Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate and peanut butter are such a classic flavor combo. You really can’t beat it. I’d say it’s definitely one of my favorites.

This peanut butter frosting recipe is amazing. No wonder it’s famous. I decided to make these on a whim and take them to a cookout.

I got inspiration from Mermaid Sweets. I decided to kick it up a notch by filling the cupcakes with more peanut butter cup pieces and some ganache. Because ganache definitely makes everything better! Be warned though, after one of these guys, you’ll definitely need a glass of milk.

For the chocolate cupcakes, I used the recipe from Elisa Strauss’s Confetti Cakes for kids – I’m not going to post the recipe here, I recommend the cookbook, although I’m sure someone else has posted the recipe on the Internet somewhere…

Kathleen’s Peanut Butter Icing – as seen on Mermaid Sweets from the Food Network
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Chocolate Ganache (I had some leftover in the fridge, you would probably only need about 1/4 of this recipe)
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

In saucepan bring whipping cream to boil over high heat.

Pour hot whipping cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate melted.

You can add more cream if your ganache is too thick to spread.

To assemble the cupcakes:
Using the cone method, remove some of the cupcake and set aside. Drop a few pieces of cut up mini Reeces peanut butter cups to the hole in the cupcake. Spoon some ganache in the hole.

Replace the top of the cupcake. Frost with peanut butter frosting (I used my Wilton 1M tip). Top frosting with more cut up mini Reeces peanut butter cups.

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14 Responses to “Peanut Butter Brownies”

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    nutmegnanny — August 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Peanut butter and chocolate is my most favorite combination ever! I’m so happy you love your kitchen and it’s really sweet of you to bake for your designer. Homemade treats are such a delicious way to say thank you:)

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    Amanda — August 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Oh wow – these look like the best brownies ever. Beautiful!

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    Megan — August 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Amazing looking brownies!

    Does your designer sign on for small projects? We’re looking to add some backsplash. The area behind the sink and stove is just so plain.

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    Jen — August 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Megan, Our designer works at Home Depot in the kitchen department. So I think she only does projects where you order cabinets/countertops from Home Depot…

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    stephchows — August 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    We start kitchen destruction at the end of the week! I’m so excited!! Great idea about the counter on top of the radiator!! I’d be totally excited is someone showed up to my work with those brownies 🙂

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    Katie — August 12, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!! those look sooooooo good!!

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    Ingrid — August 13, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Oddly enough I don’t like chocolate or PB on their own but together it’s a whole other story! LOVE it so this is right up my alley.
    ~ingrid

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    Jigginjessica — August 13, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Yours look great! I am glad you liked them. I was very pleasantly surprised when I tried this for the first time. (And fantastic pictures!)

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    Nicole — August 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Can’t wait to try the recipe- thanks! When do we get to see pics of the new (finished) kitchen? 🙂

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    delightfullysweet — August 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Peanut butter and brownies! What could be better?

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    heidi — August 13, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    These look phenomenal, what an awesome way to spice up some brownies!

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    Colleen — August 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Yum, these look fabulous!

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    Amanda — August 15, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Those look Heavenly!

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    Jessica Segarra — August 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    MMMMM I could seriously go for a whole plate full of those right now!!

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