Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies


So here we are in the middle of  “Busy people need sweets that start with cake mix week”.

It’s a thing.  Read up about it HERE.


I certainly hope you are not offended by my use of cake mixes.

Because, I will tell you, people get all angry about preservatives and stuff.

I have gotten my fair share of emails telling me that shortening is the devil’s foot cream and how cake mixes are for the lazy.

Without sounding like a complete jerky-jerk…I bet that shortening would make a tremendously successful foot cream and cake mixes are for the BUSY not the lazy.


If you’re looking for health food, I am afraid that you have come to the wrong place.

While I certainly try and eat a balanced diet, I do “on-occasion” indulge in the sweet treat.

Use this blog as your “occasional indulgence handbook”.

Dude, that’s a really good name.  Kinda better than cookies and cups.

Wish I had thought of that a few years ago.


Anyway, if you are much too fancy to use cake mixes, then stop reading now.

It’s ok.  We can just agree to disagree.


BUT if you’re my peeps, let’s get our cake mix on because it’s “Busy people need sweets that start with cake mix week”!

Oh yeah.


So as most of you all know, Peanut Butter Cups are like my most favorite ingredient.  They have yet to disappoint in a recipe or a poor snacking decision.

Here is the star player today… best invention of the new millennium (screw the iPad)… the Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

All unwrapped and ready to be devoured by the handful.

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies are super simple.

Start with a chocolate cake mix, some vegetable or canola oil and an egg…mix it up.

When the dough is smooth throw in your bag of Reese’s.  Give it another mix…just enough for the Reese’s to incorporate and break up a little.

Roll them into balls and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet…

That’s it!

They’ll look like this…

People will love them and bow at your feet and never once think that you used a cake mix.

And, I am all about people bowing at my feet.


*If you want a Valentines’s spin on a similar cake mix cookie recipe, check out THESE from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle!

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
The Reese's will break when you beat them into the cookie want there to be chunks of peanut butter cups, but they will break apart.
  • 1 (18.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 8 oz bag Reese's Minis
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. With your mixer, beat together cake mix, oil and eggs until combined.
  3. Pour in entire bag of Reese's Minis.
  4. Mix on low until Reese's are evenly incorporated.
  5. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls and place n a parchment lined baking sheet about 2" apart. Cookies will spread.
  6. Bake for 8-9 minutes.


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January 24, 2012 7:22 pm

Ummm….. yea! An apple for “dessert” just ain’t cutting it…

January 24, 2012 7:25 pm

I don’t care what are in these, I just know I want 20 of them!

January 24, 2012 7:28 pm

I ? making cookies using cake mix! So easy. Have a lovely day!

January 24, 2012 7:29 pm

Oops. Okay so that’s supposed to be I love making cookies using cake mix. Tried to use a heart icon.

Robyn | Add a Pinch
January 24, 2012 7:30 pm

I need 30 of these! Stat!

January 24, 2012 7:45 pm

I am all about starting with cake mix!

Question though. I think these would be bomb-diggity with PB as the cookie base (because *gasp* I don’t like chocolate that much)… however I have never heard of PB cake mix… you think PB cookie dough mix would work? Like the prepackaged devil lazy kind?

January 25, 2012 3:32 pm

bet you could just use a vanilla cake mix. maybe swirl some pb in it.

January 26, 2012 9:37 pm

Go to Search for cake mix cookie vi. You could use any flavor cake mix with it.

January 24, 2012 7:53 pm

Can’t beat these…the flavor, the ease, the PB cups… I love cake mix cookies and this is a perfect recipe for Natl Peanut Butter Day today!

January 24, 2012 8:06 pm

I love when cake mixes turn into something extra delicious like these cookies!

