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Chocolate Cake Reeses Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies

Let the cookie baking season begin! Not like I needed the Holidays to bake cookies, but it seems a bit more fun during the Christmas season doesn’t it?

This is a simple, one bowl chocolate lovers cookie that is perfect for any Christmas plate. Your friends and neighbors will LOVE you when these are given as gifts.

Hope you enjoy! xoxo

Here is your 5 ingredient line up, can’t beat that!

In no particular order, place your ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

I started with the cake mix.

Pour in your melted butter.

Add your eggie.

Add your chocolate chips. I chose the mini’s.


Time for the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Place 25 of them in a ziplock bag and give them a good smash.

Once smashed, add them right to the bowl.

Scoop onto your cookie sheet.

With your fingers, press each cookie down about 1/2 inch.

Perfect little cookie if I don’t say so myself πŸ™‚Β  Enjoy!


Chocolate Cake Reeses Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies

1 box devils food cake mix

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted (if dough seems too dry, add 2 more Tbsp melted butter)

1 large egg

2 cups mini chocolate chips

25 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silpat liner.

2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl mixing until combined. I find it easiest to mix with hands. If dough seems too dry, you can add 2 additional Tablespoons melted butter. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet placed 1 inch apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes until cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies


Have a great day! Come back soon πŸ™‚

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  1. 1

    Jenny these look so good and I’ve seen other recipes that just call for a box of cake mix to make cookies..and you proved that I MUST try this. And add all those Reese’s…YUM

    They look rich, moist and perfect! πŸ™‚

  2. 2

    These sound divine! I bet they are really rich too, but that’s okay! I love chocolate and peanut butter, especially Reese’s cups.

  3. 3
    Amanda says:

    These look so good! Reese’s = heaven in a bite. I am also a HUGE fan of peanut butter and banana’s, so I wonder how this recipe would taste substituting a banana cake mix instead of the chocolate? I might have to test this out πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    I love the idea of cake mix cookies, so simple yet so smart! And of course you got me with peanut butter and chocolate:-)

  5. 5
    Jessica says:

    I’ve got to Pin this one. Thanks Jenny, I’ll add it to my Christmas baking list. πŸ™‚ Hope you are well in Cali. Are you still teaching Pilates? Take care. Jess

  6. 6
    Gloria says:

    If I made these the dough wouldn’t even make it to the cookie sheet!

  7. 7

    Had to read this title multiple times…because my head was spinning! LOVE IT!

  8. 8

    These sound so yummy! I love the cake batter idea. Awesome.

  9. 9

    This cookie looks so good! And made extra simple with boxed cake mix. Great recipe!

  10. 10

    I love how easy the recipe is! The pictures of the raw dough make me positively swoon πŸ™‚

  11. 11
    Maria says:

    PB and chocolate-always a good choice!

  12. 12
    Erin says:

    You make some of the best cookies! Love these.

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    Melanie says:

    I am ALL over these! Yum!

  16. 16
    Julie Chiou says:

    ahh, love it! reese’s are my FAVORITE!!

  17. 17
    Sheila R says:

    YUM! I have it all on hand except the cake mix! Now I know what I’ll be making for Monday’s cookie exchange!

  18. 18

    Wow! These look wonderful. I love Reese’s!

  19. 19
    heather bell says:

    Ok, now we’re talking!!

  20. 20
    Shelley B says:

    Can you suggest a substition for the Peanut Butter Cups? Im just not a PB fan but would love to make a variation of these.

  21. 21
    Savorique says:

    The best place to get the Nestle chocolate chips is Costco, so cheap there!

  22. 22

    These cookies look absolutely delicious! And I love the convenience of starting with a cake mix. Great recipe.

  23. 23
    Kathy L. says:

    Wow. These look so yummy (but I really didn’t need to see this post at breakfast time). Now all I want to do is eat chocolate. LOL

  24. 24

    these are mouthwatering. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  25. 25
    Lauren says:

    How easy are these? And they look absolutely perfect!!

  26. 26

    i have seen several cookie recipes calling for cake mix but none look and beautiful as yours. Adding the chocolate bits and crushed peanut butter cups make these cookies absolutely irresistible!

  27. 27

    Can I have these for lunch instead of what I brought to the office???

  28. 28

    You have no idea how happy these cookies make me πŸ™‚ These cookies are calling my name.

  29. 29

    Love cake cookies, It so great to be able to do so many varietys with the same base. and they’re pretty quick too. Really like the peanut butter and chocolate ones

  30. 30
    mel tardy says:

    just drooled on my keyboard….seriously

  31. 31
    kim says:

    oh how i hate you for posting this. i am about to have a chocolate attack and hurt somebody at my office if i don’t get some chocolate. hahah. yumm. love cake mix cookies!!! def going to make these!!!

