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Gluten-Free Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Maximum chewy and maximum yummy, these gluten-free Reese’s Pieces cookies are a peanut butter lover’s dream! Loaded with Reese’s Pieces candies and peanut butter baking chips, it’s pure peanut butter cookie heaven.

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Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

The Best Gluten-Free Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Is there anything better in life than peanut butter? I think not! Whether by the spoonful straight from the jar or baked up in thick chewy cookie perfection, you can sign me up for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.

I am confident you’re going to love these Reese’s Pieces cookies as much as I do and here’s why:

The Best Texture – So soft and chewy.

So Much Peanut Butter – Peanut butter in the cookie dough and two types of peanut butter chip add-ins. Yum!

Not Too Sweet – Not too sweet and not too salty; they are perfectly balanced.

Dietary/Lifestyle Friendly – Gluten-free, egg-free, or “regular” this recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your specific lifestyle and dietary needs.

Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

As always this recipe is gluten-free. That said, I do test each recipe with “regular” ingredients and make notes of alternatives or swaps so that everyone can enjoy it.

Here are a few key ingredients for these peanut butter cookies but make sure you scroll to the bottom recipe card for the complete ingredient list.

Main Ingredients

Butter: Becel plant-based bricks are my personal favorite for baking but any brick-style dairy-free, vegan, lactose-free, or regular butter will work. 

Flour: I made these cookies with Primal Palate gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. If you are not gluten-free, swap the flour with regular all-purpose flour. Note that gluten-free flour blends can vary in weight so I recommend measuring by the cup.

Egg: Adds richness and flavor to these cookies but if you are egg-free they can be replaced with one flax egg.

Peanut Butter: I went with creamy/smooth Kraft peanut butter but the crunchy version would work too for a fun texture. I haven’t tested the recipe with natural peanut butter.

Sugar: This recipe calls for both brown sugar and granulated white sugar.

Salt: I prefer fine sea salt, but whatever is in your pantry will work.

Reece’s Pieces Candy: Regular or mini size can be used.

Peanut Butter Baking Chips: An added creamy pop of peanut butter yum. If you can’t find these you can substitute them with regular chocolate chips, more Reece’s Pieces, or even chopped-up Reece’s peanut butter cups.

Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

You’ll need a stand mixer or handheld electric one with a large mixing bowl, a spatula, parchment paper, and a large cookie sheet.

1. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on high speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

2. Add in the egg and mix until fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

3. Add the peanut butter and mix again until fully combined and smooth.

4. Measure in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix on low until combined and a soft dough forms.

5. Gently fold in the Reece’s Pieces and peanut butter baking chips. Cover the cookie dough and chill for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 3 days. Do not skip the chilling!

6. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare the cookie sheet with parchment paper.

7. Scoop with a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop and place onto the prepared cookie sheet. Top with a few extra Reese’s Pieces on each cookie dough ball if desired.

8. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the edges are just set and the center appears to be slightly underbaked. Be careful not to overbake. Let fully cool on the cookie sheet. Enjoy!

Pro Tip: Want a perfectly round cookie? Gently press errant cookie edges or baking chips in with a butter knife as soon as they as out of the oven and still hot.

Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

Flour Measurement: Dry crumbly cookies are often due to improper flour measurement. If you are not measuring by weight, which I always recommend, be sure to spoon, not scoop, the flour out of the container and into the measuring cup. 

Scrape The Bowl: Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl several times through the mixing/beating process. This ensures all the butter is properly aerated.

Baking Time: To keep these cookies soft and chewy, do not over-bake. You want the edges just set. If they are hard or golden, you have baked the cookies too long.

Baking Location: I always recommend baking cookies one sheet at a time in the middle rack; this allows the heat to circulate around the cookies for an even bake.

Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

Can I Make These “Regular” (ie. not gluten-free?)

Yes! Swap the gluten-free flour out for regular all-purpose flour.

Am I Able to Double the Recipe?

It doubles, triples, heck even quadruples like a dream!

How Do I Keep Them Soft?

Store these ultra-soft gluten-free Reese’s Pieces cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Alternatively, they can also be frozen for up to 6 months.

Can I Use Different Add-Ins?

Chocolate chips, peanuts, sprinkles, or even chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups would all be exceptional add-in alternatives! 

Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

How To Store Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

A dream to freeze, these gluten-free Reese’s Pieces cookies are good frozen for up to 6 months. Alternatively, place them in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Pro Tip: Want the softest gluten-free cookies even on day 5? Put a slice of gluten-free bread (or regular bread if not making them gluten-free) in the airtight container. The cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread and remain incredibly soft.

Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

The Easiest Celiac-Friendly Reese’s Pieces Cookies

Full of peanut butter flavor and wonderfully soft, this melt-in-your-mouth gluten-free Reese’s Pieces cookie recipe is almost too good to be true. 

With an adaptable ingredient list, you can tailor this recipe to suit gluten-free, egg-free, or just plain regular cookie needs creating an amazing peanut butter cookie that everyone can enjoy.

I would love to know if you make this easy Reese’s Pieces cookie recipe. If you do, tag me on social media @cakedbykatie and leave this recipe a 5-star rating and review below. I can’t wait to see it!

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Round golden brown reese's pieces peanut butter cookies full of bright yellow, orange, and brown mini reese's pieces candies.

Gluten-Free Reese’s Pieces Cookies


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  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 Dozen 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Maximum chewy and maximum yummy, these gluten-free Reese’s Pieces cookies are a peanut butter lover’s dream! Loaded with Reese’s Pieces candies and peanut butter baking chips, it’s pure peanut butter cookie heaven.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Reese’s Pieces Cookies

  • 1/2 cup (114g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup (240g) smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup (120g) gluten-free flour 1:1 baking blend
  • 1/4 cup (32g) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups (300g) Reese’s Pieces candy
  • 1 cup (240g) peanut butter baking chips
  • optional: additional Reese’s Pieces candy
  • optional: coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the egg and mix on high until fully combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add in the peanut butter and mix until fully combined and smooth.
  4. Measure in the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and mix on low until a soft dough forms.
  5. Gently fold in the Reese’s Pieces candies and peanut butter baking chips. Chill the cookie dough for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. With a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet and top with a few additional Reese’s Pieces if desired. Bake for approximately 7-9 minutes or until the edges are just set and the center appears slightly underbaked. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to fully cool on the cookie sheet. Enjoy!
  8. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 Minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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8 Comments

  1. These are SO tasty! Love most everything about this recipe my only change would be the amount of sugar – I find even just 1/3rd cup brown sugar to be enough , especially with the reces pieces . Can easily be made dairy free too. My husband who does not eat GF loves these too! So much that I have to tell him to make sure to leave some for me!!!






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