Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bread Pudding

Ahhhhh! I have been talking to my friend, Lindsay, about this recipe for weeks and when it turned out awesome after making it the first time, I was so excited. I texted my sister in Germany and told her I made Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bread Pudding!!!! She immediately wanted a picture and then asked for a picture of a spoonful.

I just love that it’s not just me and other food bloggers obsessed with taking pictures of our food. My ENTIRE family is always sharing pictures of what they’re currently eating on facebook, instagram, and via the What’s App. We love it…it’s a great way to keep in touch with family & friends!

I think I mentioned that I visited the Hershey’s Kitchens – in Pennsylvania, right? Eeeee it was so fun and look at all of that makeup I’m wearing. :) While there, I taped this video on how to say thank you with baked goods. Eeeee, I’m nervous for you all to watch it…

First I cut up the croissants first into strips and then into cubes and toast them in the oven for five minutes.

Unwrap those peanut butter cups and chop them up for the bread pudding.

Layer the cubed croissants and the peanut butter cups so you have chocolatey peanut buttery goodness throughout your bread pudding.

I used mini round cocottes but you can use 1-cup ramekins or a 4 quart baking dish – just double this recipe.

I like my bread pudding a little more custardy and you’ll notice the milk-egg mixture is a little on the thick side.

Pour the mixture into a measuring cup to make it easier to pour into the cocottes and be sure not to overfill them.

Totally, guilty, I was eating the bread pudding while I was photographing it.

The butteriness of the croissants, the creaminess of the custardy pudding and the chocolatey peanut buttery flavor go perfectly together. This is going to be a must make for the holidays, I’m sure of it.

It’s already been requested that I bring this bread pudding over for Christmas dinner at my sister Cathy’s house. I’m definitely going to be doing that! :)

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bread Pudding Recipe

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

I LOVE bread pudding and I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - so I thought I would combine the two! If you don't have mini round cocottes or ramekins, you can double this recipe and use a 4 quart baking dish - be sure to spray it with non-stick cooking spray.


  • 3 1/2 cups cubed croissants (about 2 croissants)

  • non-stick cooking spray

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 1/4 cups milk (I used 2%)

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • 12 miniature Reese's peanut butter cups, wrappers removed and chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread the cubed croissants in an even layer. Add to the oven and brown for about 5 minutes. Set aside and leave the oven on.

  3. Spray 4 1-cup mini round cocottes or ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and place into a roasting pan or baking dish. Fill each cocotte halfway with croissant cubes and half of the chopped Reese's peanut butter cups. Fill the cocottes with the rest of the croissants and top with the remaining peanut butter cups.

  4. In a small bowl, add all of the eggs and beat with a whisk.

  5. Add milk, cream and sugar to a medium-sized saucepan. Mix together with a whisk and then turn the heat on to medium low. Add eggs and whisk to combine. Heat milk-cream mixture for about 8 to 12 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, mixing to combine. Over your sink, pour the milk-cream mixture into a measuring cup with a pouring spout.

  6. Pour the milk-cream mixture over the croissant cubes - be sure to cover all of the bread, pushing down with a spoon, if necessary. Be careful not to overfill. Place baking dish or roasting pan onto a cookie sheet. Place onto the middle rack of your oven and pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water into the baking dish, about halfway up the sides of the cocottes.

  7. Bake for about 30 to 25 minutes or until the pudding is set and the top is about to brown. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and remove the cocettes from the baking dish using a potholder. Allow the pudding to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. I like to serve the pudding warm or hot. To store these, cover each cocotte with plastic wrap and to reheat, microwave covered for about 60 to 90 seconds.

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37 Responses to “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bread Pudding”

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    Marly — December 21, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Not only does this recipe look delicious, but you look adorable in that shot! Now, how to come up with a vegan version. That one might be a challenge, but I’m up for it!


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    amy @ fearless homemaker — December 21, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Oh Julie, this looks AMAZING!! I would totally eat a bowlful for breakfast right now. YUM!


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 21, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness, what an awesome idea!