  32. 32

    I don’t dare make these or I will hide them from my family and eat them all! They look delicious. You just can’t go wrong with Reese’s.

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  34. 34

    ZOMG! Amazing! Anything Reeses and Im in πŸ™‚

  35. 35

    My husband would love these! His two favorite things chocolate and peanut butter.

  36. 36

    Wow – those sound so good. If I had reeces on hand I would be making them right now – or maybe when the kids went to bed so I didn’t have to share. Can’t wait to try them! Thanks for the great recipes! Susan

  37. 37
    Cassie says:

    I love cookies made from cake mix. The texture is the best. This is a great combination!

  38. 38
    Marty says:

    Devil’s Food Cake mix cookies are the best. They stay so moist and lend themselves to so many additions. Love this recipe. I made a variation once with cream cheese mixed in and absolutely loved them. Thanks!

  39. 39
    Katie says:

    These are in my oven right now.. but my dough was really crumbly and Im afraid the cookies are just going to fall apart! Also you should add in the printed recipe that you need to press the cookies down on the pan – I forgot that step cause I was just looking at the printed version. πŸ™‚

    • 39.1
      Xtine says:

      I made them today, and my dough was really crumbly too. I added 2 T more butter and it held together much better. My 9 yr old taste tester declared them better than a Snickers, and that’s really high praise from her!

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  41. 41

    My goodness… These look amazing! And so simple! Definitely part of my cookie box this year.

  42. 42
    Gia says:

    I must try these! They look so good! LOVE!

  43. 43

    Such a time saver, using cake batter. Those cookies are so drool-worthy!!

  44. 44
    Jessica Waters says:

    does anyone have a recipe for the cookie part that’s not a mix? I have allergies, but I would love a moist chocolate cookie recipe for this. thanks!

  45. 45
    Deborah says:

    I always love your cookie creations!!

  46. 46

    *adds mini Reese cups to grocery list*

  47. 47

    Wow as always, these look glorious! You never seize to amaze me with goodness!

  48. 48

    So gonna make these for my neighbor/friend Christmas plates this year. They just look way to good not to!!

  49. 49
    MikeVFMK says:

    You are the cookie queen. Dessert queen. Anything sweet guru. These look delicious, Jenny!

  50. 50
    BBQ Bill says:

    I love the milk bottle… I can’t find that style of bottle any more… i can barely rmember having a milkman and milk box as a a kid

  51. 51
    Kimberly says:

    My husband and I made these, but the batter was also crumbly as someone else stated. Grant it they are sinfully good, but possibly it should be suggested to add an additional tbs. or two of butter, and an egg.
    We’re going to try the additions next time.
    What a wonderful site you have; we enjoy referring to it often.

    • 51.1
      Sarah says:

      I think the reason that you are getting the crumbly part is because the “cookies” are being made with cake mixes and not a cookie dough base. You could try the additions you mentioned or do the instructions for the brownie like cake (some mixes have this) and see if that helps. But when using a cake mix to make cookies, your going to get a MUCH different taste/texture.

  52. 52
    Sarah says:

    You use a lot of cake mixes for cookies, how does that work??? Doesn’t if give the “cookies” a “cake” appearance/taste?

  53. 53
    Theresa says:

    Hi, I made these last night and the dough was a bit crumbly. I’m going to try it again with the extra 2 tablespoons of butter that was suggested by Xtine. Can’t wait!

  54. 54
    Jennifer says:

    I just made these this evening…one problem I had was they seemed to burn on the bottom! I cut the cook time down to 10 mins, then even down to 7 mins, and they were still too over-done…anyone else have this problem?

  55. 55
    dee says:

    ooh…i love how your cookies always look SO GOOD!! my cookies never seem to flatten and spread out.. no professional results in my kitchen πŸ™ haha.

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    Joan says:

    The cookies are very good but they are a crumbly mess to eat. Are you sure there should not be more liquid in this recipe???

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    Andrea says:

    I just made 6 batches for a cookie exchange, hands down the easiest cookie I have ever made! A couple of comments, if you use a cookie scoop I got two dozen from one recipe. They are also VERY chocolately which is perfect with a “milk” shooter for my party! I did add the extra butter to make them hold together easier, about a tablespoon did the trick.

    Thank you!!!

  59. 59
    Beth says:

    I made the dough according to the directions with the extra 2 T. of butter and left it in the refrigerator overnight. The dough was still dry. When I took it out the next day it was hard and crumbly. I did bake a few cookies even though they were very crumbly and hard to form into a ball. The cookies were very dry and grainy. The directions on the cake mix box says it requires water so I added 5 T. of water and that did the trick. It was thoroughly mixed. They baked up wonderfully and tasted very delicious.

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    Melody says:

    I made these exactly how the recipe was laid out and well, I fell in love! THANK YOU! Saw your website on pinterest.

