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Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

These peanut butter monster cookie cupcakes are chalked full of peanut butter, chocolate and candy!  It’s a monster cookie… no, it’s a cupcake!

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

I was craving something today, but  I wasn’t sure quite what it was.  I got on Pinterest and started browsing around some food boards and came across the “Monster Cookie.”

On Pinterest, the monster cookie comes in many different shapes and sizes, colors and flavors and it was very unclear to me what exactly makes up one of these cookies.

So, I took to Facebook and asked you.  Here’s what some of you said:

  • Christy B: “…quick oats, m&ms, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter.”
  • Melanie K: ” I make my Monster cookies with quick oats, M&M’s, chocolate chips and peanut butter. I only make them at Christmas but they are my husbands favorite cookies.”
  • Cindy J: “Everywhere I’ve worked it’s something different 1) a giant sized cookie 2) a cookie with lots of ingredients: chocolate chips,or m&m’s nuts, raisins, oatmeal or 3) 2 m&m cookies with buttercream filling and buttercream googly eyes on top.”
  • Roxana B: “Well the monster cookie recipe we use has oats, chocolate chips, and mini m&m’s in it.”
  • Darla B: “The size and the large amount of goodies in it” is what makes it a Monster cookie.

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

Okay… so peanut butter, M&M’s chocolate chips, oatmeal.  Those seem pretty standard in a monster cookie… anything else you add… well, those are just a bonus.   So, I decided to take those components and transform them into a cupcake.  These Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes are super sweet, loaded with peanut butter and chocolate and extremely delicious! This cupcake is sure to cure your peanut butter or your monster cookie craving!

This cupcake is a peanut butter cake filled with chocolate toffee bits, chocolate chips and M&Ms. It’s then topped with a peanut butter cookie dough frosting that is also full of toffee bits,  mini chocolate chips and even more M&Ms!  It’s sweet, it’s crunchy, it’s full of candy and it’s SO GOOD!

If you love Monster Cookies – you’ll LOVE this cupcake!

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

Yield: 12-16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These peanut butter monster cookie cupcakes are chalked full of peanut butter, chocolate and candy! It’s a monster cookie… no, it’s a cupcake!

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's Chocolate & Toffee Bits
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms - plus more for garnish

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Frosting

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Hershey's chocolate & toffee bits
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms - plus more for garnish

Instructions

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup that pours, measure the milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar together on high for at least 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add the eggs and mix on high until light and fluffy.
  6. Slowly add 1/2 the flour and mix only until incorporated.
  7. Add the milk and mix. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  8. Add the remaining flour and mix only until incorporated. Scrape the sides and hand mix any remaining flour that needs incorporating.
  9. Fold in the chocolate & toffee bits, chocolate chips and M&Ms.
  10. Fill liners at least 3/4 full. Press 3-5 M&Ms onto the top of the batter in each cup.
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Rotate pan after 10 minutes and reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
  12. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Frosting

  1. Cream together the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Add the brown sugar and beat until incorporated.
  3. One cup at a time, mix in the powdered sugar and flour.
  4. Add the vanilla, salt and 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Mix until smooth.
  5. Add up to 1/4 cup more of heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in the candies.
  7. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop dollops of frosting onto the top of each cupcake. Press a few M&Ms onto the top as garnish.

Candy Bar Cupcakes – 4 Ways!

Rich dark chocolate cupcakes made into four very different, extremely delectable, incredibly delicious candy bar-inspired cupcakes!

Candy Bar Cupcakes - 4 Ways! by JavaCupcake.com

This past weekend I went to a  BBQ with some soldiers & families from my husband’s platoon… and of course, Dave asked me to make cupcakes.  I kept asking and asking what flavors he wanted and he couldn’t decide.  Apparently, I couldn’t decide either since I made candy bar cupcakes – 4 ways!

I used my favorite chocolate cake base and topped each one (and even filled a couple) with different flavors all inspired for 4 different candy bars.  Well, I guess they all aren’t technically candy bars, but you get what I mean.

Black & White Cupcakes – dark chocolate cake topped with white chocolate frosting and garnished with chunks of dark and white chocolate.

