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REESE'S Peanut Butter Chip Temptations


11 Min.
30 Min.
Skill Level:
40 cookies

What's better than a classic peanut butter cookie? A peanut butter cookie with a surprise REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup inside! This creative REESE'S peanut butter temptations recipe will show you step-by-step how to surround everyone's favorite peanut butter and chocolate candy in a decadent cookie.  Even though this recipe may seem intimidating, it's great for beginner bakers. The trick is using muffin tins! These REESE'S Peanut Butter Chip Temptations are perfect for school functions, holiday treats, birthday parties or simply after-dinner desserts for the family.  Need to make these peanut butter treats in less time? Check out these Easy Peanut Butter Temptations for the simplified version of our original recipe with the same amount of deliciousness!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
11 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes


  • About 40
    REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures or 12 (0.75 oz each) REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups, quartered
  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine 1 (stick), softened
  • 2/3 cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1
  • 3/4 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1/2 cup
    nuts chopped (finely)
  • 1/3 cup
    granulated sugar (for rolling)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
muffin cup tin muffin cup tin
muffin liner paper muffin cups
bowl microwave-safe bowl
microwave microwave
measuring cup measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
wire rack wire rack

Heat oven to 350° F. Remove wrappers from peanut butter cups. Line small muffin cups (1-3/4 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.


Place butter and peanut butter chips in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla, beating until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and nuts, blending well.


Shape dough into 40 equal (about 1 inch) balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place one in each paper-lined muffin cup.


Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; immediately press peanut butter cup into center of each cookie. Cool completely in muffin pan. Makes 40 cookies.

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