Swirled Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Swirled Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! Creamy Ribbons of peanut butter loaded with peanut butter cups!

These Swirled Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are rich vanilla cookies loaded with peanut butter cups and swirled with creamy peanut butter! It’s such an easy recipe, and a great one for your kiddos to get involved with too!

My kids love to help me bake…especially if it’s a recipe they had a hand in developing. They’re constantly throwing ideas my way…some great…some a little less great. Either way, I love getting them involved.

When I was approached by Country Crock to put a spin on their “Make It Yours” Cookie I knew my kiddos would have ideas. And oh yes…the ideas flowed.


We all settled on a cookie with peanut butter cups, but to make them even more interesting we thought we could swirl peanut butter into the cookie as well, giving it a pretty marbled effect, but also extra bites of creamy peanut butter!

I know I’m biased, but my kids are pretty smart.


Now I will be honest, I don’t typical bake with buttery spreads, like Country Crock, but I LOVED how the cookies turned out! They stayed thick and nice and had a great buttery taste. And I was happy to learn that Country Crock contains no artificial flavors or preservatives, and 0g of trans fats per serving.


The dough came together really quickly, and since it’s a spread you don’t need to bring it up to room temperature before baking, which is great in a pinch!


I even used my hand mixer for this recipe, which was a nice change of pace!

Now for the fun stuff. We bought these cute little unwrapped peanut butter cups…


And just mixed them into the dough! We might have sampled a few during the process.


Then the fun part…we got some creamy peanut butter and dropped it into the dough by the spoonful.


We used the back of our wooden spoon to swirl it into the dough…enough to be combined, but so you could still see ribbons of peanut butter.


We scooped the dough out, using a large cookie scoop and placed it on a parchment lined baking sheet…


They baked up perfectly!


Once they were cooled we couldn’t wait to sample.


We had such a fun time coming up with this recipe!


Swirled Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Yield Yield: 24 large cookies 1x



  • 1 cup Country Crock® Spreadable Sticks or Tub, cold from the refrigerator
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups mini unwrapped peanut butter cups
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix Country Crock® Spread, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended. (Dough will be soft and creamy.)
  3. Stir in the peanut butter cups until evenly combined.
  4. Next drop the peanut butter by the spoonful into the cookie dough. Using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, swirl the peanut butter into the cookie dough, so there are ribbons of peanut butter throughout the dough. Be careful not to fully incorporate the peanut butter into the cookie dough.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, drop dough onto the baking sheet 3-inches apart.
  6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until edges are lightly golden.Be careful not to over-bake.
  7. Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely.

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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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December 13, 2020 4:14 pm

These look yummy! Can you make the dough ahead of time and freeze?

Rebecca Morales
March 25, 2020 8:31 pm

I’ve not made these yet. How is the texture? Is it soft and chewy all around? Have you experimented with using crunchy pb in your recipes?

I only have regular butter but I saw in the comments we can use it. I’m very excited being on this baking adventure with you in the lead! I literally hang on to every descriptive word and the whys. Thank you for what you do!

May 11, 2016 10:30 am

Anything with mini peanut butter cups has to be amazing. I can’t wait to give these a try!

May 11, 2016 3:34 am

Trying this now! Can’t wait to eat me some of these cookies 😀

May 5, 2016 11:04 am

I can’t ever resist a peanut butter cup treat! And I love the peanut butter swirls in the cookies…your boys are dessert gurus! They have learned from the best 😉

May 4, 2016 7:10 am

Growing up we only had Country Crock in the house. I have been spreading on my toast and using it my cookies for years! It really is delicious and worked out perfectly in these cookies. You won my heart over with all that peanut butter – YUM!

May 3, 2016 12:09 am

These cookies are pretty much perfection. Yum!

May 2, 2016 6:43 pm

I love the peanut butter swirl on these! Beautiful!

May 2, 2016 5:39 pm

So last week my daughter brought the cookies and cream cookies to school and today she brought in the lemon cookies. And she told her friend called my cookies “life changing” lol. So just that you know, there’s an adorable 11 year old girl out in the world who thinks you’re the bee’s knees 🙂

May 2, 2016 10:13 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Oh yeah it was cute for sure. As soon as I picked her up, I said “Honey, how did your friends like the cookies?” And she was all like “Mom, they all really loved them. Elise said they’re life changing”. lol

May 2, 2016 4:23 pm

These just might be the perfect cookie!!

Joan / Parma
May 2, 2016 2:09 pm

can you use regular room temperature butter in place of the spread?

May 2, 2016 11:35 am

I’m in heaven! This may just be my new favorite cookie 🙂 Never could resist peanut butter and chocolate!

May 2, 2016 8:51 am

I would never turn a stack of these beauties down! Great looking cookie 🙂

Your kids seem pretty smart! 🙂 I would never have thought to bake with spread instead of butter!

May 2, 2016 8:19 am

These look incredible. I love those swirls of peanut butter!

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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