January 24, 2012 9:00 pm

I love chocolate cookies from cake mix! I haven’t made them since high school. So i guess now i HAVE to, to see if they taste as good as i remember. I’m excited for an excuse to buy Reeses minis :)

January 24, 2012 9:11 pm

Random comment on cake mix cookies… My church does a prison ministry and they asked for homemade cookies. The inmates specifically requested cake mix cookies because they are their FAVORITE. While you might not be making the health nuts happy, I’m pretty sure it’s the ones with the street cred that you need to keep on your side!

January 25, 2012 8:26 am

hahahaha that’s great

January 24, 2012 9:29 pm

I don’t generally use cake mixes…but I’m not AGAINST using them OR eating treats that come from the, Especially treats that involve God’s gift to candy (i.e. Reese’s).

PS – i’m making your reese’s peanut butter banana bread as I type. It’s an occasional indulgence kinda day.

January 24, 2012 9:42 pm

i’m sold – i love making stuff out of cake mixes. just means the cookies get in my belly even faster :)

January 24, 2012 9:42 pm

oh my word. GIVE ME.

January 24, 2012 10:03 pm

omg :) i have everything i need to make these may have to have them for breakfast. breakfast cookies are the best.

January 24, 2012 10:39 pm

These look great! I love cookies with peanut butter cups.

January 24, 2012 10:57 pm

I’m always in awe of how people can create such delicious cookies out of cake mix. You are the queen of it & I love it! Great recipe :)

January 24, 2012 11:02 pm

I love cake mix recipes!!! Long live the cake mix…and peanut butter cups:-)

January 24, 2012 11:22 pm

I love cake mix cookies – and I think most people do! (A cake mix cookie from 3 years ago is the most popular post on my blog right now!!) I love the addition of the Reeses.

January 24, 2012 11:24 pm

[…] yes, and if you like a little peanut butter to go with your chocolate, try Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies from my friend Shelly over at Cookies and […]

January 25, 2012 12:05 am

i’m so trying this but i think i’ll use the hershey bites instead of the pb ones (since i’m not a pb fan, i know, completely unamerican)…LOVE how easy it is…and i’m so getting some lard for my feet…

January 25, 2012 1:55 am

I JUST discovered your blog today, and I think you just might be the death of me. Happy, sugary, buttery death.

January 25, 2012 2:06 am

If I can use a cake mix, I’m there sista! I have no problem eating preservative loaded foods. These cookies look fantastic… yum… Reese’s!

January 25, 2012 2:35 am

I can almost smell these through the screen – yum!

January 25, 2012 6:41 am

The Internet is a lonely place when you’re not around! Love this. xoxoxo

January 25, 2012 8:25 am

Trader Joe’s has mini peanut butter cups and they’re sooo much cheaper than the Reese’s. (and taste just as good) So you could buy twice as many. Imagine what you’d do with twice as many mini pb cups!!

January 25, 2012 8:38 am

awesome! I love cake mix recipes, and you had to crack two eggs for this, so it totally counts as home made, and yummy!

January 25, 2012 8:39 am

I will never be too fancy for cake mix! Also um these cookies are chocolatey peanut buttery perfection. I just want to eat them alllll.

January 25, 2012 8:58 am

I want these now!! I love making cookies from cake mixes and this cookie is totally going on my list to bake.

January 25, 2012 9:24 am

As always an awesome post. I happen to be a HUG fan of cake mixes..because I am busy REAL busy…and will a few extra things thrown in…they taste AwEsOmE.

And as for cake mix cookies….always fabulous and delicious, fast AND easy, easy!!!

I love the mix you have going on here…I bet they are yummers!!!

January 25, 2012 9:31 am

Complimenti,molto molto carino il tuo blog!! E questi biscotti devono essere eccezionali.
Se ti và vieni a farmi visita sul mio blog:

January 25, 2012 10:09 am

I love ALL things cake mix….one question, though. My cake mix cookies always tend to be a bit drier than a “from scratch” one. Do you have this issue? It’s never kept us from gobbling up the entire batch, so obviously not a huge issue 😉 But still……just curious.

