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Fudge Puddles (Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups)

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 24

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You may already know how I feel about cutesy recipe titles.

I’m just not really into them.

All I want is for a recipe name to tell me what is actually in the recipe. Maybe I just put more thought into this than I should. Maybe I’m the only one who really cares.

On the other hand though, I’m a somewhat nostalgic person.

When I’m making a recipe from childhood, or one that’s been around a long time, I just feel like names shouldn’t be messed with. Like it’s offensive to the people who have been making these recipes for years.

Anyway. Obviously I put too much thought into titles. I hope you never know how much time it takes me to come up with a title sometimes. It’s embarrassing.

two fudge puddles stacked with a bite taken out of top fudge puddle

We had to say goodbye to my grandma suddenly in November. It was a big shock, and though I’m thankful she didn’t suffer, we all miss her like crazy.

I think the hardest part of having to say goodbye without warning is the regret. I regret not spending enough time with her, or talking to her enough, or not dropping in to see her even though you know she’s lonely. I regret “not having time”.

It’s hard to think that, in just a few hours, you can lose anyone you love and never see it coming. My grandma was lucky and lived a full life. Full of love, and family, and food. But after she was gone I looked at the rest of my family, at my 2 year old daughter, the baby we’re expecting, my husband, and realized that there’s never a guarantee.

So I squeeze my girl a little tighter these days. And try to remember that time can be found if you look hard enough.

fudge puddles on grey plate with chocolate ganache filling

Now, I know you got all excited about the “fudge” part in this recipe and came over and weren’t expecting me to get all emotional. But if you hang in there a little longer, there’s a reason I’m telling you this.

So we were going through my grandma’s things after the funeral, and her grandkids were able to take some things from the house.

My grandma was always one to write in her cookbooks. She’d write the date she tried something, and how it turned out, and sometimes the changes she’d made. I knew that I wanted to have some of her cookbooks to find some new inspiration, and hopefully enjoy some of the same recipes she enjoyed many years earlier.

When I came across this recipe, I had to make it. There were no notes, but I’d heard the name tossed around before, and it just sounded so good.

close up of two fudge puddles stacked with bite out of top cookie cup

The cookie cup is really simple even though it’s made from scratch, and the filling only has 2 ingredients! The chocolate firms up nicely and takes on a truffle-like texture.

And, I mean, chocolate and peanut butter.

These come together much more quickly than you might think considering everything is made from scratch, so there really is no reason not to make them.

Here’s a little video on how to make them!

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Fudge Puddles

5 from 1 vote
Fudge Puddles: super simple peanut butter cookie shells filled with a decadent chocolate truffle filling.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 24
Calories 261cal


Cookie cups

  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups flour I used all whole wheat
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a mini muffin pan.
  • With a mixer, cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in egg.
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt and beat until combined.
  • Drop teaspoons of dough into mini muffin pans (or you can use regular pans and just make them twice as big!).
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes until the center is set. Remove from the oven and use a small, round object to make an indent in the center while still warm (I used the back of a 1 tbsp cookie scoop, and it worked wonderfully!).
  • Let cool for 20-30 minutes before removing from pan.
  • In a medium pot, combine chocolate chips and condensed milk over medium-low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Fill cookie shells and set aside to set for about 20-30 minutes.
  • These store perfectly at room temperature for a couple days, or in the refrigerator or freezer!


Recipe from my Grandma’s church cookbook, 2000.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 261cal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Mary says

    I’m trying to make shortcuts can I use refrigerator cookie dough? Also have someone here with a peanut allergy.. can I use a sugar cookie? Thanks!

  2. Danielle Morgan says

    It’s sad to lose someone dear in your heart, but I’m very glad you have precious books to enjoy. That kind of thing can go a long way in the healing process. I have some of my memere’s cookware and it means the world to me when I use it. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Are you able to tell me the yield for this recipe? I typically need to make 72 pieces at a time and I’m guessing this might be two dozen? Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Ashley says

      Sorry — I must have forgotten to include that! I believe I got 3-4 dozen. I would try doubling the recipe if you need 72.

  3. Michelle Willms says

    I have a couple of notebooks with my grandmother’s handwritten recipes inside. She also stuffed them full of newspaper clippings of recipes she wanted to try. These notebooks are my most precious possessions.I keep hoping I’ll find the time to type all of them into a cookbook someday, but I’ve only managed to get some of the handwritten ones done. Thank you so much for sharing something so precious with your followers. I’ll be trying this recipe quite soon – maybe even for the Christmas holidays. It sounds like something my husband and children will really enjoy.

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Michelle! My grandma’s cookbook is definitely a treasure — I hope I can find the time to make something like it for my kids and grandkids someday!

