18 Irresistible Desserts Using Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Photo by Allrecipes.

When life hands you peanut butter cups, you can either wolf them down on the spot or use them to take simple dessert recipes way over the top. Here are 18 of our favorite ways Allrecipes home cooks used peanut butter cups to create the kinds of treats your sweetest dreams are made of.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies | Photo by Allrecipes.

"Fail-proof," says reviewer Steph. "I followed the directions and everything turned out perfectly. Advice: freeze or refrigerate unwrapped PB cups - it is easier to press the frozen candy into the hot cookie without falling to pieces."

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Swirled Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

marbled peanut butter brownies

Sweet, fudgy decadence is in every bite of this treat. The recipe calls for a boxed brownie mix, which cuts on prep time. A sugar-peanut mixture is swirled with the brownie batter for a dessert that peanut butter lovers won't be able to resist.

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Yummy Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Yummy Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream | Image by Sugarplum.

Homemade peanut butter ice cream gets churned with chopped peanut butter cups for a chilly treat we'd most definitely stand in line for.

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Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie. Photo by Melissa Goff.

A salty-sweet slice of heaven. Peanut butter cups garnish this pie made from a graham cracker crust, cream cheese, and frozen whipped topping. The perfect make-ahead dessert that's creamy, rich, and delicious.

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Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars I
Photo by L.P.L. L.P.L

Don't have Reese's cups on hand? Make your own giant version at home. These top-rated bars get high marks for deliciousness and ease from home cooks. "It really does taste like a peanut butter cup," raves greenstarz180. I brought them to a party and they were the first things gone."

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Bacon Cookies

chocolate peanut butter bacon cookies

Does it get any better than cookies made with cocoa, peanut butter cups, and bacon? These soft, rich confections are a masterclass in peanut buttery decadence.

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Georgia Shake

Georgia Shake
Photo by Dianne.

Crumbled peanut butter cups, chocolate ice cream, and milk combine for a sippable dessert that you're sure to love. Ready in just five minutes, this shake is too easy not to make.

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Peanutty S'Mores

peanut butter cup smores

Standard s'mores are delicious in their own right, but the addition of peanut butter cups take them to a whole new level. The classic campfire treat gets an update from melted peanut butter sandwiched between crisp graham crackers.

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Chocolate Hockey Pucks

Chocolate Hockey Pucks

A Reese's cup is pressed between Oreo halves and dipped in semi-sweet chocolate for a fun, layered treat. "So rich and delicious!" says MeasMom. "A little coconut oil (instead of shortening) helps the chocolate melt very smoothly."

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Ice Cream Lasagna

ice cream lasagna

So easy to make, so hard to resist. You're looking at layers and layers of ice cream sandwiches, crunchy peanut butter, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, hot fudge, and caramel. Oh, and a ton of chopped peanut butter cups.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

cookie with reese's pieces in it
Hannah Culbertson

Chocolate-peanut butter cookies are loaded with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter cups — what's not to love? "My family begs for these cookies!" says reviewer Beth Packer.

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

brownie with peanut butter cup in center with sprinkles

Take boxed brownies up a notch by baking them in a cupcake pan and placing in a peanut butter cup in their center. Reviewer naples34102 describes them as, "fudgey, gooey, delightfully cute, just the right size and...irresistibly delicious."

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Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

peanut butter cup ice cream in green mug
Cara Johnston

This peanut butter cup ice cream rivals even what you'll find at your local ice cream spot (and definitely what you'll find in the freezer aisle!). If you're in the market for an ice cream maker, we tested the best ones on the market.

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T. T.'s Cookies

chocolate chip and peanut butter cup cookies

It's part peanut butter cookie, part chocolate chip cookie, with the addition of peanut butter cups. "These are likely the best cookies I've ever had!" raves reviewer MRSG4.

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MySweetCreations Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

peanut butter cup pie with peanut butter cup toppings and blue sprinkles
House of Aqua

A smooth peanut butter filling is baked into a chocolate cookie and cinnamon crust. Top it all off with peanut butter cups, whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel syrup. It's best served cold and straight from the freezer, according to recipe creator House of Aqua.

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Leftover Halloween Candy Brownies!

peanut butter cup brownies

Reserve some of your Halloween winnings for these delectable brownies loaded with M&Ms, peanut butter cups, Butterfingers, and milk chocolate candy bars — although you can use any variety of candy.

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Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Pizza

Peanut Butter Cup Dessert Pizza
Lisa Altmiller

A sugar cookie "crust," peanut butter "sauce," and peanut butter cup topping make this the ultimate peanut-chocolate lover's pizza.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Volcano Cake

slice of chocolate peanut butter cake with powdered sugar

This ooey-gooey chocolate and peanut butter cake is finished off with a chocolate glaze for a fabulous presentation. "Best when served with vanilla ice cream!" suggests reviewer Susie.

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chocolate peanut butter cups stacked
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