We also bought Reece's Mini Peanut Butter Cups and Rolo's to place in the center of the cookies once they were baked, but still soft. Of course, Jonah also enjoyed the job of peeling open the candies! It was an opportunity for him to work on fine motor skills, while having fun. I guess you could say he also worked on eye-hand coordination - some of those candies ended up in his mouth! *smile*
Experiment with doughs & candied centers. We tried sugar cookies with Rolo's in the middle. Not a big hit with us. Maybe Rolo's would be better in Snicker-doodles or in chocolate chip cookie dough. Or maybe Rolo's are meant to be just by themselves as a candy. There are probably hundreds of combinations.
If you want a super-rich dessert, try specialty doughs. We didn't use plain peanut butter dough for our Peanut Butter Cookie Cups; we used a specialty dough that had peanut butter chips & peanut butter laced through it. Once the Reece's Cups were added - wow! you could really only eat one; they were so rich!
Before making these, I kept asking myself - how am I gonna get these things outta the pan? I was pleasantly surprised. Most lift out. If they don't lift out, give a little twist back & forth - they pop right out!
I was extremely pleased with how quick these cookies are to "make." Obviously, they are not homemade - and there's something to be said for that. However, when a holiday or party-planning event starts to become stressful or hectic; it's nice to know these are available as an option. They really are a mental-health and time saver. It is also a fun way to involve kids in the kitchen with minimal mess or clean-up.
Like most things - I did find some tips on Pinterest. You can check out The Beehive Cottage's recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies here.