Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

It’s been weird being in moving limbo the last few weeks. I definitely don’t like having all my pans packed up. And all my stuff boxed away. But I’m almost unpacked. At least the boxes labeled pantry are in the pantry. That’s pretty close. I have a long way to go on getting that all organized.

Since I’ve been blogging, I’ve been storing things anywhere I could find a spot and now I’ll finally have a place where I can see my supplies in a central location. And I’m way excited. It’s been kind of like Christmas unpacking things already and finding five years worth of stuff I didn’t even remember I had. Out of sight is definitely out of mind. But not any more.


The first thing I unpacked though were my baking pans. A good place to start. Especially since I have a new oven to work. One 18 years newer than my last one. Yikes and Yay! I was actually kind of nervous … like meeting someone new and hoping you’ll be good friends. But you have to hang out together for a while first to find out.


So, I decided to break the ice with a cupcake recipe I make all the time. I thought it would be a good way to see how it compares to my old oven in terms of baking times and such.


So far so good.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Really good!

Peanut Butter

And I made chocolate and peanut butter frostings to go with it.


And whipped up some peanut butter cookies to go on top of it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

But, that was really just an excuse for me to try out some basic cookies in the oven, too.

So I stuck them on top of the cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Chips

I rolled chilled cookie dough into small balls and then rolled balls with peanut butter chips in my hand, instead of stirring them into the dough to make sure each little cookie was well covered in chips.


Oh… and the frosting. Peanut butter and chocolate. I’m easy.

Place a decorator bag fitted with a 1M tip into a large glass and spoon even amounts of chocolate and peanut butter frosting on each side.


Fill the bag, twist off the end and squeeze evenly until the frostings fill the tip.


Then pipe pretty swirls.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

And put a cookie in it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

And then take it out and eat the cookie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

And then eat the cupcake.

Cupcake Wrappers

And then keep eating. I mean share with friends.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Servings: 18 cupcakes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons milk


  1. FOR CUPCAKES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wire whisk. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined. Add hot water and mix. It will be very liquid.
  4. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Pour into liner with a large spouted measuring cup for ease.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Cool and make the cookies.
  6. FOR COOKIES: Note: You can make these ahead of time.
  7. Beat butter and sugars for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Add the peanut butter, egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  8. In another bowl, stir the dry ingredients with a wire whisk and then add to the peanut butter mixture and stir until combined.
  9. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into small balls about an inch or so in diameter. Chill again if necessary and then roll in peanut butter chips.
  11. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes. Cool.
  12. FROSTINGS: For chocolate frosting, beat 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add 2 cups confectioner's sugar and cocoa and mix until combined. Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix until creamy and smooth. For peanut butter frosting, beat 1/2 cup butter and 2/3 cup peanut butter until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix. Slowly add 2 cups confectioners sugar and mix until combined. Add 1 Tablespoon milk and mix until creamy and smooth. Fill a decorator bag fitted with a 1M tip with chocolate frosting on one half and peanut butter frosting on the other. Squeeze bag to force frosting into the tip and swirl frosting on cupcakes. Top with a little peanut butter cookie.
Source: Bakerella.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


sara said...

GORGEOUS. These look insane and DELICIOUS. I want some!!

August 20, 2013 12:33 AM
mindy1 said...

OMG that looks insanely sweet, but sooo good-chocolate and peanut butter are on of my favorite combos. :D You can buy special pastry bags for duel color work if you are interested.

August 20, 2013 12:35 AM
Elaine said...

Those look so good!! Must try it sometime soon :)

August 20, 2013 12:46 AM
Debbie said...

These look amazing. How do you take such perfect bites?

August 20, 2013 01:02 AM
BakingTray said...

I love the swirly icing! makes it look so pretty =D

August 20, 2013 01:02 AM
Kristin said...

Well hello lover!!!!! You will be made this weekend!!!!

August 20, 2013 01:03 AM
Monica said...

oh my peanut butter goodness!

August 20, 2013 01:49 AM
Gaby said...

Oh my! That looks amazing…. I really need to brush up on my piping bag skills, the two color / flavor combo has so many possibilities!

