Last year I made these peanut butter thumbprint cookies for my daughters Halloween party and they were such a hit! I adjusted the recipe to be just right. Tender and soft. Often you see these peanut butter cookies with a kiss on top, but we love Reese’s here so we decided to add them instead! We then piped on some really cute legs and made spiders out of them.
Dont fret though, you can make these for any holiday, Christmas, Thanksgiving and more!
These classic peanut butter cookies are always a good bet! Now, of course you have to consider peoples allergies, but other than that, these are always a big hit.
These cookies are easy enough to make any day of the week. You can whip them up as an afternoon snack, or for a party! They have that classic peanut butter taste. The peanut butter cups are softer than a Hershey kiss, which I prefer. I want something soft to bit into along with the cookie.
Like many desserts, you can adjust and change these cookies to fit your theme. I like to make them for Halloween but I also like to add them to my Christmas cookie exchange! They are a yummy dessert that is quick and easy to make!
Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 30 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour baking soda and salt.
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter together until creamy.
- Add your brown sugar and granulated sugar. Keep beating until smooth
- Add your egg and beat until the egg is completely incorporated.
- Add the vanilla extract and milk and mix to combine.
- Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Cover the dough and chill it in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Using two large baking sheets, line them with parchment paper.
- Use a small cookie scoop to scoop about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough. Roll into a ball using the palms of your hands.
- Place on the baking sheet and repeat with all the cookie dough.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are showing cracks. They should not brown at all.
- Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
- Carefully set an upside down Reese's peanut butter cup on the top and gently press it into the cookie.
- Let the cookies cool for another 10 minutes and them move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container. You can store them in the fridge but I think they lose a bit of their texture when refrigerated too long.
How to adjust this peanut butter thumbprint cookies recipe for Halloween~
Use the exact recipe as above. The only thing you will need is some chocolate chips and a small amount of cream. I would use 1 cup of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream.
Melt the chocolate chips, whisk in the cream until everything is combined. Put the chocolate mixture in a piping bag, or in a ziplock bag and cut a the very tip fo the bag off. You want it ot be a very small opening.
Pipe the little legs on the cookies, 4 on each side.
How fun are these cute spider cookies!
- Add pretzels to the cookies if you want a bit of a crunch.
- Be sure to refrigerate the cookie dough for 1 hour. Since there is butter in the cookies, they will spread a bit but chilling the dough will help prevent this.
- Add cute googly eyes to the top of the Reese’s peanut butter cups when they are still warm to give your spiders a fun look!
ANOTHER GREAT halloween treat
Oreo Truffles For Halloween
Make these amazing Oreo truffles, add some cute googly eyes and share them this Halloween~
Whether you are the host of a party or whether you are wanting to just make some to enjoy at home, these peanut butter thumbprint cookies are legit!