Black & White Cupcakes - dark and white chocolate - by JavaCupcake.com

 

Rolo Cupcakes – dark chocolate cake filled with chopped Rolos topped with caramel frosting and garnished with a Rolo.

Rolo Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

 

Reese’s Cupcakes – dark chocolate cake topped with whipped peanut butter buttercream garnished with chocolate jimmies and a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup cupcake.

Reese's Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

After Eight Cupcakes – dark chocolate cake filled with mint chocolate chips topped with  mint chocolate chip buttercream and an After Eight Mint.

After Eight Cupcakes (mint chocolate) - by JavaCupcake.com

Woah.  That’s a lot of cupcakes.

I know… you may not have everything to make these cupcakes on hand… and if you were to buy all the candy needed to put these together it’d break the bank.    No worries though… I’ve broken down the recipe so that you can make them 1 dozen at a time!

Candy Bar Cupcakes - 4 Ways! by JavaCupcake.com

 

So at the BBQ – the cupcakes were a HUGE hit!  Everyone loved them… from the soldiers to the kids… my cupcakes put a smile on all faces!

Adults & Kids eating and loving JavaCupcake!

Enjoy!

Candy Bar Cupcakes – 4 Ways!

Candy Bar Cupcakes – 4 Ways!

Yield: 4 dozen cupcakes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Rich dark chocolate cupcakes made into four very different, extremely delectable, incredibly delicious candy bar-inspired cupcakes!

Ingredients

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Use this Dark Chocolate Cupcakes recipe. It makes 2 dozen cupcakes, so double it if you're making all 4 cupcakes or cut it in half if you're only making 1 dozen.
  • ROLO: 18 Rolo candies, quartered
  • AFTER EIGHT: mint chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Buttercream for Reese's Cupcakes

  • Use HALF of this Perfect Peanut Butter Buttercream recipe.
  • 12 Reese's mini peanut butter cups, unwrapped for garnish
  • chocolate jimmies, for garnish
  • chocolate chips, for garnish

Caramel Buttercream for Rolo Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1lb powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 12 Rolo candies for garnish

Whipped White Chocolate Frosting for Black & White Cupcakes

  • Use HALF of this White Chocolate Frosting recipe.
  • dark (at least 75% cocoa) & white chocolate chunks for garnish (I used Lindt chocolate bars)

Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream for After Eight Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1tsp mint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 mint chocolate chips, chopped
  • 12 After Eight mints for garnish

Instructions

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Prepare cupcakes as directed in recipe above.
  2. FOR THE ROLO CUPCAKES: Chop up 2 Rolos and place into each cup of batter before baking.
  3. FOR THE AFTER EIGHT: Place 8-10 mint chocolate chips into the cups of batter before baking, stir gently with a toothpick.
  4. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting & decorating.

Peanut Butter Buttercream for Reese's Cupcakes & Assembly

  1. Prepare buttercream as directed in recipe above.
  2. Using a Wilton 1M decorating tip, pipe a swirl of frosting onto each mini Reese's pb cup. Top with a chocolate chip.
  3. Pipe swirls of frosting using the 1M tip onto each cupcake. Sprinkle chocolate jimmies on top and garnish with a mini Reese's pb cup.

Caramel Buttercream for Rolo Cupcakes & Assembly

  1. In a medium, heavy sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sugar. cream and salt and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Bring to a simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer, pour in cooled caramel mixture. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing together on low. Mixture will be very thick.
  5. Add up to 2Tbsp heavy cream to loosen the frosting.
  6. Using a large round tip, frost a swirl, dollop of frosting onto the center each cupcake. Tap the cupcake on the counter so that the frosting spreads to the sides.
  7. Garnish with a Rolo candy cut in half.

Whipped White Chocolate Frosting for Black & White Cupcakes & Assembly

  1. Prepare the frosting as directed in the recipe above.
  2. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, frost swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  3. Garnish with chunks of white & dark chocolate.

Mint Chocolate Chip Buttercream for After Eight Cupcakes & Assembly

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the sifted powdered sugar, one cup at a time and mix until combined.
  3. Add the salt, mint extract and 2Tbsp of heavy cream. Mix until smooth. Add remaining 2Tbsp of heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Beat on high for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the chopped mint chocoalte chips and mix until incorporated.
  6. Using a Wilton 1M decorating tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake. Garnish with an After Eight mint.