The Gift of Gaby

August 20, 2013 02:36 AM
Purnima said...

I just want to eat all of the choclate peanut butter cupcakes

August 20, 2013 02:50 AM
Sarah said...

Looks amazing!

August 20, 2013 03:18 AM
Colette said...

That lacy frosting is so dainty.
A cookie on top of a cupcake. Life is good!

August 20, 2013 03:24 AM
Sosheil said...

You’re the best – thank you so much for the peanut butter cookie recipe, I’ve collected a few but never made any because I was afraid to waste ingredients on random recipes where I didn’t know what the results would be. I’ll definitely try yours this week! :)

August 20, 2013 03:39 AM
Anonymous said...

So delicious…Great job

August 20, 2013 04:13 AM
ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Yum! Love the duo frosting combination. Looks delicious :)

August 20, 2013 04:15 AM
The Ninja Baker said...

Sooo pretty and scrumptious looking! Hope I can achieve that gorgeous PB and chocolate side by side swirly effect like the one in the photo =)

August 20, 2013 04:38 AM
Becca @ Crumbs said...

Yum!! It must be so lovely to unpack all your things. I’m just like you and have to have all my bits around me to feel truly content! Glad you and your new oven are now buddies

August 20, 2013 05:14 AM
Sugar Baby said...

I LOVE the idea of sticking a cookie in a cupcake – awesome!

August 20, 2013 05:39 AM
Dicope said...

mmm they look delicious !

August 20, 2013 05:46 AM
Bake Play Smile said...

OMG these look amazing! I love the half peanut butter and half chocolate frosting. Yum, yum, yum! And when you think it can’t get any better, there’s a cookie on top! WOW! Can’t wait to try these out! Thanks

August 20, 2013 05:46 AM
Jo said...

Cute! How’d you like the oven, Did you use convection bake? I think cookies get better than ever when baked in a convection oven. Might just be me.

August 20, 2013 06:15 AM
Jamie @lifelovelemons said...

The frosting… Oh my goodness the frosting..

August 20, 2013 06:23 AM
Laura@bakinginpyjamas said...

Delicious, I love the cookie on top, so cute.

August 20, 2013 06:25 AM
Hanna Latosi?ska said...

Just beautiful <3 That cookie on top is very charming :)

August 20, 2013 07:23 AM
Chris said...

You have my oven now! Learn from my experience. Check the oven latch; if it is plastic, don’t run the self clean-it might melt your latch and it takes 2 weeks to get a repairman out under warranty. Or run it while you are still under warranty. Just, be careful :) It’s a great oven except for that.

Love that icing.

August 20, 2013 07:25 AM
Jo said...

Did you bake the cookies with convection bake? I think that makes the best cookie. Sweet oven!

August 20, 2013 07:28 AM
Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More said...

I love everything about these!

August 20, 2013 07:39 AM
Blond Duck said...

These would be perfect for my sister’s bridal shower!

August 20, 2013 07:40 AM
Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet said...

This frosting looks amazing!!!

August 20, 2013 07:42 AM
Jo said...

What a fun new oven! Have you baked cookies in a convection oven? Is it just me or don’t they puff up nicer?

August 20, 2013 08:05 AM
Lizzie said...

Peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite things. These look soooooo good. I have to try but so nervous because I have never ever done two frosting at the same time. I am such a newbie. At least they will taste yummy even if I mess up. None of my friends will turn down this combo. Happy baking in your new oven.

August 20, 2013 08:06 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

So fun! Everyone should start putting cookies in their cupcakes. It just seems “right”.

August 20, 2013 08:15 AM
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Love that you went for it and topped them with cookies! I want to stuff it with pb filling too haha.

August 20, 2013 08:42 AM
Michelle @ Fed Up and Drunk said...

Great icing skills! These look fantastic – more cupcakes should come with a cookie on top!

August 20, 2013 08:44 AM
Jenny said...

