsp for these cookies.
Because you are using unsalted butter this is where you can control the flavor. You will only need 1/2 teaspoon.
For this recipe, we will be using brown sugar and granulated white sugar. The brown sugar will help to give that chewy texture we know and love when it comes to cookies. You need 1 cup of it and it will produce incredible chewy cookies and a lovely golden color. The granulated white sugar will help to add sweetness to these cookies. You need 3/4 cup of granulated sugar for this recipe.
Smooth peanut butter
This is what will help enhance the flavors of the cookie dough. A creamy peanut butter, which can be your chosen brand, needs to be smooth in texture to help create the most delicious chewy peanut butter cookies. You need 1 cup of smooth peanut butter for these cookies.
For this recipe, you need 1 cup of butter that is softened at room temperature. We like to use unsalted butter for most of the cookie recipes we share as it helps you to control the flavor. If your butter is too hard, leave it on the counter so it softens. Just be mindful that you don’t want melted butter.
Two large egg is the perfect addition to get the dough’s texture just right and to bind all of those lovely ingredients together. The egg yolk also helps with that chewy texture and golden color of the cookies.
You can’t go wrong with the vanilla flavor when it comes to these delicious cookies and it works so well with the peanut butter flavors. You will need 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla for this cookie recipe.
The Fun Part
Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter lovers will be huge fans of the Reese’s range and these cookies will be right up their street. You need 1 cup of Reese’s cups for this recipe cut in half. You might also want to save some for the topping.
The crunchy Reese’s pieces are a great addition to the cookie dough. You will need 2 cups for this recipe.
Milk Chocolate Chips
Lastly, adding some extra chocolate won’t be unappreciated. 1 cup of milk chocolate chips will be just enough.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you store these cookies?
It is best to store them at room temperature in an airtight container. They will last up to a week but we can’t see them lasting that long.
Can you use natural peanut butter in this recipe?
While we have said to stick with your favorite brand of smooth peanut butter, natural peanut butter has a looser consistency and therefore won’t work so well in a cookie recipe. You can use it, but you will need to spend extra time combining the ingredients to ensure you get that cookie dough consistency before you progress with the recipe.
How to make the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies
First of all, you will want to gather all of your ingredients together and measure things out so that you are ready to bake cookies. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined. You can then set aside these dry ingredients until you are ready to add them to the butter mixture.
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Then you will want to add in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla. Make sure you mix all of the ingredients until they are well combined. You can use a stand mixer for this if you wish.
Stir in the flour mixture. You will want to do this half at a time so that you can ensure that everything is mixed well. You can then gently fold in the peanut butter cups, the Reese’s pieces, and the chocolate chops. Reserve some of the peanut butter cups for the tops of the cookies when you take them out of the oven. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
You can use a large cookie scoop to get equal quantities of the cookies. Scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Cool slightly on the pan. While this is happening you can top some cookies with reserved peanut butter cup halves, then move the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Take these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies to the next level
A drizzle of melted chocolate across these cookies, once they are baked, will add to the sweetness and totally enhance them. You could also dip half of the cookie into melted chocolate. Make sure you give the cookies time to set before devouring them.
Peanut butter fans will go crazy for these cookies, but you can add more peanut butter flavor with a little dollop of peanut butter on top of each cookie before baking. Or add a creamy center of peanut butter and then roll out the cookie dough. Yummy!
You could use Reese’s Peanut butter Chips instead of chocolate chips if you wish.
Reese peanut butter cookies
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup mini reese peanut butter cups, cut in half *same some for topping
- 2 cups reese pieces
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined – set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugars until fluffy, add in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.
- Stir in the flour mixture, half at a time.
- Gently fold in the peanut butter cups, reese’s pieces, and chocolate chips, leave some peanut butter cup halves for the tops of cookies once they are out of the oven.
- Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Scoop dough onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- Cool slightly on the pan, top some cookies with reserved peanut butter cup halves, then move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.