Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Oh Lawd. Let me warn you now that these may cause you to confess, they are that sinful.

Just in time for Halloween is the debut of the Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake. The surprise inside is a single mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup baked right into the cake. But the crowning glory of these cupcakes is the pillowy, light peanut butter frosting. These cupcakes are moist, and sweet (I could only eat one in a sitting) and are best served with a tall glass of cold milk.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 15

Appox. 15 mini Reeses peanut butter cups
1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature butter
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Cream the butter till it is smooth. Add the sugar and beat about 3 minutes until it is mixed and fluffy
- Add eggs, one at a time, making sure they are well mixed
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl
- Mix the milk and vanilla
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk mixture. Dry, then half the milk, dry again, the other half of the milk, and then finishing with dry
- Divide the batter into 15 cupcakes liners in pans
- Press one mini PB cup into the center of each cupcake until just the top is visible
- Immediately turn your oven down to 350 degrees!
- Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. Mine were done at 23 minutes

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/4 plus 1/8 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
3/4 of a stick unsalted butter, at room temp
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons milk

- cream the butter and peanut butter until smooth
- add the vanilla
- slowly add the confectioners sugar and milk and mix the frosting to the desired consistency


Laura Fiore said...

I'm making these this weekend boy is IN LOVE with PB cups and I will be MOM OF THE YEAR thanks to you!!!

Angela J. Prieto said...

Those look yummy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dang you Jess! I have all those ingredients in my can I not make them now???

Angie said...

Yum! They sound amazing, but I don't think I can have those in my house.

Janshotgun said...

Jess, these sound delicious! I may have to make them for a family gathering!!!!!!

Pokemyhontas said...

***slinding off my puter chair***

Tristann said...

I made some last night and they are fantastic!! Thanks for the recipe Jess!!

Anonymous said...

The frosting on these is DIVINE! The BF and I could not stop eating it out of the bowl, lol. Thumbs way up from both of us!