Candy Bar Cupcakes - 4 Ways! by JavaCupcake.com

 

100 Delicious Peanut Butter Recipes

This weeks round up features more than 100 delicious peanut butter recipes… with more than 40 of those recipes coming from JavaCupcake.com!  We’ve got everything from cupcakes and cookies, to homemade peanut butter, brownies and pie!  And even some breakfast and dinner recipes too!

Make sure to check out my Peanut Butter Pinterest Board to see all of these recipes and more!

Enjoy!

100+ Peanut Butter Recipes by JavaCupcake.com

Peanut Butter Recipes from JavaCupcake.com

Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes
Sweet & Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes
Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Cupcakes
Butterfinger Cupcakes
Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes
Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Chocolate Nutter Butter Cupcakes
Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes
Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cupcakes
Peanut Butter Ball Cupcakes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes
Peanut Butter, Banana & Bacon Breakfast Cupcakes
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter & Honey Frosting
Nutella Peanut Butter Bliss Cupcakes
Viva la Cupcake! Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Banana Frosting

Cake & Pie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
Frozen Nutter Butter Pie
Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Cookies, Bars & Brownies

Peanut Butter Twix Bars
Chunky Peanut Butter M&M Cookies 
Loaded Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip w/ Sea Salt Cookies
Tagalong Peanut Butter Buttercream Sandwiches
Tagalong Brownies
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Buckeye Brownies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Blondies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
Peanut Butter Brownies

Donuts, Bread & Muffins

Glazed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Donuts
Peanut Butter & Jelly Banana Muffins
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Bread

Fudge

Grandma Dillow’s Peanut Butter Fudge
Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge

Other Yummies

The Perfect Peanut Butter Buttercream
Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball
Homemade Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Sauce
Banana Peanut Butter Bites
Peanut Butter Pretzels
Banana Whoopie Pies with Peanut Butter and Bacon

100+ Peanut Butter Recipes by JavaCupcake.com

Peanut Butter Recipes from other amazing blogs!

Cupcakes & Cakes

Mini Buckeye Cheesecakes – Snappy Gourmet
Mini Peanut Butter & Nutella Cupcakes – 52 Kitchen Adventures
Flutternuffer Chocoalte Cake – Keep it Sweet Desserts

Frosting

Whipped Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting – Beyond Frosting

Cookies, Bars, Bites & Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mounds – Simply Southern Baking
Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies – I Heart Eating
Peanut Butter Cookie Bark – Crumbs & Chaos
Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookie Poppers – Snappy Gourmet
Peanut Butter Elvis Inspired Cookie Cups – Snappy Gourmet
Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars – Alida’s Kitchen
Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies – Chocolate & Carrots
Peanut Butter Monster Cookies – Lemon Sugar
Kid Friendly Peanut Butter Treats – I Love My Disorganized Life
Crispy Peanut Butter Balls – Blueberries & Blessings
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Love From the Oven
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars – Persnickety Plates
Peanut Butter Bonbon Bars – I Love My Disorganized Life
Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling – I Heart Eating
Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies – Katie’s Cucina
Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies – Sugar Hero
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies – I Heart Eating
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites – The Kitchen is My Playground
Simple Peanut Butter Cookies – Like Mother Like Daughter
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies – Like Mother Like Daughter
Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches – Beyond Frosting
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – 52 Kitchen Adventures
Coconut  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies – Zest Bakery
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies – Modern Christian Homemaker
Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Cookies – Keep it Sweet Desserts
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars – Crumbs and Chaos

Brownies & Blondies

Peanut Butter Brownies – Persnickety Plates
Nutella & Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies – 52 Kitchen Adventures
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Blondies – Simply Southern Baking
Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites – Simply Southern Baking
Peanut Butter Pop Tart Brownies – Love From the Oven
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies – Sugar Hero
Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Brownies – Love From the Oven
Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites – Persnickety Plates

Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream – Love From the Oven
Ants on a Log – Life and Kitchen
Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Cake – Katie’s Cucina
Peanut Butter Ice Cream – Katie’s Cucina

