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Nanny’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These cookies may look like nothing special, but to me they mean Christmas, plain and simple.

Every year of my childhood, Nanny and Mom would set out to make several dozen of these little guys, and then into the freezer they would go. First to be eaten at Christmas, but we’d eat the leftovers all year round, directly out of the freezer.

Whether ice cold directly out of the freezer or warm and gooey fresh from the oven, Reese’s Peanut butter cup cookies are a simple, poppable delicious treat for Christmas or any time.

I know a lot of people in blog-land make these with peanut butter cookie dough, but Mom and Nanny always made them with sugar cookie dough, so that’s what tastes right to me.

It really couldn’t be more simple: sugar cookie dough, reese’s peanut butter cups, and a mini muffin pan. That’s all you need to create the perfect bites of deliciousness for your holiday get-together.

Nanny never used box cake mixes. She refused. But for some reason, when it came to these cookies, she was just fine with using refrigerated cookie dough. I wish I could ask her what seemed different, but it’ll have to remain a mystery.

You can make your own sugar cookie dough, but if you’re in a hurry, there really is nothing that can beat using good ol’ Pillsbury in the tube.

The reason I say that is that it’s much easier to portion out the dough by slicing discs directly from  the tube, and then cutting those discs into quarters. In a matter of minutes you’ve got perfect portions to drop into the mini muffin wells. 

So even if you make your own dough, I highly recommend forming the dough into  a roll, and then refrigerating it for a few hours to make it easily sliceable. The whole process will be much more manageable.

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

Monday 2nd of January 2012

I've always made the peanut butter blossom cookies (usually with Hershey kisses and PB dough) with peanut butter cups instead... Never tried sugar cookie dough, though. Now I'm intrigued... I have to give it a try!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

Wednesday 28th of December 2011

These sound so good! I can never resist anything that involves peanut butter cups. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!


Friday 23rd of December 2011

So cute! Marry Christmas Amber, hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

Friday 23rd of December 2011

What an easy cookie and I'm sure I could eat a whole pan in one sitting. Merry Christmas to you!

Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

Friday 23rd of December 2011

I think Dan will go (pea)nuts for these... can they compete with the almighty Hershey's Kiss cookie? Might have to make both just to keep him happy.