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 “Samoas Bars”

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    thecookingnurse — May 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Those look so good, now we don’t have to wait unitl the GS are selling there cookies again 🙂

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    bakinandeggs — May 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Yum! They look delicious and your pictures are great.

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    Erin — May 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I made these a while back and loved them too! It’s nice to be able to make your own any time you want!

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    Memória — May 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful photos. You did an awesome job on these.

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    bcallegra — May 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I’m so glad you made these! I noticed these on another blog and had them on my “to make” list. Your pictures may motivate me to make them this weekend!

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    Ingrid — May 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    They look terrific and I’ve never been one to eat girl scout cookies.
    ~ingrid

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    Joelen — May 8, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Now these look amazing!! Great job!

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    finsmom — May 8, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Ive been wanting to make these – they look crazy tasty!
    Thanks for sharing! Yum!

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    Mermaid Sweets — May 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Great job – my hubby’s hoping I will give these a go.

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    Stephanie Wagner — May 8, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Samoas are my favorite too! I’m totally making some this weekend!!

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    Colleen — May 8, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    What a great way to enjoy Samoas when there are no cookies left!

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    bakersbakery — May 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Yum!

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    Hanaâ — May 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    These look great!! Although I don’t eat coconut, I’ll have to make them for my hubby and coworkers sometime.

    Not sure if you got my email last weekend but I was wondering if you know of any must-visit bakeries or eateries in Boston. We will be vacationing in Boston in a couple weeks. Thanks!!!

    Hanaa

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    Hanaâ — May 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for emailing me, Jen. I emailed you back to the address you gave me. Hopefully that worked :o)

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