Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies


Boo! Today is Halloween!!

And I’m not trick or treating. Waaaaaah.

It seems like people have some construed ideas about trick or treating. Apparently, the older you get, the more socially-unacceptable it is to go trick or treating. With today being Halloween and politic-season rearing its ugly head, I figured I’d defend my argument against No-Adults-Allowed Trick or Treating, or NAA TOT.

First of all, people have this weird idea that because you’re an adult, you can somehow buy your own candy. Um, whatever happened to that little thing called “being neighborly”? If your neighbor came over desperate for a cup of sugar for her coffee, you wouldn’t turn your nose up and be like, “aren’t you a little too old to be asking for sugar? Buy your own.” So how is it any different from candy?

Also, going off on that same idea, people assume we can buy our own candy because we have money. Kids don’t have bills. In fact, they don’t really have any responsibilities except to do their homework which, let’s face it, is probably done by parents anyways. So basically we’re rewarding bill-free, responsibility-less children with sugar when really, the adults should be rewarded with chocolate for A) putting up with children, and B) having to pay bills and therefore, not buy candy.

And okay, don’t you ever want to punch people when they tell you to “get in the Christmas spirit!” during Christmas-season? And you’re like THIS IS MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT YOU FREAK!! So why are adults being penalized just for being adults when they’re in costume, celebrating Halloween? I mean, I’m dressed in costume and as spirited as you can get–and you’re not giving me candy because I’m an adult? Ruuuuude.

So this Halloween, vote against NAA TOT, or No-Adults-Allowed Trick or Treating. If you’re paying a bill, wearing a costume (or even just a wig), and are desperate for candy that was not purchased by you, I say go trick or treating. And if naysayers balk at your age, egg their house. Just kidding about the last part. Maybe instead start screaming about how trick or treating is a conspiracy against adults. I bet you they’ll give you a Snickers bar to shut up.

Oh. And if you’ve ever run into the crazy problem when you have leftover Halloween candy lying around and need some inventive way to repurpose chocolate bars, look no further. These cookies do the trick just fine! Meet Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. They’re chocolate chip pudding cookies (obvi) stuffed with whole Reese’s peanut butter cups. Um, you’re friggin’ welcome.

The best part is this recipe can be adapted to nearly any chocolate candy you want to stuff ’em with. Snickers? Go for it. 100 Grand? Do it. Milky Way? Be my guest.

Oh and BTW, there are no rules about adults eating cookies, so feel free to stuff your face.

HAYLEY 2012!!

Reese’s Stuffed Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies *adapted from Picky Palate’s idea and Two Peas and Their Pod’s Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe 

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 & 1/2 cups miniature chocolate chips
About 12-14 Reese’s peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Optional: other candy bars like 100 Grand, Snickers, Milky Way, Kit Kat, Krackle, Almond Joy, etc.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs, vanilla + pudding mix to combine. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda + salt; gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in the miniature chocolate chips.
3. Drop a rounded Tablespoonful of dough on your baking sheet; gently press a Reese’s cup (or candy bar of your choice) on top of the dough. Top with another rounded Tablespoonful of dough and seal the dough balls together around the candy bar. Repeat, leaving a 2-3″ space between cookie dough balls (they’ll spread slightly).
4. Bake for approx. 12-14 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking, or until golden and set in center. Cool on sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely. Store leftovers airtight, up to 4 days.

I only had 100 Grand and Reese’s cups on hand, so I used a mixture of the two. Of course, my favorite were the Reese’s cups–the unexpected flavor of peanut butter in the gooey center of these fluffy, chewy chocolate chip cookies was phenom!! I can only imagine using Snickers or Almond Joys would be a fun + delicious twist as well!

Happy Halloween!! Have a fun and safe trick or treating experience!!

xo, Hayley



  1. oreo stuffed sugar cookies, reese’s stuffed pudding cookies – sheesh! please don’t ever stop stuffing your ookies with even yummier goodies Hayley. I wish I could go trick-or-treating with you! For some odd reason, I think someone would have to break up our Reese’s peanut butter cup fights as we try to steal each others’ 🙂

  2. One of the best things about breeding is getting to trick or treating with your loin fruit. The first time I got to go TOTing as an adult, my kid was 4 weeks old. He may have looked cute in his pumpkin suit, but seriously, the kid had no teeth. He lived on formula. As if the treats were for him–bah! Now he’s a bit older, I can still raid his stash for my faves: Heath bar, almond joy, reeses cups…once he’s in bed. He’s 4 now, so I’m not so sure how much time I have left to do it, but I will enjoy it as much as I can while i can. I think of it as “mommy tax.” I deserve it!

