Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes


I think many would agree that peanut butter and chocolate are just one of the best combinations out there.  Remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercials where the chocolate bar would get accidentally stuck in the jar of peanut butter?  It was like some magic combination had just been discovered.  I always believed it.

Little did I know I would grow up seeking out these two combinations whenever possible.  The month of February seems appropriate to step up the chocolate cupcake production, before the delicate flavors of Spring take over. 

I love the frosting made with sour cream, it really adds a layer of chocolate, complexity goodness.  A must try.

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; whisk to combine.  In a small bowl, whisk milk and sour cream until blended.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamed; about 3 minutes.  Beat in peanut butter until blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until just blended.

Spoon about 1/4 cup batter (use a measuring cup) into each muffin cup.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 

Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling, beat peanut butter and butter in a medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth.  On low speed, gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and milk until blended.  Beat mixing on high speed 1 minute until fluffy.  Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4 inch plain round tip.  Insert tip into the top of each cupcake; squeeze as much filling into the center of each as possible.

For the frosting, melt chocolate chips in a large glass bowl in microwave as package directs.  Add sour cream; beat with an electric mixer until fluffy and good spreading consistency.  Spread about 2 Tablespoons frosting on each cupcake.

I had some extra filling so I put it right on top.

The dissected version.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes
Adapted from Woman’s Day

Cupcakes
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 large eggs

Peanut Butter Filling
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 to 4 Tablespoons milk

Chocolate Frosting
2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup sour cream

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; whisk to combine.  In a small bowl, whisk milk and sour cream until blended.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamed; about 3 minutes.  Beat in peanut butter until blended.  Add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.  With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until just blended.

Spoon about 1/4 cup batter (use a measuring cup) into each muffin cup.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling, beat peanut butter and butter in a medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth.  On low speed, gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and milk until blended.  Beat mixing on high speed 1 minute until fluffy.  Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4 inch plain round tip.  Insert tip into the top of each cupcake; squeeze as much filling into the center of each as possible.

For the frosting, melt chocolate chips in a large glass bowl in microwave as package directs.  Add sour cream; beat with an electric mixer until fluffy and good spreading consistency.  Spread about 2 Tablespoons frosting on each cupcake.

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38 Comments

  1. deeba 1

    You bet it’s a great combination. YUM!!

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  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter cups were my favorite candy as a kid, I know I’d love these!

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  3. Oh. My. Gosh. These images aren’t going to leave me anytime soon. These cupcakes look SO good!

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  4. Debbie 4

    What a great combo…I could eat those at anytime!

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  5. June 5

    I’m finished, done, caput – between these and last year’s with the jelly…oh ya man. Your pictures are amazing – that bowl with the chocolate frosting mmm

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  6. Tammy 6

    I know some people that would eat those!

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  7. I know a certain 20 year old female airman who will be home soon in between USAF tech school and her deployment that would LOVE these!

    These are definitely going on the list I’m compiling for her mini-homecoming, of things I’m going to make for her!

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  8. dawn 8

    I love peanut butter and chocolate, I mean there’s nothing better!

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  9. Scrumptious!

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  10. Julie 10

    These speak to my heart…just perfect!

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  11. SnugBug 11

    I’ll take a dozen, on my doorstep. Thanks! Oh, damn….guess I gotta get my buns up there soon! 😀

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  12. annbb 12

    YUM!

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  13. Wow-those have GOT to be some of the best looking cupcakes I’ve ever seen! You go girl!

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  14. Cheryl 14

    With a Valentine of the adult variety who’s passionate about the Reese’s combo, think you’ve just provided the dessert menu for Valentine’s Day weekend!

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  15. My daughter and I are looking at these and wishing we had them RIGHT NOW.

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  16. Barbie with a T 16

    These look so yummy! You are right, no two things go better together than chocolate and peanut butter. My husband would love these because his favorite candy is Reese’s peanut butter cups.

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  17. These look like perfect!!! Im PB and chocolate everything!

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  18. OMG, these look heavenly! I have Valentine’s Day cupcake wrappers just waiting for something like this. :)

    Jenn

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  19. dawn 19

    oh cath you are wicked aren’t you? pb filling on the inside to boot. love it.

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  20. grace 20

    if anything can claim to have magical origins, it’s the blissful combination of chocolate and peanut butter. awesome cakelets indeed.

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  21. Lena in VT 21

    Soooo making these for my daughter who is coming home next weekend from college!

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  22. Kate 22

    I would walk a mile through snow as deep as it is for one of these.
    Or six. Six would be better.

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  23. Katrina 23

    Perfect combo! That frosting sounds awesome. I will have to try that sometime!

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  24. Oh my stars! Peanut butter in and on top. I may faint! Yum :>

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  25. Losing control, will power weak, must make these now!

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  26. Kelly 26

    Thanks so much for this recipe, the perfect surprise for my husband. I love all your recipes all so much, I look forward to checking out your site everyday! Thanks for sharing all these great recipes!

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  27. Yes, please! *drool* I love the pics–must make these!!

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  28. Oh my word, Cathy, you’re gonna cause me to weigh a ton!
    I gotta try these!!

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  29. These look so good I can’t even think straight!!

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  30. Oh, memories of high school and Yankee Doodles for snacks! These look divine!

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  31. Oh my these look so good. The center looks so creamy and moist.

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  32. JudyP 32

    They look so good! All of it the icing,filling and batter! I would have ate the batter with a spoon good!

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  33. Alisa 33

    YUMMY!

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  34. Steph 34

    Wow, that looks so good! I love filled cupcakes.

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  35. Thanks for the recipe. Those cupcakes look really very yummy.

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  36. MMM! Can’t wait to bake these. what a good combo

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  37. I love to have this cake thanks for sharing this tips

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  38. I agree with you. You have given to us with such an large collection of information. Great work you have done by sharing them to all. simply superb.

    Reply

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