This easy peasy Reese’s Pieces Cookies Recipe creates deliciously chewy cookies that nobody can resist. These gooey peanut butter treats put smiles on faces in less than 30 minutes! Be careful though, because these Reese’s peanut butter cookies just might become a household habit.
Peanut butter Reese’s cookies are a great recipe to have on hand for your kiddo’s last minute bake sale, or a late night sugar craving. If you agree that peanut butter can make any dessert better, get ready for a new favorite cookie!
Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe
Quick and Easy – This recipe is made in 25 minutes, 15 for the prep and they bake in 10 minutes. Everyone will be enjoying a delicious cookie in no time!
Gooey and Warm – These cookies are AMAZING when served slightly warm. If you’ve never bitten into a warm cookie with melted Reese’s Pieces, you have to try this recipe now!!
Peanut Butter Goodness – Attention peanut butter lovers, or a Reese’s Pieces person, this recipe is perfect for you. Peanut butter flavor in every bite!
Colorful and Delicious – The colors of the Reese’s Pieces in the cookies make this such a fun recipe that tastes just as good as it looks.
Family Friendly – The simplicity of this Reese’s cookie recipe makes it so your littles to be in the kitchen baking these with you.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
This is an overview of the ingredients you will need to make these easy Reese’s Pieces Cookies. Important notes and substitutions for certain ingredients are discussed. The full printable recipe, with amounts and specific details, can be found at the bottom of the page.
Brown Sugar and White Sugar – Cookie recipes that use both sugars usually have a great balanced consistency between crispy and chewy. However, you are welcome to use one or the other depending on how you like your cookies.
Reese’s Pieces – These Reese’s Pieces Cookies wouldn’t be that without the Reese’s Pieces. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have them on hand, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, m&ms, coconut, or sprinkles work just fine.
Flour – Paying close attention to how you prepare your flour is important when baking, make sure to spoon and level the flour, rather than scooping it straight into the measuring cup for a better cookie consistency.
Peanut Butter – Can’t forget about the peanut butter! I find creamy peanut butter works best.
Egg – Make sure the egg you use in this recipe is room temperature.
Salted Butter – This specific cookie recipe calls for melted butter. While I like the added touch of saltiness that salted butter brings, unsalted butter can also be used. If desired, add an extra pinch of salt.
How To Make Reese’s Pieces Cookies
1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next, In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and whisk these together well.
2. In a separate large bowl, pour in the melted butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. You can beat this by hand or with an electric mixer.
3. Once combined, In the same bowl, beat in the egg and vanilla to the wet ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
4. To the wet ingredients, pour in the flour mixture, then use a wooden spoon to lightly mix them together. Try not to over mix.
5. Once the wet and dry ingredients are combined, stir the Reese’s pieces in.
5. Line some cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Then, using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, shape the dough into 16 even balls and smooth them out using your hands.
7. Place the cookie dough balls on the parchment lined sheets and leave at least 2 inches of space between each cookie ball. Then press down lightly on the top of the dough balls with the bottom of a glass to flatten it out. Don’t over press, just take the roundness down a bit.
8. Bake the cookies in the oven for about 10 minutes, then check them. You’ll know they’re done when the edges of the cookies start to turn a golden brown, and the middle is still soft. If they are not ready, keep baking but watch them closely. Also keep in mind that cookies will still bake when cooling on the pan. For best results take care not to over bake.
9. Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and quickly add more Reese’s Pieces candies to the top of each cookie and gently press them into the warm dough. Allow the cookies to stay on the pan and cool for at least 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
Recipe Tips and Advice
Storage – These Reese’s peanut butter cookies will store for about a week in an airtight container at room temperature, or frozen for up to 3 months.
Make Ahead – You can also pre make the cookie dough and put it in the fridge for 3 days before baking. If you do this, allow the dough to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before shaping and baking.
Frozen Cookie Dough – You can also pre roll the dough into balls and freeze them for up to 3 months, however if you don’t thaw the frozen ones overnight before baking, you may need to add a few minutes to the bake time.
Materials – You’ll need a few medium to large bowls, a wooden spoon, measuring cups, parchment paper, a cookie dough scoop, (optional) a cookie sheet and cooling rack.
More Chocolate – If you like, you can add even more chocolate by stirring a 1/2 a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips when you add the Reeses Pieces. You can even get creative and use white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips! Another great add in is mini reese’s cups.
Smooth Cookies – The cookies will look a little bit better if you smooth them out by hand after scooping the dough. If you don’t they will still taste the same!
Using all natural peanut butter in cookies is not recommended because all-natural peanut butter tends to make cookies come out drier and they crumble easier.
This will happen if you are over mixing the dough, adding too much flour, or you’re taking the cookies out of the oven too late. Remember they will still bake on the pan while cooling.
More Peanut Butter Recipes
If you love peanut butter, here are more peanut butter recipes to try after you give these Reese’s Pieces Cookies a go!
- No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
- Peanut Butter Monster Cookies
For more candy and cookie combinations, try my Twix Cookies!
Reese’s Pieces Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup salted butter melted
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar measured packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Reese's Pieces candies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats, then set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then set this aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Then beat in the egg and vanilla. Mix until these are well incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture dry ingredients to the butter and peanut butter mixture. Use a wooden spoon to mix this until just combined. Do not over mix. Then stir the Reese’s pieces in
- Then, shape the dough into 16 balls and smooth out using your hands. You can also use a cookie dough scoop.
- Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared cookie sheets, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each one. Flatten each one just slightly with the bottom of a heavy glass.
- Bake cookies for 10 minutes, then check them. We want the edges to be just barely be starting to turn golden, while the middle should still be soft. If they are not ready, keep baking but watch them closely. Take care not to over-bake, and remember that cookies do continue to bake on the baking sheet after you remove them from the oven.
- Once they are done baking, take them out of the oven and place baking sheet on a wire baking rack. If desired you add more Reese's Pieces candies to the top of each cookie by slightly pressing them into the warm dough. You just need to do this quickly while the cookies are still hot.
- Allow the cookies to stay on the pan and cool for at least 10 minutes. Then move them to a cooling rack.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.