Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

My daughter’s 32nd birthday was August 1st. As always I like to bake a cake for my kids birthdays, but doing that in the mountains can be a challenge with the altitude. While I was up for the task I decided to also make some cookies, which are more forgiving in the altitude than a cake. I decided to create these Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies since my daughter is a huge fan of both. They were outstanding and a HUGE hit!

I made my Chocolate Avalanche Cake which is what she requested. To my surprise it turned out perfect!  However, I know that had I not made a backup, the cake would have been a bomb like it was years ago.

I actually found this recipe online from someone that claimed she got the recipe from a college friend and has been making it since with rave reviews.  One of my family’s favorite recipes is my Peaches & Cream Cheesecake which I too got from a college friend.  To think this recipe is requested year after year, and let me say, “I graduated college a very long time ago.”  Some recipes can be as old as the hills, and still be everyone’s favorite.

Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

When I read that I decided I had to try these cookies.  My family gave them 2 thumbs up!

I’ve never been a huge fan of peanut butter.  I’m not sure why, but maybe because I grew up on grape jelly sandwiches on plain untoasted white bread with butter on one side, and grape jam on the other.  It was my favorite then, and still is today.

Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I don’t dislike peanut butter, it’s just not my favorite – although these cookies were insanely delicious!

Where I typically will use a small cookie/melon scoop this recipe called for an ice cream scoop size.  That seemed huge, but I tried it, and it made them that much more enticing!  In fact, I decided to give them the name Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies instead of the boring Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.  It certainly seemed more fitting since we were in the mountains.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

These cookies whip up in no time and are devoured just as quickly!  They are a bit rich so you may not want to overindulge.

I think you’re going to love these Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies!  

Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie

Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These Mountainous Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are a sweet surprise. Crunchy on the outside, gooey, soft, and creamy on the inside.  If you're a chocolate and peanut butter lover you won't want to miss these!


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 35 mini peanut butter cups*


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together by hand or with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla, peanut butter(s) and eggs; mixing well.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until just mixed. Batter will be thick. Fold in chips and peanut butter cups.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop onto baking sheets lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
Notes: *Its best to freeze the Peanut Butter Cups at least 30+ minutes before adding to the batter to help hold their shape.
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  1. These loaded chocolate cookies look absolutely irresistible and are worth every single calorie!

    • Well I think that depends on if you get carried away eating them, which we all have. They’re delicious and addicting. You have to be prepared to eat with caution so you don’t over indulge. It’s easy to do!

  2. These look terrific! Love the ingredients, and the size. And they look so nice against the mountain background!

    • Thank you John. I’m so sorry I never posted a reply to your comment. I must have had a glitch in my notifications back then. I apologize for the delay. Hope you and the Mrs are doing well. 

  3. Very very DELICIOSO!!! ,  MUY BUENO!!!
    Golden blonde HUGE  cooookieeees!!!
    Made 3  DOZENS of cookies and took it to our Local PD!!! 
    Small gesture of gratitude for their services

    GRACIAS!!!! Mucho mucho
    And  VIVA ??????????  U. S. A!!!

    • Lydia I’m so sorry for never responding to your comment. Something must have been wrong with my notifications back then. 

      What a nice gesture to thank those that protect your area. I’m sure they appreciated it and hope they loved the cookies. 

      I apologize for this very late response. 

      Thank you for your comment. 

  4. I made these today. They are fabulous!

    • Thank you Tory for your comment. I’m pretty sure your son must have had these before at a party my son had. They got rave reviews there. 

      Thank you so much for your comments. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

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