Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I love this time of year! The weather is gorgeous and our calendars are full. We have so many invitations to parties, cookouts, and beach days with friends. We never go empty-handed and always like to bring something homemade. Michael LOVES to bring appetizers and desserts that you can pop in your mouth and eat with one bite. He hates going to a cocktail party where you are stuck with a plate, a fork, a napkin, your drink, and not enough hands.

peanut butter cookies

One of our favorite things to bring to parties are these peanut butter cup cookies. They come together quickly and easily. We can always find time to whip these up no matter how busy we are.  We like to use the dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s. The dark chocolate takes them to another level. But good old-fashioned Reese’s peanut butter cups taste good too!

Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 36 mini chocolate peanut butter cups


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set. aside.

Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix well.

Form batter into 36 balls. Place into ungreased mini muffin tins.

Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press mini peanut butter cup into middle of cookie. Let cool and remove from pan.

peanut butter cookie


  • Use dark chocolate peanut butter cups for an even tastier cookie.
  • To make gluten-free substitute flour with Bob Red Mill’s 1:1 Gluten Free Flour.
  • If you are like us and only have 1 mini muffin tin then place cookies in freezer for 3-4 minutes after inserting the peanut butter cup. The cookies should  pop right out of the pan.
  • You can refrigerator the dough, we make it into balls before placing in the fridge.

peanut butter cookies

Enjoy! What is your favorite dessert to bring to a party?

Summer Staycation

I love having time off from work to just be home. We had planned an overnight at Mohegan Sun, thanks to an awesome deal on Gilt City so I was taking the Monday of the already short week off. I decided that it wasn’t worth working just 3 short days and that I’d be grateful for some time at home. I’m so happy I did. I feel rested, recharged, and rejuvenated. Here’s a peek at how I spent my time.

Michael and I finally took our mountain bikes for a spin at Wompotuck State Park in Hingham. We brought my mountain bike back to MA from NY with us at least 2 years ago with the intention of going for rides. We never did. I’m happy we finally changed that. We rode around for about 2 hours. It was so fun to chat, get some exercise, and enjoy the scenery of the woods! We even got to pop in and see an old friend of Michael’s who lives in Hingham. It was a bit overcast and on the cool side that day so I feel like we planned the perfect activity for the weather.


Sunday morning we woke up to downpours. We decided to sleep in, have breakfast, watch CBS Sunday Morning (I love that show) before getting our day going. We had originally planned to head to RI for a beach day before heading to Mohegan Sun for dinner and some fun. Since the rain spoiled our plans we decided to stop in Providence for lunch. Michael took me to East Side Pockets since I was craving falafel. It was so good and I can’t wait to go back!!! We wandered around in Providence a bit before heading to the casino.

East Side Pocket

We had dinner at Todd English’s Tuscany and it was great. I’ve been wanting to eat there for awhile, and it was worth the wait. We shared a burrata salad, fettucine carbonara, and a proscuito flatbread. The cocktails were awesome too. I had my favorite, a St. Germain martini with a twist of lemon. After dinner we hit the casino for a bit and had some fun on the slots before heading to bed. Monday we slept in, had a lazy morning, had breakfast, and played some more slots before heading home. It was a fun little night away and felt so much longer than it really was.

Burrata Salad

I spent the rest of week enjoying time at home. I went for runs at Lake Quannapowitt- I love not having to cross a street for 3 miles and running by the water. It’s just so much better than running through town.

Lake Q

I took care of errands I kept putting off, like taking my wedding dress to the cleaners and getting the oil changed in my car. I baked. I baked so much. I made a batch of peanut butter cup cookies for the 4th of July. Lucky for you that recipe is coming soon. I took a stab at making homemade puff pastry dough and apple turnovers. They were delicious but there is so much more room for improvement. I already can’t wait to make them again- there is at least 10 things I’d do differently. I’ll share the recipe and tips once I perfect it but since they are loaded with butter that may take a bit. You can’t make those too often! I made a summer berry crisp that was so flavorful and good, and not terribly unhealthy.

I got to meet one of my best friends babies just hours after he was born. To see the excitement, happiness, and joy on my friend’s face was so special and I just loved holding that little peanut.

We spent time at the beach soaking in the sunshine. I finished a book I had been reading for months and took naps in the sun. I even swam, a lot. It was cold and so refreshing.

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We saw fireworks and celebrated the 4th of July with friends. It was my first time in the 6 years I’ve lived here that I saw the Boston fireworks. They were gorgeous and worthy of all the hype they get.

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And we closed out the week with a day trip to Maine to see our friends and spend one more day at the beach. We chatted, we swam, we ate, and we laughed. It was the perfect ending to the week.

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Heading back to work wasn’t so bad today but I’m already looking forward to the weekend. We are headed to NY to see my family and spend time at our summer house!

How did you enjoy the week of the 4th?