Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies


Have leftover Halloween candy? Looking to try a new cookie recipe? Then you’re going to love these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies. I mean, what’s not to love about a mini candy bar pressed into a soft peanut butter cookie? 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on cooling rack.

Okay, I’m certain that you’ve heard of the classic peanut butter blossom cookies. (If you haven’t, it’s a peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss pressed into the middle.) Today we are taking that same concept but instead of using chocolate kisses, we’re using mini candy bars to create these peanut butter candy bar cookies. 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on a plate.

With Halloween a few weeks away, I thought this would be the ideal time to share this recipe as you soon may have some extra Halloween candy lurking around the house. (Or you may be able to snag a bag at 50% off the day after Halloween. Love that!) This would be the perfect reason/excuse to make these cookies. 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on plate and cooling rack.

As much as I love peanut butter blossoms, I may like these peanut butter candy bar cookies even better. I always find the chocolate kiss to be too hard making it awkward to bite through. That’s not the case with these mini candy bars. They stay nice and soft and pair perfectly with the peanut butter cookie. 

You’re definitely going to want to add these decadent bites to your next cookie tray. Let me show you how to make them. 

Want more peanut butter treats? Try these:

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on plate.

Ingredients:

The ingredient list for these peanut butter candy bar cookies is pretty standard so I’m not going to go through it item by item, but here’s what you will need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter
  • creamy peanut butter
  • granulated sugar
  • light brown sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • sanding sugar
  • mini candy bars (Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers)

My guess is that, other than the mini candy bars, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen especially if you’re a baker like myself. 

Once you’ve gathered up all of these things, you’re ready to start baking! 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on cooling rack.

How to Make Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies:

For your convenience, I’ve provided a detailed ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card below.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. 
  5. Beat until light and creamy.
peanut butter cookie dough in mixer.
  1. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. 
  2. With the mixer on low add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
  3. Scoop out about one tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball, then roll in sugar. 
  4. Place the balls two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. 
peanut butter cookie dough balls on cookie sheet.
  1. Press your thumb into the center of each cookie to indent. 
  2. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for about eight to ten minutes or until lightly browned. 
  3. Remove from the oven and press one candy bar into the center of each cookie. 
adding mini candy bars to cookies.
  1. Allow to cool for a bit on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on cooling rack.

That’s it!

Once completely cooled, you can pack and store these cookies in an airtight container for at least a week. 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on plate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you freeze these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies?

You sure can! I recommend enjoying any frozen cookie within two to three months of freezing. 

What kind of candy bar is best?

The mini square-shaped candy bars are best. I used Snickers, Milky Way, and 3 Musketeers. 

Can I use natural peanut butter?

When It comes to baking, I prefer and recommend Jif peanut butter. You’re welcome to try what you like, but be aware that the results may vary. 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on plate.

It’s time to bake these delicious cookies!

And that’s a wrap (or should I say wrapper) on these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies. Go and give them a try! I can’t wait to hear what you think. 

Enjoy! 

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on plate and cooling rack.

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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies on cooling rack.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy bar, cookie, peanut butter cookie, thumbprints
Servings: 40
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Have leftover Halloween candy? Looking to try a new cookie recipe? Then you’re going to love these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies. I mean, what’s not to love about a mini candy bar pressed into a soft peanut butter cookie?

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until light and creamy: about two to three minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  • Scoop out about one tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball, then roll in sugar. Place the balls two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Press your thumb into the center of each ball/cookie to indent.
  • Bake one cookie sheet at a time for about 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and press one candy bar into the center of each cookie. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 82IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.4mg
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