Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you love peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, then this recipe is perfect for you. While it isn’t made from scratch, it does use pre-made ingredients to form an entirely new creation. You can’t beat the simplicity of these cookies, especially during the Holiday Season when everyone is already so busy. They’re great for Halloween, but they also work for any occasion because they’re so easy to make!

One quick disclaimer though: I didn’t come up with this idea myself. In fact, I saw a similar recipe somewhere online that used full-sized cookies and full sized Peanut Butter Cups instead of the mini ones I’m using. Why would I go small when I could go big, you ask? Well… it turns out that the normal sized cookies with the normal sized Peanut Butter cups come out to an outrageous calorie amount (something like 285 calories per cookie). My version has half the calories per cookie, but still retains all of the flavor. 

Makes 20 cookies at 144 calories each.

Peanut Butter Cups and Toll House CookiesIngredients:

  • 1 package (40 cookies) of mini “break and bake” chocolate chip cookie squares (100 calories per 2 cookie squares)
  • 20 mini peanut butter cups (about 45 calories each)

Equipment:

  • 1 or 2 large baking sheets
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Aluminum foil

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lay down some aluminum foil on a large baking sheet (if you’re using ready-made cookie dough, you shouldn’t need to grease the pan, but otherwise, spray a little bit of cooking spray on the aluminum foil so the cookies don’t stick).
  3. Open 20 mini peanut butter cups and set aside.
  4. Open the mini chocolate chip cookie dough package and using a knife break apart the squares of mini cookies.
    Toll House Cookie Squares
  5. Lay down 10 to 20 cookie squares, evenly spaced on a baking sheet. I’m impatient, so I tend to overcrowd my cookies. Use two baking sheets or make two separate batches of ten each if you want perfectly round cookies!
    Toll House Cookie Squares ready for baking
  6. Using your hands, gently flatten the cookies on the baking sheet. I know this goes against the directions on the package, but you have to do it!
    Flattening Chocolate Chip Cookies before Baking
  7. Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each cookie and press down gently. It’s perfectly fine if the peanut butter cups crack or break a little. You just don’t want to push so hard that the cup goes all the way through the bottom layer of cookie.
    Stuffing Peanut Butter Cups into Chocolate Chip Cookies
  8. Use the remaining two pieces of cookie dough squares to cover the peanut butter cups. Do this, by gently flattening each square portion in your hands before laying it over the peanut butter cups. You may need to break/squish some of the cups in order to get the cookie dough to completely cover them, so don’t be afraid to do that.
    Stuffing Peanut Butter Cups into Chocolate Chip Cookies by Man Fuel
  9. Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until the cookies are a light golden brown.
    Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies by Man Fuel
  10. Remove from the oven and let them sit to cool for a bit. If you overcrowded the cookies like I usually do, then use a knife to gently separate the cookie edges while the cookies are still hot.
    Twenty Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies by Man Fuel
  11. After the cookies have cooled, use a spatula to gently remove the cookies and place them on a serving dish or in an air tight container for later eating.
  12. Pair these richly decadent cookies with a glass of milk and enjoy!
    Peanut Butter Cups Inside Chocolate Chip Cookies by Man Fuel
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