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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

peanut butter cup cookies [1]

On the twelfth  day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Twelve peanut butter cup treats,

Eleven thumbprint cookies [2]

Ten festive pinwheels [3],

Nine shortbread cookies [4],

Eight gingerbread people [5],

Seven layer cookies [6],

Six Snickerdoodles [7],

Five Sugar Cookies [8],

Four Viennese Crescents [9],

Three Candy Cane cookies [10],

Two Toffee Squares [11],

And a cookie shaped like a Christmas tree [12].

I have to admit – my grandmother never made these cookies, but I had to add them to this list because they are my current favorite. What could be better than a peanut butter cup enveloped in a peanut butter cookie?

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well.
  4. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan [14].
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan.

Decorate with sprinkles [15] or nonpareils [16] if you’d like.

For gift-giving, place in sliding Santa treat boxes [17].


Photo credit: Leslie [18]