Candy

Tiger Butter – Life and Kitchen
Peanut Butter Cup Fudge – Sugar Hero
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Lovers Bark – Keep it Sweet Desserts

Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie – Alida’s Kitchen
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie – Persnickety Plates
Peanut Butter Hand Pies – Wine & Glue
Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie – The Kitchen is My Playground
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie – Sugar Hero
Mini Butterfinger Pie in a Jar – Crumbs and Chaos

Other Desserts

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Trifle – Swirls of Flavor
Peanut Butter Pretzel Pumpkins – Wine & Glue
Peanut Butter Caramel Popcorn – Like Mother Like Daughter
Peanut Butter Mousse & Strawberry Parfaits – Snappy Gourmet
PB&J Tarts – Modern Christian Homemaker
Butterfinger Muddy Buddies – Crumbs and Chaos
Peanut Butter Surprise – Modern Christian Homemaker

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter – Modern Christian Homemaker

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Chocolate Rugelach  – What Jew Wanna Eat
Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Muffins – Alida’s Kitchen
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie – Chocolate & Carrots
Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Fruit Dip – The Kitchen is My Playground
Peanut Butter Granola – The Kitchen is My Playground
Peanut Butter S’mores Bake Donuts – I Heart Eating
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins – I Love My Disorganized Life

Dinner

Grilled Peanut Butter Chicken – Alida’s Kitchen

You can find photos of all these recipes on my
Peanut Butter Pinterest Board!

 
 

Check out my other Round Ups!

 For the complete list of round-ups… CLICK HERE

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Buckeye Brownies

Buckeye Brownies – deep, dark, chocolate fudgey brownies topped with a peanut butter cream and a layer of dark chocolate ganache.  Perfect to cure the blues… the pre-deployment blues.

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Just a few weeks until my husband goes away for work for a very long time.  Oooohh man… and boy am I’m feeling the pre-deployment funk.  It’s that depression, that *deep sigh*, that push-all-your-emotions-down-because-I-don’t-want-to-be-reminded-he’s-leaving funk I go into before my husband deploys that has my horomones going crazy.

Happy.   Sad.

Tears.  Laughter.

Love. Pain.

Joy. Sorrow.

Building memories.  Preparing myself that they could be our last.

It’s not fun.  It’s emotional… and I hate every minute of it.

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So… I’m craving food.  Baked food.   Something, anything that will help me forget for just a few minutes what my future holds for me.  Into the kitchen I went tonight… tissue in hand, tears down my cheek… ready to bake. I’ve said it before… and today, I say it again.

Baking. Is. My. Therapy.

Dark chocolate, fudgy, moist brownies topped with a peanut butter cream and dark chocolate ganache.  Seriously, if this doesn’t make me feel better… at least for the 20 minutes it’ll take me to eat it.  I’m not sure anything I bake ever will.

A big glass of milk is definitely needed with these buckeye brownies.  And my fat pants.

And my soldier.

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Buckeye Brownies

Yield: 12-15 brownies - depending on size
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes

These Buckeye Brownies are a rich chocolate brownies topped with a creamy peanut butter layer with a smooth chocolate peanut butter topping.

Ingredients

Brownie Layer

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10oz bag Hershey's Mini Kisses

Peanut Butter Layer

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Chocolate Layer

  • 300g Lindt 50% Chocolate (3 100g bars), chopped
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, heaping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper (at least 1/2in over the edges) and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Mix in the cocoa powder, espresso powder and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat to cool for 5 minutes
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugars... break up all the clumps. Pour in the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each addition.
  5. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together and fold into the wet mixture.
  6. Fold in the Mini Kisses.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and spread smooth.
  8. Bake for 27-30 minutes or until the top cracks and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pan completely.

Peanut Butter Layer

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and mix until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl down.
  3. Add the heavy cream and mix until smooth.
  4. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Spread peanut butter filling evenly over cooled brownie.

Chocolate Layer

  1. In a medium pot, melt together the chopped chocolate and peanut butter over medium-low heat. Stir gently until smooth and all the chocolate has melted.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Pour gently over the peanut butter layer. Gently tilt the pan left/right up/down until the chocolate is spread evenly.
  4. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, cut into 3in squares.