Yum! I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter!
Your move sounds like smooth sailing compared to mine…we’ve been working on selling our house in Nebraska, it was first suppose to close May 17th and it still hasn’t :( we’ve been living in hotels for the past 3 months with TWO toddlers and 1 small (thankfully not large) dog. We’re hoping this week to get things settled and be in a house by next month finally. Talk about missing your stuff, I’m SO excited to unpack!

August 20, 2013 08:48 AM
Lesley said...

Those are so darn cute! A great way to satisfy a chocolate *and* peanut butter craving! :)

August 20, 2013 09:00 AM
Miracle said...

Looks delicious!

August 20, 2013 09:08 AM
Shannon @ Pretty Plain Janes said...

These look so yummy but what I REALLY love is the presentation! The little cookie on top is fabulous!

August 20, 2013 09:09 AM
Izzy said...

What wonderful combination of all good things chocolate and peanut butter! And SO cute! I wish I could find peanut butter chips somewhere….

August 20, 2013 09:13 AM
brooklyn said...

Love them. I have the same oven, no issues with cupcakes but my cakes never set in the middle :(

August 20, 2013 09:24 AM
tracy {pale yellow} said...

Gorgeous! Congratulations on the new oven and kitchen, it’s so much fun to reorganize everything. Love the chocolate & peanut butter swirl on top. Rolling a cookie in chips so they stay on the outside is a fantastic idea, I can’t wait to try it myself!

August 20, 2013 09:25 AM
Kraftyaunt said...

I’m especially noticing the counter tops!! Love them.

August 20, 2013 09:33 AM
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch said...

Mmm Mmm!!! These are amazing!!!
I know you are enjoying the new kitchen! Sure it is beautiful!!!

August 20, 2013 09:45 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

They look so good, Angie!
I definitely agree, out of site is out of mind, and yay for your new space so you can organize/see everything in one place! Glad you’re friends with your new oven too. ;-)

August 20, 2013 09:49 AM
amy said...

These look divine!!! I am drooling looking at those photos ….oh my


August 20, 2013 10:50 AM
greenwick said...

New ovens are frightening! But that’s awesome that you get a newer one. :D

August 20, 2013 11:10 AM
Connie said...

Oh gosh, my husband will be so happy if mine can turn out like that! I am trying this recipe this weekend! Congrats on the move, hope you enjoy your new abode. :)

August 20, 2013 11:17 AM
gracie said...

I love that dishtowel. I have set of similar ones that I believe I picked up at IKEA. They are so , so cute hanging in my kitchen.
Can’t wait to try these cupcakes. They look so delish!

August 20, 2013 12:17 PM
jule said...

greatgreatgreat.saw these ones on your facebook page,stopped working that second,flew through the supermarked,home and made them.
they look not half as beautyful as yours (messed around with the twocolored topping) but just delicious.in germany we say SCHMACKOFATZ.

August 20, 2013 12:30 PM
Sophie said...

You have our tea towel!!


August 20, 2013 02:12 PM
readerbakerfencer said...

Hi! Love the recipe! I LOVE chocolate & peanut butter combinations and the little cookie on top just makes it so much better. Also, a coincidence – I just remodeled my kitchen and have the exact same oven! I love the blue inside it, my oven just makes me so happy every time I bake. :)

August 20, 2013 02:32 PM
Andrea Worley said...

those look soo good! love the combo of chocolate & peanut butter. and then there’s a cookie on top?! serious.

August 20, 2013 04:16 PM
Mallory said...

The only thing better than a cupcake, is a cupcake topped with a cookie. Genius.

August 20, 2013 04:40 PM
AC said...

Oh my god these look incredible. Anything peanut butter related, I’m sold.

August 20, 2013 05:34 PM
fusiafscrapping said...

Absolutely amazing!

August 20, 2013 05:36 PM
Marcie said...

YAY I’m so glad you made these you’ve not done a good ol’ cupcake/cookie how to in a few months – and I’ve not made either in a while too! I really enjoy your recipes and your photographs both. Thank you for this delicious idea! Time to get my piping bag out again! x

August 20, 2013 05:36 PM
Katriel said...

Oh. My. Goodness.
They look so pretty.

August 20, 2013 06:25 PM
Elizabeth S said...

Looks like a spiffy new oven and the cupcake looks delicious.

