Sunday, November 2

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

favorite Halloween candy

Got leftover Halloween candy? Make cookies.

If you think Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are good straight out of the wrapper, then wait until you taste them baked into these big, bumpy, nutty, chocolate chunk cookies.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Print this recipe.
  2. Ransack your kids' Halloween bags for 6 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
  3. If you don't have kids, then go the supermarket and buy a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It's not as much fun as #2 but at least you might catch them on sale.
  4. Bake the cookies, turning on the oven light to watch them swell.
  5. Eat a still warm, melty cookie and wash it down with a glass of cold milk while you reminisce about Halloweens past.
  6. Sigh in satisfaction. There are still 23 cookies left to eat.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
Print recipe only here.

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
6 snack size Reese's candies (chilled then diced)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped unsalted peanuts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars, then beat in the eggs until smooth. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; add to the large bowl, and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks, Reese's candy, and peanuts.

Drop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough 2 inches apart (as they will spread) on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, or until firm and golden brown around the edges. Transfer to a rack and cool for 15 minutes.

To store cookies, layer between pieces of waxed paper to prevent sticking and place in an air-tight container.

You might also like:

My latest NPR article entitled "Grown-Up Tricks For Treats," which features four delectable desserts featuring Halloween candy:
  • Heath Bar Truffles
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
  • Snickers Bar Bread Pudding
  • Mounds of Joy Custards with Mounds Chocolate Sauce
Snickers Cookies

Almond Biscotti

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cranberries, Raisins, and Pecans

Everything Cookies at Sunday Nite Dinner
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies at Passionate About Baking
Alanna's Blogher piece, "Baking with Leftover Halloween Candy"

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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A wonderful idea! Those cookies look delicious!



Heather said...

yum! those look delicious!! we have plenty of these leftover because we didn't get as many trick-or-treaters as we though. i'm not ignoring your email, either - we're trying to work out kinks in the site since it's new, so hopefully in a few days i'll have some changes to refer you to!

The Italian Dish said...

You're a genius. I usually worry about what to do with the leftover candy. I never thought to make cookies! That's a great idea, as usual.

Kristen said...

OMG! I'm going to have to save this recipe and make it only when I have a large group of men to entertain in order to ensure I'd get only one. I live alone and would consume the entire batch--I love PB and chocolate to a fault.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

These are great! We have plenty of candy to use. I liked your article on leftover candy also:)

Peter M said...

This is a novel way to use up the leftover candy.

I'd have fun trying to guess the content of each cookie.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea - I think I just may have 6 Reese's left in the bag (although I did get into them earlier today...). Wouldn't surprise me if the Reese's people started manufacturing these themselves - looks terrific!

ChichaJo said...

Brilliant idea for leftover Halloween candies! These cookies sound so yummy!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness Susan!! These look like a dangerous cookie.

Great idea though. I try not to keep too much candy left over after the hordes of children descend on our home. Had I thought about this earlier, I might have!

Manggy said...

You needn't convince me, Susan-- Reese's peanut butter cups are me and my brother's absolute weakness! I wonder, though, if he'll kill me if I bake them. All will probably be forgiven when he bites into these! :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I'm there Susan. My daughter used to count her chocolate bars though...wise girl:D

Kara said...

Uh oh - between these and the others in your NPR article, I don't know which to make first! YUM! These Reese's cookies might make it to the top of the list - we love anything peanut! (not to mention a great excuse to buy Reese cups!)

Deeba PAB said...

Yes of course you are a scary genius Susan...these are wickedly delicious! did you know my kids leave their wallets lying around carelessly, but keep their candy under lock & key!LOL...their wish list only has candy!! I'm eyeing that almond biscotti at the bottom of the post too!

Patsyk said...

What a genius idea!

Vijitha said...

Amazing idea!! gr8 thought... lovely looking cookies.

Finla said...

A very clever idea .

Ivy said...

You should call them Devil's Cookies. They are so devilishly tempting to eat.

Cris said...

Beautiful... I love cookies! You always come up with good ideas... by the way, are you planning a Christmas cookies event this year? :-)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I have made these before (a different recipe) and if there's something better than chocolate chip cookies, its gotta be these.

Stacey Snacks said...

Great idea to use that leftover candy, and you know I gave out Reeses!!!!

