Christmas Cookie Exchange: Mistletoe Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange!

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This recipe is one I remember seeing year after year at my grandmother’s house growing up and it’s very simple. Just make basic peanut butter cookies but instead of pressing it with a fork, keep it rolled in a ball, then when finished, immediately press half a peanut butter cup into the cookie so that it looks like a flower pot.

I like the peanut butter cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens:


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour


1. In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

NOW, BEFORE COOLING, immediately press the halved peanut butter cups in the center of each cookie so that the cut side is pressed into the cookie and no longer visible.

Transfer to wire racks. Cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Now to decorate – You can do this a couple of ways, we typically use green frosting and red hots cinnamon candies, but you can also use green frosting and red frosting or any other variation you like, but basically you want to squirt some green frosting on top of the peanut butter cup “flower pot” to resemble leaves and then add the red candies or frosting to make little round berries. Voila – Mistletoe Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

I don’t have any pictures handy and couldn’t find any online, which means this idea must be fairly original. But I think you can use your imagination to combine this:

and this:


  1. These are one of my favorite cookies, I haven’t made them in years, now I will copy down your recipe as I have misplaced it. Thank you for sharing it.

    Christmas Blessings,
    Kathi 🙂


  2. These would not last long at my house. I can’t wait to try them and also think this might be a fun recipe to let my grandkids help me make. Thank you.
    Roberta Anne


  3. I make these but I use a mini muffin pan…put the balls in each hole…press mini reese cup down in it…then bake! They are so yummy…the pic made me want to go make some!


  4. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….yummy! I love these…these will have to become a FAVORITE around here, too!


    ps…thanks for participating!! And, please pass the cookies!!!


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