August 20, 2013 07:23 PM
Marianne L said...

So you didn’t fall off the earth! Nice to see you back and baking more delicious goodies!

August 20, 2013 07:34 PM
Maggie said...

LOVE the swirled frostings – I’m definitely doing that on my next batch of cupcakes. (Topping with a cookie, well that’s not a bad idea either.)

August 20, 2013 07:38 PM
Stephanie said...

Ok, I knew I’d be making these the minute I saw the pics. Fast forward to right now. I’ve just eaten three. AMAZING. The cupcakes are a great classic chocolate, so beautiful and fluffy and chocolately. I made the chocolate frosting first and found it to be way too sweet for me, so I figured what the hey, and added the butter and peanut butter that was set aside for the pb frosting. Combined, it’s made quite possibly the best pb chocolate frosting I’ve ever tasted. It’s not as pretty as the duel swirl, but my taste buds forgive me.
Now I have all these cupcakes and have to figure out who the lucky recipients will be!!!!! THANK YOU for a great recipe!!!

August 20, 2013 08:03 PM
christina {goodluxecharm} said...

my mouth is watering! these look insanely good.

August 20, 2013 08:38 PM
Lisa Cornely said...

What beautiful chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. So looking forward to these over t he weekend.

August 20, 2013 09:27 PM
Karen said...

How clever!! Hmm-Hmm-Hmm – look so yummy!! :o)

August 20, 2013 10:30 PM
Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net said...

These look amazing!! and thank you, I’ve been actively wondering how to do swirl frosting for months.

August 21, 2013 04:43 AM
Erica said...

These look soooo yummy! I’d love to munch on some of these right now lol.

August 21, 2013 04:49 AM
Sammie said...

Gosh, I wish I had some of these right now, they look soooo yummy!

August 21, 2013 05:47 AM
Donna said...

These are soooooo cute! I really missed you while you were gone. Congrats on the new house :)

August 21, 2013 09:03 AM
Stephanie said...

Made these last night. The chocolate cupcakes were the perfect classic recipe. I made the chocolate frosting, found it too sweet and decided to add the pb and other 1/2 cup of butter to it instead if making a separate pb frosting, and it was amazing. Rock solid recipe for chocolate & pb lovers!!!!!

August 21, 2013 11:36 AM
KIMBERLY said...

AWESOMENESS!! They look so fluffyyyyy. I will try these this weekend for sure. Congratulations on your new home.

August 21, 2013 11:57 AM
Lauren said...

These cupcakes look soo good!

link to laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk

August 21, 2013 12:34 PM
Lee Anne said...

Are these mini cupcakes? They don’t look like regular sized cupcakes….but they do look amazing!

August 21, 2013 04:56 PM
SandraM said...

Excellent test for the new oven! Love the dual frosting. Yep, gotta try these!

August 21, 2013 08:32 PM
Rhoda said...

Too bad my kitchen is peanut-free coz my son has severe allergies! Congrats on the new oven in your new home! I have the same cupcakes towel from IKEA. I hope you got the matching apron- so cheap & yet sooo cute!

August 22, 2013 01:46 AM
Jayne said...

When I saw this on Instagram, I knew it would be amazing. happy moving!

August 22, 2013 03:33 AM
Madrid said...

This look so delicious! I’m so in love with the dual frosting!

August 22, 2013 09:49 AM
Sarah said...

I just died after looking at the first picture….. looks so good!

August 22, 2013 12:21 PM
AshleyW said...

looks delicious!

August 22, 2013 04:49 PM
Libby said...

Your photography is so beautifully vivid that I can almost smell those divine cakes!

August 22, 2013 07:10 PM
Jamie said...

Baked these this morning with the kids and WOW! This recipe will now be our house favorite! Light and delicious cake and yummy frosting.

August 23, 2013 07:00 PM
Bakerella's BIGGEST FAN Legit said...

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August 23, 2013 07:11 PM
kaira @ biscuitwallah.com said...

omg these look awesome (well lets be real here anything with peanut butter and chocolate is)– I love the idea of putting cookies on top of cupcakes!!