  61. 61
    amanda says:

    These are in the oven right now! Smelling yummy! I used trader joes dark pb cups, and omitted the chips since I didn’t have any. Can’t wait to try!

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    Jessica says:

    Did you use mini reese’s or regular? In the picture it looks like regulars but the recipe says mini?!? Can’t wait to try them!!

  64. 64
    Erin says:

    I made these today, & they are super yummy! Thank you for the great recipe! I am making little packages to go to my daughter’s teachers right now πŸ™‚

  65. 65
    Sarah Brattain says:

    Re your Chocolate Cake Reeses Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies:
    In your written recipe, you list the peanut butter cups as “mini”; however, the foil-wrapped small peanut butter cups shown in your photos are NOT mini – there are actually teeny tiny peanut butter cups described as “mini” peanut butter cups that are sold in bulk in one of the stores in my area in Dallas, TX. Unfortunately, I listed your written description in my grocery list, and am now faced with figuring out how many of these tiny peanut butter cups equal one small wrapped cup or going back to purchase the correct ones. Just thought you might want to mention that in your recipe description.
    Sarah Brattain
    Dallas, Texas

  66. 66
    Sarah Goer says:

    Just finished making 10 dozen cookies (including some extras for today) for tomorrow night’s cookie exchange. Mm… Thanks for the fast, easy, tasty recipe.

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    Peggy says:

    I made these yesterday and man were they a hit. I brought some to work and they were gone within a few minutes. I can’t wait to make some more of your recipes.

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    Sarah K says:

    These are delicious. I just made a batch for Christmas and had to sample them before packing them up. I think the extra 2 Tbsp of butter are really necessary to keep the cookie dough from being to crumbly. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Ruby says:

    Made these gluten free by switching out the regular cake mix with gluten free cake mix. Came out delicious! My boyfriend loved them so much he added them to his cereal the next morning! (A little strange, but so is he!) Now I make them for him as often as I can. Thanks for the super easy recipe!

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    melissa says:

    ok i just made these but the cookies turned out too dry!! HELP!!! they tase good but want them to bsoft and moist!!what do I do???

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    Avery says:

    Okay so I just made these and they were delicious but I do have some notes. Annoying right? I ended up using a stick and half a butter and I could probably have used more. Also, i cooked my first batch for about 15 minutes and it was too long. Mine were more round, less disk and they still became quite crunchy – some people like crunchy cookies, me: not so much – so I the next batch I made slightly bigger and had them in for only 13 minutes and they were perfect. Though I will say I used 18 reece’s and it was not enough, IMO. Maybe next time ill try using the new mini mini reece’s? Might retain more huncky peanut butter taste… Thanks for the great recipe! I will make these again.

  73. 73
    Brenale says:

    These look really good and easy to do! I will definitely make them!

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    Shannon says:

    I just made these, and they are delicious!!

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    Melanie says:

    This recipe turned out amazing! It was super easy and extremely good. My family loves them. I thought they would be too rich, but they are actually just right. Thank you so much for this wonderful cookie recipe!(:

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    Liz says:

    I found this via Pinterest and am so glad I did! I made cookies VERY similar to these about 10 years ago and could never find the recipe. I know it’s not the same, because I had to use flour, sugar, etc. with no cake mix….but the results are the same and FABULOUS! I did add a cup or so of peanut butter to the recipe as well as chocolate chips. I mean, if you’re gonna eat that many calories…go all out!

    Thank you so much for this sinful cookie!!! πŸ™‚

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    Steph says:

    I found this on Pinterest and had everything on hand except for the PB cups. Hubby was so excited to try these that he ran right out to buy some πŸ™‚ They were delicious, and in his words “chocolatey heaven”. I love that they were so quick and easy to make. He made them by himself as a treat for me since I’ve been on bed rest all week. Thanks for providing such a wonderful treat for us!

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    Chelsey says:

    These look delicious and I did make them, but the directions and ingredients required should be more specific. What size of cake mix did you use? And how big of a stick of butter? The only sticks of butter I have come across are 454g – almost 3 times as much as your recipe called for!
    The recipe had a lot more cake mix than anything else (maybe because cake mix boxes come in different amounts), but after everything was mixed, it was way too dry, I had to add another egg and a little bit of water. And 2 cups of chocolate chips would have been overkill! I only used one and it was a lot.

    They did turn out veryy delicious though!!

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    Paula says:

    These need the extra butter and should not be baked so long. We thought they were good but not great and much too dry.

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    Lena says:

    I had to try these. I have to say I am a little disappointed. They are certainly rich and chocolately but kind of dry ( I even added the extra butter). The printed recipe doesn’t include the step of pressing them down to 1/2 inch thick. This is a must do step as they do not spread out as they cook. They will get ate for sure but I don’t know if I would make them again.

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    Nichole says:

    I just made these and they are absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

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