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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


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
  • 1/3 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.


81 Responses

  1. 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?

  2. Annie

    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 🙂

  3. Rachel

    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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. kris

    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…

  7. Stephanie

    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!!

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. Andrea

    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!

  11. debbie myers

    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.

  12. Tabitha

    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.

  13. Alice

    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 a woman after my own heart. Thank you for all that you do (cake mixes and all)!

  14. 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!

  15. 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. 🙂

  16. 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

  17. Ka

    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…

  18. Kathleen

    Made these cookies last night. I’m not such a big chocolate fan though. I made a peanut butter glaze to drizzle on the top after they finished baking so they’d be more peanut-buttery (that’s a word, right?). Yum! They are delicious – thanks for sharing the recipe!

  19. Melissa

    I made these this morning….they had peanut butter and you could have milk with them, the perfect breakfast food. These were so easy and SO very DELICIOUS! I will be making these again!

  20. Katie

    Just made this cookies & they turned out FAB! Love how easy they were to make!! Thanks for sharing…I’ll be looking for more great recipes!!

  21. Megan

    I made these today to have for Valentine’s Day with friends. Super easy to make and delicious too! Just a bit of advice, follow the time on here closely! I left mine in the oven a bit longer and ended up overcooking them because they still looked puffy and under cooked. But the time given is perfect! They are a bit crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside with that time. LOVE this recipe and I’ll definitely make them again!

  22. Meagan

    I made these and they are so incredibly rich and delicious. I added a big spoonful of peanut butter to the batter to make them more peanut-buttery. The dough is pretty tough to mix – I ended up kneading it with my hands, but these turned out great! I also saved some chopped Reeses to put on top of the cookies before popping them in the oven for a little extra decoration.

  23. Lauren

    I thought these sounded amazing! I tried making them for my friends one night and the batter was literally so thick that it almost broke my electric hand mixer. It was just too thick for it to turn the beaters, even on high. So, I threw in some of the reese’s and just started rolling the balls and added a few reese’s on top. Even though it didn’t go as planned, they still tasted amazing! Will definitely make again, just without the mixer!

    1. shelly

      Yeah, I used my stand mixer and the motor on that is probably a little stronger than on a hand mixer. I bet a wooden spoon and some elbow grease would do the trick just as nicely 🙂

  24. Tabitha

    Just made these cookies. As previously noted in other posts, was a little difficult to mix. I was starting to wonder if I missed a step or did something wrong in the process. But in the end, they were delicious and gooey and wonderful! Will definitely make again. 🙂

  25. Shelly

    I baked these up a few days ago and they were delicious! Simple and very few ingredients required…Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  26. These cookies are amazing! I made them last weekend for a football party and they are almost entirely gone already! My only mistake was printing off the recipe and NOT reading the part about the UNwrapped reese’s mini’s. It only took about 10 minutes to unwrap all mine, but I will certainly skip that part next time!! 😀 Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Maggie

    Super yummy!! I used a hand mixer which began straining and giving off that motor burning up smell so I ended up stirring in PB cups by hand…next time will just use the KitchenAid it shouldn’t have a problem. Loved these cookies! Thank you

  28. I’m a stay-at-home mom and lover of everything sweet, easy, and affordable. Also, chocolate. Did I mention chocolate? I love your blog. Your down-to-earth approach and willingness to not allow others to dictate how you run your life/or back your cookies! is refreshing. Thanks for blogging! I’ll be making these awesome pb scrumtious-ness later.

  29. Rachel

    Loved these! The dough is thick and my electric hand mixer couldn’t quite do the job. Of course it was no problem for the stand mixer.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  30. Sara

    Hi. I’m wondering how many cookies this recipe makes? Didn’t see it in the recipe or comments. Trying to plan for a large cookie exchange party 🙂

  31. Sarah

    I am going to make these for a cookie party next weekend because these look easy and delicious and I need to make 6 dozen! Roughly what is the cookie yield of 1 box of cake mix? Thanks!

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