August 23, 2013 10:03 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Yum! And..the blue oven is beautiful!

August 23, 2013 10:37 PM
Klementine said...

God I would never have thought of putting both frostings in the same bag like that, but it looks so pretty! Stop making me hungry, we don’t have any peanut butter in the house for me to cook with :/

August 23, 2013 11:47 PM
Emma @ Coriander and Cumin said...

Wow, that cupcake is literally a work of art!! So impressive! Maybe one day I’ll try to attempt it! x

August 24, 2013 12:27 PM
Amy Stratton said...

Oh my god they look so good!

August 24, 2013 08:43 PM
Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden said...

You put together all my favorite treats:cookies and cupcakes, chocolate and peanut butter.
I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

August 25, 2013 06:16 PM
patricia calef said...

The chocolate and peanut butter frosting idea is brilliant. Can’t wait to try it.

August 26, 2013 11:55 PM
Kelly said...

This is sooooooooo getting pinned. By like a jillion people. And repinned. By like a jillion more.

August 27, 2013 01:24 PM
Fondant said...

Spectacular! That work rather created, we follow and love your work. Congratulations.
Greetings from Spain.

August 27, 2013 02:20 PM
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper said...

Love this recipe and the little cookies on top!

August 27, 2013 08:30 PM
Jade Merrett said...

I LOVE anything peanut butter, and these look amazing!! Definitely something I’m adding to my list of things to bake!
I made Rolo stuffed peanut butter cookies last night – amazing warm from the oven :)

Jade @ jadebakes.blogspot.com

August 29, 2013 08:52 AM
bec said...

that is such an amazing idea! i love PB and chocolate in

August 29, 2013 12:24 PM
estetik said...

Nice info..the great post.
Thanks for sharing

September 4, 2013 04:40 AM
nina said...

hi im new to baking and just had a couple questions about the recipe….for the cupcakes…what type of oil should i use? vegetable oil? and for the peanut butter cookies…should i use salted butter or non salted butter? and for the frosting should i use salted or non salted butter? and what type of milk should i use for the frosting? thank you!

September 11, 2013 01:54 PM
Anna said...

Hello! I’m making these for the first time tonight and I’m really excited about it! =)

Does the confectioner’s sugar or flour need to be sifted?


September 12, 2013 07:48 PM
a3stars said...

I made these and they were AMAZING! The cupcakes turned out so tender, the swirl frosting of peanutbutter and chocolate was rich but utterly delicious. The best part was those cookies! This is now my most favorite peanutbutter cookie recipe. I did roll the dough into balls before I chilled them, but adding the morsel chips on the outside made each of them so pretty and the inside was the perfect bite of tender cookie. Chilling the dough balls also helped preserve their pretty shape. The only thing I changed was I used half peanutbutter chips and half milk chocolate chips, this enhanced the flavor and continued the chocolate and peanutbutter theme. Thank you for posting these, Bakerella! I just need an excuse to make them again soon! ;D

September 14, 2013 05:28 AM
Michelle Alicea said...

i just bought the same oven! how do you like it?

September 17, 2013 09:18 PM
Christina said...

Good Afternoon-I just made your recipe minus the cookies last night (due to lack of ingredients) & these cupcakes and peanut butter frosting are to die for. I told my husband that instead of losing 20 lbs by Christmas, I will be gaining 100 lol It is so worth it. The frosting is perfectly sweet and it is so delicious! I absolutely could not stop eating the peanut butter frosting! OH MY! Thank you for creating this recipe & sharing it with the rest of the Chocolate Peanut Butter lovers out there!

September 18, 2013 03:44 PM
Artisan Cupcake Inverness said...

These look absolutely fantastic, and sound delicious! I found your site today for the first time and see you bake cake pops, cupcakes, and various pies, desserts etc.

I’ve purposefully focussed my attentions on cupcakes, and sell at craft fairs and online, do you do likewise with your products? And if so, which have you found sells best?

September 20, 2013 07:24 AM
Daniela said...

hi, i’ve prepared this chocolate cupcake recipe and it was amazing, thank you so much.

September 23, 2013 12:32 AM
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