CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES

These peanut butter cupcakes are rich, delicious, and even come with a little “surprise” inside!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:
CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  5. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used Gold Medal)
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate cocoa powder)
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  10. 1/2 cup coffee, lukewarm (you can use decaf coffee if desired!)
  11. 24 mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped (I used Reese’s)
  12. (optional: melted chocolate for drizzling)

PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
  1. 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  2. 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  4. 2 cups powdered sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp. salt
  6. 1/4 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:
TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUPCAKES:
  • Prepare 24 baking cups with paper baking liners. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until combined. Then in an additional separate bowl, stir together buttermilk and coffee. Add dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture alternately with buttermilk and coffee, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill baking cups with batter on top of the peanut butter cups until they are nearly 2-3 full, then nestle a peanut butter cup in on top of the batter. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Top with peanut butter frosting. (Optional: Then drizzle with melted chocolate.)