Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: 16-18 cupcakes
 
*These chocolate peanut butter cupcakes made with Reese's peanut butter taste just like a Reese's peanut butter cup! They even have a little peanut butter surprise inside!
Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder, sifted (can use regular cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 18 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (NOT margarine), softened (2 sticks)
  • 1.5 cups Reese's peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
Garnish:
  • 9 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, cut in half
Instructions
Chocolate Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with cupcake liners
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  3. In large bowl, beat oil, sugars, eggs, vanilla extract, and instant coffee granules
  4. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk until well combined.
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into cupcake liner, insert 1 peanut butter cup, then fill liners until about ¾ full
  6. Bake 16-18 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean
  7. Allow to cool completely, then frost with peanut butter frosting and garnish with peanut butter cups
Peanut Butter Frosting:
  1. Beat softened butter in bowl of stand mixer (or with hand mixer if stand mixer is unavailable)
  2. Mix in Reese's peanut butter
  3. Sift powdered sugar into bowl and begin mixing on low speed
  4. Add milk and vanilla. Mix on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes until creamy. (Start with 2 tbsp of milk and add more if needed)
Recipe by Poppy + Grace at https://poppyandgrace.com/2020/02/chocolate-peanut-butter-cupcakes/