Fudge Puddles (Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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 5 votes
Fudge Puddles: super simple peanut butter cookie shells filled with a decadent chocolate truffle filling.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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!

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