Bars, Cookies, Sweets

Reese’s P.B. Poppers

When I asked my nephew, Cody, what I could bake and send to him at college, he texted back saying, “anything Reese’s would be amazing, please and thank you.” These poppers were the first treat in the oven.

The recipe can be found under many names but I like to call them Reese’s® P.B. Poppers. It’s not often you find sweets called ‘poppers’—poppers are more typically found on savory appetizer menus. Taste of Home published this recipe as Peanut Butter Cookie Cups. Whatever you call them, they are easy to make and delicious to eat.

The next treat in the oven was a pan of Peanut Butter Brownie Cups, a recipe I found this weekend on Cookies and Cups’ blog. I’ll post my take on those this week. They are cooling so I haven’t tasted them yet.

{Reese’s® P.B. Poppers}

1 package peanut butter cookie mix and the ingredients to make them, plus 1/4 to 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, optional

36 miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped

Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease mini muffin tin. Make the cookie dough according to package directions; stirring in 1/4 to 1/2 cup peanut butter to dough if desired. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place in mini muffin tin. Press dough evenly onto the bottom and just to the top of the muffin cups. (I use a mini tart shaper.) If they spread over the sides of the muffin cup, they are hard to get out of the pan in one piece.

Bake at 350˚ for 7 minutes or until set. Immediately place a peanut butter cup in each popper, pressing down gently. Cool for 10 minutes and carefully remove from pans. Cool on wire rack.

When searching the history of chocolate and peanut butter mixed together, I found that the two flavors were married in a candy made in the 1920s by a former dairy employee of Milton S. Hershey, Mr. Harry Burnett Reese. The H.B. Reese Candy Company was later sold to Hershey Foods Corporation (now known as Hershey Chocolate Company) in 1963.



  1. It’s good to know you don’t have to press the dough in the muffin pan because I almost forgot a few times and now I won’t have to worry about it. I love these too, that’s why it’s good that I sent most of them to my nephew and burned an entire batch of 24–because I eat WAY too many of them. ;+}

  2. I love these things!!! I never make them because I eat them all myself. I don’t press them into the muffin pan – I just throw the ball of dough in and let it bake. It forms around the reeses when you mash it in.

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