REVIEW: Pillsbury Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Pillsbury Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies

Reese’s and Pillsbury have teamed up to offer a peanut butter cookie dough made with Reese’s Peanut Butter. No mixing. No bowls. Just break apart the block of dough, place the pieces on a cookie sheet, bake, and then think of all the time you’re saving by not making cookies from scratch and having to deal with all the cleaning after. It’ll give you so much time that you have the time to think that.

The name Reese’s brings excitement when printed on a package. Go post a photo of something with Reese’s on Instagram or Facebook, and I’m sure it’ll be one of your most liked photos. But this cookie dough is not something to get super excited about.

Look, I’ve had a shedload of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my lifetime and I’ve had a bucketload of homemade and store bought peanut butter cookies during the decades I’ve been on this planet, so I’m disappointed these taste more like your run-of-the-mill peanut butter cookies than anything that reminds me of the iconic candy I’d steal from a baby.

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The peanut butter in a Reese’s PBC has a distinct nutty flavor that I don’t detect with these. I ate the ENTIRE batch on my own over the course of several days, like a leisurely-eating Cookie Monster, and every one I stuffed into my mouth didn’t invoke any tastes, smells, or inkling of the beloved chocolate and peanut butter treat.

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As peanut butter cookies, they’re fine, and I enjoyed eating every single one of them. But there’s nothing to distinguish them from any other I’ve had.

For you fork impressions in peanut butter cookies people, do it quickly because the dough gets super sticky if it sits for a little while, making it hard to create the imprint without having a clump of dough stick to your fork.

I can’t say Pillsbury’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies are bad, but I can say if I were to hand out these to random folks on the street, I’m sure they would not be able to tell it’s specifically a Reese’s product. By the way, if a stranger on the street offers you a cookie, don’t accept it.

(Nutrition Facts – 2 cookies – 160 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 170 milligrams of sodium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $4.29
Size: 16 oz. (makes 24 cookies0
Purchased at: Safeway
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Good peanut butter cookies. I bet this would make great bread for a Reese’s PBC sandwich. No mess and washing mixing bowls after. How easy it is to steal candy from a baby.
Cons: Not good at capturing Reese’s peanut butter. Nothing to distinguish it from other peanut butter cookies. Hard to make fork impressions in cookie dough. Stealing candy from a baby.

6 thoughts to “REVIEW: Pillsbury Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. With all due respect, not fair to ding these for not tasting like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookies–that’s not what they are. Rather, they’re simply peanut butter cookies made with Reese’s peanut butter–as such, based on your review, they seem to be right up there, perhaps a 9.

    1. Now that I reread my review, I can see how you think I thought that. But I didn’t expect these to taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, because, of course, it doesn’t have any chocolate. What I was hoping to convey in my review is that the flavor doesn’t remind me of the peanut butter in a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (I’ve edited it to make that clearer). They taste like regular peanut butter cookies, and that’s fine, but they shouldn’t taste like regular peanut butter cookies.

      1. Got it–*now* I understand what you were getting at. I mistakenly had thought that you had been looking for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup experience. 😉

        And so, as peanut butter cookies go, these are fine, but just not premium.

  2. I love cross-branding, but it seems to be a disappointing pattern that products made with (or flavored as) Reese’s peanut butter don’t really have a noticeably Reese’s flavor. Oreos, these cookies, coffee creamer, even Reese’s cereal–all juts kind of have varying degrees of maybe-peanut-butterish flavor without anything that would identify it as the stuff inside a Reese’s piece or peanut butter cup.

    Still, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter cookies of any kind, so I might have to check these out despite the underwhelming review. That is, if I’m not cookied out with the Tollhouse maple walnut, pumpkin spice and monster munch.

  3. I’m not surprised that they do not taste like Reese’s since even the Reese’s Peanut Butter in a jar taste nothing like the inside of an actual Reese’s Cup so if they are in fact using Reese’s Peanut Butter (the kind in a jar) than it probably taste just like it should which is nothing like the candy

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