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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 21, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Julie, oh my Gawwwwwd! Looks so good!


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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 21, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    What mouthwatering bread pudding! PB cups must have added extra flavours and richness to the pudding. Yum!


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 21, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely amazing! I love peanut butter cups! 😀


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    Angie — December 21, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    You look gorgeous and that bread pudding is to die for!


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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 21, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    LOVED the video. So cute!

    And why is my face not in this bread pudding, hmmmmmmm?


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    tijuana (po' man meals) — December 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    one of daughter’s favorite candy is reese’s cups! i guess i could make this for’ her’, right? who am i kidding. i would hide it from her tail and keep it all for momma! :)


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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — December 21, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Love, love, love this idea Julie! I can only imagine how creamy and rich each of those little pots are. Perfection!


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    katie — December 21, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    GAH!!! How did you know my favorite Hershey’s product is the peanut butter cup!?!? This looks fabulous and I need this in my life–stat! p.s. I love your video!!!


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    Cathy @noblepig — December 21, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    quite possibly the most amazingly indulgent bread pudding! This looks so incredibly delicious!


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    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 21, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    OH MY this looks amazing! Loved your video :) Oh the Hershey trip must have been yummy and fun. Now I’m wishing I had some of you really yummy bread pudding!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    Wow – this is RIGHT up my alley! I love bread pudding and I love PB cups (and PB!) And that you used croissants not a stale baugette – I can only imagine how good this is! Pinning!


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    Lan | angry asian — December 21, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    julie, honestly, i am looking at this and i can feel my ass growing! that is not a complaint, this looks so friggin decadent. i must live vicariously thru as this entire dish is full of dairy doom for me. bravo, this is so genius.


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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — December 21, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Dang! This recipe is slammin, Julie!!!! And you look so purty in your Hershey’s Head Shot!! :) Happy holidays!!!!


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    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds — December 21, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    Now that sounds like a recipe for my husband. He would eat anything with Reese’s in it.


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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — December 21, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Awww you look so pretty! This is the best bread pudding recipe I’ve ever seen – love how smooth and creamy looking of this dessert. Yum!


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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 21, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    How decadent!!


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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 21, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    This is the kind of bread pudding I could go for. It looks amazing!


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    Christine (Cook the Story) — December 21, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    Your video is flipping fantastic! So cute! And this bread pudding is an amazing idea (as long as it doesn’t have raisins in it, right?). My husband loves bread pudding AND peanut butter cups. I think he’ll really love this.


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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 21, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Holy moly that looks fantastic!


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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 21, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    I’m a sucker for reeses cups! Matter of fact going to open one right now ; )


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    Julia @ Live Pretty — December 21, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    OMG … making this pregnant lady drool just a little bit.


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 22, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    What a creamy chocolatey fabulous recipe!! And what a tasty group to be involved in – I’m sure that trip with Hershey was fun!


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    Jeanette — December 22, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    Julie – you look great and I love the video – great ideas and so well done!


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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — December 22, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    AH those look so decadent! I am a huge fan of bread pudding – of any kind!! Cute pic too!


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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — December 22, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    I want this right now!! This looks amazing!


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    Nessie @ bakingequalslove — December 23, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Oh. My. Word. This dessert looks and sounds truly amazing. Seriously, where has it been all my life??!? Genius combination of peanut butter and bread and butter pudding. You look gorgeous in the pic by the way! Hope you have a lovely Christmas :)


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 24, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    You are so cute in that photo! And this bread pudding – YES PLEASE! I don’t blame you for eating it while photographing – it’d be too hard to resist!


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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 26, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    Croissants and peanut butter cups? Oh my gosh… don’t know what to even say here.

    That’s such a cute picture of you! Watched the video, too. It must have been fun to do that. :)


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    Heidi V. — January 4, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    I love this recipe! Thank you so much…


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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom — January 7, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    OMG this sounds so delicious! I abhor traditional bread pudding (and honestly anything with raisins in it) but this is right up my alley!


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    Kim — March 4, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Making this tomorrow! My three favorite things in the world. I’m not sure I can wait that long!


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