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
Yield: 18 cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter 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 cups 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


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122 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes”

  1. Here in Brazil we have the Brigadier who is a magnificent sweet!

  2. Cupcakes were delicious! Everyone loved them. Only thing was that the batter for the cookies made a LOT of cookies!! Way more than what was needed for the cupcake batch.

  3. This blog is so nice to me. I will continue to come here again and again. Visit my link as well.
    Good luck

  4. These cupcakes were a huge hit with my kids and husband. However, i was not able to get my peanut butter frosting to be as smooth as yours is in the picture. Mine tasted awesome, but looked broken and dry not smooth. I tried adding more milk and beating again, but it didn’t help. Is there a trick? Possibly a different brand of peanut butter?

  5. I tried this recipe and it was DELICIOUS!!! i love your great recipes! i should use them more often.

  6. The frosting was AHHmazzing! It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet. It was fluffy. It made me fappy. :0) The cupcakes weren’t flavorful, or moist. They were rather bland. I don’t mean to harshly criticize your recipe, I’m honestly just stating my opinion. :0)

  7. I’m making some today made my mum buy all the ingredients lol

  8. These look great, I want to make them tonight!

    Did you use sweetened or unsweetened peanut butter?

    Thank you!

  9. These cupcakes are so fluffy!! Honesty the best recipe I’ve tried. I did reduce the sugar for by a little for the cupcake batter and frosting. I used more peanut butter, less butter, and less than a cup of icing sugar. I love how it turned out. I would definitely use this recipe again.

  10. These look sooo delicious. (I am a certified peanut butter addict). I especially love the swirled peanut butter and chocolate icing. YUM! :)

    For the Love of Baking

  11. Looks really yummy and i should try this as i love peanut butter. So how did u put all your stuff in just one location? I would love to see your new kitchen and where you store your baking stuff. I’ve been wanting to put mine in just one place but I end up using different cupboards. And it’s very true –> out of sight is definitely out of mind.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  12. those look amazing i would love to have some. My brother kind of redid this but it taste amazing you should try it out though.

  13. Hi Bakerella,

    I’m here because of the link in your newest 4th of July post – and since I’m currently looking for a great chocolate cupcake recipe, I soaked it all in ;-) I will try them out!
    I had to laugh when I saw your kitchen towles – I have the same ones – even though I live in Germany :-D – I totally think that’s crazy

  14. I used your cupcake recipe with my own peanut butter frosting, in mini cupcakes. It was SO good! I love your cake recipe! It worked out great! thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Just tried these cupcakes today….phenomenal!!! I’ve tried many chocolate cupcake recipes, but nothing came close to this. Very moist, almost melting in the mouth! I could’nt make the frosting because I was out of icing sugar, but the cupcakes turned out really good!!

  16. Chocolate + peanut butter = heaven!

  17. This is one of the best recipes for cupcakes! I tried them out, they came out perfect. Very chewy and especially the cookies are just awesome!!

  18. These are seriously two of the best buttercreams I have ever tasted! Made them both today OMG….. yumness! :-) thanks so much for sharing! x

  19. Yum! Will use the peanut butter/chocolate frosting soon… sounds too delicious to pass up!

  20. I made these today and they taste so good. I made half the frosting measures and found was enough. I put picture on instragram the peanut butter frosting goes so well with the chocolate as u take a bite. Wonderful recipe!!!

  21. Girl its revenue came stop in Brazil and I go do here at home. I can not wait.

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

  23. 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?

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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

  27. 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?


  28. 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!

  29. Nice info..the great post.
    Thanks for sharing

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

  31. 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 @

  32. Love this recipe and the little cookies on top!

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

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

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

  36. 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.

  37. Oh my god they look so good!

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

  39. 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 :/

  40. Yum! And..the blue oven is beautiful!

  41. 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!!

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

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

  44. looks delicious!

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

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

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

  48. 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!

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

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

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

  52. 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!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  59. my mouth is watering! these look insanely good.

  60. 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!!!

  61. 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.)

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

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

  64. Oh. My. Goodness.
    They look so pretty.

  65. 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

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

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

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

  69. 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. :)

  70. You have our tea towel!!


  71. 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 germany we say SCHMACKOFATZ.

  72. 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!

  73. 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. :)

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

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

  76. 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. ;-)

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

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

  79. 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!

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

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

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

  83. Looks delicious!

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

  85. 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!

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

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

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

  89. 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.

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

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

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

  93. 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.

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

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

  96. The frosting… Oh my goodness the frosting..

  97. 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.

  98. 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

  99. mmm they look delicious !

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

  101. 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

  102. 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 =)

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

  104. So delicious…Great job

  105. 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! :)

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

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

  108. 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

  109. oh my peanut butter goodness!

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

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

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

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

  114. 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.

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

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