Peanut Butter Cupcakes

2 Mar

You didn’t think I would go through National Peanut Butter Lovers Day without baking something sweet, did you? The most common PB treats are cookies of chocolate cakes with a salty-sweet frosting. I, however, wanted to try out a pure peanut butter cupcake.

I would have posted it yesterday, but I had to test it first. After all, I wouldn’t want to hand anyone an unsatisfying treat. With the approval of the boy I babysit for, I promise this peanut butter cupcake can satisfy any sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes



  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (avoid reduce-fat versions, as they create a dry cupcake)
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, and extract , and mix until well combined.
  4. Add shortening and peanut butter, and mix untill combined. The batter will be slightly stickier than normal cupcake batter.
  5. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full with batter.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Let cool before frosting (although the cupcake is perfect as is).


  1. Mix butter and cocoa powder together, creating fudge-like consistency.
  2. Alternately add milk and sugar to the cocoa mixture, and beat until spreadable consistency.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Spread over cooled cupcakes.

This recipe makes about 18 cupcakes. To get the two dozen, fill tins 1/2 full instead.

As I noted earlier, this treat taste great without the frosting or extra features. But it you really want to wow you eater, try these tricks.

  • Insert a mini Resse’s Cup into the cupcakes prior to baking. Fill tins half-way, press in the candy, and then cover with extra batter.
  • After frosting, sprinkle crushed peanut-butter candies over the cupcake.

Do you have a favorite peanut butter treat? Share it below!


Hugs and Hershey Kisses,



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