Dyan Viens
January 25, 2012 10:21 am

OMG you’ve totally made my day!! I’ve been looking for an easy recipe to make using my Reese’s minis : )

January 25, 2012 10:33 am

Who could possibly get mad while looking at a delicious cookie like that? Preservatives, schmervatives.

January 25, 2012 11:50 am

Cake mix cooking is totally legit. I can have a cake mix or two on hand but ask me if I have enough flour, sugar, baking soda (that isn’t 2 years past its date) or whatever else might be needed on hand, it ain’t gonna happen!

January 25, 2012 12:04 pm

These look so delicious!

January 25, 2012 1:10 pm

I am all about cake mix! These cookies look so good – and anything with peanut butter is a win in my book!

debbie myers
January 25, 2012 2:10 pm

i am so glad i found your blog. i think your recipes are wonderful. im never sure why people think its ok for others to do the work and then they complain. never mind them, u keep making delicious recipes that you peeps can enjoy. have a great day and thanks for your hard work. i just feel so lucky to have stumbled upon you u.

January 25, 2012 2:24 pm

Easy to make? Check.
Chocolate? Check.
I’m in!

I love the idea of the “occasional indulgence handbook”. That is totally what I need in my life. Nothing wrong with a sweet treat here or there.

January 25, 2012 2:51 pm

These look amazing and fun to make with a three year old! She will have a good ol’ messy blast! I’m going to make them with peanut butter chips…yum. And I wanted to comment on what you said about getting e-mails about using cake mix and being lazy. You totally had it on the nose, it’s BUSY! Plus if someone doesn’t agree with your culinary style…they don’t have to visit your web page! I on the other hand LOVE your style and hope you continue for a very long time. If nothing else I adore your pithy stories. You are… Read more »

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
January 25, 2012 3:23 pm

i like your ‘style’ and ‘attitude’ darlin’! xo, frannie

Barbara Davis
January 25, 2012 3:27 pm

You have just made my week!!! Can’t wait to make these!! for myself

January 25, 2012 3:41 pm

Oh no, I’m definitely not offended by your use of cake mixes. Cake mixes are great in a pinch and frankly, I haven’t come across a homemade Funfetti cake that can rival the boxed stuff. Just sayin’

Anyways, these look fabulous! Anything with chocolate and peanut butter has got to be good!

January 25, 2012 3:55 pm

Cake mixes are cool with me and these look awesome!

January 25, 2012 3:58 pm

I love using cake mix for cookies! Keep the recipes coming! One of my favorites is a lemon cake mix cookie.

January 25, 2012 5:06 pm

Cake Mix Cookies are the best! I loved the ones I made before. Perfect little cookies. And yes, perfectly fine “once in a while” 😉
Thanks for sharing!

January 25, 2012 6:20 pm

How could anyone get angry at such fun COOKIES??!! Love ’em. ~xo

January 25, 2012 6:32 pm

loved the post! And I have been known to use shortening for multiple uses, including slathering it on my baby’s dry back! lol Just printed out your recipe – can’t wait to try them out! Thank you for sharing! I always love reading your post. :)

January 26, 2012 8:45 am

Made these last night and my husband loved them! So easy to throw together too! I was a bit worried when I first took them out of the oven at how “puffy” they looked since we don’t care for cake -like cookies but they “fell” – making them nice and flat! This is a keeper!!! Thanks for sharing

January 26, 2012 9:06 am

Pinned! Yep..I will be making these soon! I am so not a cake mix snob!

January 26, 2012 10:38 am

OMG box cake mix! That’s horrible, awful, I can’t believe you make that stuff! I just happen to have some (for research purposes) and some Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups. I’ll be making these cookies tonight (again, for research purposes only). I’m sure they’ll be so horribly unhealthy that my DH will snorfle them down the second he gets home from the gym, and subsequently ask me to make them for him at least twice a week.
And “shortening is the devil’s foot cream” – that had me laughing all day…