RecipeGirl said...

Great idea! I've been doing some leftover Halloween candy recipes too.

Unfortunately, my kiddo sold most of his candy to our orthodontist for cash. Good for him, bad for us!

sunita said...

OOh! Susan,now those cokies are what i call, 'pure temptation' :-)

Anonymous said...

I've forwarded this to all my friends and family with young trick-or-treaters; what a wonderful way to recycle that leftover candy!

Anonymous said...

Wicked Susan! I depend on you to always give us delish but healthy recipes, even for snacks. Of course I'm kidding. Who isn't a sucker for Reese's? Not sure I'll make these. If there ARE 24 cookies, I would EAT 24 cookies, and that might put me in the hospital. Perhaps I can print out the photos and enjoy them on my inspiration board. Your posts are always a treat.

Debbie said...

The cookies look good and I'm sure I can find some Reese's in my son's Halloween bag!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Reeses peanut butter cups are definitely my favorite Halloween candy so I can imagine I would LOVE them in these cookies! Too bad I don't have any leftover ;) Might have to go buy some!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

rosa- Thanks so much!

heather-Hey, more candy for you. :)

elaine-Wow! You just made my day!

kristen-Good one. ;)

lisa-Thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

peter-Hey, that could be a party game. :)

kathy-Oh, that's so sweet of you to say. Thanks!

joey-Yummy indeed!

kate-They are dangerous. :)

mark-Trust me, he'll thank you!

val-That is too funny!

kara-As if you need an excuse to buy some, right? Thanks so much for your kind words.

deeba-Smart kids. :)


vij-Thank you!

happy cook-Glad you like it!

ivy-Ah, I like that!

cris-I sure am. Thanks for asking!

aparna-I agree!

stacey-Smart girl. :)

lori-Yours looked wonderful!

sunita-They're hard to resist.

lydia-Oh, thank you so much. That was awfully kind.

anonymous-"Wicked." Are you an RI reader by any chance? :) Yeah, these are definitely not healthy, but soooo worth the extra calories. Thanks so much!

debbie-Just wait till he's in school.:)

hillary-You would LOVE them, I'm sure. :)

Anonymous said...

Susan, this is cruel! That is a tantalizingly delicious looking cookie and the fact that I can't immediately eat one (It's midnight! I have no Reese Cups on hand!) is killing me!

Deborah said...

Ohh, I just bought a bunch of halloween candy half off yesterday! These cookies will be perfect!

Heather Jordan said...

Great idea! Just one question: you said 6 "snack sized" cups. Are those the little ones or the standard kind? (You know, the kind they use for the "no wrong way to eat a Reese's" commercial?)

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

These cookies look wonderful. Reeses are one of my favorite Halloween candies.

But damn it! I have no kids. I gotta go buy the cups myself.

Note to self: rent some kids to trick-or-treat for me next year.

TeaLady said...

I only have one word for these cookies. WOW!!! I HAVE to try these. Fantastic

LyB said...

Hee! Ransack the kids Halloween bags, funny! They have so much candy in there, I don't think they'd even notice I'd taken a thing! :)

Maris said...

I am the ONLY person I know who doesn't like peanut butter with chocolate. I know, I'm a freak :) I LOVE chocolate chip cookies though and these sound great.

Lisa Johnson said...

Great idea for cookies! Too bad that I can't seem to stop eating the candy in order to have enough left for the cookies!

Anonymous said...

Heh. If you think about it just about any candy will go well with some cookie dough. :-)

Nicole said...

How fun is this! Why didn't I think of it? Perfect solution.

Deborah Dowd said...

I never have candy left over!! Maybe I can buy the mark downs to make a batch!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I know you are putting those 23 beauties in a box and shipping them to Brazil. I know it. ;)

Jeanne said...

I have to agree - you are indeed a genius. I adore peanut butter cups straight from the wrapper, so these cookies have my name all over them!

KitKat said...

Oh wow thanks!! I printed this out and I plan to make them soon. My brother brought home a big bag of pb cup pieces from the factory and I don't know what to do with them.

The great thing is the recipe doesn't look ridiculously sweet either... can't wait :) thanks!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kitkat-Yay! I think you're going to be happy with them. Trying to figure out what to do with a big bad of b candies is a delicious problem to have!