Everyone loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Well, get excited, because these chocolate cookie dough cups are basically their better looking cousins.

A rich chocolate coating envelops the hidden surprise of smooth chocolate chip cookie dough… Where could you go wrong? It’s essentially the best part about making cookies, combined with more chocolate!

Plus, you can customize the recipe to your heart’s content. Instead of adding chocolate chips to the cookie dough, throw in a few teaspoons of cinnamon to make snickerdoodle dough. Try using white chocolate for the outer coating if you want a more unique treat. And, you can’t go wrong with adding some rainbow sprinkles to the tops of the cups for a colorful finish.

Chocolate Cookie Dough Cups

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:45 minutes
  • Servings:12-14
  • Easy


  • 6 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 oz plain cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bags of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
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  • Step 1

    Fill muffin pan or baking tray with 12-14 muffin wrappers.

  • Step 2

    Melt butter in medium-sized bowl using microwave, heating in 10 second intervals until butter has completely melted.

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  • Step 3

    Add brown sugar to bowl and mix.

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  • Step 4

    Add cream cheese and sugar, and mix until smooth.

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  • Step 5

    Add flour, baking soda, and vanilla extract — mix until well-combined.

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  • Step 6

    Add in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

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  • Step 7

    Mix batter until evenly combined.

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  • Step 8

    Using a heaping tablespoon as a guideline, form dough into balls of the same size.

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  • Step 9

    Melt remaining chocolate in microwave, heating in 10-15 second intervals until completely melted.

  • Step 10

    Pour a small amount of melted chocolate into the bottom of each muffin wrapper. The chocolate should cover the entire bottom but not be thicker than 1/4 inch.

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  • Step 11

    Place a cookie dough ball into each muffin wrapper and press to slightly flatten.

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  • Step 12

    Pour more chocolate over cookie dough ball until it is completely covered.

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  • Step 13

    Place tray into fridge and let cool for approximately 30 minutes or until chocolate has completely hardened.

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  • Step 14

    Remove from fridge and enjoy!

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