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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Even before we tasted these cupcakes, we'd already consumed a fair number of baked goods.

There was the espresso chip scone.  The Nutella sandwich cookie.  The donut muffin.  The 'smores cookies. 

Oh and the dark chocolate covered honeycomb candy.

What could possibly possess one to consume all those treats while peanut butter cupcakes were cooling at home?

Mummy's in town of course!

And might we add, all of these treats were consumed while walking.  You know, so they're more like fuel than dessert.  Like Gatorade.  Or orange slices.

(We might also add that they were consumed while walking to a Whole Foods in order to purchase green juice.  Like for cleansing our bodies.  HA.)

Really, if we're being honest, we could have used more, um, fuel.  We were walking for a long time.  And we were shopping.  And trying things on.  And that's hard work.  Especially when you're carrying 10 pounds worth of body cleansing vegetable juices.

All we can say is thank GOODNESS these cupcakes were waiting for us when we got home, positively famished of course (because of the walking and the shopping and the hauling of juices).

We needed fuel.  Desperately.  And what better fuel is there than chocolate and peanut butter?  Especially in cupcake form.  They're portable.  And they gets into the blood stream faster and aid in recovery and all that other athletic fueling business.

Yup.  Trust us.  Peanut butter chocolate cupcakes.  Fuel for your body.  Trust us, we're experts.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes 12 cupcakes
Adapted from Sprinkles

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1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Combine milk and vanilla in small bowl and set aside.  Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs and incorporate, then mix in peanut butter.  Add half the flour mixture and mix slowly.  When fully incorporated, add milk mixture and stir until fully mixed in.  Add remaining flour mixture and mix on low until just incorporated.  Add chocolate chips.  Scoop into prepared muffin pan and bake for 20-22 minutes, until cupcakes spring back and the edges are golden brown.  Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Combine sugar and salt in bowl and set aside.  Combine milk and vanilla in bowl and set aside.  Beat butter and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until smooth and creamy. Alternately add sugar and milk mixture until fully blended. 

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Reader Comments (21)

I've made these before and can attest to their deliciousness! Will definitely be making them again!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLimeCake

This looks like something I would clearly hate, and would never EVER eat.


April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

these look ah-may-zing. i love the mini chocolate chips in the cupcake batter!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn {Planet Byn}

These look so rich and delicious, almost like a big Reese's Cup inside-out! Do they taste that way too? :)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @SavvyEats

Oh my these look amazing! Shopping is hard work and cupcakes are definitely a good choice for fuel. Sounds like you had a delicious day!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Wow - these look amazing! Chocolate and peanut butter is seriously one of the best combos....EVER.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea B.

ran to get supplies for these little beauties over lunch. Can't wait to give them a go. They look so darn delicious.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMadison Mayberry

Oh my, these look amazing.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @FoodSnobSTL

There is no way you can have a bad day when you eat of these! And since you used natural peanut butter, these are practically negative calories!

looks really good, wish I had a big bite right now!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I'd like to take a walk and reward myself with one of these! :)

Mmm, the sprinkle coverage there makes me want to take a giant bit off the top!!

April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Oh come on. COME ON. Drool all over my keyboard.

You ladies are terrific, really.

I've just discovered your site!!!!Looks delicious!!!!

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVADEPAN

Now I can't WAIT to try these! Do you think the recipe will convert to British measurements OK? We have different cup sizes etc... Guess I'll have to try a few batches until I get it right hahaha :)

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterbutterCup

i just made these... added a LOT more confectioner's sugar to the frosting, but probably came out to be the most AMAZING cupcakes i've ever made. :)!!

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremi

looks good, worth trying

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbakeca roma

These sound and look incredible! I just shared a link to them on my Facebook page! :)

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStef

Is 1/2 cup confectioners sugar right? It doesn't seem like it would be enough to cover 12 cupcakes.

November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I wanted to make the cupcake batter for a kids birthday party but would need to eliminate the peanut butter. Do you know what I would need to do to the recipe to take that out? Substitute with anything else?

April 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCristine

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