There’s something…well…magical…yes, Christmas magical about a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Trust me, I’ve put peanut butter on a spoon and sprinkled it with chocolate chips, it’s just not the same. It’s more than just chocolate and peanut butter. Arguably there’s some sort of addictive element added into it that keeps us coming back for more. Some of us, are just itching for an excuse to use them in holiday recipes.  Why? Well, taste testing of course, it’s the best part of holiday baking! Also, not to mention the praise and glory you get with a sure-fire win by adding that simple ingredient – Reese Cups. Here’s some recipes to keep you riding high among the cookie exchanges, dessert tables and bake sales. Rumor has it, it’s Santa’s favorite chocolate too. Batter up!

1. Reese’s Christmas Trees

Stack ’em up, and put a kiss on top! Just you try and resist eating the entire tree at once (challenge accepted?!)

http://www.simply-blessed.com/peanut-butter-cup-christmas-trees-2/ Photo by: Simply Blessed

2. Reese’s Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are pretty incredible as-is. But WOW factor with these one with the surprise inside of a whole peanut butter cup?! This is how you win cookie competitions, friends.

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/12/21/reeses-stuffed-peanut-butter-cookies/ Photo by: Sally’s Baking Addiction

3. Christmas Bark Cookie Crunch (with Reese’s too, but of course!)

Barks are a life saver during the holidays. No baking required, they are actually meant to be broken, and they have the ability to be stored away for weeks. Always a good idea to have some made on hand for when that neighbor brings you over a tin of cookies and you’re stuck looking like a jerk with nothing for them. Have a few baggies of these on hand, and you’ll always win friends with peanut butter cups. It’s like the law of friendship. Unless they’re allergic, then that’s probably the law of ruining friendships, real fast.

http://darcydiva.com/recipes-detail/christmas-bark-cookie-crunch/ Photo by: Darcy Diva

4. Reese’s Krispy Cookies

NO BAKE, again! Just saving your Christmas baking tushies right now. These rice krispy hybrid peanut butter cookies are like Christmas crack, of the peanut butter variety.

http://myincrediblerecipes.com/no-bake-reeses-krispy-cookies/ Photo by: My Incredible Recipes

5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Explosion

EXPLOSION! Of peanut butter cup, and brownie. Preheat the oven, lets go!

http://www.thebakingchocolatess.com/reeses-peanut-butter-cup-explosion-brownies/ Photo by: The Baking Chocolatess

6. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reese Cup

Had a very edible nose…and body…and…mmm…

http://hungryhappenings.com/2012/12/resees-cup-rudolph-red-nose-reindeer.html/ Photo by: Hungry Happenings

7. Reese Peanut Butter Cheesecake Dip

Gather ’round the cheesecake dip in holly jolly delight!

http://www.thechunkychef.com/peanut-butter-cup-cheesecake-dip/ Photo by: The Chunky Chef

 

8. Peanut Butter Cup Muddy Buddies

Aka puppy chow (heads up – not for actual puppies!). Muddy buddies or puppy chow is the perfect no-bake snack to put out during the holidays. It looks snow dusted and has mini Reese peanut butter cups mixed through it!

http://www.momentswithmandi.com/peanut-butter-cup-muddy-buddies/ Photo by: Moments With Mandi

9. Slow Cooker Reese’s Peanut Butter Swirl Cake

With all these holiday parties and potlucks, you know you’re bound to be in a parade of slow cookers and crock pots. Take a new spin on things by bringing along a dessert cake, in a slow cooker. Plus, nobody is going to pass up those peanut butter cups adorning the cake’s surface. Mmmm…

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/slow-cooker-reeses-peanut-butter-cup-swirl-cake/5c26f6b9-fe67-40d6-ba31-2e0b22136d9e Photo by: Betty Crocker

10. Reese’s Cake Roll

Cake rolls always remind me of the holidays. In my house, they are usually made during the holidays, and considered a “yule log” cake. Frankly, I’m just happy for more peanut butter recipes in my life, and a charming excuse to make this recipe.

http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2015/11/peanut-butter-cup-cake-roll/print/ Photo by: Crazy for Crust

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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