Glazed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Donuts

I’m super excited to be sharing my recipe for Glazed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Donuts on Pint Sized Baker today!  Pint Sized Baker is run by the super sweet, Karyn… she’s a mother, wife and excellent baker!  I am in love with everything she posts on her blog!

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Make sure you head on over to Karyn’s blog to see my post, get the recipe for these donuts and browse through all of the great stuff on Pint Sized Baker!

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Mini Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

Decadent chocolate cake, creamy peanut butter frosting and amazingly good peanut butter Oreos make these cupcakes out-of-this-world delicious!

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So my husbands unit is deploying.   *sigh*  I know.  I don’t like saying it.  I can’t really even say it out loud… typing it is just as hard.  It will be our third deployment together… but the first in Germany and the first with a new baby.  Most of the friends I made here have moved away to new duty stations… so I find myself stuck, alone… with out a support system in place to get me though.

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And so yesterday at his Troops pre-deployment BBQ, I thought maybe I could meet a few spouses and make some new friends.  I also thought I might be able to win them over with cupcakes.   Cupcakes + Army Wives + Army Brats + Soldiers = FUN!

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The single soldiers manned the grill, drank beer and played football.  The babies stole the balls from the single soldiers and ran around with them- the dad’s chased after.   The big kids played with the parachute and on the playground and the Mom’s relaxed and chatted with new and old friends.  It was a fun afternoon!

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Oh… and there were cupcakes! 5 dozen mini Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes to be exact!

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I think I may have a slight obsession with the peanut butter chocolate combination. Okay… maybe it’s more than a slight obsession… maybe it’s a pretty HUGE one. Ha!  As I was making these cupcakes for this bbq, I kept thinking of all the recipes I had made that included chocolate and peanut butter.   And let me tell you… there are A LOT!

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But that didn’t seem to bother this guy… he ate the top off the cupcake before taking the wrapper off.

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I think shoving my cupcakes in your mouth all at once was a general theme… I saw this all afternoon (well more like about an hour – cause that’s how long the cupcakes lasted before they were gone!).  SGT Zaleuke just shoved the entire cupcake in his mouth! Yes!

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Okay, okay… one last picture of cute kids eating my cupcakes.  Aren’t these sisters the CUTEST… like EVER!

And I suppose you want some of the details about the cupcakes now, right?  Ok ok ok ok… I’m gonna be honest with you.  I’ve made these before.  I bazzzzillllion times.  (You can see those recipes HERE, HERE, HERE or HERE … okay so that’s only 4… but I got lazy and didn’t want to link ALL of them lol)   I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe but added crushed Peanut Butter OREOs to the batter and topped them with my favorite peanut butter buttercream and added more crushed PB OREOs to the BC! Oh… and topped them all off with another PB OREO!

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I mean my chocolate peanut butter cupcakes are soooo yummy by themselves… but the addition of the Peanut Butter OREOs really add a the creamy peanut butter flavor to the cake and a bit of a crunch to the buttercream.  So. Good.

So… if you’re like me and you have a peanut butter chocolate obsession… you should make this.  Like, STAT.  Now.   ASAP.

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 6 dozen mini cupcakes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter OREO Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I used HERSHEY's Special Dark cocoa)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 20 Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies, finely crushed

Peanut Butter OREO Buttercream

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I used JIF Creamy)
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 10 Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies, finely crushed

Instructions

Peanut Butter OREO Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with mini cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter.
  3. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs.
  6. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream mixture. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  7. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  8. Fold in the crushed Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies.
  9. Scoop batter into baking cups 2/3 full. Bake 17-19 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool in pans before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Peanut Butter OREO Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter for 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl several times.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and mix on medium until combined.
  4. Add the salt and heavy cream, mix until smooth. Beat on high for 1-2 minutes or until fluffy and the color has lightened.
  5. Fold in the crushed Peanut Butter OREO sandwich cookies.

Assembly

  1. Using a Wilton 1M tip on a disposable bag, pipe mini swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Top with a piece of Peanut Butter OREO cookie.

Notes

I used Wilton Nut & Party Cups instead of mini cupcake liners. The package says "not intended for baking" but I have had no issues baking with them. You could use regular mini liners instead of these cups, but you'll use less batter and this recipe will yield more cupcakes.

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