Peanut Butter Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Peanut Butter Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Peanut butter cookies, year after year, are rated as one of the top favorite cookie flavors, and for good reason. There are so many different spins one can take on this classic. You can use creamy peanut butter or crunchy. You can leave the dough plain or mix in chocolate chips, nuts, toffee, or at least a dozen other variations. Add in Reese’s Pieces, and life just got better! 

Its been a while since I’ve last baked. On a mission to drop a few pounds, these past few months my baking pans have been collecting dust in the cupboard. After all, it is difficult to make weight loss and baked goods go hand in hand…especially when you have a sweet tooth. I mean, how many of us can really stop at just one bite?

This past weekend, though, I decided to break out said poor, neglected pans, and put them to use again.

I’d bought a bag of Reeses Pieces a couple of weeks back with the intent of incorporating them into a recipe somehow. Not sure how best to use them, and knowing they would soon start to disappear if I didn’t do something, I started to think.

Plain cookie batter seemed too bland for what I was going for, and I wanted to do something that wasn’t too complex. After all, sometimes simple classics are the best. That is when I got the idea of mixing those little bits of yumminess into peanut butter dough. Peanut butter on peanut butter? Ummm…Yes, please!

Peanut Butter Reeses Pieces Cookie

Peanut Butter Reese’s Pieces Cookies are quick and easy to make. Even better, you more than likely already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. The peanut butter dough stays nice and fluffy and doesn’t flatten out when baked. Better yet, this recipe is so versatile. If you don’t have Reese’s Pieces, you can do so many things to suit your taste or what you have on hand.

The end result? A soft cookie with bits of crunchiness and chocolatey-ness that take that classic to another level.

And for anybody wondering… no, I didn’t stop at just one.

Peanut Butter Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Yield: 30

Peanut Butter Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside for later use.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar on a medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated. Add the peanut butter and mix well.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly begin adding in the flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time, mixing until just incorporated. Once all of the flour is added, stir in the chocolate chips and Reese's Pieces by hand.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until a golden color on top. Let cool slightly before transferring to cooling rack or enjoying.
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