  3. One of the best things about breeding is getting to go TOTing with your loin fruit. The first time I got to go TOTing as an adult, my kid was 4 weeks old. He may have looked cute in his pumpkin suit, but seriously, the kid had no teeth. He lived on formula. As if the treats were for him–bah! Now he’s a bit older, I can still raid his stash for my faves: Heath bar, almond joy, reeses cups…once he’s in bed. He’s 4 now, so I’m not so sure how much time I have left to do it, but I will enjoy it as much as I can while i can. I think of it as “mommy tax.” I deserve it!

  4. You need to go trick or treating here! When I used to take the boys out on Halloween I always ended up with more candy than they did. “One for the Vampire, one for the Pirate, one for the pumpkin. Oh! and here’s a few for mom! You need it to keep up with these boys!”

    I never even wore a costume!

  5. I’m not so into the costume thing for me, but I love it when I see adults,especially whole families embrace the spirit of Halloween! I always secretly envy those people! So here, here, adults be free! And I’ll be free to eat all these cookies!! I can’t wait to raid the kids candy bags so I can bake!

  6. Yeah! We should be able to trick or treat!!!

    Also—I’ve made the Picky Palate stuffed cookies before, loved em…but LOVE the idea of you making them with pudding cookies! Yesss

  7. LOL! You’ crack me up. I’m so voting for NAA TOT. 🙂 Wanna come with us? Jordan’ll share… 🙂

  8. I completely agree with you and will definitely vote NO! to NAA TOT. Fantastic recipe, too! I’ve never seen anyone stuff a candy bar inside a pudding cookie – yum!

  9. Those look awesome and like a great way to celebrate Halloween. I’m thinking Paydays could make a good non-chocolate filling. You should celebrate Halloween however you want to 🙂

  10. these cookies sound amazing!

  11. Happy and safe Halloween to you too! I love buying tons of extra candy to ensure I have lots of leftovers for myself 😉

  12. missbmarie159 says:

    These look amazing!

    And seriously. Unless you have kids you can’t go trick-or-treating? It’s one of the few pros I have on my “Do I REALLY want kids?” pros and cons list. 😉

  13. BTW, Missbmarie159 is me…Don’t know how or why that happened. Guess I’m just a WordPress Noob. =/

  14. Don’t you know that when you’re an adult you don’t go trick or treating, you wear your underwear to bars and say you’re a sexy [insert character here] Duh! Most important thing I learned in college.

  15. Back for Seconds says:

    I am SO voting for you! I like the way you think!
    I want to eat about 100 of these bad boys. With pb cups, please! Yuuuuuum

  16. Hayley – you can trick or treat here as well – I’d gladly share 🙂

    BUT…leftover reese’s – that’s not possible in my house
    I’m actually eating one as I type
    Happy Halloween

  17. I was so tempted to trick or treat this year – my neighbors give out the best candy!

  18. i love how the cookie is bulging because of that reese’s cup!! come trick or treat at my house – we have way too much candy left cause we over anticipated the kids.

  19. I agree 100%. All these adults being.. adults. Pah! I’m 31 and a giant kid at heart. It should be socially acceptable for adults to go ToT! We got only 2 ToT’ers tonight… TWO!? WTH?

    And you’ve done it again. Tempting me to sneak off downstairs and since it’s Halloween and the witching hour has passed, to cackling like a witch or act like a crazy scientist and concoct and English version of these pupsters!

  20. These look so amazing and similar to what I posted today 🙂 Happy Halloween!

  21. We have some leftover Reeces from Halloween…I’m hoping they are still around for me to bake this weekend!

  22. Girrrrrrl, I would totally vote for you. And these Reese’s stuffed cookies, promptly shoved in my pie-hole.

    Wish you were here to trick-or-treat with us. Doodle just got a TON of candy that I’ll be taking to work post-haste so I don’t eat it all. While he likes getting candy, eating it is another story…not sure how he’s related to me???

  23. I’m totally in love…put Reese’s in anything and I’ll sign up! 🙂

  24. What a perfect way to use up leftover Halloween candy! I didn’t go trick-or-treating or anything but I have some kit kat bars to use up (not sure how they’ve lasted this long) so this is absolutely perfect!

  25. I am in love with these cookies!!! So good! And you are right Adults should be able to dress up!

  26. Hayley these look awesome! I love the reeses and that you used mini chips!

    Came looking for the Bliss Bars but don’t see them. Saw these instead 🙂

    p.s. I dont get comment replies from you so if you do reply re the bars, just email me!

  27. UUUmmmm…peanut butter cups inside pudding cookies? Shut up!! These are freaking awesome!!! Pudding cookies have quickly become my favorite cookies of all time…and you just made them even better!!! LOVE THIS!!!!


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