These are the most delicious cookies ever…that I totally forgot about. I used to make these cookies a lot in college. There was a time when they were referred to as ‘boy bait cookies.’
Did I ever tell you that I lived with another girl named Cristina in college, and together we were the ‘C(h)ristinas’ and together we threw the best parties ever? I probably shouldn’t go on, for fear of sharing stories about partying so hard that one of us herniated a disc in our neck. And I probably shouldn’t mention that we had a floor-to-ceiling book shelf filled with wine bottles. Or that one of us was called the pretty Cristina and the other one was called Grandma.
I never questioned much why I was called Grandma. I figured it was because I drank tea all the time, baked cookies, and went to bed early. I can party, but I cannot party much past midnight. But I did party better than my narcoleptic friend Haley (true story).
The joke is on them, though, because I went to bed early with a plate of these cookies. And if white chocolate Reese’s peanut butter cups existed back then, I probably wouldn’t have had a party. Or, it would have been a party for one on the couch where I angrily kicked everyone out of my house so I could eat these alone in peace. Ok ok, I’m starting to see the Grandma resemblance.
For fear of old habits dying hard, I needed to scale down these cookies. This recipe makes just 8 cookies. I hope that doesn’t make you sad. You can certainly scale them up, but you just have to remember to not eat half the bag of Reese’s in the car on the way home from the store.
I feel like I apologize a lot this time of the year because everyone is large-batch baking desserts and sweets to share, and I’m just over here with my mini cookie sheet, making 8 cookies at a time. But I don’t really know any other way to be than to just be me. I figure you already have your family recipes that you make year after year anyway, so why not make these as a little treat that you don’t have to share?
I’m always going to give you reasons to eat dessert for one or two. Deal?
Yields 8 cookies
A small batch of Reese's peanut butter cup cookies in a muffin pan.
10 minPrep Time
9 minCook Time
19 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (plus extra for pan)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 8 Reese's miniature peanut butter cups
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Grease 8 mini muffin cups with extra butter.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- In another small bowl, stir together the very soft butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Stir in the egg yolk, vanilla, and milk.
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until no streaks of flour remain.
- Press the dough flat in the pan, and divide it in quarters by eye. Make two cookie dough balls from each quarter.
- Place the dough balls in the muffin cups, and bake for 9 minutes.
- Meanwhile, unwrap the peanut butter cups and have them ready on the side.
- Immediately when the cookies come out of the oven, press a peanut butter cup into the center.
- Let cool in the pan, and then serve.