Peanut Butter Cookie Cups and White Chocolate Buttercream

 I think as you get older you become more aware of yourself…well, maybe some of us do.
You can understand what you’re good at, what you think you might be able to learn and what you know will never happen.
I think I am a good mom, I imagine that I might be able to learn to be a better photographer and I KNOW that I will never be able to hip hop dance.
I think it’s healthy to know certain boundaries.
Here’s another thing that I have learned about myself as I have gotten older…
I awkward talk.
It’s most likely something I have always done, but with the ignorance of youth comes an unwavering belief that you are cool.
By awkward talk I mean, feeling the need to fill silence with random ridiculous jabber.
Unnecessary jabber.
The awkward talk gets worse in awkward situations.
Here’s an example…
I ran into an acquaintance, we’ll call her “Q”, a while back at the local supermarket.  She was at a booth working, passing out free samples of yogurt or something.
She looked embarrassed when she saw my husband and me.
Here’s the conversation:
 Me:  Hi “Q”!  I didn’t know you worked here!
Q:  Well, I had to get this second job to try and make ends meet.
(awkward pause.)
Me:  Oh, how fun that you get to pass out samples!  Really fun!
(awkward pause)
 (awkward and confused staring)
(my husband trying to pretend he doesn’t know me)
Q:  Well….
Me:  Ok, well, I’ll let you get back to this.  Really fun “Q”.
Ok-now, I don’t know when I thought having to get a second job passing out samples seemed “really fun”,  but she clearly felt like I was a moron.
I was trying to ease the situation while inadvertently making it leaps and bounds MORE uncomfortable.
At parties if there are awkward silences, you can trust that I will fill in the pauses with random anecdotes usually containing TMI.  The sorts of things that you regret as soon as you begin saying them.
I am really trying to get to the root of the problem…the whys of it all.
I think it’s because I have a house with 4 boys and there is constant noise…so maybe I am afraid of the silence…it is a foreign entity.
I have found a temporary solution to this problem, though, until I can get to a point where I can keep my mouth shut.
Here it is…I found a friend who (God love her) is worse at awkward pauses than me.
As soon as there is uncomfortable silence I can count on her to start talking in a weird accent.
She channels her inner Geisha and goes all Eastern on the crowd.
Love her.
It certainly takes the pressure off of me until I find the reason that filling up dead air has become my life’s plight.
Since my friend isn’t always with me, I might possibly need to start carrying these babies in my pocket to jam in my pie-hole before the diarrhea of the mouth starts to flow…
Peanut Butter Cookie Cups and White Chocolate Buttercream
 Don’t they look good?  They could certainty keep me from talking for a good minute or so 🙂
Here she is unwrapped to reveal her dirty little secret…a Reese’s Cup Bottom!
There ain’t nothing wrong with that!
Here’s how I did them…
1 package peanut butter cookie mix (they were on sale!)
12 Reese’s Cups
Make cookie dough according to directions on package.
Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and place unwrapped PB cup at the bottom.
Scoop approx 2 Tablespoons dough on top of PB cup
it will yield approx 12 cookie cups
Bake at 325 for approx 20-25 minutes until cookie is set…
Here’s how they will look ~
Now here’s where nirvana happens:
top with White Chocolate Buttercream.
Oh, you’re welcome…
All goodness, all the the time!
Enjoy the sugar!

White Chocolate Buttercream


will frost 36 cupcakes


  • 18 oz white chocolate chips (about a 12 oz bag and a half)
  • 1/2 cup milk, divided in half
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 cups sifted powdered sugar (approx 2 pounds)