    • Ginger Farnsworth says

      I came across your recipe on Pinterest while looking for a new recipe to try for Christmas. I always read all of the comments that follow and wanted to jump in and add one. My father was the kitchen King at our house. When he passed on I got all of his cookbooks along with his saved clippings and handwritten notes. The thought came to me that rather than typing them over to share, I would scan them into my computer and organize them into a keepsake book to print through a service like Shutterfly (I think you can even do them through Walmart now). This was it can be shared with anyone in the family who would like one and the personal touch of my dad’s handwriting isn’t lost. I look at it like a cooking genealogy project. Just thought I’d share.

  4. Annie @Maebells says

    I have a hard time naming recipes too! I want to be straightforward, but not boring…it is harder than it sounds! I have actually never heard of fudge puddles, but these look so cute! I could eat a plateful!

    • Ashley says

      I know, right? And there are so many times I want to put too many words in… and can’t figure out how to arrange them. Lol

  5. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    Oh Ashley, I am sorry to hear about your grandmother 🙁 Losing a loved one is never easy and she sounded like such a special lady. So glad that you able to keep her memory alive through recipes she’s made. Love these fudge puddles, they look incredible!

  6. Kevin | keviniscooking says

    Ashley, Your story about your Grandma and her cookbook struck home. After my mom’s passing my dad gave me all my mom’s recipes and cookbooks. I treasure them and miss her. My site was inspired by her actually. Love this recipe and the photos look delicious!

  7. Mira says

    I saw these on Pinterest and they are so cute and I’m sure delicious!
    Sorry to heat about your loss, grandma’s recipes are always so good!

  8. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother. Losing loved ones is so difficult. But I love that you can keep her memory alive by making recipes from her cookbooks! And seeing her notes written in there is such a special keepsake. These cookies sound delicious!

  9. Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says

    These look and sound amazing, plus I love how simple they are to make as well! What a wonderful way to also remember your grandmom a little bit. I lost my grandmother this summer so I can understand how you feel about the regrets and time.

  10. Allie | Baking a Moment says

    I’m so sorry about your grandmother! But how wonderful that you can keep her memory alive with fabulous recipes like this one. These cookies sound so delicious and just perfect for the holidays. Hugs to you and your family!

  11. [email protected] says

    So sorry you recently lost your grandmother. I am sure you will get much use out of her cookbooks. I love it when people write notes in their cookbooks.
    These fudge puddles look amazing. Love the name!

  12. [email protected] says

    I’m so sorry about your grandmother, Ashley, but glad she didn’t suffer! These look like such a wonderful, nostalgic treat — I love that peanut butter cookie cup and that chocolatey center! Delicious. 🙂

  13. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    I am so sorry to head about your grandma Ashley. I lost my grandma quickly too and it was very unexpected. How wonderful that you are cooking from her cookbooks. And I agree 100% to keep the title. You just can’t mess with the old stuff. These look delicious and perfect for a holiday party!!

  14. lisa says

    I do not have instagram … but I did the rest … haha oh well … my phone does not have internet … 🙂
    Still happy to have found the cool people on pinterest …

  15. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother! She sounded really special – I love that she made notes in her cookbooks. I should do that more. I always mean to, but never do it! I don’t necessarily like cute titles either because they’re not explanatory, but THESE… Fudge Puddles! That’s adorable! They look so divine. A truffle-like center in a cookie crust. Heavenly!

    • Ashley says

      They are kind of incredible Sarah! And thanks, Sarah! She was a really special lady. I’m grateful to have some things to remember her by!

  16. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Ashley! Sounds like your Grandma was a wonderful person and how special that you were able to keep her cookbook. My Grandma was the best cook that I’ve ever known, so I know how important recipes can be. These fudge cups look delicious! I love how easy these are to whip up. So perfect for Christmas!

  17. [email protected] says

    That’s so cool that this recipe came from your grandmother’s cookbook! Grandmas recipes are always the best, no doubt. I’m positive she would definitely be proud of these stunner cookies!
    I’m drooling over that fudgy chocolate filling! Pinned. 🙂

    • Ashley says

      Yes, Sarah! I have one that she made for us, and this recipe is from the cookbook her church put together some time ago. It’s nice to be able to look through it and make some of the same things she enjoyed! Though I’m not sure if she made these before, I couldn’t resist — they’re so easy!

  18. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says

    You are indeed right “time can be found if you look hard enough”! I lost my dad this year – even though it was expected, I still feel I didn’t spend enough time or do enough -but I hope my dad as well as your grandma understand and know they will see us again one day.
    Thanks or sharing this recipe from your grandma’s cookbook – these sure are a fun and deish looking addition to the Christmas Cookie collection!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Shashi! It is such a hard lesson to learn — I find that I often forget it, even so soon after a loss in the family. Thankfully, with baby coming I’ve had to slow down a bit and I am able to find a little more time than I had before!

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