Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

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These chocolate ganache filled peanut butter cookie cups are easy to make, and a great way to fill up a holiday cookie platter.

These delicious cookies have a tender peanut butter cookie that surrounds a rich and creamy chocolate ganache center. They’re everything that a chocolate peanut butter lover could hope for!


Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups - The perfect bite-sized cookie for a snack or to place on a holiday cookie platter. Get the recipe from @itsyummi


I was given this recipe by Christina from Mom’s Messy Miracles as part of the 4th Annual Blogger Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap. This year’s swap is hosted by some of my favorite food bloggers!

Bloggers were paired up randomly and assigned to swap cookie recipes. I sent Christina my recipe for mini cinnamon roll cookies and she sent me a recipe for chocolate peanut butter cookie cups. I love the mini cinnamon roll cookies recipe. It’s quick and easy to make, but it’s a fun cookie to make, too. I hope that you’ll head over to Christina’s site and see how her cookies turned out. This is what mine looked like when I made them a couple of years ago:
Cinnamon Roll Cookies - Recipe from
One of my favorite parts about the cookie cups recipe is the chocolate ganache filled center. I can’t even explain how much love I have for chocolate ganache, other than to say that my obsession with it began when I learned how to make chocolate ganache without heavy cream.
By making chocolate ganache without cream, I can usually save two to three dollars when I made a batch of it. With as much baking as I do, that savings adds up quickly! Not to mention the fact that the ganache made without cream is incredibly smooth and rich. It’s so good!
Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups - The perfect bite-sized cookie for a snack or to place on a holiday cookie platter. Get the recipe from @itsyummi
The recipe shown below is the way that Christina makes them, so it uses a traditional ganache recipe. Feel free to use that one if you have heavy cream in your fridge. Otherwise, please consider my alternate method. I think you’ll love it just as much. After all, it’s chocolate. What’s not to love, right?!

I hope you enjoy these chocolate ganache filled bites of deliciousness!

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Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 48

Tender peanut butter cookies surround a creamy, rich chocolate ganache center. These cookies are perfect for a holiday cookie platter or a quick snack with a tall glass of milk.


  • 1/2 cup softened butter or solid vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces or chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. Use a hand or stand mixer (paddle attachment) to cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together in large mixing bowl. Mix for about 1 minute on high speed.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl if necessary. Add milk, egg, and vanilla; Mix on medium speed until well combined.
  5. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed just until combined. Don't over mix or your cookies will be dry and crumbly.
  6. Allow dough to chill for about 15 minutes.
  7. Grease a mini muffin pan lightly with butter or non-stick spray
  8. Drop balls- about 1-inch in size into each muffin cavity.
  9. Using your fingers, press dough so it spreads out to the sides and up the edges of the muffin cavity.
  10. Place pan in oven and bake for 8 minutes.
  11. Remove pan from oven and allow cookies to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
  12. For the chocolate ganache:
  13. Place chocolate in a large, heat proof bowl and set aside.
  14. Heat the heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat until small bubbles appear at the edges of the pan and the center is just barely beginning to bubble (this is called scalding the cream)
  15. Pour the cream over the chocolate in the mixing bowl. Whisk continuously to melt the chocolate and create a smooth texture.
  16. Fill the center of cooled cookies with chocolate ganache and garnish as desired. Refrigerate cookies for 15-30 minutes to help the ganache set up. Optionally, you may leave them at room temperature but it will take longer for the ganache to set up.
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Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups - The perfect bite-sized cookie for a snack or to place on a holiday cookie platter. Get the recipe from @itsyummi

Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups - The perfect bite-sized cookie for a snack or to place on a holiday cookie platter. Get the recipe from @itsyummi

11 Replies to "Chocolate Ganache Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Cups"

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  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch December 23, 2015 (10:33 pm)

    These look amazing Becca! I can never pass up peanut butter and chocolate!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout December 23, 2015 (9:52 pm)

    Had me at ganache 🙂 These look perfect!

  • Meaghan December 23, 2015 (1:51 pm)

    Chocolate and peanut butter perfection!! These look awesome.

  • Christina Shirley December 14, 2015 (6:08 pm)

    So glad you loved them! Looks like they turned out great!

  • Cakespy December 12, 2015 (5:20 pm)

    Peanut butter and chocolate = soul mates. Love this version of the love story!

    • Chef Bec December 14, 2015 (6:21 am)

      Just as peanut butter and chocolate belong together forever, so does our friendship, Jessie! 🙂 xoxo

  • heather @french press December 11, 2015 (9:50 am)

    these sound perfect for this chocolate and peanut butter lover! and I cannot wait to try ganache without the cream

    • Chef Bec December 11, 2015 (2:48 pm)

      Who can resist peanut butter and chocolate ganache together, Heather? Certainly not me! Please let me know what you think of the ganache if you try it!

  • Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom December 11, 2015 (6:54 am)

    I am totally obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter, so these cookies are SCREAMING to me!!

    • Chef Bec December 11, 2015 (2:49 pm)

      I share that obsession with you, Kristen! Luckily, these are really easy to make. I hope you enjoy them!

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