  1. Cream butter and shortening with mixer
  2. Add vanilla
  3. Gradually beat in sugar, scraping the sides
  4. Icing will appear dry when all sugar is in.
  5. Add 1/4 cup milk.
  6. Beat until fluffy on medium, approx 30 seconds.
  7. In microwave safe bowl add white chocolate chips and remaining 1/4 cup milk.
  8. Microwave on 50% power 1 minute, then stir, continuing with 30 intervals until chocolate is just melted.
  9. If there are a few lumps, just give it a good stir until they lumps melt, DO NOT overheat, you will ruin the chocolate.
  10. When chocolate is melted, add to the prepared buttercream.
  11. Beat in on medium until fully incorporated.
  12. Let cool for 15-20 minutes, then pipe on.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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39 Responses
  1. Heather Landin

    Made these and loved them. Also made some mini ones with a Rolo in the bottom and sugar cookie on top. They were fantastic too! White chocolate buttercream frosting is going on all cupcakes I ever make again.

  2. Sidnie

    I thought I had my grocery list written out right…
    But I bought white chocolate baking bars, instead of chips…
    Same thing, or no?

  3. cookies and cups

    Cassie ~ Thanks so much! I used the Wilton 1M tip…it's great for swirly-swirls 😉

    Elizabeth ~ yes! Absolutely take off the paper wrapper! Sorry I didn't clarify that!

  4. Cassie, RN, OCN

    These are incredibly good and sooooo simple! I'm made them for a luncheon at work tomorrow and wish I didn't have to take them so my husband could enjoy them when he comes home on Sunday…. guess I will just have to make some more! =D

    One question… how do you have your topping have the ribbon like edges? It has a nice look to it.


  5. Jennifer

    Shelly, I made these cupcakes for my son’s birthday on Saturday and topped with the fondant snakes that I ordered from you and they were more than a HIT! The mom’s from Nick’s school were overly impressed! I was so excited to share your recipe which I remembered to a “T” since they are SO easy to make. I will definitely be making these again and have already passed the recipe on to quite a few others. Thanks for helping to make my son’s 6th birthday one to remember. Oh and the white chocolate buttercream frosting… doesn’t get much better than that!

  6. Diane {}

    they look delightfully delicious! The only time I seem to eat peanut butter cups in at Halloween, what a shame, I need to get some and start baking some yummy treats like these!

  7. grace

    white chocolate buttercream belongs in my mouth this instant and for the next hundred intants as well. yum! meanwhile, i hereby declare that all cookies should be frosted. 🙂

  8. Raina

    I totally awkward talk. I always think, "if I could just learn to shut up!", constantly putting my foot in my mouth:)

    These cookie cups are incredible! What a great idea…wow! I think I just gained ten pounds looking at them.

  9. Cinnamon Girl

    You always make me laugh! And then cry – cause I want what you've baked. More PB treats! These are dreamy. You're after my heart, aren't you? You have the best ideas! These are just heavenly.

  10. Molly

    I awkward talk too. I hate when there is silence – it makes me nervous!!

    These cookie/cupcakes are so neat -I love the pb cup base!

  11. Lucie

    Oh my! This is pure wonderful amazing indulgence! I can relate to the awkwardness… I've been in the exact same situation with a high school friend I randomly saw. At least we like to talk, right?

  12. Monica H

    I'm not a fan of Pb and chocolate but I do love PB cookies and these look so good- gotta try that buttercream!

    You and your friend make a great team 🙂

  13. Sue

    You're so funny! Thanks for the good laugh today:)
    These look SO good..I love your "cookie cup"! You're a genius!
    I think having one of these ready to eat at all times, will help you solve your problem:) Actually have one ready for the other person and they won't care what you say! 🙂

  14. Shannon

    OH. MY. I cannot wait to try the White Chocolate Buttercream….and I love the cookie cup! I can't wait to try that either!

  15. Joanne

    I awkward talk also. There ends up being no rhyme or reason to the things I say. I think it makes things more awkward than the silence would be.

    I need to make these cookie cups. I'm pretty sure they will solve all my problems.

  16. Cupcake Crazy Gem

    Wow these look so awesome!! how fun that you 'made' a cupcake out of a reece's cup and some cookie dough! I loved your anecdote, and the way you told it! and I also think you are pretty great at photography already!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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